E91 Straight Six Bearding

E91 Straight Six Bearding

Author
Discussion

BaronVonVaderham

2,321 posts

150 months

Wednesday 22nd February 2023
quotequote all
Our 06 e91 330i just sailed through it’s MOT bounce

Next stop TWG for a service smile

Swervin_Mervin

4,508 posts

241 months

Wednesday 22nd February 2023
quotequote all
Anyone know who the OEM were for headlights? Was it Valeo?


MajorMantra

1,386 posts

115 months

Wednesday 22nd February 2023
quotequote all
christhreadgill said:
They could be, but hard to say. Have you had the vacuum lines smoke-tested for any leaks?

I always recommend cleaning out the Vanos filters also - easy job to DIY and eliminates another variable for £0.00 outlay.
On my list to do!

Court_S

13,560 posts

180 months

Wednesday 22nd February 2023
quotequote all
Swervin_Mervin said:
Anyone know who the OEM were for headlights? Was it Valeo?
Pretty sure that they were.

Swervin_Mervin

4,508 posts

241 months

Thursday 23rd February 2023
quotequote all
Court_S said:
Swervin_Mervin said:
Anyone know who the OEM were for headlights? Was it Valeo?
Pretty sure that they were.
Ta. Considering new headlights as well. Valeo can be had for about £300 for the pair which is considerably less than Hella's units

Mine look heavily pitted but oddly I think it's all on the inside of the lens. I might try taking them off first and checking it's not a build up of dust.

pmorg4

739 posts

119 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
Just been out for a short drive with my eldest and I could tell something wasn't quite right. My first thought was a loose wheel bolt or missing wheel weight, I wasn't far from home and it was very subtle so drove back and as soon as I got out of the car the tell tale smell of cooking brakes gave me the answer! Felt each wheel and it's definitely the left rear caliper, must be pretty well seized to smell like that after such a short stint.

I'm going to replace it as I don't think it's worth the hassle trying to replace pistons and seals etc on a cheap single piston caliper. Does anyone have any suggestions for what brand to go for? Febi do one that's reasonably priced and I've always had good experience with their stuff. I'm guessing the OE caliper is made by ATE but I haven't seen any for sale in my very brief search.

Also would you recommend changing the pair or just the seized one for now?

helix402

7,913 posts

185 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
pmorg4 said:
Just been out for a short drive with my eldest and I could tell something wasn't quite right. My first thought was a loose wheel bolt or missing wheel weight, I wasn't far from home and it was very subtle so drove back and as soon as I got out of the car the tell tale smell of cooking brakes gave me the answer! Felt each wheel and it's definitely the left rear caliper, must be pretty well seized to smell like that after such a short stint.

I'm going to replace it as I don't think it's worth the hassle trying to replace pistons and seals etc on a cheap single piston caliper. Does anyone have any suggestions for what brand to go for? Febi do one that's reasonably priced and I've always had good experience with their stuff. I'm guessing the OE caliper is made by ATE but I haven't seen any for sale in my very brief search.

Also would you recommend changing the pair or just the seized one for now?
I usually go for an exchange caliper from ECP. Not the cheapest but it’s a genuine caliper rebuilt well. Quite a few of the ones you buy outright are Chinese and not the best quality. I’d just change the faulty one.

christhreadgill

200 posts

25 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
Had a lovely few deliveries arrive this morning.

First, a batch of front & rear suspension mounts from BMW Park Lane as ever (Joe Hazell is a great chap for parts!).



And then the super exciting one. Big old package (27kg!) from Kevin at Birds Auto. Full “B3” kit from Birds for the E91.


helix402

7,913 posts

185 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
christhreadgill said:
Had a lovely few deliveries arrive this morning.

First, a batch of front & rear suspension mounts from BMW Park Lane as ever (Joe Hazell is a great chap for parts!).



And then the super exciting one. Big old package (27kg!) from Kevin at Birds Auto. Full “B3” kit from Birds for the E91.

Excellent choice! You won’t regret it.

pmorg4

739 posts

119 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
helix402 said:
I usually go for an exchange caliper from ECP. Not the cheapest but it’s a genuine caliper rebuilt well. Quite a few of the ones you buy outright are Chinese and not the best quality. I’d just change the faulty one.
Thanks. I'll see what my nearest ECP has in stock.

Swervin_Mervin

4,508 posts

241 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
pmorg4 said:
Just been out for a short drive with my eldest and I could tell something wasn't quite right. My first thought was a loose wheel bolt or missing wheel weight, I wasn't far from home and it was very subtle so drove back and as soon as I got out of the car the tell tale smell of cooking brakes gave me the answer! Felt each wheel and it's definitely the left rear caliper, must be pretty well seized to smell like that after such a short stint.

I'm going to replace it as I don't think it's worth the hassle trying to replace pistons and seals etc on a cheap single piston caliper. Does anyone have any suggestions for what brand to go for? Febi do one that's reasonably priced and I've always had good experience with their stuff. I'm guessing the OE caliper is made by ATE but I haven't seen any for sale in my very brief search.

Also would you recommend changing the pair or just the seized one for now?
Ordered mine a couple of weeks back from Autodoc and they were with me within 2 days! TRW - £58 for the left rear and £64 for the right rear

pmorg4

739 posts

119 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
Swervin_Mervin said:
Ordered mine a couple of weeks back from Autodoc and they were with me within 2 days! TRW - £58 for the left rear and £64 for the right rear
If I was confident it would arrive in two days I'd be ordering a TRW caliper right now! Unfortunately it's a bit of a gamble with Autodoc, could be 3 weeks.

Just checked ECP and the only option the website is showing is a Pagid caliper for £156...

christhreadgill

200 posts

25 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
helix402 said:
Excellent choice! You won’t regret it!
Can’t wait to get it all fitted, paired with the M3 arms.

Just need the engine back now

Swervin_Mervin

4,508 posts

241 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
pmorg4 said:
Swervin_Mervin said:
Ordered mine a couple of weeks back from Autodoc and they were with me within 2 days! TRW - £58 for the left rear and £64 for the right rear
If I was confident it would arrive in two days I'd be ordering a TRW caliper right now! Unfortunately it's a bit of a gamble with Autodoc, could be 3 weeks.

Just checked ECP and the only option the website is showing is a Pagid caliper for £156...
I've ordered a few times recently and delivery has been quick

Court_S

13,560 posts

180 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
pmorg4 said:
Thanks. I'll see what my nearest ECP has in stock.
I bought a Febi calliper from Parts in Motion recently. It was forty quid with a discount code for signing up to their newsletter. Arrived quickly too.

JakeT

5,526 posts

123 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
christhreadgill said:
Had a lovely few deliveries arrive this morning.

First, a batch of front & rear suspension mounts from BMW Park Lane as ever (Joe Hazell is a great chap for parts!).



And then the super exciting one. Big old package (27kg!) from Kevin at Birds Auto. Full “B3” kit from Birds for the E91.

Oh excellent. I refreshed the birds kit in mine in 2021. My parts stash looked the exact same. Bar the £1,500 bill (fitted myself) I was very excited. I also now have a full set of spare springs and dampers now just in case.

130,000 miles my car has done on birds now and all of it has been great.

Court_S

13,560 posts

180 months

Saturday 25th February 2023
quotequote all
christhreadgill said:
Had a lovely few deliveries arrive this morning.

First, a batch of front & rear suspension mounts from BMW Park Lane as ever (Joe Hazell is a great chap for parts!).



And then the super exciting one. Big old package (27kg!) from Kevin at Birds Auto. Full “B3” kit from Birds for the E91.

Good stuff. I really rated the Birds kit fitted to my 130i. If I wasn’t so tight, I’d have bought it for my 335i.

christhreadgill

200 posts

25 months

Monday 27th February 2023
quotequote all
Court_S said:
Good stuff. I really rated the Birds kit fitted to my 130i. If I wasn’t so tight, I’d have bought it for my 335i.
I wasn't looking to dive in on the suspension until the engine was back in & a few miles done. But when the NSF shock dropped out of the still body-mounted top mount the other weekend, it kind of forced my hand!

~£2k all in, including all the new mounts, brackets, bolts & other hardware from BMW. Not too offensive for what is such a highly rated setup. Still, hope it's as good as everyone says at the price point though!

Swervin_Mervin

4,508 posts

241 months

Tuesday 28th February 2023
quotequote all
Just ordered two replacement front fogs. Magneti Marelli off Autodoc. Let them sit in the basket for a week and got them for £45/ea + delivery.

iacabu

1,355 posts

152 months

Wednesday 1st March 2023
quotequote all
This is my first time posting in here, but I recently sold my 535d and I'm on the hunt for a new car. An e91 330i manual is on the list.

Reading this thread backs up my search results...they aren't an easy find. Perhaps someone on here is contemplating selling? There is a cheap auto available at Binca but I'm not sure I want auto this time round. There's also a 335i touring manual on eBay ending just before lunch time today, but I don't think I fancy the risk or to buy unseen

For a bit of history, I've owned the following BMWs amongst other things: e60 535d, e46 328i touring auto, e46 325i se auto, e46 330ci auto