What have you done to your BMW today?

What have you done to your BMW today?

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E63eeeeee...

457 posts

14 months

Monday 29th March
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Probably normal if you think about how many different cars that block will have been used in. I'd still be inclined to get a camera or a mirror up just to make sure but I'd be surprised if it's not fine.

g3org3y

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16,726 posts

156 months

Monday 29th March
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ieuandkernow said:
I’ve been replacing my wheel well liners on the e46 as mine decided to disintegrate because they were not properly fastened.

When the wheel was off and I had a look at the engine from underneath and I noticed 1) a sh*t load of oil which looks quite fresh so I’m hoping it is a combination of a clumsy hand on the oil change in February and the leaking rocker cover gasket which has been repaired. 2) I’m not sure if I’m being silly and I am a novice when it comes to this but something looks like it is missing from just above the oil sump



In the image you can see hole and a couple of screw holes around it. This is from the passenger side looking at about 1 o’clock (sorry for the vague directions) it’s a 2.2 m54 2005.
It might be completely normal but it looks a bit off to me?
Nothing missing. See below (circled area corresponds to the section you've photographed)

Cleggatt

4 posts

2 months

Monday 29th March
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On Tuesday I smashed my wing mirror off today the new one came, they told me it was the full electric wing mirror, it wasn't.
So instead I had a job of taking off all the plastic parts needed to put in my electric wingmirror then wire it all back up!. Not going to lie i was quite proud of myself since my fella said he would do it next week but I couldn't wait so I did it myself. This is the non electric wingmirror

ieuandkernow

46 posts

4 months

Monday 29th March
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E63eeeeee... said:
Probably normal if you think about how many different cars that block will have been used in. I'd still be inclined to get a camera or a mirror up just to make sure but I'd be surprised if it's not fine.
I wasn’t sure it just looked a bit odd with the empty screw holes. I need to have a look up there anyway to see if there are any obvious oil leaks.

g3org3y said:
Nothing missing. See below (circled area corresponds to the section you've photographed)
That’s awesome, thanks for the pic at least nothing major has fallen off biggrin

nomis36

260 posts

129 months

Tuesday 30th March
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I’m having big problems with my diff on the E92 330d at the moment. It started ‘grumbling’ a while ago so I got a transmission ‘specialist’ to put new bearings in it. I work away most of the week so I removed it myself on the drive and gave it to them for the week. I refitted it the following weekend and all was good for a couple of weeks then it started whining again! I took the whole car back and they sucked some oil out which was grey, bearings have failed again! “Don’t worry, it’s our problem and we’ll sort it” 3 weeks later and still no contact from them despite me texting, calling and dropping in to see them.
I am worried because there’s quite an expensive quaife atb in it which I obviously don’t want ruining so last weekend I bought a cheap diff from the breakers and fitted it. I couldn’t find a manual 2.35 ratio diff so fitted an auto 2.81 which is lovely and quiet luckily.
Got a feeling “our problem” is now my problem but I won’t give up. Refund or rebuild.......

JaseB

760 posts

226 months

Tuesday 30th March
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g3org3y said:
Which snowfoam and pressure wash system do you use?
I use Ultimate Finish own brand snowfoam (about 20% foam to water mix) with a Karcher pressure washer and a 20 quid (MJJC?) lance from Ali Express after my old one died, seems to work really well.

g3org3y

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16,726 posts

156 months

Tuesday 30th March
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Have ordered 2x Michelin Pilot Sport 4s for the 630i. Decided now is the time to make the change off the RFTs.

JaseB said:
g3org3y said:
Which snowfoam and pressure wash system do you use?
I use Ultimate Finish own brand snowfoam (about 20% foam to water mix) with a Karcher pressure washer and a 20 quid (MJJC?) lance from Ali Express after my old one died, seems to work really well.
Thanks, will look into this (if only to take a photo of my car snowfoamed up! hehe)


Ian Geary

2,473 posts

157 months

Tuesday 30th March
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The weekend just gone I managed to fix something on my E61 without spending hundreds of pounds.

The wipers had been playing up, and not stopping at the rest position: instead flicking up a couple of cms.

The wiper relay was the prime culprit, which I managed to fish out quite easily. When I opened up the relay, a small piece of metal fell out.

So I suspect a contact had broken off and was keeping power to the wipers after they should have stopped.

I cleaned up the contacts with emery paper and put it all together again (minus metal flake) and it all seems to be fine! Which is good as new relays are near £100





For this week, I plan to do battle with my dcan cable and inpa cd again...just cannot get the thing to work, but getting quite curious about what codes my car has built up since getting it a few months ago.

Edited by Ian Geary on Tuesday 30th March 21:42

g3org3y

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16,726 posts

156 months

Wednesday 31st March
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^^Good effort.

Today drove the wife's X5. Was running on reserve so gave it some Tesco 99. Hit the spend limit before reaching tank capacity (which is apparently 85L)!


g3org3y

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16,726 posts

156 months

Friday 2nd April
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2x Michelin Pilot Sport 4 on the front of the 630i, replacing the very worn Dunlop RFTs. What a difference! Smoother, quieter and just overall more pleasant to drive. Will do the rears at some point (currently also RFTs) but need to examine the OS to check the alloy is ok as it loses air every few weeks.

g3org3y

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16,726 posts

156 months

Saturday 3rd April
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Changed the rear shocks on the E91 yesterday. What a git of a job.

I had prepped it last week, removing the interior trim and soaking all the bolts in PlusGas, but still had issues. The bolts for the shock itself were fine...the bolts for the lower rubber mount were not. The medial ones were ok, but the lateral ones were very rusty and misshapen. OS went ok. NS, gave me problems, totally seized and rounded the head. Needed a combination of blow torch and impact wrench to remove.

In situ


You can see how rounded the thread got. I do not really like these star bolts.


Bit worn




Car is no longer wayward and wanting to kill me, which is nice.

Court_S

4,656 posts

142 months

Saturday 3rd April
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I nerded out giving my 140i it’s spring clean...

Snowfoamed with Garage Therapy Decon shampoo
Washed with decon shampoo
Dried
Chemical decontamination with Cat Pro Trix followed with Bilt Hamber Korrosol
Rinsed and washed again
Clay bar to remove the last few stubborn bits
Polished with Menzerna 2500 and a Hex Logic green pad
Polished with Menzerna 3800 and a white Hex Logic pad
Two coats of Dodo Juice Supernatural
Tyres dressed
Glass cleaned
Leather cleaned with Heaven for Leather
Alcantara cleaned

Scrubs up pretty well.







I’m changing the rear dampers on it tomorrow for some Bilstein B8’s. The rear end has always been the cars weak point so I’m hoping these will sort it.

Also revived the alcantara dash trim for the E89 so popped that in. Top work by RSW as usual.


Deep Thought

28,806 posts

162 months

Saturday 3rd April
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Cleaned the 330i and got some proper pics of it wearing the 224M alloys i got as a second set for the Z4 Coupe.


Gtamaddog

78 posts

115 months

Sunday 4th April
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Changed the oil & filter, air filter and cabin filter. Then gave it the weekly wash to get the dust/sand/whatever it is off. Yesterday I took the EGR valve off and gave it a clean although it didn't look too bad in all fairness and then did a quick adjustment on the handbrake. The old E46 330d will be thinking it is its birthday weekend.

Now I'm just weighing up whether I want to spend money refreshing the front suspension which means I'll keep it a while longer, or whether I get serious about buying an E9x. If I keep it I'm still left with a rusty rear wheel arch to contend with and a car that will still be worth next to nothing with 185K on the clock.

Court_S

4,656 posts

142 months

Sunday 4th April
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Changed the rear dampers on my 140i.

The rear end of the car has always felt like it’s biggest weak point with sone fairly cheap dampers. The H+R springs and underbody brace seemed to improve things a bit but there was still room for improvement especially at NSL speeds.

I’ve fitted Bilstein B8’s and the M Performance bump stops. The whole process was a piece of cake and much easier than the E88 ones I replaced a few weeks ago mainly because I didn’t have to remove all of the boot trim.









A quick test drive afterwards and there is a notable improvement; the ride is firm and a bit jiggly still on poor roads at 30mph or so but it’s notably better at higher speeds. There were a few bits locally that really upset the back end (a compression and a sharp ridge) and there’s a big improvement. Before it felt like the OE dampers were still trying to figure out what to do 50 yards down the road, these seem to deal with imperfections much better.

Mr Tidy

13,847 posts

92 months

Thursday 8th April
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Fitted a new battery to my Z4M Coupe because winter killed the old one!

Then I had to take it for a test drive. laugh

Tomorrow it's time for the code reader to get hopefully three amber warning lights extinguished.

MikeM6

3,442 posts

67 months

Friday 9th April
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Mr Tidy said:
Fitted a new battery to my Z4M Coupe because winter killed the old one!

Then I had to take it for a test drive. laugh

Tomorrow it's time for the code reader to get hopefully three amber warning lights extinguished.
Abs, tyre pressure and DSC?

Court_S

4,656 posts

142 months

Friday 9th April
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Smoothed the air box lid on the 125i today.

Supposedly getting rid of the raised supports on the underside of the lid improves the induction noise a wee bit...a cheap version is of the Performance Carbon intake minus the carbon. The theory according to some is that the Performance intake sounds lovely because the carbon lid vibrates. No idea if it’ll make a difference but it’s free.



I’ll be driving it tomorrow so I’ll see if I can hear any difference.

Also have the old girl a quick wash



Tomorrow I’m popping round to see a mate and we’re bumming the CDV and fitting E46 M4 gearbox mounts. If we get time it’ll also be getting larger 330mm front discs.

g3org3y

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16,726 posts

156 months

Friday 9th April
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@Court S, will be interested if you can hear a difference with the airbox mod.

eBay has 15% off selected sellers. Going to buy some wipers, air filters and spare N52 coil pack.

Court_S

4,656 posts

142 months

Friday 9th April
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g3org3y said:
@Court S, will be interested if you can hear a difference with the airbox mod.

eBay has 15% off selected sellers. Going to buy some wipers, air filters and spare N52 coil pack.
Will let you know.

Some cut holes in the air box but the consensus seems to be that it’s way too loud and drones loads.

I need some wipers for the 140 so will see if I can save any extra.