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    Hello,

    I'm Ed, just joined the forum. I bought a nice BMW 330ci E46 on Wednesday and have been lurking around trying to find the best forum which is active, helpful and fun. I've settled on your gaff, if you'll have me?
    I used to have a BMW Z3 back in 2004 and 2005 but an expanding family forced me to move on at the time to a more practice car. I get bored quite quickly so been though lots of different makes but over the past 9 years I've always thought there was something special about my old Z3, I never really wanted to get rid of it so, after a bit of thinking it occurred to me i was more the BMW experience in general I liked. Everyone was always willing to help and chip in with advice while not being contra-sending or aggressive (well, not very often anyway). Unlike some other marque forums I've been part of.

    I'm hopping I can learn from you guys and also do a few DIY/How To's like I've done for others, I love tinkering and specifically didn't buy a perfect car on purpose. I do think however I've found a bargain.. so this is what I've ended up with:

    BMW 330ci Sport (E46) - 2000 reg, Automatic, 146,000 miles, 18" BMW rims, parking sensors, M sports pack, no scratches, no dents, leather looks like it's done 15,000 miles not 146K. Everything works, no error codes stored, service history as long as both arms and legs combined. I've not had time to clean it up properly yet or attend to anything but I did take it on a 200 mile round trip to London today and it performed faultlessly. You would not believe it's chalked up so many miles. As with all cars there are things I'd like to address (in no particular order):
    1. Replace the business tape deck with an Eonon D5150 7" touch screen thing
    2. To accommodate the Eonon unit I need to relocate the Climate Control module to a lower position
    3. Replace/fix the rear left electric window switch
    4. Reattach the door to the medical box under the passenger seat
    5. Give it a good clean, wax and machine polish
    6. Get the alloys refurbished
    7. Get the rear windows and screen tinted slightly to improve the overall look
    8. Replace a plastic insert behind the drivers fog light where it seems to have fallen out (but not looked fully yet)
    9. Give it a service
    10. Angel eyes
    11. Replace faded bonnet badge
    12. Two new tyre (came with 2 Bridgestones and 2 Goodyear Eagles)
    13. Fix the CD player as it keeps saying No Disk
    14. Key upgrade to a flip style (transplanting the electrics + battery)
    15. Get an LPG conversion done as I do about 700 miles a week on average so it will serious money. On my trip today, I returned with a respectable 30.3mpg

    Not a lot, all fun things so raring to get going, here are some pictures from when I picked it up and I'll post more as soon as I've cleaned the girl up properly.

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    I'll start taking part in the other sub forums but as a general rule which is the best (affordable) diagnostic kit to use?

    All the best for having me.
    Ed
     
     

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    excellent choice im ya man on petrol 330's....



    An idiots guide to BMW INPA installation with a modded USB Vagcom interface for WinXP and Vista...


    if ya want very good handeld instead of a lappy type INPA kit...

    these are the must have for total BMW connection to everything..

    BMW C110 Scanner Airbag ABS Engine Diagnostic Fault Code Scan Tool Reader OBD2 | eBay

    but the proper INPA setup is the cheapest @ circa £7 with a modded vagcom cable...
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    If your gonna do it, do it properly is my motto. Couldn't quite justify an M3 though...
     
     

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    The C110 Scanner looks okay but can it also reset oil/service lights and Airbag lights in addition to just reading the codes? I've already got an OBD2 scanner which I used to check for codes but it could only see the Engine and AT modules.
     
     

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    it does everything itsa BMW specific tool it connects to all modules...does everything INPA does which is factory diags software...
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    Hi chaps,

    I've now had a chance between showers to give the car a good clean and once over now.
    On the exterior, other than a little bit of trim around the fog light everything is in great condition. Here are some pictures:

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    Interior wise, I've taken the centre console all apart and found out what I need to-do to install a new 7" sat nav/ radio/ DVD. I've ordered a new electric window switch which is easy to replace, along with the Sat Nav and climate control relocation cradle (which I don't think I actually need). I will do a write up for each with pictures as I do them, it will be a very quick job (if there are no nasty surprises). New bonnet badge ordered and the old one has been removed in preparation for fitting on it's arrival. So far I'm really happy with my purchase and I'm now pricing up an LPG conversion (around £1250-1400 by the look of it)

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    Looks good, and welcome to the forum

    Rhyd (another 330i owner )
     
     

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    ide leave it alone LPG wise for the cost of conversion ya gonna have to prollly drive it a lot or do a sh+tload of miles to recoup the cost and prolly beyond the cars lifespan...
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    It will pay for itself within 7-9 months, I do 200 miles a day for 3-4 days a week, so, even with the 20% loss in consumption it will still be a worthwhile investment.
     
     

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    fair enough...lol
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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