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):
- Replace the business tape deck with an Eonon D5150 7" touch screen thing
- To accommodate the Eonon unit I need to relocate the Climate Control module to a lower position
- Replace/fix the rear left electric window switch
- Reattach the door to the medical box under the passenger seat
- Give it a good clean, wax and machine polish
- Get the alloys refurbished
- Get the rear windows and screen tinted slightly to improve the overall look
- Replace a plastic insert behind the drivers fog light where it seems to have fallen out (but not looked fully yet)
- Give it a service
- Angel eyes
- Replace faded bonnet badge
- Two new tyre (came with 2 Bridgestones and 2 Goodyear Eagles)
- Fix the CD player as it keeps saying No Disk
- Key upgrade to a flip style (transplanting the electrics + battery)
- 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.
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.