I have been a member on the site for a few years but never really spent much time on here due to not owning a BMW. But now I have managed to get a car i have been after for a long time and this is a E46 320d M sport 150bhp model in silver. ALso got it at a bargain price due to 198,000 miles on the clock but it has got dealer service history up to 150,000.
I have looked into the common problems as it was missing power and first job was to do the swirl flaps but whilst doing these i noted the EGR was a bit restrictive so cleaned that also went ahead and cleaned the inlet manifold by submerging in white spirits for 24 hours. It now ticks over fine but it's not on the road yet so not been able to take it for a spin. WIll upload some pics when I get home.
Also thought i would check out the crank case breather and it already has the vortex one fitted so that has justified the purchase of a performance panel filter as the air filter is filthy. All that is left now is an oil and filter change fuel filter change and a new set of front tyres.
So here are the questions
1. What is the best performance panel filter?
2. What tyres do people rate?
3. Any other common faults?
I have got plans to try and hike the power on the car but not for some time yet. But current plans are Panel Filter, De-Cat and custom S/S Exhaust, EGR blanking, Remap and possibly a larger Front mount intercooler.
Also my Dad is trying to sell a 2000 E39 523i which I will list in the For Sale Section
That's it for now but just thought I would say hello