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    Quote Originally Posted by gbl View Post
    I am a bit paranoid now after being told that the noise I mentioned in this thread 1999 E46 323Ci - Slight knocking noise might be subframe damage.

    What are the symptoms of this?
    Normally the arse end falling off
    Sorry i know it's a serious question but i couldn't resist that one
     
     

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    It can happen to any e46 not just pre march 2000
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee_h View Post
    It can happen to any e46 not just pre march 2000
    Got any details? Seen a couple of M3's but owners are to blame for silly torque adjustments.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee_h View Post
    It can happen to any e46 not just pre march 2000
    This has me worried, mines a 320i...so not sure about the torque bit, but guys is there a chance ive been hit by this?

    As I said I took it to the indy they checked it out and just said the noise is suttle and a common noise for a manual transmission in this car....

    they said the donut, and subframe mounts were fine.

    Not sure they looked for the subframe tear.....though they would have checked it i would imagine.

    is the floor tear the same thing?

    I dont know what to do as I have had it checked....
     
     

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    Neal - all e46's in America were recalled from 98 - 06 due to there being weakness in the subframe

    Tbh mate can't see yours having the subframe problem unless your cars been hammered around every corner as if it was on a racetrack, not enough torque on a 320 to damage the subframe
     
     

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    you got any pictures of what I should be looking for (and where - on the floor or frame? Just incase I can get under the car. Obviously if its a subtle crack or tear I wont know if its serious or may not see it.

    RE the torque thats what I was thinking.
     
     

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    Just look for any cracks around there, that one has teared so that looks bad, but you get the idea, I honestly wouldn't worry though mate tbh
     
     

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    One in a million chance a 2003 320 saloon will have a subframe tear.
     
     

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    TBH sounds like my thud/clunk noise is something else.
     
     

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    Probably rear diff mount or propshaft guibo.
     
     

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