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  1. General BMW Discussions
    Hi Guys. I drive a 09 E90 318i. I started to hear a noise coming from the rear, a local specialist told me it’s the rear differential. So it’s out, and I’ve given it to a gearbox/differential specialist in the Midlands called PowerGears to recondition. I asked what’s the process, he said we...
  2. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi guys, first time I’m actually creating a thread on this forum. So two months ago I bought a E90 318i (59 plate), 89k on the clock, manual. So I recently noticed a vibration in my clutch when changing gears, it’s usually when the clutch is fully pressed, right before releasing it again. It...
  3. General BMW Discussions
    Well folks, Was driving my e46 3 series 318i in cruise control at 70mph when all of a sudden she just dies. All electrics stayed on but a battery and oil light came on. I shoved her onto the verge and checked the oil. Its got full oil as i expected, checked the battery with a multimeter, 12v...
  4. General BMW Discussions
    Hi guys, Just noticed this noise under my hood this afternoon, after a cold start. No noises after engine fully warmed up. Click here for my video recorded I have also found similar video on YouTube with the same noise (skip to 1:00): Is this normal? Maybe I just haven't noticed it before...
  5. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi guys, Just noticed this noise under my hood this afternoon, after a cold start. No noises after engine fully warmed up. Click here for my video recorded I have also found similar video on YouTube with the same noise (skip to 1:00): Is this normal? Maybe I just haven't noticed it before...
  6. BMW Engine Conversions
    Hey all so iv seen this question floating around abit but no one's answered it or I just havnt found the answer and I'm really bad at researching stuff 😂 but iv got a 99 E46 318i and a m52tub25 engine out of a 99 E46 323i, now I wanna swap the engine and was wondering what can I keep the same...
  7. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hey guys. I have a 318i from 2004 and I have mostly rebuilt the engine, I just need to know a bit more regarding the rocker tolerances as at this point I am stuck and cannot progress any further until someone can point me in the right direction. Some are marked 2 and some marked 3. I have...
  8. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi guys, I have this rattling noise comming from front engine (M43B19) which is low on idling, when i rev above ~1500 it start to become noisy and more high pitched but still like a rattling. The sound is definetly coming from the engine, cause it doesn't change if i'm driving or stationary...
  9. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi. I have a bmw e90 2010 318I I was driving home from work and It went into limp mode. Plugged into my mates computer it came up saying mass flow sensor. Replaced sensor and hasn't fixed it. It now will only drive 10 ft before cutting out and it kangaroos the hole way. Any suggestion what to...
  10. General BMW Discussions
    Hi i just bought my first bmw (1996 e36 318i). I know its slow/weak but when i try to accelerate from 0km/h it feels like its shifting between power and no power. I don't have an asc button so im assuming i don't have that feature. Anybody have any idea of the cause??
  11. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi all, My dad has just handed down his 2008 318i M-Sport to me as he has ended shelling out over 5,000 for various problems. He was driving it down the motorway and it came up with low oil pressure warning so he pulled over on the hard shoulder, then the battery preceded to stop working...
  12. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    hi i have a e46 318i, what is the best exhaust stystem or cat back to give it the best sound?
  13. BMW Chassis and Brakes
    Hello i am new here and excited to upgrade my e46 318i and i'm stocked with questions here are a few. I am wanting to swap my stock brake set up to a stock set up from an x5 (front and back). Is there anything i need to look out for in this swap / is it a good idea? Will the ecu from my 318i...
  14. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi all, My 318i Touring (N42 engine) is generally running fine, also showing no fault codes. However occasionally it does belch out a big cloud of black smoke, then continuing as if nothing happened. It seems to occur mostly when moving off after having been stuck in traffic, idling for a while...
  15. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi there, I am trying to diagnose a potential gasket issue. It's a 4cyl, but this kind of symptom probably doesn't relate to a type of engine. Pardon the long story, but trying to include as much detail as possible. Car was very recently purchased. Coolant temp gauge is pegged high even when...
  16. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I replaced the starter the other day and now the car starts fine, idle is ok for a few seconds and then it starts going up and down as if it's about to die. When it starts this mood swings, a yellow warning indicator in the middle flashes. The EML light is constantly on, but only the text one...
  17. Auto Electrical Forum
    So about a month ago, I drove to my 318i (2008 Auto) to the shop as usual. It’s never given me any issues or shown any signs of. I’ve only had it for 3months as 2nd hand though (145K). When I got back in the car after less than 10mins in the shop, the car wouldn’t start! Cranked up but no start...
  18. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    I hope i have posted this the correct area. I am looking a complete drivers seat, passengers seat or rear seat. To find the material to repair front drivers seat. 52 10 8 166 521 0389 SILBERGRAU. They headreast photo shows the weave of the material on the outside of the seat clearer.
  19. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi folks, I am just looking for some advice/opinions regarding the BMW 3 Series 2.0 318i M Sport 2dr (2011). Is this a car people would recommend purchasing? The research I have found is that perhaps it is not with VANOS issues along with with timing chain guides sometimes breaking leading to...
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