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  1. Oil leaks under the car, what repair shop do you recommend?

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hello, I've recently purchased a 325CI automatic from 2004. I've never bought a car so old, but I always wanted this model, and I was delighted when I found this one, which is in excellent condition with only 76.000 miles. The problem is that about two weeks after buying it, I've noticed oil...
  2. Unknown cover

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I have an E46 2005 model with M54 engine And on the exhaust side of the engine there is a cover fixed with 2 nuts close to the timing belt tensioner does anyone know what this is ?
  3. 325Ci Wing Mirrors

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi There, I have recently bought a 2004 325Ci from a friend of mine. It's done 75k miles and still fees pretty tight. It has only done 3k miles between the last four MOTs. There are a couple of small problems, no splash guards inside both front wheel arches, the space-saving spare is missing...
  4. 2004 bmw e46 325ci wheel bearing or something else?

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Can a bad front wheel bearing make noise and vibration on one side of the car but no vibration in steering wheel? Left side of the car vibrates (sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes no vibration at all) at highway speeds. Changed left side rear wheel bearing, still the same noise. I had...
  5. e46 325ci New brakes, shifting forward at low speed

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hello, Long time lurker first time poster.... never had a car worth mentioning... I am hoping for some advice/help after fitting some new brakes to my 2004 325ci manual, I have fitted Brembo Max discs, Ferodo DS2500 pads, Goodridge braided lines, fresh fancy high temp fluid and 2 new rear...
  6. 2002 BMW 325ci (coupe) Window

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hey guys, Without context (to avoid confusion) I need to buy a new drivers side front window for my car. I haven't seen many for sale online (ebay, offerup, craigslist, etc) but I did find one from a car that they are parting out. Does anyone know if a 325Ci (convertible) window will fit a...
  7. E46 325Ci - Power Steering Question

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Is there meant to be visible flow in the power steering reservoir? I’m trying to track down a slight whine coming from the power steering at idle. When I look in the reservoir there is no movement or flow at all, it’s just still, but the power steering works fine. New pump installed about a year...
  8. E46 325Ci - steering knock and creak noise (with video)

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi all, since the weather has been getting warmer I’ve noticed a knock/creak from the front right when turning at low speeds. It also knocks when pulling away sometimes. Only happens at low speeds and while stopped. The wheel has some side to side play. I’ve had a look and feel around and...
  9. 2004 bmw e46 325ci flood mode?

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I've read that if you flood the engine with fuel you can try to start it first by pressing the gas pedal all the way in (or at least 80%) and injectors won't fire fuel. Does this "flood mode" even works with our BMWs? particular m54 engine? If it does, should I also press both the clutch (my...
  10. 2004 bmw e46 325ci doesn't start

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I wasn't driving my car for almost a week and car was in my garage all the time. Today I started the car (started just fine) but was idling very rough and the engine was shaking badly and after ~5 seconds stalled. I started again and the engine was slightly shaking and the car stalled again...
  11. 325Ci M54 fuel trims question

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I’m getting some strange looking fuel trims at the moment and wondered if anyone could chime in on what could be going on. STFT’s are showing it’s on the rich side, but LTFT’s are showing lean? This is a screenshot of the readings at idle...
  12. What oil and filters to use in my 2004 325ci.

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi, I am looking at doing a service on my 2004 325ci and was wondering what people recommend in terms of oil and filers, or if anyone could tell me what was fitted/used from new and if you would recommend sticking with that. Thanks Reg.
  13. E46 325Ci Strange Problem With Power Roof

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi All, I was wondering if anyone can help me with a strange fault I have with the power roof. (2001 E46 325Ci Convertible). With the ignition switched on and engine NOT running the roof goes up and down perfectly. However if I try and operate the roof with the engine running all that happens is...
  14. 2006 e46 325ci

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    Hi all, new guy from Australia. Just bought a 2006 Convertible run around. Only 120,000km. Log books. Elderly owners. Silver with black roof and black rims. M sport. Enjoying it, but a few little things popping up. Researching them and your site is number 1 on google for info, so thought I'd...
  15. E46 325Ci - PS pump whine??

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Since having the car (about 3 months) there’s been a slight whine noise at idle. At first I didn’t suspect the power steering pump as there’s a receipt for it being replaced only 6 months ago. But today I discovered that the noise completely disappears if I very very slightly turn the steering...
  16. E46 325Ci - brake noise after using handbrake

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I’m having a strange issue with the rear brakes on my E46. When pulling away from a stop after using the handbrake, I will get a scraping sound from the rear left wheel. Pulling the handbrake while driving does not change the sound but pressing on the brakes makes it louder. If I brake firmly a...
  17. 2004 E46 325Ci - remap TC lockup speed?

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Is it possible to have the gearbox ecu reprogrammed to only lockup the TC above a certain speed? When my car locks up the TC at low speeds it does with a slight jerk and it’s starting to annoy me. Above 40mph it locks smoothly. If I change to manual mode the problem is gone as it will only...
  18. 2003 E46 325ci MAF Sensor Issue

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi, Firstly apologies seems I originally posted in wrong area. Looking for help advice for 2003 E46 325ci after recent breakdown and replacing top radiator hose I noticed the MAF sensor had been disconnected at some point in the cars history. I have owned it for 4 mths so has never been...
  19. 2003 E46 325ci MAF Sensor Issue

    Technical Guides for the E46
    Hi, I have reposted as looks like incorrect area, sorry. I also cannot figure out how to delete. Looking for help advice for 2003 E46 325ci after recent breakdown and replacing top radiator hose I noticed the MAF sensor had been disconnected at some point in the cars history. I have owned it...
  20. 2003 E46 325Ci Sport - Airbag warning light

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hopefully, somebody may be able to shed some light on this before i have to take it to BMW! My airbag warning light stays illuminated, it only started tonight on my way to Tesco, it went out after about a mile on the way there, but stayed illuminated all the way back, about 3 miles. Does it...
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