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  1. Check out the condition of No 15, 17 they are rubber plugs at the back of the manifold
  2. A few article 's turned up from Pelican today among them was this selection of suspension kits if any one is going down that path for E36 30, 21, 46, 90, 91, 92, 93, 34, 28, Z3, X5 e53. Need a manual 15% off Bentley manuals Enjoy
  3. A quick check and BMW fans show a few listed these three for a manual trans17111436060, auto 17111436061, with S823A 17111436063. just to give you an idea of price
  4. As on the door Jon
  5. Ok to do this unfortunately you may have to remove the rear bumper assemble. Or can get under neath and see if any of the connection points have been damaged or simply missed fitting to. Below a photo of a rear bumper bracket the red arrows show were the bumper slides onto these locators. It appears that the sedan and coupe use the same bracket 51128195321 /322 .But if a m sport they use a different one. it would take a lot of broken expandable rivets to allow any play between the carrier and the plastic bumper best of luck
  6. Interesting Tom, when dismantling the 325i I noticed the curtain air bags had an expire date on them. They ended up at the local fire brigade for them to practice with.
  7. Do you know any panel beaters etc have a chat to them surely they would be able to steer you in the right direction. Or could it be as simple as reading the direction on the cartridge.
  8. A big problem with large plastic bumpers they receive a knock and look ok but the clips behind get broken. and after some time the whole thing starts falling apart and the owner wonders what on earth is going on. Out of interest did you check how snug a fit the bumper was on the side retaining brackets as the bumper only slides onto them,not sure if they have a lock in place. A miss fitting or loose connect could course some increased play. The plastic bumper from memory is connected to the metal carrier bar by a number of plastic expandable rivets.
  9. Which part are you referring to front, rear bumper, bumper carrier or the plastic bumper cover see parts photos below
  10. Does it say which one? as i believe their is a recall for the passengers as well as the drivers air bags on certain e46 models others may chime in on this as it is a well discussed issue. Go and talk to your local dealership and get it sorted pronto.
  11. Is plastic gauge still available these days used to use it to measure the clearance on both main bearing and big end bearing shells.
  12. might give you some ideas
  13. Would have to agree with Paul drive both and get a feel for the 5 and 3 series and you will see what we mean chalk and cheese. Kyu's points on engine size is also something to bear in mind as the difference between the e91 e61 maybe minor weight ,size wise but a couple of hundred cc makes a whole lot of difference. Don't rush it spend some time look at every thing, research them both then look for something that you like and put it through the purchase ringer. make sure you get a warranty with it. Just for those unexpected things that do go wrong after all it is a bmw
  14. Learn something new every day New Zealand a continent
  15. Thanks guys for the info so short answer no they are different, so do all coupe's have frame less windows, Micheal The one shown came from a 2001 M sport sedan in checking the ti 2002 the whole handle moves upward.although most of the movement is on one end.
  16. Anybody know what is the difference in the door handle mechanism of a e46 sedan and coupe. They use the same exterior door handle plus the cables can be swapped over if need be with out to much problem.
  17. Any help re filter Under the impression a good quality spark plug should last around 100, 000k, fuel filters, air filters 40,000 unless very dusty conditions oil filter you choose
  18. Can any one tell me the difference in the door handle mechanism between a e46 sedan and coupe this thing photo this is off a sedan. They use the same exterior door handle and the cables seem easy to swap over.
  19. Hi Ben sorry to hear of your troubles Short answer i.m.o is wrong engine both the n42 and n46 series have not got a good history record unless bmw make some dramatic changes to them. As Nathan has stated get it scanned by someone that knows what they are doing and as you have shown it has but are no further ahead. With out throwing money at it until sure what is faulty check the condition of the air inlet hoses and others associated, vacuum lines, fuel type and condition. With it at 126,000 service items like spark plugs, fuel filters air filters etc should have been done or due. Best of luck and keep us posted on developments
  20. These are generally a hole lot of fun how did it go my excuse is wife's birthday so attending does make the stress levels a hole lot lower.
  21. What Db do you have? Nathan V8 research
  22. A thief with a pizza fetch or just hungry from a busy night
  23. These expansion tanks are used in a number of bmws E83, E53, E46 except the m3 i think also get a new cap 17117639022
  24. That blue just sets it off pleasing to the eye good luck with it John may it bring many happy motoring hrs .On a personal note two things that funny chrome thing sticking out the rear plus what it is attached to delete. Second I know they are m sport wheel they just seem to detract from the aesthetic look of the car.
  25. Hope the break is R&R and some were warm any how best of luck. If i can help just let me know and I will see If I have any info or pic's for you.