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E46 330i Touring

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3 hours ago, hunter said:

The little bulb will be the tiny little guy used for park lights. This happened to me on my e46 and took a bit of looking to see it on the back of the light housing.  It’s up the top towards the inner edge of the light housing from memory. 

Oh ok cool. thanks! 
 

...turns out there wasn’t a bulb in there. All sorted and no more lights out on the dash. 

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nice, love the xenon light upgrade and good on you for going the extra mile with the chrome bulbs (no egg yolk)

@Sammo take note :D

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6 hours ago, qube said:

nice, love the xenon light upgrade and good on you for going the extra mile with the chrome bulbs (no egg yolk)

@Sammo take note :D

Egg yolk is where the nutrients are, I just went extra free range yolk

 

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Today I clay bar'd and applied chemical brothers 'jet seal' to the whole car, not sure how good this product is but I got it for the E39's headlights that i no longer have and it was pretty expensive so figured might as well use it. I feel like this is the cleanest this car will ever be so went and shot a few photos to document it.

 

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213xxxkm

Cosmetic update.

35% tints and chrome blackout wrap (satin) done by Wrap Innovations.

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Interior trim switched out for the 3D cube version. I sourced this from Weitz. I thought it was plastic but it's actually alloy. I think it adds a richer texture to  the cabin than the previous plastic ones.

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I also got the antenna module from Weitz too but that hasn't  fixed my remote key woes.

Next up is some beefier spring pads in the rear and a wheel alignment.

(edited these pics on my phone so the colour is abit weird)

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Yeah man. That cube trim is boss. I had it in my e46 sedan. Cleans up so good. 

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Nice car indeed.

I had a 2004 M sport E46 325 touring, great car.

Not sure on your wheel size, but if your looking for a different look....

19s, $600 set.

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Love that interior colour.

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Clocked up a few km’s this week working in Upper Hutt and the Wairarapa. Gave me a chance to stretch its legs and put it through its paces on some twisty backroads. Compliant and comfortable...these sport seats are a treat. 
 

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Love the grey interiors in E46s models. A satisfying place it be. 

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215XXXkms

Car was feeling a bit sluggish and had a bit of a rough idle that didn’t feel very BMW (esp with new engine mounts) and it had a delayed throttle response. All liveable but had a feeling something wasn’t quite right. Scanned it and it came up with - Current at 2 or more cylinders and all these DME cylinder activation codes + a misfire code on cylinder 3. 
 

did some googling and found a thread about the same codes on E46 fanatics. Seemed 1 person swapped new coils which fixed it, others mentioned an issue where the older M54 head with the newer style valve cover can have the coils ground to the head giving the ground wire resistor in the loom a weird reading in turn pinging a code. ( I have older style block/head with my original engines intake mani/valve cover/ignition system) 
 

long story short they recommended running coils from the newer engines as they are insulated all the way to the bottom. 
 

old and new:

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I found these on FB market place out of an N54 and the guy reckoned they were running fine so as a bit of cheap test I went for it. 

Long story long, they work great. No codes. Throttle feels more responsive and the idle is smooth and the engine feels freer. This might all be placebo but posting this up incase anyone else has got the same codes after an engine swap. 
 

in other news I also swapped the grilles back to chrome as those double slotted ones interfered with the bonnet leaver meaning the grill would kinda pop out when you opened the hood which felt abit ghetto when filling up the washer system at the petrol station.  

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