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Old 18th June 2017, 11:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys wanted to reach out for some help:

Taking the e46 m3 to monaco on a roadtrip in 2 weeks and
Wanted to know what you would do to prep / check / change

It's been to Bmw main dealer and my Indy so there's nothing wrong with the
Car but I wanted to do some preventative maintenance.

It's has just had b4 / eibach done which has made a big difference
Other than that it's a standard manual car. Mileage is around 85k

I was thinking replacing MAF and getting the rtab's done -most noticeable
Bang for my buck.

What do you guys think.
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Old 18th June 2017, 11:13 PM   #2
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Take a MAF, and some coilpacks (and basic tools) but don't try to fix what isn't broken

Are your tyres wearing on the inside at the back, or did your Indy advise the RTABs were knackered ?
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Old 18th June 2017, 11:19 PM   #3
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Don't go messing with a proven reliable car before a big run. Many times change is what brings problems
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Old 18th June 2017, 11:20 PM   #4
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They run fine with MAF unplugged if need be so no need to carry as a spare

You might want to take a spare wheel and jack though
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Take a spare bootfloor ,vanos unit, head gasket and a diff!
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Old 19th June 2017, 05:57 AM   #6
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Seems like the car is healthy. Just make sure you have a solution in case of a flat and for good cause throw in a set of jump cables.

Might also want to buy the decals to redirect the headlight beam to the other side of the road.
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Old 19th June 2017, 06:40 AM   #7
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^and two breathalysers for France etc etc
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Old 19th June 2017, 08:57 AM   #8
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spare bulbs, hi vis vest (one for each person in the car), warning triangle the full shebang yada yada yada .............ooh and extra cash for bribes he he :P
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Old 19th June 2017, 09:04 AM   #9
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May or may not get slated for this, but I and most of my friends never bother with all of that stuff - the fine costs as much as buying the stuff and we've never been stopped. Come to think of it I don't personally know of anyone that ever has been!
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Old 19th June 2017, 09:21 AM   #10
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Liamx you are quite correct the fine is about the same as the cost of all the ****e its all a bloody joke if you ask me. I am amazed we are still allowed to drive in europe i would have thought the sprouts in Brussels would have stopped us by now and made us pass a euro zone driving assesment lol
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May or may not get slated for this, but I and most of my friends never bother with all of that stuff - the fine costs as much as buying the stuff and we've never been stopped. Come to think of it I don't personally know of anyone that ever has been!
True, totally see you're point having driven in France and bits of Europe many times.
But, I've always taken the required gear due to the extra hassle if you're stopped, I've never fancied navigating a legal system in a language I don't speak.
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Fire extinguisher having seen that video of the M5 ;-)
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Old 19th June 2017, 10:05 AM   #13
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Your M already had warning triangle in the boot and you can buy packs containing reflective vests (need 1 each easily accessible), breathalysers, GB stickers etc off EBay really cheap. That's what I did.

Funnily enough I have a manual E46 M3 Coupe on 90k miles and I leave for Europe on Saturday. We spend a night in Monaco around the 29th June (ish). Might bump in to you!

I bought a space saver alloy just in case. Carry lots of water for you and the car.
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Your M already had warning triangle in the boot and you can buy packs containing reflective vests (need 1 each easily accessible), breathalysers, GB stickers etc off EBay really cheap. That's what I did.

Funnily enough I have a manual E46 M3 Coupe on 90k miles and I leave for Europe on Saturday. We spend a night in Monaco around the 29th June (ish). Might bump in to you!

I bought a space saver alloy just in case. Carry lots of water for you and the car.
Good point about the water, always travel with a few 2L bottles. A little oil, litre or so, is also very handy.
Don't forget the cable ties and duct tape!
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Good point about the water, always travel with a few 2L bottles. A little oil, litre or so, is also very handy.
Don't forget the cable ties and duct tape!
I'm taking 4L of oil. Would rather go over-kill!

I've got plenty of cable ties and Duct tape too!

Other things worth considering I'm taking:

- Fire extinguisher
- Non-meltable munchies/sweets
- locking wheel nut key
- tow hook
- Tools
- Paper Maps incase sat Nav dies. I have OEM Nav but am taking a Tom Tom too
- V5, insurance document stating you are covered in all countries you are visiting, driving license
- Breakdown cover
- Car phone charger
- Baby wipes
- Euros change

Etc etc
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Over and above what's been mentioned, on my 2500 mile Euro trip I took:
  • Spare brake pads
  • Window cleaner + cloth
  • A set of tools to fit most bolts on the car
  • Spare key
  • Random rags / blue roll
  • Cable ties
  • Duct tape
  • 1 litre of oil, you can get suitable top-up oil all over Europe

...and the only thing I used was the window cleaner and topped up the oil about 500ml. Brake pads still in the garage!

Anything else you need you can get from a services or a BMW garage or something. It's not like you're crossing the Sahara. If you're that scared your car is so unreliable it won't make an 800 mile trip, you probably shouldn't be taking it!

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If you're on you're own in the car (or might be at some point) a cheap kiddies fishing net is very handy for paying at the toll booths.
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Old 19th June 2017, 11:10 AM   #18
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No ones mentioned a tow rope.

Bit useless having a spare towing eye and no rope.

I suppose if you are the only car in your party its useless having either.
Just get European breakdown asstance.
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Old 19th June 2017, 11:22 AM   #19
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Thanks guys appreciate the input.

I have all those bits - did roughly the same route in my e36 m3 two years ago. Just this time going in a convoy - new C4S / new mustang 5.0 etc so just want the car to be running at optimum power handling.

That said would anyone suggest - re map / rolling road tune / etc .

Also given the fact I can't reference the RTAB's being changed in the history - would the recommendation be to do this and at what mileage would they start to perish under normal driving conditions ?

I will be in Monaco on the 15th July - so will miss you guys.

Also like the fishing net - fortunately I have a lovely, rather young, very enthusiastic american brunette for most of the journey so watching her lean over and pop the pennies in should ease the boredom of the autoroutes.

This model of M3 just fits like a glove - I love them and keeping coming back to them. What a car. A future classic right now and a peach of an engine.
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AA breakdown cover, cost us 150 last time we went to the ring, track car chucked its engine, AA recovered us off the autobahn, took car to the ferry port brought us a hire car, paid for lunch at mcdonalds lol, picked our hire car back up at the ferry port after wed had it for a week, another hire car ready for us at hull when we docked and a transporter ready for the car.

that lot would have cost 1000s and id never travel abroad again without full AA breakdown assistance.

The irony of the above is when we sold the car (E34 M5) on ebay as scrap, it was bought by a german and taken back to germany!!
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