Brads E46 M3

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  1. 2 Jul 2019 at 5:58 PM #141
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    So car is MOT’D and taxed and back being used. Forgot just how good it was. Put a smile on my face straight away. The noise from the stacks is still so addictive.


    Change the pollen filter, oil filter and oil.


    Also finally managed to put my undertray on. Looks great even though it will never be seen. But it’s never had one on for some reason.


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    Also had new plates so put those on. Old ones were okay just needed a freshen up.


    Also had a few bits painted that were annoying me, lacquer peel on driver side arch, spot of rust in the rear corner where the boot meets the body and full rear bumper as there were some marks and a scratch on the corner.


    Then gave it a clean and went for a drive.


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  2. 2 Jul 2019 at 7:26 PM #142
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    Looks the goods, but the undertray will probably not last too long if mine was anything to go by :oops:

    How are you getting on with the SMG some two years later? Still happy with your choice? Got to say, I love M-Textur interiors, too.
     
  3. 2 Jul 2019 at 7:51 PM #143
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    Haha no doubt will probably gone. But we’ll see I guess

    Yeah still happy with my choice great in auto and when pushing on great to use the paddles. It does have the CSL update which helps it massively.
    Thanks yeah I love the interior. You don’t see many with it neither.
     
  4. 9 Jul 2019 at 10:02 PM #144
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    So been doing a few bits with my day off. Nothing major.


    First up checked the Vanos filter and gave it a bit of a clean. All looked okay. Will replace shortly due to knowing how cheap and easy to do they are.


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    Gave all the metal work a bit of a clean as the metal of the clasps for the stacks was going a bit nasty. Will eventually get a dremel for the Vanos.


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    Also this wire has been exposed since I got the car, can’t think of any other way to fix it so had to get the electrical tape out.


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    Also when I had the CSL Software done I had the rear windows to close one push, but never realised how easy it was to make the button work the same as the front. Just need to remove a bit of plastic from the inside. Passenger side works perfect, however driver side opens but doesn’t close. Will only close when I turn the key in the door key, which is annoying me as I can’t figure out what’s wrong. As it seems the switch and window motor are both okay.


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    That’s all for now. Currently also have the updated diff bolts which I’m just finding the right day to fit as I need a day when I don’t need the car. So will do that in due course. Would also like to change the oil in it.


    Just really enjoying driving the car in this nice and hot weather we’re having with the light evenings. Even if it is just motorway miles to and from work.


    Hope you enjoy.


    Thanks.
     
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  5. 10 Jul 2019 at 6:27 AM #145
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    You can use sugru to repair the damaged plug boot. Sugru is rubber putty that sets after being moulded into a shape.
     
  6. 16 Jul 2019 at 4:31 PM #146
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    So with the rear windows deciding to play up. Finished work early and decided to have a look. Front windows working fine. Rear ones working when they felt like it. Or just opening then closing when the key is turned in the door. So I knew it couldn’t be the switch or motor as both proving to work. Decided some trial and error. After looking online found common solutions. Checked the wiring on the switches. Fine. Checked the fuse, so took the glovebox out. All appeared fine, not blown. Then had to take rear seats/ door card out. Couldn’t immediately see anything wrong. Checked the wiring for any frays, again all okay. Then checked the switch to the back of the motor which pretty much just fell off so must’ve just been in place. Clicked that back in and bingo. Now how fully rear working windows that close on one touch, as it had been previously coded and I made the alteration to the switch internals. So well happy, nothing better than when a bit of tinkering goes well for once lol.
     
  7. 16 Jul 2019 at 5:52 PM #147
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    Nothing worse than stripping it all down not to find anything. And a free fix is always a plus
     
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  8. 20 Jul 2019 at 4:07 PM #148
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    Think this is the rubber boot part number from BMW 12521732634
     
  9. 20 Jul 2019 at 5:32 PM #149
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    perfect. Thank you. Will get one of those ordered.
     
  10. 26 Jul 2019 at 3:29 PM #150
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    So today with this heat we’ve been having been meaning to do this for a while, as I replaced the condenser sometime ago, but never needed the air con.


    Decided to have it done today. Nice and easy, held pressure so no leaks. And no it’s nice and cold.


    Obviously had to clean it before it went there :) has a few people coming up to it and having a look around, saying how nice and clean and in good condition it looked. Always nice to receive compliments.


    Generic car having the air con done photo.


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  11. 20 Sep 2019 at 7:16 PM #151
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    So no massive update but being off work this weekend and having this nice weather made the most of it. Took the alloys off and coated my wheels with carbon collective.



    Fully cleaned the arches again and treated the plastics.



    Also refitted a csl diffuser as it does make the rear end look much better, and suits the exhaust.



    Future plans are thinking it still needs spacers. 12mm all round looks perfect.



    Also ignore the height been on axle stands all day.



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  12. 2 Dec 2019 at 8:59 PM #152
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    So not really an update but it’s not been cleaned for quite a while, and being used daily the dirt soon built up. Was tempted to leave it and see how dirty it could really get, but caved today and have to say much prefer it clean lol. So no major update just pictures of it being dirty and then finally clean. Also ticked over to 127k miles now. Really need a daily tbh to try and keep the mileage on it down, but it does do everything so well. Can cruise along on the motorway, then when you get the chance floor it and hear that engine noise, which is amplified through the velocity stacks. Make for a great drive to work!!



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  13. 2 Dec 2019 at 9:18 PM #153
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    Those wheels were awful! Still comes up a treat for it's milage :shades:
     
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    I’m in your boat; want to keep the mileage off mine (66k now), but it is so much fun and relatively easy to drive that I keep putting off buying something else. That and the cost of another car + its upkeep means money that could be saved/spent on M3...
     
  15. 3 Dec 2019 at 10:14 AM #155
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    yes the wheels were horrendous tbf took ages to get them back clean lol. And thanks.
     
  16. 3 Dec 2019 at 10:15 AM #156
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    66k miles that’s nothing lol. I also think the same insurance, tax then fuel for that can just spend on petrol for this and enjoy it. But do kind of hate seeing the mileage going up. But I did buy it to enjoy and drive lol.
     
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  17. 5 Dec 2019 at 7:59 PM #157
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    So not a great day today, driving into work and his what looked like some gravel. Heard a loud noise as I went over it, got down to the car park and checked the two front tyres as thought they would’ve been the ones to have hit it. Seen they was okay, started talking to a colleague funnily enough about tyres as he has a slow puncture and mentioned how expensive mine were. Then Get to my desk and a colleague comes over and says ‘do you know your rear tyre is flat’ obviously come in after me. Went down and it was flat as a pancake. GREAT ! Was hoping it was a puncture and repairable, nope not in my case. Somehow damaged the inside wall. So had to have a new tyre at £135 some direnza brand. Only tyre they had in stock in my size. Obviously no Michelin’s. So still got to spend £200 on another rear Michelin. Had to be the rear, the most expensive. And to top my day off they damaged my untouched alloys. Luckily took photos before. Only checked when I got back to work. Phoned them and taking it back down tomorrow to which I’m hoping I get a payment for the Refurb. As everything is time stamped as to when all the pictures were taking. So all in all a great day !!!



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    That was nice of them!!!
     
  19. 5 Dec 2019 at 8:19 PM #159
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    Yup apparently they wouldn’t have done it as their machine doesn’t touch the wheel and their very careful with alloys.....clearly not.
     
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    Yeah right...I had my tyres done on Saturday I removed the weights and cleaned the backs of them so they didn’t scratch them by removing them with a screw driver
     

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