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Mr_530i last won the day on December 22 2016

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    E46 BMW 330i M54 M-Sport Manual Touring

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  1. Mr_530i

    E46 Alternator removal - power cable

    Mole Grips did the job the part is off. Does it look like the plastic nut hosing has come away? or is this just whatever fits replacement. @LukeH thanks for the kind offer. PM Sent
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    E46 Alternator removal - power cable

    Thanks to all that I have replied. I will wait till the new alternator arrives to see if is has detachable plastic nut. If not will give mole grips a try.
  3. I am having trouble removing the power cable from the alternator on my e46. On all the DIYs they say it should be a 17mm nut that you remove. But on mine it seems like a Screw that you would finger tight but I can’t undo it. I have tried putting pilers on it but i think I am making it worse by wearing it down. I think the 17mm nut might be like a detachable locking wheel nut which would sit on top of the screw and then turn it. But I think my alternator has been replaced in the past and the previous owner has forgotten to put it back on. Am I right? Photo with green circle from a online DIY and the photo with red circle is of my alternator. Thanks
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    E34 M5 Touring restoration

    how much has the restoration cost you so far? and how much did you get the car for?
  5. I had this problem with my e46 330i. After months of trouble shooting I found the problem to be the output shaft. I sent my car to the garage last year to have the N/S/R wheel bearing changed. Unfortunately the mechanic couldn't change the wheel bearing, as it had welded itself into the hub. Therefore, he ordered me a second hand hub complete with an output shaft, and installed this. Since then every time my car rolled back slightly it would make a whaling sound from the N/S/R. However every time I took it to the garage to show them, it never happened. They then thought it could be the handbrake sticking so I had brand new bmw shoes with a BMW adjuster kit fitted. But the problem still existed. But I thought I would just live with it as it didn't effect the drive of the car. Then towards the end of this year when the weather turned cold, I had the click click sound, and after a spritted drive the entire car started shacking from the N/S/R. I first thought it was the driveshaft guibo, but then when I spun the N/S/R wheel I could hear the click click but only slightly. I then convinced the garage that it was the output shaft, but the garage wasn't convinced as they couldn't feel any play, but I told them it had to be that, they had also fitted a output shaft off a 330d, but luckily the part number are the same. Long story short I had them re-grease the CV Joints on the output shaft, and this fixed the problem and the car has never been so smooth of the line and at gear changes. not had any problems since.
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    Surging issues - 550i

    Is your diagnostic tool definitely compatible with your car? As some older machines will struggle to read your car, as I belive for the facelift E60 they changed the pins in OBD Connectors. I found this out the hard way when my e46 cable didn't work on my e60, I had to buy a different cable. Only reason I am mentioning this as you have no codes whats so ever. There is usually something that always logged, even if its pre-historic but I could just be thinking of INPA, which reads historic logs.
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    Minicab fare con?

    I took a cab from Manchester Train station to Manchester Science Museum. The fair like yours @nealpina increased when he stopped and press a button on a meter. I asked the cabby a few times before getting out why it had increased, but it seemed like he was playing deaf, so I raised my voice and kept asking until he answered. He then told me it was a barrier charge to come through the station and that they split the cost down the middle with the passenger. How true that is I don't know. I've also noticed that when I lived in Halifax I could do a 10 mile trip in black cab on fairly flat surface and it would cost the same if I did 3 mile trip on a hilly surface. I am sure there gas pedal is rigged to their meters.
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    Petrol Engine thermostats.

    Wow never noticed that before. What a cool feature, can't wait to tell my brother and to see it in action on his car
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    Petrol Engine thermostats.

    what is this redline? I found my E60 heater system (n53) to have worked really well, as good as my e46. Recently had the radiator changed and its seems the system wasn't fully bleed because on idle the heater would occasionally blow cold air, which i think was an air trap, because if I revved the engine the cold spot would go away. Took it back to the garage today and had them re-bleed the system, the heater seems much better now, but more driving required to be 100% certain.
  10. This is why driveless cars will take over
  11. I am no longer just concerned about the loss of manual cars, I am now more concerned about not being able to drive one at all. I think this article writer is a bit biased personally https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45786690
  12. Personally I am more bothered about new BMW manual car availability for me rather then the next generation....
  13. I've had conference calls with certain companies where their consultants have had to join into calls and have meetings whilst driving, all arranged and booked in by the pre-sales teams. Personally I can't have a serious conversation with someone that's driving and on the phone, as I was just waiting/imagining for the consultant to swear at another driver or say something like oh Sh*i*.... and then the phone would go dead, because they had come off the road because of the lack of concentration.
  14. Hypothetically I just don't want to end up in a situation that because I choose to drive a BMW auto as my daily I forget how to drive a manual. Also driving an auto means you can afford to have a more relaxed driving approach such as allowing your car to creep forward or backwards or just constantly drive with one hand, whereas in a manual you have to be more aware, as its less forgiving, such as if your not concentrating you could be in the wrong gear or stall. I also like to be able to coast, when parallel parking, for instance reserving up a hill but dipping the clutch in to go forward whilst still being in reverse, you can't do this in auto. But I do like Duncan-uk would prefer to be in auto when in traffic.
  15. http://www.thedrive.com/news/23967/bmw-waves-goodbye-to-the-3-series-manual-transmission I can only see one pro to this: I think this will only push the value of old BMWs up. Drivers that can't use a manual properly will probably be able to drive faster Cons: New generation of drivers will not know how to control a real car over the coming years, just like most people these days can't double clutch ( +1) but back in the days this use to be the norm Feel less in control of the car and so much more............ TBH I think BMW have lots their touch in new cars, more about the looks then the drive and quality of the build.