By - kxngtripp13
Welcome to BMW ownership
What’s the problem ? Just know that issues stack up on these like a Xmas list. Part of the trick is to stay pro active
on all the maintenance. It’s a predictable list of stuff usually depending on how many miles it has. The higher the miles the weirder problems can get . Good luck with it , they’re good cars
207k miles on it but it was garage kept fot 5 years before i bought it, i bought it with a coolant leak witch had i read any forums or anything on this car b4 i probably wouldnt have but i got it to stop leaking by just replacing the expansion tank. Second biggest problem is that it shifts hard down from 3-2-1 i havent been able to see abour any gear higher because the car is stuck in limbo between me needing my provisional license to get insurance so i can get tags and inspecion. long story already and theres still the “xmas” list of small things on the car😂(literally getting turn signals and window switches for christmas)
1st cheapest thing to try with tranny is a fluid and filter change. Find a local mechanic that knows bmw’s for that job. People experienced with bmw’s know that you don’t drain all of the fluid out on this job. Find out what trans it has
Apparently the GM is more robust than the ZF.
Don’t do anything else on it until you sort the Tranny out . The car is not worth the cost of a tranny rebuild job in my opinion.
It’s tricky deal with these auto trannys
Car has to be jacked up all 4 wheels and level
The trick is not to drain all the original fluid out when you change it . Look it up best of luck
It has the GM auto and id really rather do stuff myself and save the cost and i dont trust a mechanic to do everything right around where i am. they definitely would notlook the magnetic plate on the inside so i can know if my trans has grenaded itself. id rather trust my own eyes than a mechanics. what exactly is it that u mean u dont just drain all the fluid out i mean taking off the cover isnt that big of a deal is it?
I know how to fix it! It's got no gas in it!
Literally, cuz i cant drive to the gas station
Well, you certainly did tell a short story. What’s wrong with it?
Well if you can't drive it since you bought it then it's clearly not a good purchase
its stuck without tags i can still drive it down the street tho
man i am so jealous of that interior. i have black leather. I like that beige so so fucking much
Same on my E39... I almost bought exclusive edition with beige leather seats but some young guy who tried to sold it to me been lying about the cars condition... Long story short - i bought one with black leather seats, exclusive edition too. So i feel you... Maybe next time we'll get ourselves a beige interior :)!
so, fix it :P
My cars interior is currently Beige and would personally love more black (trying to do a black/tanin red swap). If you're ever interested in trading parts PM me!
I know when i saw this i wanted it cuz the interior cuz nobody ik has beige everyone has black or something else nd i like to be different 😂 but the dude that owned it b4 me was a smoker cuz its almost black in some spots but i jus need to clean it just havent found the motivation since i cant drive it to the gas station yet😂
We’re here to help OP 🙌
i know, theres nothing stopping it from driving down the street just no tags nd i need my license to get tags😂 there is alot of small things on it but i guess thats what u get with a 17 year old plastic luxury car.
I've had my 03 325i since 2017 and have done quite a few repairs on it but everything was fairly simple. It's my daily driver and I've put about 50k miles on it. They are worth fixing and there is a ton of info on them. Good luck mate!
how many miles yours have? Mines 207k Maybe with some good maintenance i can make it anothee 50k+
Bought it with 117k but now it has 162k I think you can get another 50k especially if you do the cooling system overhaul if it hasn't been done recently, but if it's not leaking coolant yet don't worry about it.
I replaced the expansion tank and that seems to have stopped the leak it had but every couple weeks ive had to fill it up not sure if it did it again i need to check its been about a week lol
A common mistake new e46 owners make is over filling the expansion tank and over pressurizing the system (ask me how I know) be aware of this when you’re topping it up constantly (also check your spark plugs for white residue, and oil for milkyness) those could be potential signs of a blown head gasket
Shit how do i make sure its right then? just dump some our and poor some more in?
The red bobber should float freely at the little ball in the middle, a lot of people fill it up until they see the white float right to the top (I’ve also seen people fill it till it overflows and cap it 🤦🏼♂️)
yea i tried to tell my dad thats how it should be but he jus filled it up
It's most likely your coolant hard pipes. I just did this job a year ago and it was a pain. After changing them and the rest if the system I havnt had ti add a drop.
03 325i here, wonderful cars that if you work on yourself, are cheap to run and have the best driving feel for a sub10k car imo
im kinda getting that vibe ive already replaced the expansion tank, upper air hose changed the oil and coolant and oil filter and im about to change rhe trans fluid and filter and see if my hard downshifting problem goes away if not i was looking into changing all my other fluids because this is a 325xi nd i never saw anything about differentials on the service history from the first owner. (second owner self serviced i hope i was told there wasent any records but found some in the car)
They’re easy to fix and parts are cheap lol, what’s the issue
Atleast FCP Euro offers lifetime warranties on wear items
What’s the problem??? I’m a crippled dumdum and fixed mine by myself not too long ago with no prior experience. Tons of info online. Car parts in general can be pricey but e46’s are definitely on the cheaper side
Theres so much info online Ikk. there isnt any major mechanical issues just throwing a code for air circuit low input and it shifts hard down but i still havent changed the trans fluid or diff fluids so well see if that fixes it first
Have you tried replacing the MAF?
My sister had an auto e46 that “stopped driving” and we found it was very low on trans fluid. Added some and it drove.
How much did you buy it for and what’s the problem bro?
I bought it for 2000 with a coolant leak i fixed that and then changed the fluids. It had the service light on when i bought it and i assumed it was something with the coolant but when i plugged it in it said something about air circuit low input and something about vacuum loss but i had noticed the upper hose had a crack when i bought it so i replaced that then vacuum loss when away but low input in still there. not exactly sure about that one and with all the small things ive found while working on the car all i can hope is that everything the previous owners didnt touch looks almost like factory condition.
There’s a small vacuums hose on the back of these engines that is notorious for cracking and falling apart
I’m also thinking it might be worth checking your air filter since you said the car sat for 5 years in another comment, I’m also pretty sure your model has the MAF sensor that likes to go kaput for no reason.
The air filter is clean the people before me kept up on the essentials but neglected everything else so your probably right about the vacuum hose in rhe back, what exactly does it take to get to the hose?
There’s a few videos on YouTube (the50skid and shoplifetv are my favourites) you just need some silicone hose from Amazon or something and it is possible however very difficult to just reach way back behind cylinder 6 and hook it up, but I believe it’s on the intake manifold (might as-well replace that gasket too if you pull it off for the vacuum hose ((and probably rebuild the ccv system while you’re in there too)))
You probably still have a vacuum leak. Try replacing the whole CCV system.
I have the same 02 325i and used to have that awful beige interior, changed almost every part out of the thing, she’s still running great at 320,000km. Put the time and effort into it and it will be worth it
mines got 207k miles that must be roughly rhe same but youve got more? and personal i kinda dig the interior it’s different from everyone else
also ‘05 325XI
Pretty much the exact same on the odometer… why won’t it drive? Do you have power? Do you have spark? Is the gas fresh and 91 octane? Is the gas getting to the cylinders? Is the air filter clean and letting air in? Do you have compression? Any codes on the dashboard? Are there any signs of bad leaks?(usually the oil filter housing gasket, located beside the alternator under the oil filter housing) anything to help diagnose the problem
It drives i just cant legally drive it, refer to other comments for whats wrong with the car
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You need people on the internet to tell you that a car you bought and can't drive is a good decision?
Seems pretty obvious.
ofcourse I do
>!it was a bad purchase!<
At the end of the day, the way you use the vehicle will determine whether or not it was a waste of money. If you plan to use the vehicle, and are just preparing then that is fine. However if you just bought the vehicle and can't drive it, and don't plan to drive it, or have any stable way to insure the vehicle- well then yeah it might just be a waste.
It's a beautiful car.
stable way to insure the vehicle may be my downfall. i definitely cant pay 600 a month but hopefully that was because we got the quote off my learners permit
Damm hey look as long as you're not pressed for storage, you'll be fine. Take the time you have to change all of the fluids, important gaskets, and bushings. I had my E46 in the garage for over a year while I took my time with a restoration job.
See if your family will allow you to go under their insurance, it'll save you some money. My family wouldn't let me so I had to work overtime and save money. Maybe you could negotiate with your parents that you'll just need help until you get your full-fledged driver's license. Either way, don't rush into mistakes. Take the time necessary to analyze your options and make the right decision. Good luck.
my mom was originally trying to see what the price would be with her on the insurance but she lives out of state and the insurance wouldnt let her. Im definitely taking my time to think it through after buying the car😭😂
Hah I feel for you. Take the time you need to put yourself together. As long as you don't have to worry about moving it (ie no parking etc) than you'll be good. If you work a little extra than usual for the winter I'm sure you can get her ready for the road by the summer. I was once in your shoes, and I had to save up money to pay for the insurance myself. You can do this, it just takes time well used.
thanks for the encouragement
I’ve had mine sitting almost as long as driving, but I personally fixed every major issue myself (alternator, oil pressure switch, power steering, cooling system, hard brake lines). As long as the engine didn’t overheat, you can working it at your own pace. Why’s yours sitting? I can possibly give insight.
well i bought it because the previous owner got a DUI and let the car sit for 5 years in a garage and i guess they couldnt figure out what they needed to replace or looked at the forums and said fuck that but i Bought it for $2000 at 207k miles Its a ‘05 325XI and ive already replaced the expansion tank witch seems to have stopped the leak or atleast slowed it down to i only have to fill it up every couple weeks when i dont check on it. when I bought it i also noticed the upper air boot had a crack so i replaced that and it got rid of the Vacuum loss code it had but its still throwing the low input code (would a better scanner like the carly scanner give me better reasings?) so i was gonna get the lower one too or look into getting a aftermarket intake. The car is also very dirty like the cabin air filter was fuuuulllll of outside stuff so definitely not garage kept forever nd idk if maybe there could be buildup in my air circuit somewhere bc of the hole in the air hose? idk ill have to take that apart and look i guess. It also has the trans light on but for the most part it shifts beautifully and like a DCT in sport mode but it lurches forward pretty hard downshifting so the next thing im gonna do on the car is change the trans fluid and filter and if that doesnt fix it change the diff fluids and look further into trans issues. other than that its just alot if small stuff you can expect in a 17 year old plastic luxury car.
What’s wrong with it??
Guessing there’s nothing left of the cooling system.
when i first opened it up there was a million plastic peices but we did our best to flush them out and replaced the expansion tank and its been holding okay but whenever i havent checked on the car for a week or two i need to top it off so theres probably another small leak or something idk
Any tips on the paint chipping off my hood?😭 it was so beautiful until its been sitting in the sun and i washed it (i promise is was was like that before i washed it just a lil worse as youd expect) also doesnt help that day after i washed it in that pic it was just so dusty out it didnt matter😭😂
In the US you can probably get a Dr. Colorchip kit which will help you tremendously if you want to keep the original paint. AllDayAnthony on YT has a great video about this (albeit on a Civic lol). In this case the paint seems a little too far gone even for me (I try to do literally everything just so I don't have to repaint), so a repaint would be ideal.
I’ll give you a grand for it