2002 BMW E46 M3

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2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby kevin286 on Sep Sat 17, 2016 4:05 pm

Decided to go a different route with the daily driver. This will be replacing our MK4 TDI. Pretty happy that the wife likes the zoom zoom stuff too.

103,000 on the car. It has been very well cared for.
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Anyways, diving right in, there's a few items that need to be addressed. First is the mirror covers. To each their own but I'm not digging the carbon fiber mirror covers so those have to go.
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But before I start a project on the weekend, it's important to get fueled up with some 'Just Coffee' which is the best substitute for RedBird I've found down here. Straight from the farmer to you, with your purchase feeding directly back to the farmer. Pretty cool.
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Theres 5 screws holding the door cards on. Three in the usual spots in the arm rests, 1 in the usual behind the door open lever and one hidden one that had me stumped for a bit behind the "ABS" badge.
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Unlike Toyota and Subaru, once the screws and clips are released, the panels don't slide up, but instead you pull them in, toward you to release the clips.
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With that done, you can disconnect the tweeter wire and the door release cable and set the door panel up
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If you remember from my MK4 thread rattles drive me bat sh*t crazy so very happy to see this. Not just a vapor barrier but some foam for sound and rattle. Even the wires are wrapped in soft fabric/foam to keep them quiet.
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These connectors always make me happy. Not sure why
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Couple of 10mm and the mirror is off. Take out these two screws and you can separate the mirror body from the mounting plate.
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Ah, ha. When I did the DS I didn't realize this connector came apart so I disassembled the mirror glass, body, motor to disconnect the harness from inside the mirror in order to get the cover off. Today doing the PS brilliance struck. By doing this, the connector is now small enough to fit through all the holes saving much-o time.
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And tada
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Oh, thank you engineer would put an arrow telling me which direction to assemble this again. Ha!
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Re-assembly is just reversing your steps. Nothing exciting there. When done, wax away your grubby paw prints and admire your work.
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Last step, almost forgot
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby kevin286 on Sep Sat 17, 2016 4:18 pm

Next is the rear view mirror. Three things here that bother me.
  • Size. The little oval is hard to see in
  • Mirror is starting to tarnish
  • Does not have homelink which is for opening your garage door

Doing some googling and part number searching on RealOEM I found that you can replace with both a traditional size and one with homelink. Sweet! 60$ and two days later one from Ebay was on my door step; Lets get this puppy installed.

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First, the current mirror. It's hard to take photos of mirrors. Meh.
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Remove the wire baffle. No drama, just push up on it which kinda bellows it out and all the clips release.
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Hit up youtube for how to remove the mirror. It's not the traditional slide up and off type. Ah, it's twist. Ok. I bet that before the internet more pieces were broken during disassembly :nod:
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Sure enough, super easy. The other sensor you see under there is the rain sensor.
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Comparing the connectors, and yes, same.
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Since it's off it'll be easy to put some 303 on it
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And I'm done.
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby SweaterVest on Sep Sat 17, 2016 6:51 pm

Looks like a sweet ride and some good work!
..But that beard is next level stuff
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby MT-Getto on Sep Sun 18, 2016 10:32 am

First. Nice whip! Second. Nice beard! Third, how's that extra studying going?


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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby 201motels on Sep Mon 19, 2016 9:23 am

Welcome to the ultimate driving machine!
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby kevin286 on Sep Tue 20, 2016 12:18 am

MT-Getto wrote:First. Nice whip! Second. Nice beard! Third, how's that extra studying going?

Thanks, Thanks, Just started. Got the book after one of the guys I sub to on youtube started updating his extra course for the new question pool. Dave KE0OG if you're interested. I'll let you know how it goes the further I get into it.

201motels wrote:Welcome to the ultimate driving machine!

Not my first, but thanks. I do like the way the BMW engineers think. Them & me have similar OCD issues. :laughing:

This showed up today. First of a few until I get the few issues and maintenance items up to date.
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And for documentation purposes, I'll list the performance mods already on the car.
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby kevin286 on Sep Wed 21, 2016 12:12 pm

Windshield trim piece was all dry rotted. Replaced. 60 bucks well spent.
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No tapered wiper shaft. This uses a conical wedge.
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New and old. Just checking that they're same.
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Old one. By--eeee
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby MT-Getto on Sep Wed 21, 2016 10:01 pm

That plastic is toast!!

Looks like you need some air in that motorcycle tire too.


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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby SweaterVest on Sep Wed 21, 2016 10:35 pm

I did the same with my GTI, I wish it would have only cost me $60
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Re: 2002 BMW E46 M3

Postby kevin286 on Sep Thu 22, 2016 12:37 am

Just an illusion since the bike is leaning toward the camera.

That is one thing I've noticed is even OE parts aren't that crazy expensive like you might think initially, what being a BMW an all.


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