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What is a common issue with E46?

What is a common issue with E46?

1. BMW e46 Cooling System Failure/Leaks from Plastic Components: The BMW E46 cooling system is full of plastic fittings, clips, and reservoirs that all have a habit of cracking, causing major problems with coolant leaks and De-pressurization. eEuroparts sells a kit to replace all the key failure points at once.

Are all E46 diffs the same?

E46 is a large case diff and is different to all the other diffs in relation to how it bolts to the rear subframe – at two points instead of one.

Is the BMW E46 reliable?

Many consider the E46 to be one of the best-handling cars BMW ever made. And because so many were made, it’s not terribly difficult to find one. Although the E46’s M54 engine suffers the same VANOS and water pump problems as the N52, BMW Tuning reports overall, it’s still a reliable powerplant.

How much horsepower does a BMW e46 have?


Model Years Power
325i (EU) 2001–2006 141 kW (189 hp)
325i (US) 137 kW (184 hp)
328i 1998–2000 142 kW (190 hp)
330i (EU) 2000–2006 170 kW (228 hp)

How can you tell the difference between E36 and E46?

The E46 was longer and wider than its predecessor, gaining as much as 3 inches in some instances. BMW lowered the height of the E46 coupe, sedan, hatchback and station wagon by roughly 2 inches; the convertible was lowered by an inch. The wheelbase increased from 106.3 inches with the E36 to 107.3 inches with the E46.

When does the valve cover go bad on a BMW E46?

If getting ready to buy one, or have one and want to know what might be some of the common problems to expect in the future, this list could be useful. Because the valve cover or the valve cover gasket on E46s will go bad around 60k miles, you’ll find this is the #1 repair on these vehicles. The most common repair on these vehicles by all means.

What causes a BMW E30 to have a bushing failure?

This video explains how you can determine if a BMW E30, E36, or E46 3-series is experiencing control arm bushing failure. This is a common symptom of worn out thrust rod bushings in the front suspension.

When to replace P / S hoses on BMW E46?

There are two commonly replaced P/S hoses on E46s. They are commonly replaced between 50k-200k miles. If playback doesn’t begin shortly, try restarting your device. Videos you watch may be added to the TV’s watch history and influence TV recommendations. To avoid this, cancel and sign in to YouTube on your computer.

What should I do if my BMW engine is overheating?

If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop. If replacing the bulb doesn’t solve the problem, the most common repair is to do a complete rear left bulb socket replacement.

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