Last October the starter on my daily driver E46 325i locked up. While waiting for the parts to arrive I drove the 323i for a bit. At Home Depot the engine cranked very slowly and would not catch. Note: this is different than my long unresolved no-start issue. Slow cranking is a sign of a... Continue Reading →
Day OneSix months of prepping, planning, and test drives. Almost didn't make it a mile. Filled the tank and restart the engine - VROOOM. 3,000 RPM cold start surge. It hasn't done that ever. Lumpy idle that eventually smoothed out after two minutes. I'll take the long way to the highway just to make sure... Continue Reading →
Nobody home at BavAuto 😞 Had the 323i out for a shakedown run and ended up near Portsmouth, NH. Bavarian Autosport used to be here until they abruptly shut down in March, 2019. Word on the street is that BavAuto owners closed the company without any notice or warning, sold the brand and inventory for... Continue Reading →
I have registered for the 2019 Vintage car show at the Saratoga Auto Museum in Saratoga, NY. From my home near Boston this will be the longest road trip I have made with the 323i. But these kinds of road trips and shows is why I bought the car. It's a shame if the car... Continue Reading →
There are many front spoilers for the E21. My favorite is the iS air dam that came on the 1983 320is model. It is similar to the Alpina front spoiler but without the ducts in the bumper. It sits 3" lower than the stock valence, which sits pretty high anyway. I'm not really sure what... Continue Reading →
Ever since my engine build was done I've had a rattle from the top end. I pinned the location to inside the cylinder head around cylinders 3-5. When my Dad first heard it, he asked if it was a Diesel. It was a metallic rattle under 3,000 RPM but would smooth out over that mark... Continue Reading →
Took the long backroad home tonight. I passed this church that I've seen a few times before but never got a chance to stop at. The field stone makes it interesting but I couldn't get the right shot to take advantage of it. I'll have to stumble on it again!
There are so few car events north of Boston. So when a local 2002 owners group planned a small meet 30 minutes away I had to join no matter what. Would they mind the 02's younger brother joining in? Not at all as it turns out. I texted my friend and former co-worker Doug who... Continue Reading →
My new daily driver: 05325iT/5 (2005 E46 325i Touring RWD 5-Speed). This is a pretty rare combination and coveted by BMW fans. Most E46 wagons are Xi automatics, which I have little interest in. Immediately previous to this I had a Toyota Highlander so it's great to be back in the daily BMW world.
This is a Public Service Announcement: front strut mounts must be assembled a certain way. When disassembling my front struts I was curious why there was this groove cut into the upper spring plate: Obviously this was cut by the upper strut bearing but there should be no contact between them. Flipping the spring plate... Continue Reading →