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Old 23-06-2018, 11:04 AM   #21
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Tremendous progress so far fella, glad you got a progress thread up for it!

Car is looking amazing, big visual improvements with the deep clean of the interior and decon of the exterior! Humbled by the inspiration for the deep clean of the interior, it has come up stunning pal.

Keep the updates coming, subbed!
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Old 27-06-2018, 01:26 AM   #22
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@AS_BO, thanks for your kind comments. What did you do about the fault codes when removing the seats? I ended up having to connect battery to lock it and think that is what set them off but cleared them easily with the laptop/diagnostics I have.

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Great write up...
Whilst in no way connected or affiliated with James Glen, other than buying my last three of four cars I can attest to the owners Integity, one hell of a garage....
Your cars looking great!

Have you followed their Facebook page? Some absolutely lush and old school metal passing through recently!
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Old 30-06-2018, 10:59 PM   #23
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@AS_BO, thanks for your kind comments. What did you do about the fault codes when removing the seats? I ended up having to connect battery to lock it and think that is what set them off but cleared them easily with the laptop/diagnostics I have.




Have you followed their Facebook page? Some absolutely lush and old school metal passing through recently!


Beams I had the battery on charge Iím sure - never had any fault codes or dash lights come up when I put the interior back in.

Iíve now got to tackle the middle rear seatbelt - after having the seats down itís decided to engage the pre tensioner and now itís jammed 🤦🏼*♂️ hope I can rescue it because otherwise itís a lot of money, the belt is secured into the rear back rest!!
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:36 AM   #24
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Posted this image previously in the detailing chat section but have been able to keep tabs on the car now that I have a drive and I was able to coat it with AMdetails wax - lovely to apply and very easy to buff off. The sunlight in the evenings has been quite generous but trust me a multitude of paintwork sins are hidden here...



Small update:

After not hearing from BMW regarding the anti-corrosion warranty I got back in touch and it transpires some sort of handling error occurred. I popped in again and the warranty manager expected to fob me off with tales of paintwork repairs and his paint depth gauge but said he could find very little issues apart from perhaps smart repairs in two small areas. He suspects the lack of BMW service history over the last five years will give higher ups grounds to deny the claim though.

He also took into account the rusted bootlid (which I have a painted replacement for) and reported no findings of paint repair which was the complete opposite of what another BMW staff member told me last year at a different dealership...

We shall wait and see. The guy was pleasant to deal with nonetheless but I already sense the buck has been passed to superiors and the comment about lack of service history may well be valid. I have only owned it for two years but last BMW stamp is five years ago.

Additional update:

The heater issue I rectified may be deeper rooted than I understood. Just last week a BMW recall notice posted through my door and relates to the heater and associated wiring. https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-recall handy link should you wish to check for outstanding notices on your car but more information about this particular recall can be read here: https://www.bmw.co.uk/landingpages/bmw-vehicle-recalls

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Which vehicles are affected:

The blower regulator connection recall affects the certain previous generation models of the BMW 3 Series, produced from October 2004 to May 2011.

BMW 3 Series Saloon (E90) Produced from 15/10/2004 to 08/07/2011
BMW 3 Series Touring (E91) Produced from 22/04/2005 to 08/07/2011
BMW 3 Series Coupť (E92) Produced from 20/04/2006 to 27/05/2011
BMW 3 Series Convertible (E93) Produced from 28/11/2006 to 27/05/2011


Final update:

I am waiting on some parts arriving from BMW. I've had long running (a year now!) oil consumption and fuel economy issues alongside a list of fault codes. I've changed MAF sensors, serviced the car, replaced O2 sensors and misfiring coils and a crankcase breather to some considerable expense... I have done some extensive googling and forum digging over the last month since I finished my dissertation and found the time - I now believe that the issue is linked to failed DISA valves on the N52 engine that resides in my BMW. What lead me to this was a new/unusual fault code displayed recently (2AAC - I check my codes regularly).

Some useful links should anyone ever happen across the same issue or fancies a bit of reading:

Linked above, the (2AAC code that brought me to this point:

What is a DISA Valve? A Rundown of Symptoms and Replacement

Nice write-up/How to from a Z4 forum...


Looking at the youtube clip and from various readings it is my understanding that upon ignition and during idle up to around 4000rpm the flap should close until more air is required which is when the flap opens to deliver more air.

There are two of them on my engine, one either side of my intake manifold. The first, larger one is easy to get to and resides just after the MAF and air intake. The second smaller one resides inside/under the manifold and is more difficult to reach but achievable.

The larger one I have found upon extraction does not operate correctly. On ignition it tries to close slowly but sticks halfway. I believe the motor inside has failed.



The smaller one I had bought a second hand replacement for. I believe it works aside from the issue with the rubber membrane that you can see (above) has deteriorated, highlighted by the pen. When the flap closes I fail to see how a proper seal can be maintained? The part I extracted was in much worse shape and the flap can actually be wiggled about which is apparently quite dangerous as the spindle can fail leading to broken components being sucked into the engine itself...

I contacted the seller and they were happy to find me a better replacement or refund me. I've chosen the refund and have ordered two brand new BMW replacements at a cost of £450. Sickened. That is with a forum discount too but I have this slight niggle that my usual garage and latterly, especially, the BMW specialist I used should have picked up on this sooner.

The parts are yet to arrive but the car is running terribly at the moment with the latest tinkering carried out by myself. I cleaned a bunch of connections and sensors whilst I was poking around the engine and left the replacement valve in for now rather than use the close to failing original but the sooner I can work on it again, the better. I am away to a wedding in Ireland this weekend though so will probably leave it until after then. I will update in due course.

That's all for now, hopefully good news to report next time I post. Drive is completed for those that didn't follow the thread I made, it's making life a lot easier for me. Cleaned my brother's GSX-R and quick detailed the BMW on it a few days ago! It is also allowing me to work on the car instead of sending it to a garage now so after a few jobs will hopefully pay for itself!



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Great thread. Keep up the good work.
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The wiring recall is a big problem, my friend has a 335D and the air con display turned off and nothing worked. I popped the cover off under the glove box and all the insulation to the wires had burnt off and the wires were sparking against each other! The plug was badly damaged also, it seems to be water getting into the plug and shorting it. We repaired it best we could (at that time the recall was only in America) and it died again so this time the recall had been announced so i cut the plug off and it's gone into BMW for the recall. I would highly advise checking the wiring yourself.
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