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    1. Don't be me. Don't be a 'Rick' Cabin Pics's Avatar
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      11-14-2018 04:04 PM #1
      The 4Runner developed a very odd, annoying noise on the way home yesterday. I had it looked at this morning and mechanic friend says it's gonna need a transfer case. Okay, well, whatever.

      Just for fun, I text a buddy who buys and sells Toyota's for money. Told him what was up, he offered me $4,200 for it. Sold.

      Now, this same day our friendly used car dealer in Chicago tells me about this minty one owner E46 that came in today. 2004 325i, 87,000 miles, manuel. Well, that sparked my interest. Enough so that I'm flying to Chicago on Friday to drive it home.

      Onto the pictures. There are a few little things here and there, but it's 14 years old, this is to be expected.

      2018-11-14_13-03-30_253 by efrie004, on Flickr

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      2018-11-14_12-10-28_221 by efrie004, on Flickr

      Here's the build sheet for it -

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      And here's saying goodbye to the PoorRunner.

      2018-11-14_14-30-26_069 by efrie004, on Flickr

      Looking forward to commuting with a manual again (I don't sit in traffic, it's 46 miles of twisties).
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    2. 11-14-2018 04:10 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      87,000 miles. it's 14 years old.
      That's a great buy and the pics make it even better. Solid 10/10.

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      11-14-2018 04:40 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by ForTheWin View Post
      That's a great buy and the pics make it even better. Solid 10/10.
      He paid for it with AMEX, too.

      Smart man.
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      11-14-2018 04:44 PM #4
      The whole thing started with me wanting to buy it and turn it into an autocross toy so I can become racing champion. Its a shame I dont have like a 5 car garage with a 200ft driveway otherwise this thread wouldnt have happened.
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      11-14-2018 05:20 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by ForTheWin View Post
      That's a great buy and the pics make it even better. Solid 10/10.
      I'm day drunk in new England, so this seems like a great buy. I'm currently trying to say no to a Lincoln continental with 75k miles and its going poorly.

      Andy help me. Please, help me. I can't out-drink these people. We've been drinking since 10 am.
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      11-14-2018 05:28 PM #6
      I'm seeing posts in this thread from people I've never seen post before but they have avatars. They must be drawn to the thread title.

      Congrats on the E46 score. Looks clean, and the low mileage is nice. Should be a wonderful commuter, and the cooling system issues are easily solved with a medium sized chunk of money. Just do it all at once.

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    7. Don't be me. Don't be a 'Rick' Cabin Pics's Avatar
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      11-14-2018 05:30 PM #7
      Besides freshening up the cooling system, is there anything else I need to watch out for with this thing?

      If the cooling system fails as long as I catch it in time I should be alright, correct?

      Does the motor eat itself if the water pump fails or does it just overheat?
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      11-14-2018 05:34 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I'm seeing posts in this thread from people I've never seen post before but they have avatars. They must be drawn to the thread title.

      Congrats on the E46 score. Looks clean, and the low mileage is nice. Should be a wonderful commuter, and the cooling system issues are easily solved with a medium sized chunk of money. Just do it all at once.

      Chris
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      11-14-2018 05:37 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by davewg View Post
      We come out of our holes for the really good stuff.
      Haha, I know you, silly goose.

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      11-14-2018 05:36 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      Besides freshening up the cooling system, is there anything else I need to watch out for with this thing?

      If the cooling system fails as long as I catch it in time I should be alright, correct?

      Does the motor eat itself if the water pump fails or does it just overheat?
      Just overheats.

      If you start smelling coolant, pull over immediately.

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      11-14-2018 05:42 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Just overheats.

      If you start smelling coolant, pull over immediately.

      Chris
      I haven't ordered it yet, but I've got a cart together on Amazon for radiator, expansion tank, new caps, new upper and lower hoses, water pump, and thermostat.

      $258 after shipping and tax.

      Not bad.
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      11-14-2018 06:03 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      Besides freshening up the cooling system, is there anything else I need to watch out for with this thing?
      Valve cover gasket, pretty easy DIY repair and you can ignore it as long as you don't mind the smell of oil burning off the exhaust manifolds.
      Catalytic converters can be expensive but I would guess those will be ok until at least 125k - 150k miles.
      Oil filter housing gasket likes to leak but another straightforward DIY.
      Mine ate a steering angle sensor at one point. That and the water pump were the only real failures I had with 225k miles and a Vortech supercharger.

      TCL likes to make used BMW ownership sound more difficult than it really is. They are fun cars to hustle down some back roads despite being a little underpowered.

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      11-14-2018 06:06 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Sonderwunsch View Post
      Valve cover gasket, pretty easy DIY repair and you can ignore it as long as you don't mind the smell of oil burning off the exhaust manifolds.
      Catalytic converters can be expensive but I would guess those will be ok until at least 125k - 150k miles.
      Oil filter housing gasket likes to leak but another straightforward DIY.
      Mine ate a steering angle sensor at one point. That and the water pump were the only real failures I had with 225k miles and a Vortech supercharger.

      TCL likes to make used BMW ownership sound more difficult than it really is. They are fun cars to hustle down some back roads despite being a little underpowered.
      Its gonna feel like a rocket ship compared to the PourRunner
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      11-14-2018 06:08 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Sonderwunsch View Post
      Valve cover gasket, pretty easy DIY repair and you can ignore it as long as you don't mind the smell of oil burning off the exhaust manifolds.
      Catalytic converters can be expensive but I would guess those will be ok until at least 125k - 150k miles.
      Oil filter housing gasket likes to leak but another straightforward DIY.
      Mine ate a steering angle sensor at one point. That and the water pump were the only real failures I had with 225k miles and a Vortech supercharger.

      TCL likes to make used BMW ownership sound more difficult than it really is. They are fun cars to hustle down some back roads despite being a little underpowered.
      I've found while you need to work on Toyota's and Honda's less, the parts typically are not any cheaper than parts for German cars.

      I'm really looking forward to having a RWD car, and I'm looking forward to having a manual again.

      I owned a 2003.5 MkIV 1.8T, the M54 in this car has to be easier to work on than the 1.8T - Plus no timing belt. I don't mind doing a lot of the stuff myself. Depends on what it is, and what else I have going on at the time. This time of year I'm more apt to get in the shop and work on things on the weekends.

      When it's nice out and lake weather, well, I'm going on the boat, and I'll pay someone.
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      11-15-2018 01:03 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      Besides freshening up the cooling system, is there anything else I need to watch out for with this thing?
      Also look into:

      Fan clutch for the rad. It's cheap and easy to do. If it fails, it can take out everything under the hood.

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      11-15-2018 07:47 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by blackflygti View Post
      Fan clutch for the rad. It's cheap and easy to do. If it fails, it can take out everything under the hood.
      Fan clutch failure is what took out the hood on my 1997 M3 under the previous owner's care. That's why it's got these bitchin' hood scoops (their position makes them useless for anything but looks)



      Since all the drift kings destoyed the cheap E36's and drove the prices up on still-crappier ones, E46's are the new fun, cheap Bimmer. I drove an E46 330i last Thanksgiving that was kitted out with an M3 subframe out back, $3k TC Kline coilovers, and a few bits here and there like a tune and intake, and it was a riot on the back roads. The owner had it for sale, asking price $5k for a well-sorted, well cared-for car. If the M3 had been totaled just a few months before, that E46 would have been in my driveway
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      11-15-2018 08:09 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by blackflygti View Post
      Also look into:

      Fan clutch for the rad. It's cheap and easy to do. If it fails, it can take out everything under the hood.
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      Fan clutch failure is what took out the hood on my 1997 M3 under the previous owner's care.

      Manual 325i models don't have a belt driven fan, only electric. Autos have an electric and a belt driven fan with a clutch.

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      11-14-2018 04:13 PM #18
      Well, I hope this works well for you.

      Starting to look like you need to now go find yourself a Miata and your garage will be complete for at least a few months.

      Congrats man, glad this situation presented itself for you.
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      11-14-2018 04:17 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Code Red! View Post
      Well, I hope this works well for you.

      Starting to look like you need to now go find yourself a Miata and your garage will be complete for at least a few months.

      Congrats man, glad this situation presented itself for you.
      Welp, you hit the 3,333 mark here


      And that bimer , always loved these ! Nice buy !
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      11-14-2018 04:19 PM #20
      That interior is pretty
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      11-14-2018 04:26 PM #21
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      11-14-2018 04:27 PM #22
      Im starting to feel bad that all the best deals go to you and no one else...
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      11-22-2018 02:41 PM #23
      whole lot of effort into not fixing your car if you ask me...
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      11-22-2018 05:38 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by fastinradford View Post
      whole lot of effort into not fixing your car if you ask me...
      I'm missing something here.

      Can you explain in more detail?
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