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c-bass 10-07-2020 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guntherrex (Post 1192579)
can't believe that's the same car! Hope the mechanical bits prove reliable too!

Me too!

The previous owner did mention they just drove to Florida and in March he had a stroke. So it made a Florida trip just before I got it, that's gotta count for something.

c-bass 10-07-2020 01:34 PM

I did a quick scan with ISTA the other day and found no less than 45 error codes

https://i.imgur.com/4zG2JZm.jpg

However, I'm not overly concerned because I also found this under the hood

https://i.imgur.com/TR3FjpA.jpg

This is one of my favorite things to see when a BMW isn't behaving. Yes I did say favorite. Why? Having a torn intake boot can trigger all kinds of errors and is cheap and easy to fix.

Also the inside of that intake looks like a coal miner's lungs :wow:

Found the lower part of the filter housing is cracked. Booooo!!!

https://i.imgur.com/CVtdDPy.jpg

and I found this hose partially tucked behind the front bumper cover poking out. Looks like it's coming from the washer fluid so I'm guessing headlight sprayer?

https://i.imgur.com/XZ3JGyh.jpg

Happy 10-07-2020 03:39 PM

The story of "Swamp Thing"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192757)
Also the inside of that intake looks like a coal miner's lungs :wow:

LoL..!

Quote:

Found the lower part of the filter housing is cracked. Booooo!!!
Afe cold air intake time!

c-bass 10-08-2020 05:29 PM

some parts have started coming in

https://i.imgur.com/Lk8XCrn.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/kHEnqLG.jpg

Intake boot has been replaced

https://i.imgur.com/81Nn3Gc.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ffT1Hi1.jpg

Cleared the codes and test drive time. I need to get a better idea what was making all the noise when I took it for a spin the day I bought it.

I'm guessing brakes or rear wheel bearing...or maybe a combination of both :rolleyes:

Happy 10-08-2020 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192832)
some parts have started coming in.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/afe-cold-ai...AAAOSwP4ldgPc5

c-bass 10-08-2020 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1192837)

As nice as that filter setup is, by the time you do the exchange rate, shipping, taxes and duties It's going to be over $400 for me and there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for basically a cone air filter.

Don't get me wrong I'd throw that in Swampy in a minute if I got one for my birthday...which happens to be on March 8;)

c-bass 10-08-2020 10:22 PM

I drove around the block a couple times and noticed Swampy sounds like a vacuum cleaner under the hood and had a better look.

Fan clutch is shot and I couldn't help notice how close the fan blades are coming to the valve cover

https://i.imgur.com/0l1yd0d.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/crPrx8P.jpg

I'm thinking that maybe the water pump shaft or pulley is bent slightly?

Valve cover has a slight leak at the usual spot

https://i.imgur.com/39rrF9V.jpg

Vanos oil feed line is "sweating" a little bit

https://i.imgur.com/eVOpJ4h.jpg

My helper took a look in the back but didn't have anything to report.

https://i.imgur.com/lQXQpc1.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/3yFi7wJ.jpg

I'll pop the back wheels off and see what's going on back there tomorrow

Happy 10-08-2020 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192844)
As nice as that filter setup is, by the time you do the exchange rate, shipping, taxes and duties It's going to be over $400 for me and there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for basically a cone air filter.

Don't get me wrong I'd throw that in Swampy in a minute if I got one for my birthday...which happens to be on March 8;)


Whata..Bummer!

Ok, I hope you get a second hand air box, that is reliable, and cheap!

Although, those cracks peculiar as they may be, will not purpose any threat to your M54.

TriX5 10-08-2020 10:48 PM

White glove service! Great help... :-)

Purplefade 10-08-2020 11:14 PM

I have to say, on the air box, if you can’t find an inexpensive replacement, that may be “fixable”. I think I might be inclined to measure the gap between those ribs, since it primarily runs down one section, setup a little clamping jig and two part epoxy a “splint” to the outside of the box. Before I clamped it in the jig I’d use the epoxy to set the crack and then fill in any gaps with a 1 minute hardening adhesive like the instant grab products that come in a caulk tub. Light sand and a quick coat of black paint and I think that box may be back in service - obviously with a deep clean and degrease first [emoji16]. If you were concerned about integrity, you could heat abs plastic, mold it to the inside, down the side and along the bottom, and epoxy a “splint” inside too.

Just a thought if you don’t find one quick.


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