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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    had the windshield replaced on the e60 by Mark of Leading Edge Auto Glass. Thankfully the top molding was replaced as well.. it was looking pretty sun damaged.


    What did that cost? Mine is cracking

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    $800-something. That's for OEM parts. I've been told it could be under $500 for much cheaper stuff.

    Of course, I promptly received nasty rock chip, so tack another $50 or so on to have that fixed

    I do highly recommend giving Mark @ Leading Edge Auto Glass a call. He'll give you lots of options, and will do it right
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    Adjusted the idle/throttle cables on my truck. Idle just disapeared couple days ago at a red light, kind of embarrassing
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    Rebuilt one of the Boxster brembo calipers on the Avant that was making a lot of noise and causing uneven pad wear. Also installed new rotors (old were warped) and pads. Brakes work great now and are quiet! Basically did a a brake fluid flush with 2L of fluid trying to bleed them. Had lots of problems with a mushy pedal until I remembered that Brembo's have two bleeder valves per caliper. I was only doing the outer valve, doh! Bled both and now they are nice and firm.
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    I love those calipers...
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    I love those calipers...
    I'm probably going to upgrade to the Boxster S or 996tt calipers. I've got the non-S and while they're a decent upgrade over stock, a bigger caliper/rotor would still be nice since the S6 weighs quite a bit more than a non-S Boxster so they aren't the best for repeated stops or track use.
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    true. The non-S calipers are a great easy upgrade though. Otherwise you're spending a lot more to upgrade the rotors and go to the larger calipers
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    Rechecked the belts on my wife's car (Passat) against the manual. I feel like a giant dick. Serpentine belts need to be replaced, not the timing belt. Should make belt replacement a lot easier.
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    Pulled the spark plugs from the E36.. found oil in top. Pulled the valve cover and gasket. Will be installing a new gasket and new plugs tomorrow. Getting a code for the TPS and a knock sensor as well.. could explain the throttle hesitation I see sometimes
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    Replaced the valve cover gasket and spark plugs on the E36. Tested the throttle position sensor and discovered that it's completely shot... suddenly symptoms it's had make sense..
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    I painted my grilles black


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    ooh

    need better photo in the sunlight.
    what paint did you use?
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    Ah, here's a better photo


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    your frontend has so many less paint chips than mine does
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post


    your frontend has so many less paint chips than mine does
    Yeah, it's in good condition for 133k. PO must have been a weirdo.

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    Mine has 140'ish. It looked pretty good when I bought, except for a couple of obvious marks. But driving hwy 18 for several months did the bumper in
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    replaced the oil filter housing gasket, vanos oil line, crank case breather/oil separator and related pipes, throttle body gasket, cleaned the throttle body and idle control valve, replaced a fog light.. on the e60

    Hoping this takes care of all the oil consumption issues the car has had.
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    replaced the oil filter housing gasket, vanos oil line, crank case breather/oil separator and related pipes, throttle body gasket, cleaned the throttle body and idle control valve, replaced a fog light.. on the e60

    Hoping this takes care of all the oil consumption issues the car has had.
    Are you sure it's a problem though? According to BMW "All BMW engines (excluding Motorsport) can consume up to 1 quart of engine oil per 750 miles at any time."

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    Yes... of course it's a problem. That quote is crap. Most people report consumption with the m54 of around 1 - 2 quarts around a 10k oil change. I was seeing a quart go every 500-1000 miles. That's silly.

    Plus, the amount of oil crud left in the ccv and related pipes was high, and the amount of oil in the intake manifold was much worse now than it was about 10k miles ago when I replaced the disa valve. On top of that I was noticing more and more oil smoke coming out of the exhaust at full throttle. The car definitely wasn't using this much oil when I bought it, and it was obviously getting worse.

    For what it's worth, my s50 consumes no oil as long as I don't use the engine compression to slow the car down a lot, and that engine has 199k miles (not quite 200k yet )

    I'll know in another tank or so how much oil I'm losing from the e60 after the fixes. The work definitely needed to be done.
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    Yes... of course it's a problem. That quote is crap. Most people report consumption with the m54 of around 1 - 2 quarts around a 10k oil change. I was seeing a quart go every 500-1000 miles. That's silly.

    Plus, the amount of oil crud left in the ccv and related pipes was high, and the amount of oil in the intake manifold was much worse now than it was about 10k miles ago when I replaced the disa valve. On top of that I was noticing more and more oil smoke coming out of the exhaust at full throttle. The car definitely wasn't using this much oil when I bought it, and it was obviously getting worse.

    For what it's worth, my s50 consumes no oil as long as I don't use the engine compression to slow the car down a lot, and that engine has 199k miles (not quite 200k yet )

    I'll know in another tank or so how much oil I'm losing from the e60 after the fixes. The work definitely needed to be done.
    I hope it does take care of it. Luckily mine has been fairly normal, I added one quart after about 4000 mi, I'm not sure it was full when I bought it. I'm at 7000 now and haven't gotten any warnings.

    If mine was consuming a quart every 500-1000 I'd be pissed.

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    yeah.... going through more than a full amount of the engine's oil before the oil change interval is up.. is a bit much
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    well.. I'll know today or tomorrow how well the car is doing on oil consumption now.
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