BMW E46: THE REAL ESSENCE OF SPORTS DRIVING

The German brand’s grizzled sports car has managed to hold the position of one of the bestsports cars to bring you out of Bravia. A little number of cars in the market has been able toarouse emotions and demand among the buyers even after 10-12 years after hitting the market.BMW 3 Series, specifically the E46 undoubtedly tops the list. Yes, in comparison to today"s cars,the older "three" seems subdued, stable, and impressive. However, before buying it is worth toknow its greatest advantages, pay attention to the defects and finally choose a model that willmeet all our requirements.

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MECHANICAL MATTERS INCLUDING BMW E46 FUSE BOX - WHAT TOWATCH OUT FOR?

The BMW E46 fuse box is located in the glove compartment. You can find two white knobslocated at the bottom left and right. You just need to twist them and the fuse box could beunlocked. The best part is, to change a fuse, you don't require any special tool. The red cliplocated at the middle of the fuse box is an inbuilt tool of this car that helps you to open up thefuse box without any extra effort.

Many older BMW models, including the E46 series, have had problems with the engine coolingsystem. The most common problem, apart from the failure of the water pump or thermostat, isthe failure of the Visco coupling, responsible for starting the radiator fan.

The cost of this part starts from around $79-$80 and they’re easily available for a replacementin any authorized service center. It is worth paying attention to because the faulty cooling leadsto overheating of the unit and cracking of the heads.

If we notice "swollen" cooling system hoses, it is also better to opt out of the purchase. Anothercommon fault in E46 is the loud operation of the silencer. However, it’s never a serious defectthat effectively spoils the fun of driving. This shortcoming can be removed very easily – you cansimply replace this part.

WHICH MOTOR VERSION TO CHOOSE?

Before we go hunting and start searching for automotive services, it is worth answering thequestion of what we are really looking for. If you are looking for an economical car that will notruin our portfolio at the first tanking, let"s not be deceived by appearances and watch salesperson’s offers very vigilantly.

SUMMARY

The BMW 3 Series E46 is a great car that offers a wonderful user experience. It is worthchoosing a version produced after 2001. They are actually more efficient and free from"children"s defects" of the initial E46 series.

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The BMW E46 model in the autumn of 2001 underwent a lightweight facelift, and the range ofengines was also refreshed. So if we want to buy a slightly newer and honestly, nicer model,look for versions with newer lights. How to meet them? Well, the first models produced before 2001 had front lights with orange direction indicators and the bottom line ran parallel to thebumper line. After 2001, new headlamps were used with a slightly slimmer line, withtransparent turn signals directed slightly upwards. This is indeed a small accent, but it plays asignificant role in enhancing the appearance of the entire car. Also, the BMW E46 fuse boxlocation is another reason to buy this extraordinary car. So, get one and enjoy the real essence ofsports driving.


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ModelsPetrol

316i/316ci,318i/318ci, 320i/320ci, 323i/323ci, 325i/325ci (EU + US), 328i/328ci, 330i/330ci (EU + US), M3 (EU + US),M3 CSS

Diesel

318d, 320d/320Cd, 330d/330Cd

Fuse box location

You will find the fuses and information on their respective allocation in the glove compartment behind a panel with two snap clips.


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Diagram for fuses BMW E46 (German)
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Diagram in english

EquipmentFuse No.

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ABS,ASC12, 33, 42, 53, 56
Adjustment driver seat65
Adjustment passenger seat70
Airbag11
Air conditioner28, 62, 63
Automatic gearbox diesel64
Blower28, 50
Brake light9
Central locking system49, 52, 60
Central locking system (only touring)49, 52, 58, 60
Cigarette lighter47
Cigarette lighter (Australia)26,47
DSC12, 33, 40, 42, 53, 56, 61
DSC 4-wheel drive12, 33, 35, 40, 42, 53
Electric fan37
Electric seat heating12, 42
Engine control27, 29, 39
Engine control (only M3)22, 29, 30
Folding outside mirror57
Four-cylinder diesel engine22
Front fog light38
Fuel pump54
Garage door opener26
Glove box light52
Hand lamp52
Headlight cleaning51
Heated outside mirror, passenger25
Healed rear window68
Heated rear window (only cabrio)7, 68
Heated spray nozzles25
Heater23, 28, 62
Hinged window (only coupe)71
Horn5, 55
Immobilizer14, 67
Inside mirror electrochromic24, 67
Interior light49, 52
Light module9, 32
Make-up mirror light6
Manual soft top (only cabrio)12, 42, 26
Navigation7, 41
On-board computer9
On-board Diagnose II30, 43
On-board monitor7, 41
Outside mirror31, 57
Parking aid24
Passenger comp/trunk lighting52
Power soft top (only cabrio)6, 12, 35, 42, 46
Radio7, 41
Rain sensor15
Rear wiper (only touring)15, 45
Reversing light27
Roller sun blind12, 42
Roll-over protective system (only cabrio)13
Secondary air pump36
Shifting gate illumination40
Side airbag11
Silding/tilt roof46
Socket47
Speed control9
Sequential manual gearbox22, 66
Sequential transmission (only M3)8, 22
Starter interlock14
Telephone7, 39
Thiefproofing system49, 67
Trailer coupling44
Tyre pressure12, 31, 42, 69
Water valve, A/C62
Window lift front48, 49
Window lift rear71
Windscreen washer system49, 52, 59

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hello i want to know if fuse 62 Water valve, A/C can drain the battery and what is its roll ? thank you.