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Fixing up a Straight-Six BMW E46 325i Touring - Project Cologne: Part 2

Get ready for another fast-paced action-packed video. It's all about mechanics and wrenching in this one. I set about sprucing up my cheap E46 325i Touring that at first glance didn't look too bad but turned out to be heavily mistreated by its previous owners. Lots of satisfying torque wrench clicks, ratchets, tool droppings... while I grump and sweat my way through this BMW. Price breakdown towards the end of the video.
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  1. YaBoyMorpheous


    Цагийн өмнө

    This has helped me greatly! I got a e46 touring from a friend of mine and I know it has not of issues. I wanted to replace every that I can in the engine to make it a very solid daily. I've watch countless videos and nobody has broken down. is there anyway that you have a parts list that is not only oem but also some performance parts as well? In my city, nobody has a e46 touring so I want to make mine the one to really stand out

  2. Andy P

    Andy P

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Managed to buy an E39 528 with a M52 engine very cheap back in 2005. It was only 7 yrs old at the time. Every cold start up caused masses of blue smoke that was embarrassing. I took the head off thinking that the valve oil seals was worn and to check the cylinders for wear. None of these was the culprit. I found out after massive googling of possible causes that it was the return pipe from the oil separator had blocked severely - 11:20. After removing and clearing the blockage, and replacing the pipes and valve, never happened again. I still own this car today and is the only car I have.

  3. ImDribbling


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    This is the best youtube automotive content I have ever seen So clear and pleasant to watch! No obnoxious shitty music, I love it

  4. Strategical


    4 өдрийн өмнө

    I use these during work to calm down my brain. its very meditative. :-)

  5. TheNorthernmunky


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Awesome job mate, love your videos

  6. melikşah tolunay gürcü

    melikşah tolunay gürcü

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Dude I want to buy an e46/e39 with m47/m57 engine. Could you please buy a neglected one and restore it and show us common issues with those cars?

  7. Arnold Rimmer

    Arnold Rimmer

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    Fixing BMW's mess is fun though, surprised most of it was still usuable after all those years. Still a great engine when all the plastic crap is removed connected to it. Don't forget to plug those spark plug holes when working under the valve cam cover !

  8. cristian schumi

    cristian schumi

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    You are the best i love you man ' from me like's for all your clips

  9. Menzo Korver

    Menzo Korver

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    This is the kind mechanic I would trust to work on my BMW.

  10. Greek ART Vlog

    Greek ART Vlog

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    What is the word vanos that you use frequently? 37:06

  11. Bosmer From Canada

    Bosmer From Canada

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Now here's man who definitely earned his blueberry muffin.

  12. Martin Schmidt-Bremer Jr

    Martin Schmidt-Bremer Jr

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Definitely top-notch, educational yet entertaining videos! Thank you for that! Question on the VANOS: did you get a kit or assemble all the parts yourself? Beisan only provides the seals, but not the bearings, which I intend to replace, too. Please let me know, thanks!

  13. StankoPerko


    19 өдрийн өмнө

    Top shit videos. Which spark plugs do you recommend. Cant identify them from the clip.

  14. xaMHavelaar


    19 өдрийн өмнө

    It is so satisfying to see this car tidied up, especially when that engine gunk comes out. Nice one.

  15. Cristian Enea

    Cristian Enea

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    thank you for making this channel it is a great pleasure to watch your genius at work dear Sreten

  16. Jaang29


    25 өдрийн өмнө

    Love this guy, man crush !

  17. Motor indo 30

    Motor indo 30

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Reacnt my i

  18. Daniel Loher

    Daniel Loher

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Nice build, love the channel . Can tell this was sponsored by LM, I counted 3 oil changes?

  19. Chadd Lackey

    Chadd Lackey

    Сарын өмнө

    Loved it. Informative. Fun. Great video! Thank you.

  20. Samis Video

    Samis Video

    Сарын өмнө

    I'm considering the vanos seals replacement too...

  21. Candra Abdurrahman

    Candra Abdurrahman

    Сарын өмнө

    7:05 “Now, we should remove the dipshit, the dipstick i mean”, that cracks me up

  22. Hussein Haddadi

    Hussein Haddadi

    Сарын өмнө

    Imagine having you in my country , believe me you gonna be (The god of BMW ) and no more Kia/ hyundai as we have you .... What a professional and confident realy enjoying watching you .. peace from IRAQ

  23. PK Naidoo

    PK Naidoo

    Сарын өмнө

    How can anyone dislike these videos?? It has a old Top Gear vibe, the best!

  24. Charlie McGrain

    Charlie McGrain

    Сарын өмнө

    Do you ever consider, when you have small bolts that you are scared of stripping and you just tighten lightly, is it worth putting a little locktite, as it is not torqued?

  25. Victor Kuria

    Victor Kuria

    Сарын өмнө

    Awesome video...great detailed presentation for Petrol head like me!!!! Thanks for sharing

  26. ironman tooltime

    ironman tooltime

    Сарын өмнө


  27. Steven Barton

    Steven Barton

    Сарын өмнө

    great video thank you.a master technician at work.

  28. Robert Dale

    Robert Dale

    Сарын өмнө

    Your dad has some nice cars ... was that a Mercedes CLK black series ... nice 👍🏾

  29. mattmarshall747


    Сарын өмнө

    My 323i used to be perfect, but my 325i sport used to use more oil than fuel. Think the rings needed replacing on that. Awesome channel. Really enjoying it 👌👍🏻😁

  30. Glen Grimsdale

    Glen Grimsdale

    Сарын өмнө

    Very, very satisfying listening to the torque wrench clicks on the edited shortened video🤗👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Fabulous channel, great work and an excellent presentation.

  31. borsuk adam

    borsuk adam

    Сарын өмнө

    Sometimes its good.to replace Cntrl arm bushing only so you could keep original BMW aluminiom mounts with logo :)

  32. borsuk adam

    borsuk adam

    Сарын өмнө

    I think NASA may use your talent one day :) Greetings from Poland

  33. neb 100176

    neb 100176

    Сарын өмнө

    I have no E46 but watched the full video. Very informative and satisfying to watch. Much respect for this man!

  34. Mike Rogan

    Mike Rogan

    Сарын өмнө

    Which torque wrenches are you using ?

    • M539 Restorations

      M539 Restorations

      Сарын өмнө


  35. Fernando Hernandez

    Fernando Hernandez

    Сарын өмнө

    The Alphaest channel in MNmore

  36. max babilo

    max babilo

    Сарын өмнө

    you the man.

  37. JDuval904


    Сарын өмнө

    You sir know how to wrench. You also know how to make a video entertaining with zero acting and fluff. You deserve 1 million subscribers and the money that comes with it. Thanks for all that you do. BIG UPS! from the USA

  38. robert myers

    robert myers

    Сарын өмнө

    Fantastic videos !!!!!!!! Well done mate and Thanks ,,,,Robert.

  39. Noz Islam

    Noz Islam

    Сарын өмнө

    Loving the videos, shame you are in Germany I would bring my BMW to you every time!

  40. TheTaskurapu


    Сарын өмнө

    You have created a favourite channel for me, sir! It's so satisfying to watch you do maintenance on these cars. Where did you learn all these? You said you have a degree in something else than automotive mechanics.

  41. Katu Imu

    Katu Imu

    Сарын өмнө

    Dealer mechanic era I did this work to death! The control arm bush is not silicon and must use soapy water.

  42. Vasilios Chrisant

    Vasilios Chrisant

    Сарын өмнө

    One of the best how to help videos. Well done!!!! Excellent. Now I'll have to buy one of your bloody T shirts!

  43. Glatze Dieter

    Glatze Dieter

    2 сарын өмнө

    Hey Man .. Your vakuum thingi for Power steering Fluid have you a link for it ? :D

  44. Battista Cagnoni

    Battista Cagnoni

    2 сарын өмнө

    Hey man thanks for the passion and the knowledge you are sharing. This is a ton of work, especially the invisible video editing one. Keep going! I’ll come and visit you one day. Question: which Vanos kit do you recommend? Thanks!

  45. Brent V

    Brent V

    2 сарын өмнө

    The fact this hour long video has 373k likes and he only has 195k subscribers is not fair. Probably the quickest hour long video I have watched. One question, what was the purpose of the heater controls before filling/bleeding the cooling system? I know that turns the water pump on for e90's for the bleeding process but what does it do for the e46? Love the channel!

  46. misan234


    2 сарын өмнө

    Nice thorough job. I wish you’d do the same with my 525i

  47. Angel Films

    Angel Films

    2 сарын өмнө

    This guy: Going to town on his engine, knowing what needs to go and just quickly removing parts and chucking them aside Me: extremely worried that I'll mess something up while changing a headlight bulb

  48. Johan Malmbeck

    Johan Malmbeck

    2 сарын өмнө

    Can anyone tell me why some of these cars have ATF(red) and some have CHF(green) power steering fluid? My 520i, M54 engine, says CHF only on the cap, and I've tried looking into it but havent found any solid answers. What does CHF and ATF stand for? Central Hydraulic Fluid? Automatic Transmission Fluid?

  49. Carlos Tormo

    Carlos Tormo

    2 сарын өмнө

    Tienes varias matrículas españolas jajaja

  50. Alex Adams

    Alex Adams

    2 сарын өмнө

    Who's paying for the work, I mean you've done 3 oil changes on this service already!!!!

  51. Pepe O

    Pepe O

    2 сарын өмнө

    Can you please work on a 190E?

  52. rezaq1


    2 сарын өмнө

    Just watching this again. After I saw it first time, he gave me incentive to buy another E46. So, I did. I have an Imola Red 2004 325Ti M Sport compact. Thanks for the incentive.

  53. regmigrant


    2 сарын өмнө

    am I right to be bothered that it had a full BMW service history up to 2017 but the oil and filters clearly hadn't been changed?

  54. Mihai lazar

    Mihai lazar

    2 сарын өмнө

    Get an e39 525/530i please

  55. James McC

    James McC

    2 сарын өмнө

    Great videos! Nice work.

  56. GTOger


    2 сарын өмнө

    I like that the body tag shows the color literally as "graygreen metallic". Rather than force a dumb name for the color, the Germans just call it what it is.

  57. Highend Trends

    Highend Trends

    2 сарын өмнө

    This channel if awesome! Keep up the great work!

  58. Emiljano Cakalli

    Emiljano Cakalli

    2 сарын өмнө

    where did you buy the vanos kit?

  59. tica tiksi

    tica tiksi

    2 сарын өмнө

    Odlicno kao i uvijek. Svaka cast. Toliku cistocu nisam vidio ni u apoteci, koliko ti ocisti ovo auto haha

  60. Hubert


    2 сарын өмнө

    Kaaaaaming ap! ❤️

  61. Luís Teixeira

    Luís Teixeira

    2 сарын өмнө

    Opinions on opting to use break fluid to flush the engine?

  62. George Donaldson EI7KO

    George Donaldson EI7KO

    2 сарын өмнө

    I just recently found this channel. Really good. I have a e60 520 diesel (shut up gretta) for almost 11 years now. I also have a.... Ahem.... Mercedes...

  63. 2kMCoupe


    2 сарын өмнө

    Another excellent video. This is rapidly becoming a classic! Lots of good tips for when I will have to do some of these items (I.e. those that I have not already done of have not already broken) on my 2001 325i manual touring

  64. Tristan


    2 сарын өмнө

    Great satisfaction from watching M539 Restorations do it properly. Thank you for the channel.

  65. Volvo RipR

    Volvo RipR

    2 сарын өмнө

    Flawless work ,humor and amazing video editing

  66. Manuil Nedyalkov

    Manuil Nedyalkov

    2 сарын өмнө

    The estimation: - car price - 1100e; - car parts - 3000e; - man-hours - more than 40 or at least 4000e. More than 8000e for 20 years old car... not bad! :O

  67. Paul Sanchez

    Paul Sanchez

    2 сарын өмнө

    Hilarious but you know your shit !

  68. David Supple

    David Supple

    2 сарын өмнө

    Great work, great channel 👍

  69. RobTor


    2 сарын өмнө

    Your videos are fantastic!!!!!!

  70. Hugh Hennessy

    Hugh Hennessy

    2 сарын өмнө

    Brilliant !

  71. Big Smoke

    Big Smoke

    2 сарын өмнө

    You need a bigger workshop .

  72. Adarsh S M

    Adarsh S M

    2 сарын өмнө

    VD running on xp running on virtual machine. You are a software guy no doubt.

  73. Swordie100


    2 сарын өмнө

    I can confirm that such an oil flush can be useful. A few years ago my Mk3 Golf would flash the oil light if you let off the gas and it would drop below 3000 rpm. If you slowly decelerated it wouldn't flash. Oil level was fine too. Did an oil change with a bottle of engine flush and it NEVER happened afterwards.

  74. Shane Pleasance

    Shane Pleasance

    2 сарын өмнө

    So that’s what’s under the front part of a car? Who knew?

  75. edvinas dirvanauskas

    edvinas dirvanauskas

    2 сарын өмнө

    hello sir, this is really informative and fun to watch, i learned so much from u but what i dont know is my e92 its a simple 320D was wondering if ur planning on getting one and bringing it back to life. And here is something you gonna love its 2008 and it has no sunroof.

  76. Petar Todorov

    Petar Todorov

    2 сарын өмнө

    How often do you recommend to change the engine chains...there are different rummors....100K up to 200k...?

  77. Petar Todorov

    Petar Todorov

    2 сарын өмнө

    If all service technicians repair/maintain our cars like you, in every service garage, official or not, our cars should be with us forever, for good. Unluckily, they don't so....all the cars have problems, usually more and worse problems after visiting the service station. Good luck!

  78. Matīss Jurģelis

    Matīss Jurģelis

    2 сарын өмнө

    Aaaahhhh, what about quick cooling system bleed tutorial? :)

  79. lowfinger


    3 сарын өмнө

    The sound of a Dremel whining under load, desperation and and hope at the same time.

  80. Andreja Milovanovic

    Andreja Milovanovic

    3 сарын өмнө

    are you satisfied with BGS worktool set?

  81. Atholl McNicoll

    Atholl McNicoll

    3 сарын өмнө

    I think this could very well suit me if it had an automatic gearbox and with the rear seats removed or folded down flat and some conversion work done in the rear, this kind of car could very well become my project 21, as I need a fairly large booted car so I can sleep comfortably when I am allowed to break free of house arrest and join the rest of the world in travel freedom ?? Cheers Mate.

  82. How Now

    How Now

    3 сарын өмнө

    I used diesel to flush my engines. Works great 😜😜

  83. ツFreddy


    3 сарын өмнө

    Thats why is so good a bmw. Filters and much pieces from 2007 and it.s working good ❤

  84. Omar H.

    Omar H.

    3 сарын өмнө

    Hi, can you please make a list of part numbers of all parts you have used. i have the same engine and needs the same tour

    • M539 Restorations

      M539 Restorations

      3 сарын өмнө

      I can't, it would take too much time. Use RealOEM . com for searching parts

  85. Nicholas Avis

    Nicholas Avis

    3 сарын өмнө

    Is there a bolt missing on the gearbox? Visible at 47:04. Sorry if its already mentioned.

  86. N'goo Tauna

    N'goo Tauna

    3 сарын өмнө

    haha "dipshit. Dipstick i mean"

  87. Vin Dejon

    Vin Dejon

    3 сарын өмнө

    You make it look all so simple, just awesome. Big Up!

  88. Tony McModeNut

    Tony McModeNut

    3 сарын өмнө

    Man, that oil tray was fucking naasty.

  89. Alan Amos

    Alan Amos

    3 сарын өмнө

    “Now to remove the dipshit...” 😂😂

  90. Cristian


    3 сарын өмнө

    Holy crap dude, that wasn't sludge anymore. That was coal. I love the channel. Hope to see you get up to 9 milion subscribers and keep on being the same funny smart and down to earth guy you are now! My first video of yours was the 8 series from Spain. Loved it! Best regards, from Bucharest, Cristian

  91. CompSci what why how

    CompSci what why how

    3 сарын өмнө

    BMW. Broken plastic, cracked plastic, perished rubber, broken plastic, .... I think there is a pattern here.

  92. Raymond Mumford

    Raymond Mumford

    3 сарын өмнө

    I loved in part one where you said, slap me silly and call me Willy 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  93. Raymond Mumford

    Raymond Mumford

    3 сарын өмнө

    This is my favourite channel! I’m binge watching 😀🤪😀🤪

  94. Todd Lemmon

    Todd Lemmon

    3 сарын өмнө

    Stupid question: did you remove the SAP system or is it just not even standard on Euro versions? Thanks!

  95. Matt R

    Matt R

    3 сарын өмнө

    Where did you source a replacement pulley for the AC tensioner. I have found serpentine tensioner and idler pulleys, but the ac one seems to only come with a complete tensioner. Would be awesome if you could share a source!

    • Todd Lemmon

      Todd Lemmon

      3 сарын өмнө

      @Matt Roche Not sure that's even available. I just returned the wrong one and ordered the correct tensioner. $32

    • Matt Roche

      Matt Roche

      3 сарын өмнө

      @Todd Lemmon Post 3/2002 - I think the pulleys are the same, but the mounting for the spring tensioners changed. I am just curious if you found a source for just the pulley wheel without the associated tensioner. Thanks!

    • Todd Lemmon

      Todd Lemmon

      3 сарын өмнө

      @Matt R post 3/2002 I believe that part changed. I have two 2002 E46s and they have different pulleys

    • Matt R

      Matt R

      3 сарын өмнө

      Is there a part number? No part number for that pulley on realoem

    • M539 Restorations

      M539 Restorations

      3 сарын өмнө


  96. James kenny

    James kenny

    3 сарын өмнө

    How is it that you speak Spanish...?

  97. Matt R

    Matt R

    3 сарын өмнө

    Why would you replace the oil before replacing the oil pan gasket? I know the oil is free, but ...

  98. Topias Salakka

    Topias Salakka

    3 сарын өмнө

    6:20 can cracks as small as that cause issues? My Mazdas intake hose has similar sized cracks and its running pretty poorly when warm :x

    • Topias Salakka

      Topias Salakka

      3 сарын өмнө

      @Matt R Well my problems are only at idle and low throttle, i guess that's the cause then.

    • Matt R

      Matt R

      3 сарын өмнө

      Yes especially at idle

  99. Gary Kenny

    Gary Kenny

    3 сарын өмнө


  100. Rob Eaton

    Rob Eaton

    3 сарын өмнө

    Great tutorial as usuall. Have you had good experience with the Meyle expansion tanks, being told to stay away from? Thanks