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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sat, Dec-22-2018, 05:23:21 PM   #11
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Default Re: Dead play in steering, bad steering rack?

To be fair, rack doctor does full rebuild and gives lifetime warranty.

That said, looking at prices on the site, they almost doubled since I got mine about a year ago. Prob because noone returns the cores, lol.

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Old Sat, Dec-22-2018, 08:36:41 PM   #12
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Default Re: Dead play in steering, bad steering rack?

Yeah I'm not too confident about buying on ebay, too many chances to get a bad quality rack or not the right one (like getting the standard rack when i was expecting a ZCP). I looked on rackdoctor but doesnt look like they differentiate between the standard m3 rack and the ZCP? Do I need to call them and request a ZCP rack or does it mean they just dont have any available?
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Old Sat, Dec-22-2018, 08:39:29 PM   #13
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Default Re: Dead play in steering, bad steering rack?

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I found a lowish mileage one on ebay for a song. I would look there and the forums, and not rack doctor unless you want to pay $100-150 more (but get it soon).
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To be fair, rack doctor does full rebuild and gives lifetime warranty.

That said, looking at prices on the site, they almost doubled since I got mine about a year ago. Prob because noone returns the cores, lol.

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Default Re: Dead play in steering, bad steering rack?

So the yellow tag is a 330 rack correct? If So, why would they put a better rack in it than the m3?
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Rackdoctor is hot garbage.
Lol, ok, let's not start another this guy is garbage vs that guy is not thread war here. From personal experience and putting about 10k daily/track miles on it, I'm happy, for the price I paid.

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Yeah I'm not too confident about buying on ebay, too many chances to get a bad quality rack or not the right one (like getting the standard rack when i was expecting a ZCP). I looked on rackdoctor but doesnt look like they differentiate between the standard m3 rack and the ZCP? Do I need to call them and request a ZCP rack or does it mean they just dont have any available?
They might not have any because they cant get any cores to rebuild. But worth checking with them.

For the record I got the 330zhp unit.

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So the yellow tag is a 330 rack correct? If So, why would they put a better rack in it than the m3?
Curious about this as well.
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Default Re: Dead play in steering, bad steering rack?

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ive read that may be a terrible idea but tempted to do it on mine (gonna put in a yellow tag anyway since the slop is killing me).
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Curious about this as well.
Because they did.

The yellow tag was in some later production 330i's and all ZHPs. Based on when it came out, it might just come down to the knew more by then.

The racks that came in the e46 non M's at launch were pretty terrible. Perhaps they just overcorrected
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Yeah I'm not too confident about buying on ebay, too many chances to get a bad quality rack or not the right one (like getting the standard rack when i was expecting a ZCP). I looked on rackdoctor but doesnt look like they differentiate between the standard m3 rack and the ZCP? Do I need to call them and request a ZCP rack or does it mean they just dont have any available?
Umm, you just look at the tag, and if it's yellow and has the right part # (and the unit looks clean/low-ish mileage stated), you're good.

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Because they did.

The yellow tag was in some later production 330i's and all ZHPs. Based on when it came out, it might just come down to the knew more by then.

The racks that came in the e46 non M's at launch were pretty terrible. Perhaps they just overcorrected
Can I apply that same logic the the 330ci engine??
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