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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 Thu, Dec-28-2017, 07:25:50 PM   #11
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yeah from what iíve seen on youtube iím pretty sure my cassette is broken. ****

all e46s share the same parts? obviously except the convertibles... but i can find parts from any e46 sedan, coupe, wagon, etc?


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Looks like it.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part...&q=54137134536
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well at least there is some good news... thanks
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Old Sat, Dec-30-2017, 02:26:48 AM   #14
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I had the same issue last year. One thing you can do is pull the sunroof motor and check the condition of the gear. My sliders got jammed and the motor was clicking trying to move the worm gear and in the processes destroyed the small driving gear. I ended up replacing both the cassette and the motor but you may be able to get away with just replacing one. Either way, its shitty job that does require removing the headliner if you replace both. If you wanted to avoid a ton of work check the motor first and if that gear is worn out just replace the motor and grease up the tracks and maybe you'll get lucky.
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You can also pop the light off under the visor. If you see terminators insides the track is cracked and the metal cable is curling up in there.
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Yep, all sunroofs are the same. I liked the fact that I was able to remove it from a donor car myself. That way I figured out all the fun parts of the job with out worrying about breaking my car headliner. The headliner is the miserable thing to remove and replace. I was especially annoyed that I had not done it when I had replaced the side rear window weatherstrip. I ended up having to redo lots of the same stuff.

About now you are wishing you had bought a slick top right??
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i am really wishing i bought a slick top right now.

i have the headliner about 90% off. just need to remove the B/C pillars now... and then get it out somehow

is there a bolt in (i.e. reversible) sunroof filler panel? or do they all need to be bonded in with body work etc...?

i looked down in the headliner as best as i could with most of the front undone and i dont see any terminator insides so we shall see
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Tilt the seats back as far as they go, open the passenger side door and carefully pull the headliner out. I remember I had to slightly bend it a little to get it out. You will figure it out.
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i am really wishing i bought a slick top right now.

i have the headliner about 90% off. just need to remove the B/C pillars now... and then get it out somehow

is there a bolt in (i.e. reversible) sunroof filler panel? or do they all need to be bonded in with body work etc...?

i looked down in the headliner as best as i could with most of the front undone and i dont see any terminator insides so we shall see


I just removed my sunroof so if you have any questions, PM me. I can walk you through it. It took me about an hour to remove headliner and sunroof cassette.


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i think i found the problem



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