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Hi There,

I question from Holland to you guys ( and girls )
I have a late '98 E46 318 EXEcutive with climate control system.
Bought it a few years back and although the A/C works fine ( at least it blows cold air when it needs to ) I have a few questions about it, and hope somebody could help me with this.

1) The compressor constantly switches off and on ( intervals about 10 seconds ) the disturbing thing about this is, that the car shakes each time it happens and it feels like an invissible force pulls on the backside of the car and then suddenly releases it. This happens constantly. The coolant amount of of the system is checked but everythings o.k.

2) I also drove for a day, a 316 E46 build 2000 and I did not experience the problems stated at (1). It is possible BMW changed the components like compressor or condensor or something as a sort of revision or upgrade.

I would very much welcome your response, here in Holland nobody can tell me and the workshops only want to write bills, if you know what I mean.

Thanks in advance.

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I know the compressor does not stay on all the time, but am not sure that what you describe is normal. Has it done the same thing ever since you got it? Your car is a first production year e46 I believe, so it is likely that your A/C issue was solved in posterior production runs.

I'm sorry I cannot be of more help. Good luck and welcome to the forums.

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hmmm lookin at alldata.com recalls and service bulletins... here are the list of them for 99. yes i know its for a 323. but the a/c wouldnt be any diff from the 318 model.

Safety Recalls
TSB Number & Issue Date TSB Title
720302 NOV 02 Recall - Air Bag Control Unit Recoding
630200 MAR 00 Recall - Brake Lamp Switch Replacement
000194 JAN 00 Campaign/Recall - Codes Index
720499 DEC 99 Recall - 99V063 MRS Control Module Recoding
350199 MAY 99 Recall - Inspection of Brake Linkage Retaining Clip

Emissions Recalls
TSB Number & Issue Date TSB Title
110901 MAY 02 Recall - Crankcase Ventilation Hose Replacement
110701 JUL 01 Recall - Engine Thermostat Inspection/Replacement
121599 NOV 00 Recall - OBDII Non Compliance

General Recalls
TSB Number & Issue Date TSB Title
110703 MAR 04 Campaign - Engine Low Oil Level Warning
840104 FEB 04 Campaign - Telematics Control Unit Inspect/Replace
230100 AUG 00 Campaign - M/T Drain Plug Oil Leaks
840600 AUG 00 Campaign - Navigation System Failure
000194 JAN 00 Campaign/Recall - Codes Index
120498 SEP 98 Campaign - Vacuum Hose to Secondary Air Non Return Valve

Service Bulletins
TSB Number & Issue Date TSB Title
640403 OCT 04 A/C - Musty Odors From Heater and A/C Systems
840102 SEP 04 Navigation System - Operating Software
650104 APR 04 Radio - Reception Problems, Antenna Diagnosis
120603 JUN 03 Engine Controls/Emissions - OBD Readiness Code Setting
840303 JAN 03 Navigation System - MK3, Difficulty Coding
120902 DEC 02 Engine Controls - MIL ON/O2 Sensor Fault Codes Stored
240202 APR 02 A/T - Hard Shifts/Leak at Torque Converter Seal
240200 APR 02 A/T - Hard/No Shift Condition/DTC's Stored in TCM
210101 FEB 02 M/T - Popping/Clicking From Clutch Pedal
640891 JAN 02 A/C - Musty Odors
240500 DEC 01 A/T - Erratic Shifting/Trans Light ON/FC 60 Set
240998 DEC 01 A/T - GM5 Clunk Noise
120199 DEC 01 Spark Plug (HP Platinum) - Application Chart
540701 DEC 01 Sunroof - Revised Initialization Procedures
640698 OCT 01 A/C - Intermittent Blower Motor Operation
340801 OCT 01 ABS System - Activates When Coming to a Stop
110898 OCT 01 Engine - Oil Recommendations/Change Intervals
630301 OCT 01 Xenon Headlamp Bulbs - Installation Tips
240198 SEP 01 A/T - Fluid Level Checking Procedure
110101 JUN 01 Engine - MIL ON/Codes Set/Tapping/Rattling Noise
841197 JUN 01 Navigation System - Numerous Failures/Malfunctions
110600 MAY 01 Engine - New Oil Filter Element
120297 APR 01 MIL ON - Poor Driveability & Multiple Misfire DTC's Set
630201 MAR 01 Light Bulb - Replacement Guidelines
720101 MAR 01 Seat Belts - Click/Rattle From Upper Mount
840201 FEB 01 Audio System - Delayed Sound/No Audio Display
840101 FEB 01 Cellular Phone - No Volume Adjustment
630399 FEB 01 Headlamps - Misting/Condensation Inside
090101 FEB 01 Vehicle and Key - Memory Programming
630101 FEB 01 Xenon Lamp Bulb - Color Change After Operation
640101 JAN 01 A/C System - Musty Odors
611600 JAN 01 Battery - Maintenance
160400 DEC 00 Check Engine Lamp ON/DTC's Stored
841200 DEC 00 Digital Cellular Phone - Training/Troubleshooting Manual
110900 DEC 00 Engine Controls - False Low Oil Level Lamp Illumination
410200 DEC 00 Interior - Wind Buffeting
650200 DEC 00 Radio/CD Player - Intermittently CD won't Eject
540700 DEC 00 Sunroof - Intermittently Inoperative
110901 DEC 00 Thermal Oil Level Sensor - Operation and Diagnosis
721100 NOV 00 Child Seat Tether Anchor - Installation
180299 NOV 00 Exhaust System - Back Pressure Checking Tool
340300 NOV 00 Front Brakes - Squealing
510500 NOV 00 Passenger Mirror - Moves When Reverse Is Selected
330200 NOV 00 Rear Differential - Whine Noise
240900 OCT 00 A/T - Repair/Replacement Guidelines
720897 OCT 00 Airbags - Deactivation
241000 OCT 00 Engine Control Module - MS 43 Removal Precautions
640300 SEP 00 A/C Evaporator - Ices Up
650499 AUG 00 Audio System - Test CD/Tape
620400 AUG 00 IC Conversion - Km/h to Mph or Mph to Km/h
230200 AUG 00 M/T - Oil Fill/Drain Plugs Updated
610600 AUG 00 Trunk Release Switch - Installation
720200 JUL 00 Airbag Control Module - Warning Light ON/Codes Set
510400 JUL 00 Door Sound/Vapor Barrier - Water Leaks
610500 JUL 00 Electrical Connnectors - Stabilant 22A Contact Enhancer
120400 JUL 00 MIL ON, Multiple DTC's Stored
720399 JUL 00 Rear Airbag - Activation/Deactivation
610700 JUL 00 Windshield Wiper Blades - Noisy/Not Cleaning Well
840700 JUN 00 Accessory Navigation System - Information
720600 JUN 00 Head Protection System - Airbag Replacement
620200 JUN 00 Instrument Cluster - Erratic Operation Diagnosis
110500 JUN 00 Oil Pan/Filter Housing - Buzzing, Rattling Noise
640100 MAY 00 A/C - IHKA Module LED in A/C Button FLASHES
240800 MAY 00 A/T - Fault Code 48, TCC Solenoid
160100 MAY 00 Fuel System - MIL ON, Tank Leakage Fault Codes
160498 MAY 00 Instruments - New Fuel Level Sensor Testing Caution
510100 MAY 00 Window Regulator - Squeaking/Clicking Noises
610200 APR 00 Airbag Systems - Wiring Repair Procedure
610100 MAR 00 Electronic Battery Disconnect Switch - New
040900 MAR 00 Service Information Ruling for OBD
070296 MAR 00 Updated DIS Software CD 21
650299 FEB 00 Audio - Generator Whine and Ticking Noise On AM Band
620100 FEB 00 Instrument Cluster - No Seat Belt Warning after Coding
040800 FEB 00 Tools - New Special Tool CD
657500 JAN 00 Business Radio - Service Mode Function Information
650100 JAN 00 CD Changer - Installation Precautions
040300 JAN 00 Fuel Level Sender - Spanner
630100 JAN 00 Headlamps - New Vertical Adjustment Settings
840799 JAN 00 Navigation Computer - Complete Failure
841199 JAN 00 Navigation System - Multiple Malfunctions
002292 JAN 00 Spark Plug/Engine Oil Capacity Reference Chart
040200 JAN 00 Tools - Tank Ventilation Leak Coupler
340399 DEC 99 Brakes - Vibration When Braking
330192 DEC 99 Differential - Final Drive Synthetic Oil Recommendations
620599 DEC 99 Instrument Cluster - Odometer Jumps to Lower Value
230399 DEC 99 M/T - Exchange Transmission Oil Specification
610788 NOV 99 Battery - Maintenance Requirements
240595 OCT 99 A/T - Poor Shift Quality
640499 SEP 99 A/C - Inoperative, Compressor Not Engaged
180199 SEP 99 Catalytic Converter - Unnecessary Replacements
651099 SEP 99 Radio - CD43 CD will Not Eject
410299 SEP 99 Rear Control Arm - Bolt Holes Stripped
640699 SEP 99 Windshield - Fogging/Condensation Avoidance Tips
121799 AUG 99 ECM - RPM Hang During Shifts/Hard Shifting
840499 AUG 99 GPS - Satellite Timer Reset Information
660299 AUG 99 Garage Door Opener - Backlighting Instructions
840696 AUG 99 Navigation System - Software Ordering
650999 AUG 99 Radio Display - ALERT Message On Display
340798 JUL 99 Brakes - Twitch in Steering Wheel With Rapid Application
650699 JUN 99 DWA - Lock/Unlock Option Missing in Car/Key Memory
040899 JUN 99 New Self Adjusting Clutch Clamping Fixture
310199 JUN 99 Suspension - Noise From Front Control Arm Mount
070296 JUN 99 Updated DIS Software CD 18.0
001098 MAY 99 Electrical Trouble Shooting Manuals - Available on CD
841197 MAY 99 Navigation System - Software CD V11
360299 MAY 99 Tires - Pressure Placards
650299 APR 99 Audio - E46 Generator Interference Whine on AM Band
650199 APR 99 Audio - E46 Radio Noise on AM Band/Poor AM Reception
720299 APR 99 Child Seat Tether Anchor - Mounting Points
510299 APR 99 License Plate Brackets - Mounting
330299 APR 99 Rear Suspension - Pops or Snaps on Dips and Bumps
360199 APR 99 Tires - Application Chart
610399 APR 99 Vehicle Convenience Feature - Operation/Information
340199 MAR 99 Brakes - ASC/ABS Lamp ON, Code 31, 41 Rear Speed Sensor
090398 MAR 99 Car Memory/Key Memory - Configuration Revision
840299 MAR 99 Cellular Telephone - Prewire Connection/Coax Location
040699 MAR 99 Electrical Connector Kit 4 - Supplement
660199 MAR 99 Interior Light - Cannot be Switched On By Remote Switch
030398 MAR 99 New Model - Training Manual Update
040199 MAR 99 Windshield - Replacement Tools
720199 FEB 99 SRS - Warning Lamp ON/Code 25 Set
620399 FEB 99 Check Control - Brake Light Failure Indicated
650399 FEB 99 Cruise Control - Intermittently Inoperative
120799 FEB 99 Engine Controls - Motor Driven Throttle Valve (MDK)
230199 FEB 99 M/T - Difficult to Shift, Diagnostic Tips
511098 FEB 99 Rear Bumper Cover - Poor Fit/Alignment
247598 JAN 99 A/T - Overview Of New Model
120399 JAN 99 ECM - Reprogramming W/P16.0 Version Software
120698 JAN 99 Instruments - No Crank Caused by Faulty Oil Level Sensor
620898 DEC 98 Key in Ignition Warning Chime - Continues to Sound
651898 NOV 98 CD Player - CD43 CD Skips Constantly
840798 NOV 98 Cellular Phone - Prewire Harness Installation
120298 NOV 98 Engine Control Modules - Programming Hints
041098 OCT 98 Special Tools - Electric Seat Test Cable
510998 OCT 98 Windows/Glass - New Adhesive Kit
007698 AUG 98 New Model - General Information
340298 APR 98 ABS/ASC - Warning Lights On During Dynamometer Test
090198 APR 98 Computers/Controls - Custom Configuration
651896 MAR 98 CD Player Malfunctions - Skips on Rough Road Surface
070198 MAR 98 DIS Schematic Information
040298 MAR 98 Electrical Repair Kit IV - Additional Connectors
1203891838 MAR 89 Engine - High Pressure Steam Cleaning Warning

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lookin at it. i saw some noticeable things for the a/c one being the compresser not engaging or something along those lines. you should try calling bmw and finding out the recalls and bulletins exactly made by bmw and covered by bmw for that.

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also its harder to find info and recalls directly for the european models here the us since they pretty much dont exist. such as the 320, the 318. etc. but some euro m3's here. hope this helps

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