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      07-17-2018, 03:05 AM   #6
DerEisbaer
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Drives: E92 M3-E39 520iA-VW Golf Mk2
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Frankfurt - Germany

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Originally Posted by Sjacks View Post
... After the job was done I had a test drive and the rattling is still there so the mechanic put the car on the ramp while I was there and we both had a look, still no joy as to what the problem is. The sound is like a metallic rattle, light metal, definitely not plastic.

Further inspection
As I had the car in for repair I asked the garage to give it a good look over and let me know of anything that needs correcting and the general condition of the vehicle. At the end of the inspection I was presented with a list as follows;
All brake pipes, brake fluid and hoses 235
Bulbs 10
SRS light on 40
Aircon faulty 65
Rocker cover gasket (source of oil leak) 130
Total 480

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I don't see, which one of these would address the rattling noise? Did you find the culprit for the same?

If the car is structurally in good condition, is accident-free and well equipped - why not keep it? Don't think the N42 is that bad ... In general, a 318i is rather cheap to repair, E46 parts are not very costly and a lot of mechanics can meanwhile work on them rather well.