Last week I told you that my E46 left me stranded for the first time in 9 years.

Annnnnnd as some of you assumed, it’s a throttle actuator. One of three actually. Two are really accessible and relatively inexpensive, and the other one requires removing the manifold and is really expensive. Guess which one failed?

$1400 for that plus the $600 and change we spent on a tow/rental is really adding up just because I wanted to drive it to VA for the long weekend. All of this and I’m taking the car back with two nails still in the rear tire!

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