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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 Fri, Apr-11-2003, 08:01:49 PM   #1
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Default S54 engine failure

I just spoke with BMWNA and was told that there are 4000 E46 M3's involved with the recall. I don't feel that the rebuild will make me whole, and that the cars involved will alsways be tainted and not hold value. Has anyone considered a class action suit for either compensation or replacement?
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Unfortunately I am one of the 4000 M3 owners with an 11/01 build date. Its very frustrating. I obeyed the break in procedure to a T. Have tracked the car a number of times. Everything seems to be working well other than the infamous cold weather start and right front speaker rattle. I just got my letter the other day and am certainly upset. Its like a ticking time bomb. I am all for a class action suit to get BMWNA to admit there is a problem, buy all our cars back since this problem significantly impacts resale value.

Ive read on other posts of owners not bringing their cars in for the fix, just driving as they always would until the 99,999 mile or the end of 6 years and then having th repair done. The letter says you even have to abide by a re-break in period. SH*T! Give me a new engine!
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The letter or BMW elsewhere has not set a timeframe for this fix?

Somehow, I think they would make sure that this replacement has a time/mileage limit. I can't see BMW allowing people with 99,999 miles get new engines.
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Yes, I am in the same boat... My car has an 10/01 production date. I just received the letter a few days ago. So far I have not had any engine problems since I picked up my car over a year ago. I plan on holding on to the letter for a while. The spring is here and the driver schools are starting (I will be @ Limerock 4/18, 4/19 for my 1st school of this season), so I don't want to be limited to 105 mph and 5,500 rpms until the schools are over in October. The letter does not state any time limit...... Hopefully, the car will stand up for another year of driver schools.
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