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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, Jul-09-2010, 03:42:49 PM   #1
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Default Do BMW really cost more 2 operate and maintain? Post ur most expensive service ticket

What problems and maintence issues have you run into and how much did they cost you?
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All in all I personaly replace the front and rear level sensor my self for $100 each sensor and then still had to pay Stealer $110 to have them adjusted to aim right! Got a "free complementary car wash while there though lol I;d hope so for $110"
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I haven't run into any problems for over a year, just regular maintenance. It's really not that bad (or as bad as some people make it out to be) if you know where to get parts and can DIY. If you can't DIY, then having a good indy shop is better than taking it to the dealer.
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I am at 31k right now and the only thing i had replace was my rear view mirror.
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1. oil-pan gasket leak, valves adjusted, and oil change... $1200 @ Indy shop
2. Head gasket needs repair... $$$$ (not even going there until my next paycheck )
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YES, BMW's are more expensive to maintain! Especially M3's...this is my second M3 so it's no shock to me. I'll give all you lower mileage guys a heads up of what's ahead of you! Lolz!

I have a 2004 6MT and I'm at 112k. I've done all my maintenance since my last Inspection 2 at 55k and so far what I've done is the following:
-Oil changes every 7.5k around $90 Tischer
-New tires every 15-20k around $800-$2k depending on brand
-Leaky mirror at 60K around $75 Sybesma
-Alternator at 60K $150 refurbed Bosch
-Powerflex rtabs and fcabs at 65K $140
-Diff and tranny flush at 80k Royal Purple fluids $100
-New plugs at 88k $120 Tischer
-Alternator again at 95k $140 refurbed Bosch
-Camshaft sensors at 95k $160 Tischer
-O2 sensors at 95k $180 Tischer
-New MAF at 97k $250 Local
-Inspection 2 again at 110K around $450 in parts all OEM fluids Tischer/Pelican
-Guibo and center bearing at 110k $160 Tischer
-RE tranny mounts at 110K $55
-Vanos filter and sealing plate at 110K $35 Tischer
-New Bosch coils at 110K $180 BMP
-Upgraded fan clutch at 112k $200 Active Autowerke
-Steering pump hose and reservoir at 112k $160 Pelican

I know I'm missing some things as this list was on the top of my head. I have my spreadsheet at home. I'm still on my OEM clutch and will be upgrading soon so that's around $1500. Subframe reinforcement along with new bushings coming soon $900. Also, my ignitors are on the way out so if anyone has any hook me up!

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Edit: My list does not include labor!!!!! So if you don't diy add your left kidney on top of my list!!!

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I guess those refurb alternators don't really hold up too well after all.
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Yeah, if I had to redo my alternator again, I would get a brand new Bosch with a warranty. Oh and I forgot to add brake parts, coolant flushes, and a battery change... I know I'm still forgetting something too! Lolz.
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It's all relative to the cost and dynamics of the car. For the most part it's a high precision machine and many people probably either replace it because of forum induced failure or preventative maintenance where they KNOW at SOME point it's going to fail and while it's there or you're in there, might as well replace it.

Most of the costs are going to be labor. Overall, labor costs at shops, whether they be indy's or dealer, have gone up. The tools and training these techs have need to make a profit for shops.

As the cars mileage goes up, maintenance will need to be escalated and depending on the individuals mechanical aptitude, will determine the end costs. The more high tech cars in general are or gadgets they have, the more they will cost to repair. There was a good article in Roundel about the cheapest BMW was to own and why... the 7 series was dead last!
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