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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 Sat, May-25-2002, 02:07:00 AM   #1
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My Feb. production 2002 M3 with 2000 miles on it was towed into my local dealer today with a major electrial issue. I was driving home last night and looked at the instrument to check my speed and noticed that all the gauges were stuck! My speedometer was at 40mph and my tach was at 3,000. All computer readouts on my instrument cluster were blank. I tried the radio, turn signals and even tried to access the computer thru my Nav system but the Nav system would not allow me click-on the computer option. I even disconnected the negative cable from battery hoping to re-start the electronics but that did not work. After leaving the car at dealer for the day my service rep called and said he was ordering a new instrument cluster! That sucks. And when I asked if that would fix the problem he said that he did not know because the computer service download comes thru the instrument cluster and since that was not working they could get no history on the problem from the computer. I think that issues like this on $65,000.00 car is a joke. I had a 540i for 3 years and not one problem. Now some clown in service is muking around in the nerve center of my new car. Has anyone else heard of this or had this problem. Maybe BMW has to much US input in their new model cars.

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It's always funny when someone has a problem with their car and they suddenly make broad generalizations about BMW and all models similar to the person's.
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Old Sat, May-25-2002, 08:13:00 AM   #3
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Hope it works out for you though.
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Old Sun, May-26-2002, 09:41:00 PM   #4
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It's a car. Machines break. They have a warranty. Let the dealer fix it for you and be done with it. Your car is backed by one of the best car companies worldwide. Just get a nice loaner.
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I'm really sorry to hear about your electrical system. I'm no stranger to the BMW service counter myself. I'm waiting impatiently for my third BMW (my M3 status: on order)
My first, a 1991 325is gave me no problems at all. Great car. My current, a '97 328is has been plagued with problems. Everything from the air conditioning, computer, radio and heat to an revving engine which took BMW four months to diagnose.
Everytime something else goes wrong I get pissed because this was not some cheap japanese car and shouldn't have these types of problems. But BMW did the right thing each time I had a problem and that's why I'm buying this one. Best of luck to you.
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My Feb. production 2002 M3 with 2000 miles on it was towed into my local dealer today with a major electrial issue. I was driving home last night and looked at the instrument to check my speed and noticed that all the gauges were stuck! My speedometer was at 40mph and my tach was at 3,000. All computer readouts on my instrument cluster were blank. I tried the radio, turn signals and even tried to access the computer thru my Nav system but the Nav system would not allow me click-on the computer option. I even disconnected the negative cable from battery hoping to re-start the electronics but that did not work. After leaving the car at dealer for the day my service rep called and said he was ordering a new instrument cluster! That sucks. And when I asked if that would fix the problem he said that he did not know because the computer service download comes thru the instrument cluster and since that was not working they could get no history on the problem from the computer. I think that issues like this on $65,000.00 car is a joke. I had a 540i for 3 years and not one problem. Now some clown in service is muking around in the nerve center of my new car. Has anyone else heard of this or had this problem. Maybe BMW has to much US input in their new model cars.

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Did you ever get it fixed? What was wring because my 2002 M3 did the same thing.
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