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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, Dec-22-2007, 03:23:23 AM   #41
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I was under the impression that we had the metal impeller water pump and should be okay... but I could be wrong. Any input here, JeST? I swapped out the water pump and thermostat on the e36 preventatively, but was going to skip it on the e46.
e36 generation was plastic, then they went to metal, which also failed prematurely, and then back now to plastic, I've been told. Supposedly they fixed the early design. Just like they supposedly fixed the final stage resistor, but now are on yet a different generation. Hopefully the new water pump design will last.
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Ian, how about using Redline oil instead the BMW oil for the tranny & diff? Pete - what's the dealer's take on this? My car's almost due for Inspeciton I, and I was going to request that they use Redline oil instead (I would provide the oil).
For me personally, I don't feel comfortable experimenting with fluids-- I don't know enough to know what makes it good and I know OE should be safe.

That said, I'm willing to post links and mention that some people use them if someone provides me with links to the proper redline products...
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Old Sat, Dec-22-2007, 04:04:13 PM   #44
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Wow! Great thread, very helpful.
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Don't use any fluid but BMW OEM, I had my diff fluid changed to Mobile1 same weight as BMW fluid based on recommendation of bimmerhaus shop for the past 5k miles or so I have been experiencing excessive noises from the diff which I thought were tire rubbing and it was crunching and clunking all the time when turning.

I have just replaced it with BMW OEM with FM booster, the difference it amazing the noises are totally gone and driving the car seems smoother a bit.
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Great Thread!!!!! thanks to all that are contributing!
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I just did a bunch of maintenance to mine at 106k:

- Differential input flange seal
- oil pan gasket
- oil check valve (this was leaking pretty dramatically and causing a burning smell)
- tranny fluid
- diff fluid
- brake fluid flush
- rear lower ball joints
- rear upper ball joints
- front lower control arm bushings


The total bill came to about $2600 (including a few other non-maintenance items), but completely worth it. Just the improvement in tightness from the rear ball joints is incredible. I'd recommend adding them to the schedule. My mechanic also said that check valve (i think jeST called it an expansion plug earlier?) is a very common leak area. For sure, if you're swapping headers, replace it as a preventive measure while it's accessible.
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^^ Definitely would be easier if you had the headers already removed but you can access it without having to remove the headers.
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I post infrequently but I had to share my experience recently with the coolant change on my DD which is an e46 M3 with 38K miles and just went out of warrenty. So now is the time to start the routine maintanance. I used this site http://home.kc.rr.com/blankpages/M3/...hange_DIY.html as my guide but I would say that there are some tricks that I could share to help any other DIY'ers.
1. the site does not say exactly where the coolant plug for the engine block is located. You can barely see it under the car but mostly only feel it. You must take off the front plastic cover under the engine to find it. Find the sway bar and then reach up and over the black part that is round and about the size of a coke can. I think this is part of the oil cooling system. I'll post pics as well. You will feel a 13mm bolt on the engine block. To remove and tighten the bolt I found it best to use a 13mm socket with a 5-6 inch extension but don't attach the torque wrench or socket wrench until you have the socket with the extension in place and attached to the bolt. There is not enough room for your hands and the tools to keep it on the bolt. Also I used tin foil to cover the components from the coolant spray which occurs when you pull the plug. I think that is best to cover these instead of letting them be exposed to the coolant.
2. As you know, there is not a drain plug on the e46 M3 radiator. You must pull lower hose on the radiator to drain the rest of the coolant. The site says to use a flat head screw driver to pry the hose off. It is a PITA but the best way is to start with a very small flat head to start moving the hose off the radiator attachment then pry with a larger flat screw driver to complete the process. Do not twist the hose. You can't twist it because of the plastic guides. Just pry toward the rear tire. It will pop off and make a huge mess, so be ready.
The above DIY was helpful but I thought some more input would help someone else with the more difficult parts of the dyi.
I'll include pics that may help someone find the plug on the engine block.
Hope this helps and as always thanks to everyone who has helped me in the past.
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I just did a bunch of maintenance to mine at 106k:

- Differential input flange seal
- oil pan gasket
- oil check valve (this was leaking pretty dramatically and causing a burning smell)
- tranny fluid
- diff fluid
- brake fluid flush
- rear lower ball joints
- rear upper ball joints
- front lower control arm bushings


The total bill came to about $2600 (including a few other non-maintenance items), but completely worth it. Just the improvement in tightness from the rear ball joints is incredible. I'd recommend adding them to the schedule. My mechanic also said that check valve (i think jeST called it an expansion plug earlier?) is a very common leak area. For sure, if you're swapping headers, replace it as a preventive measure while it's accessible.
Anyone else heard of this oil check valve? First time I've ever seen it mentioned (debating adding it to the list )
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