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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 Sun, Jan-13-2013, 12:23:00 AM   #11
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Default Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Should newer MY cars be worried about rod bearings too or just the ones before the recall?
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Old Sun, Jan-13-2013, 12:26:18 AM   #12
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Should newer MY cars be worried about rod bearings too or just the ones before the recall?
All should. Seems that the newer cars still have wear, but it takes more mileage. All 8000rpm motors are going to wear over time.
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Just bottled mine up today, will be sending it out Monday. 7500 miles on this oil change.
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Old Mon, Jan-14-2013, 10:31:32 PM   #14
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Got my sampled boxed up and addressed. Will be sending it out tomorrow. :excited:
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Old Mon, Jan-14-2013, 10:43:44 PM   #15
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Default Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

After seeing all these threads recently I ordered my kit the other night. I have to wait for my next oil change to send it in however, because the motor's head is off now, and when it goes back together it's getting fresh oil & filter. No sense in sampling the old oil that's in there that's been sitting in the pan for 2 months, I think they say you should drive the car to operating temperature, and a couple other things you should do, no?
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Old Tue, Jan-15-2013, 02:50:16 AM   #16
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I believe you can always take a cold sample and note it on the information sheet if you have no other choice, but they do suggest getting it up to operating temp if possible.
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You can use cold oil *IF* it's not contaminated from taking the head off with coolant or other dirt, but you should drain the oil well, then get it to room temp (not garage) and stir it well, as it does stratify with dirt on the bottom other things at different levels.
Not ideal, but if you need to learn something now, it can be done.

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Nothing worth noting.
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Not an M3, but hopefully still relevant. This is with 5,586 miles and two years on the oil. Too long for my taste, but the previous owner apparently didn't think so.

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^^^ interesting that at these miles, viscosity is a bit low. With additives being good, this seems peculiar, but I'm not expert...
Same engine, thanks for posting!

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