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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, May-18-2012, 03:29:52 AM   #1
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Default Are M3's supposed to burn oil?

ive never had a problem with burning oil until tonight. i went out for a cruise with my buddy to show him what the M power feels like and i got home and my oil light came on.. not incredibly low but it needs oil. is that normal or no? ive never had that happen before.
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Default Re: Are M3's supposed to burn oil?

No, it is not normal. That isn't to say that a number of cars don't do it. Not all of these cars were treated the same.
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ok. time to solve this problem.
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Yes. Don't you check your oil periodically and top up as needed? Like you would do with pretty much any car.. ever made?
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yea captain obvious?^ thats why i said ive never had this problem before and dont know why it literally drank like a quart and a half-2 quarts of oil.... hence the fact im asking for some input.. not a common sense question.
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yea captain obvious?^ thats why i said ive never had this problem before and dont know why it literally drank like a quart and a half-2 quarts of oil.... hence the fact im asking for some input.. not a common sense question.
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Good to see we got some courteous members here to give the BMW Community a good name...


I have never Heard of these cars burning oil that I know of. Are you sure its burning and maybe you have a leak somewhere? did you inspect the spark plugs? I would be curious to get under the car and remove the skid plates just to make sure you have nothing leaking. other than that, monitor the oil consumption. so in 200 miles you burned XXX amount of oil. Then find a oil consumption chart for BMW on the internet and or your local dealership. lots of manufactures have an oil consumption specification... I had to deal with lots of these working as a tech at a dodge Dealership couple years ago.
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Just a thought, have you considered your oil loss may be a leaking CPV? I would check there first.
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check cpv for leak, take of bottom cover and look for any leaks; check/replace oil separator and all associated plumbing.

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Default Re: Are M3's supposed to burn oil?

Check for leaks first but I've heard burning 1 quart every 5,000-7,500 miles is normal especially if you drive the car hard.
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