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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, Mar-11-2018, 01:42:33 AM   #1
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So, I got the dreaded SMG light and safe mode a few months back. I've had the car since 2011, put 12k miles on it and the rear end has always felt rough. It's an 06 M3 Comp Series with 99k miles. Dinan exhaust and stage two chip.

Long story short, the differential was done for. I got a low miles used diff with a full warranty, new clutch sleeve and some switch in the SMG. And of course all the reprogramming and testing. I didn't know what I had been missing when I drove it again.

$3k even for that. Good deal or nah?

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Does it really matter now? Just enjoy your car man.
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Old Sun, Mar-11-2018, 05:06:54 AM   #3
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What is clutch sleeve? The slave cylinder?
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What SMG "some switches" are you talking about?
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Old Mon, Mar-12-2018, 11:40:47 PM   #5
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its over 4k to replace after parts and labor. about the same to covert to manual.
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its over 4k to replace after parts and labor. about the same to covert to manual.
What are you assuming he replaced that you suggest to convert to manual? And you are suggesting he got a heck of a deal, since your estimate is 1k more than he paid?


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So, I got the dreaded SMG light and safe mode a few months back. I've had the car since 2011, put 12k miles on it and the rear end has always felt rough. It's an 06 M3 Comp Series with 99k miles. Dinan exhaust and stage two chip.

Long story short, the differential was done for. I got a low miles used diff with a full warranty, new clutch sleeve and some switch in the SMG. And of course all the reprogramming and testing. I didn't know what I had been missing when I drove it again.

$3k even for that. Good deal or nah?

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I would just say enjoy it dont worry about the money now.

But the fact is that diff related repairs are some of the more DIY repair ones if you have the means. Programming is free through INPA. Some parts you got could have been cheaper through other means even ebay.

Bottom line here to remember about repair places is that you can always negotiate. Something to remember for next time.
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Sorry, my phone replaced slave cylinder with sleeve. I suppose that's a good thing it doesn't know slave idk.

Other two were the gear position sensor and stop light switch assembly.

My problem is the time is as valuable as the parts. I could have replaced a diff over a few weekends 10 years and two kids ago but not now. My auto projects right now have to be something I can complete in one day for the most part.

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Sorry, my phone replaced slave cylinder with sleeve. I suppose that's a good thing it doesn't know slave idk.

Other two were the gear position sensor and stop light switch assembly.

My problem is the time is as valuable as the parts. I could have replaced a diff over a few weekends 10 years and two kids ago but not now. My auto projects right now have to be something I can complete in one day for the most part.

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Prob a decent deal. Slave cylinder for smg is about 300, gear position switch is about 500, diff about 1000?

Enjoy it now that it's running well.

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I was just suggesting options. I know a reputable shop that charges around that amount to replace the smg pump with labor, and its about the same, if not a little more to do the manual swap (labor and bellhousing machining). But it also depends on your location. Some love the smg and want to stick with it, but it isn't much more to convert to manual if they would like. 3k is reasonable, even a good deal, assuming he has warranty on the smg pump. Again, only suggesting. =)

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What are you assuming he replaced that you suggest to convert to manual? And you are suggesting he got a heck of a deal, since your estimate is 1k more than he paid?


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