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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 Wed, Oct-14-2009, 03:02:41 AM   #11
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Thanks to all that posted...

I have mine missing from $tealer as well... discovered it after doing my oil change myself yesterday...
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Old Thu, Oct-22-2009, 08:07:54 PM   #12
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Blast from the past!

It's been over 4 years and I still haven't replaced the plastic cover, I guess I should finally admit to myself that I'm not going to, lol!
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Old Fri, Oct-23-2009, 02:08:28 AM   #13
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Hey everyone,

I just changed my oil this weekend for the first time since I've owned my M, and noticed a couple of things. First off, the plastic housing covering the oil drain plug was missing, so i was hoping someone could help out with a part number. I found this to be very interesting since the previous owner had his oil changed at the BMW dealership. I guess i shoud be thankful that they didn't lose the drain plug and/or crush washer.

It also took me about 15 minutes to loosen the damn drain plug! (Actually my friend broke it loose, because my hand was in serious pain from the torque!) not to mention the oil filter bolt was tightttttttt! I kept telling myself "lefty loosey" to double check i wasn't tightening the damn parts.

I guess I shouldn't expect anything less from the hard workers at the stealerships. Looks like i need to spend more time at the gym!

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I just changed my oil last weekend and what I noticed was that the hex was looking as if it was starting to round off. Now, I've changed the oil in this thing twice since I've had it and I torque to 18 ft-lbs. That said, the change before the one I just did was at the dealer and it was on TIGHT. So--fortunately I had an extra drain plug--they are cheap--and I replaced it. I would say that is VERY cheap insurance against possibly rounding out a plug--rotating it out every once in a while to avoid rounding.
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I discovered my oil drain plug cover missing also after my last oil change. Can anyone confirm this part number 51717893279 is correct for the M3?
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Old Tue, Jan-31-2012, 06:24:02 PM   #15
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yeah that's it, although it doesn't look anything like the pic on realoem.com
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bumping an old thread. so that is the correct part number for the oil drain cover? i see you said it was but haven't replaced it yet. it seems very inexpensive for that plastic cover at under a dollar. been all through the ETK and can't seem to find it. just the diagram already posted.

i did notice ECS listing it, but with the bellypan screws and for $21
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-..._Pan/ES258598/
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Here it is without screws: $6.36

51717893279

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Here it is without screws: $6.36

51717893279

thank you. i don't know why last night i just didn't put the number into ECS's part search on me

here she is

http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/51717893279/ES129208/
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