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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, Mar-26-2010, 03:50:21 AM   #41
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wow, i change mine every 3k


Lots of money going down the drain there.......


Calm down dude, we all love our cars. But 3k? lol
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Yeah that's way overkill.
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Perhaps the oil looks so good is because you change it frequently
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Edit - Loks like 3 oz should do it based on blackstone's site. But they recommend getting oil up to temp for a sample...How to do that and not burn yourself when changing the oil (and getting a sample at that time)?
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Edit - Loks like 3 oz should do it based on blackstone's site. But they recommend getting oil up to temp for a sample...How to do that and not burn yourself when changing the oil (and getting a sample at that time)?
They dont mean that you have to send them the oil while hot (thats impossible, since you have to send it there....) It means that you need to sample oil that had reached normal op temps, so that it can accurately represent the engine's condition, since it will contain any engine particles at its max.

So, when you change your oil, and make sure it is after the engine has reached normal op temps then when it cools off, prior to disposing it, just collect a sample to send it. Either that, or get one of those dipstick oil extractors, and collect some sample after the engine has reached normal op temps.
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That's probably a little excessive.
Maybe, until last week my car has full headers and straight pipes. I had Rt cats and Gruppe M intake at points but I also do not drive my car on the regular. At best 6k a year, so 2x a year which isnt bad, im only charged 85 bucks

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Unless you're driving in some harsh conditions, that's extremely excessive. How long have you been doing oil changes at 3K intervals?
Life of ownership, I dont see it as excessive at all, being modded I didnt want to suck in excess crap into the motor, my oil has always been clean when I do it as well I just feel better about knowing its done.
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Lots of money going down the drain there.......


Calm down dude, we all love our cars. But 3k? lol


First 2 years of ownership I put over 36k on it, being away at college. I dont drive it very often now so its maybe 1-2x a year. Only $85 a time so I can not complain.
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Default Re: Just got my blackstone oil analysis back

bumping an old thread with an updated report from blackstone. what's your thoughts?

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We saw a little extra bearing wear in this sample, as shown by lead and tin. We also found a small increase in nickel, which is not common in this type of engine, although yours showed almost as much last time, so we doubt that extra 1 part per million is worth worrying about. Your other wear stayed nice and low, even with the longer oil run, and no fuel or dirt contamination was found. The viscosity was a bit low, but that shouldn't hurt anything. We don't see any obvious cause for the bearing wear, so for now just resample at 8,000 miles to monitor.
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What is your use? track days, drive it like you stole it every time? That might explain the slightly higher metal rates. In this case I'd at least lower the interval, especially since the viscosity read a bit low, keeping it closer to ideal should help.
I don't mean to be inflamatory or cause concern, but if you drive it like a grandma and have these results, I'd consider selling the car. There is a thread in the last week about some pretty scary rod bearing conditions at ... think it was 75-100k miles and up. Or consider replacing rod bearings soon after reading the specifics of those threads and talking to your local mechanic.

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What is your use? track days, drive it like you stole it every time? That might explain the slightly higher metal rates. In this case I'd at least lower the interval, especially since the viscosity read a bit low, keeping it closer to ideal should help.
I don't mean to be inflamatory or cause concern, but if you drive it like a grandma and have these results, I'd consider selling the car. There is a thread in the last week about some pretty scary rod bearing conditions at ... think it was 75-100k miles and up. Or consider replacing rod bearings soon after reading the specifics of those threads and talking to your local mechanic.

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my current mileage is at 93k and i have a number of track days on the car. i have a 2nd sample sent out at the same time, so if that report comes back with the same indications, then i'll be forking over to get the bearings done up. it's probably due either way. i've had the vanos go kaboom on me, so doing the bearings as preventative maintenance wouldn't be a bad idea. i normally do my oil changes at half intervals, so roughly 7500-8k miles, which i intend on continuing to do.

either way, there's no way i'm selling the m3
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