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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-03-2018, 03:32:55 AM   #971
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Default Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Just to add to the database. Here are the results from the previous owner. Bearings should be done hopefully next week.

Edit: changed it to a jpg so it's not an attachment. Crossing my fingers.
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Yup, need bearings done.
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Old Wed, Oct-03-2018, 02:08:45 PM   #973
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Not a bad report, but I'll keep hammering this point...

I don't understand their commentary on these. The averages they provide in right-most column are based on ~5k mile intervals. Your interval was ~60% of that (3k), so naturally you would expect lower ppms, but your numbers are VERY close to the averages. To me that means, ok/good, but not great, and too early to celebrate. If you keep sending them samples every 1000 miles, numbers will look even better and there won't be anything to worry about, right? Keep things in perspective.


I mean I agree with you to a point. I track the car pretty hard and have nothing from POs about the maintenance history, so I wanted to get some fresh oil in and send what I had to blackstone and see what they found. Not 5,000 for sure, but itís better than 1,000 miles and I think I wouldnít bother to send another sample in until 5,000 miles. This was just to give me a starting point; better than the numbers being high and knowing I need to replace them like next week. Better than nothing.
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Old Mon, Oct-08-2018, 05:29:56 AM   #975
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This thread needs more reports and actual damage!

Here is my setup. 159k. 2004 (11.03 build) stock rod bearings. Only owned this car for the past 30k miles, not sure how it was driven between 116k-130k but 80k-116k it was babied... I've been driving it fairly hard, but only when warmed up. I had a slight vibration at idle that scared me so i got them done ASAP. (slight vibration went away but not sure if linked)

Replaced with VAC bearings & ARP studs.

23 PPM Copper vs 18 PPM 9.5k miles ago
57 PPM Lead vs 23 PPM 9.5k miles ago
9.5k Service (TBN still looks good)
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Old Wed, Oct-10-2018, 09:48:06 PM   #976
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This thread needs more reports and actual damage!

Here is my setup. 159k. 2004 (11.03 build) stock rod bearings. Only owned this car for the past 30k miles, not sure how it was driven between 116k-130k but 80k-116k it was babied... I've been driving it fairly hard, but only when warmed up. I had a slight vibration at idle that scared me so i got them done ASAP. (slight vibration went away but not sure if linked)

Replaced with VAC bearings & ARP studs.

23 PPM Copper vs 18 PPM 9.5k miles ago
57 PPM Lead vs 23 PPM 9.5k miles ago
9.5k Service (TBN still looks good)
Thanks for the info
Going forward I would highly recommend 5-6K interval oil changes.
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Old Wed, Oct-10-2018, 11:14:55 PM   #977
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This thread needs more reports and actual damage!

Here is my setup. 159k. 2004 (11.03 build) stock rod bearings. Only owned this car for the past 30k miles, not sure how it was driven between 116k-130k but 80k-116k it was babied... I've been driving it fairly hard, but only when warmed up. I had a slight vibration at idle that scared me so i got them done ASAP. (slight vibration went away but not sure if linked)

Replaced with VAC bearings & ARP studs.

23 PPM Copper vs 18 PPM 9.5k miles ago
57 PPM Lead vs 23 PPM 9.5k miles ago
9.5k Service (TBN still looks good)
When did you car get the rod bearing replacement by BMW if it was part of the service action?
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Thanks for the info
Going forward I would highly recommend 5-6K interval oil changes.
With TBN good, why would you recommend a lower interval?

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When did you car get the rod bearing replacement by BMW if it was part of the service action?
It wasn't apart of that service.
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Old Fri, Oct-19-2018, 05:13:27 PM   #979
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Red Line 50WT Race ~22-25 heat cycles on slicks getting PR's on this sample. Looking good, I'm sticking with this from now on. Left to right we've got Red Line, Red Line, Ravenol, Total, LM (10w-60).

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Old Fri, Oct-19-2018, 05:24:06 PM   #980
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Call me crazy, but I feel like your lead wear rate isn't fixed-- you're just seeing less at once because of how few miles you're doing between changes.
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