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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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Default DIY References

One of our members, "suaveflooder" (Brian) put together a posting listing many references to DIY sources of info - from both this site and others on the web. There was a request that it become a sticky - but since other people kept adding extranious posts to the thread, that wasn't practical in the original thread. I discussed this with Brian - and he made up a clean version of all the references that will now become a sticky and CLOSED thread. If you have more references to add to the thread, please send a PM to SuaveFlooder, and after looking it over - if it's suitable, he'll send it to me for inclusion in this thread.

Please take note - the moderators and owners of M3Forum take no responsibility for any damages caused by the use of these DIY's. If you decide to use one - it's at your own risk.

That all said - here is the listing (and thanks MUCH to SuaveFlooder!)
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Thinking about buying an M3? Here's a list of DIY resources and links:

General service (oil change intervals, service I, service II, etc.)

Valve adjustment

Spark plug replacement

Differential Fluid change

Belt replacement

Fuel filter change

Coolant flush (post 29)
Another coolant flush: - Thanks to Doug (dhodges76)

Power steering flush

Transmission fluid change (SMG)

Transmission fluid change (manual)

Cooling System Rebuild (DIY)

Coolant Change DIY

General DIY's - some are illustrated, oil change, coolant flush, fuel filter, plugs, dash-whine, diff fluid, headers, vanos-solenoid (thanks to Tim Astro!]


Finding a vacuum/boost leak

Constant pressure valve replacement

S54 rod bearing replacement (with front suspension refresh)-- thanks to bimmerfan08!

And another CPV replacement DIY (thanks to Heckafunctional)

Coil/Coil pack diagnosis and replacement

Intake manifold removal (SMG)

Vanos Hub and Bolt replacement - detailed DIY by SYT Shadow:
(Thanks to PedalOnTheRight for pointing it out to me..)

Hogger 453 vanos videos
*part one:
*part two:
*part three:
*part four:
*part five:

Vanos bolt replacement

Vanos solenoid replacement

Vanos R&R without a timing tool

Everything you ever wanted to know about Vanos.. all in one place!

Fan Clutch Removal

Starter replacement

Pulley replacement

High pressure power steering hose replacement

E46 M3 detailed water pump replacement, thermostat replacement, & coolant flush

E46 M3 detailed ignition coil replacement and spark plug replacement

E46 M3 (S54) detailed valve adjustment

DIY Injector Service

S54 Injector Replacement
Thanks to Dan, 01M3Fan for the two above references!


Header install

O2 SIM install

Exhaust camshaft position sensor replacement

Exhaust/Muffler Removal/Installation (thanks to user NY!)


Fuel pump replacement


SMG Trouble shooting facts

Emergency brake adjustment

Subframe reinforcement (epoxy/foam method)
Subframe reinforcement, epoxy method (pic heavy)
and Subframe reinforcement - foam method.

Bushing replacement

Bushing removal tool DIY

Differential bolt replacement

Steering Coupler replacement

SMG to 6 speed conversion

SMG paddle installation

Clutch installation (SMG)

Start your car without pushing in clutch DIY

Coilover install

Guibo (flex disc) replacement

Rear Trailing Arm Ball Joints (all 4)

Replace a front wheel bearing


Exterior Window Trim Replacement - Coupe

Xenon headlight assembly removal

Rear quarter window seal/trim replacement (thanks to Jmsimmons1 for passing this along!)

Subframe reinforcement, bushing replacement gear oil change. VERY detailed - lots of pics and videos.


Interior trim removal

Steering wheel trim removal[/QUOTE]

Replacement Rain Sensor pads and components (Thanks to Itsablur!)


Great DIY for brake lines, pads and bleed the system from member "NY":


Nothing to see here.. move along, move along..

Updated 03/06/14
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