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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, Oct-14-2018, 12:31:32 AM   #11
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Default Re: Intermittent Start Problems, Dying Starter Motor

This sounds a lot like the issue on my E36 M3. I change the ring antenna, the transmitter and the starter, As well, the ignition electrical. Still problem exists. So far my solution has been to park it on the driveway for the last year! I'm thinking the rebuilt starter might be my issue.
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Default Re: Intermittent Start Problems, Dying Starter Motor

I got the new starter in and the car starts up STRONG. The old one was definitely weak and felt like it wasn't at 100% compared to the new one. It's hard to quantify the feeling but it's positive, like the car is eager to turn over.

F**K those two torx bolts on the starter. I don't know what they were thinking when they designed it but a simple bolt through with a nut would have been a far easier solution. If I ever have to replace that starter again I'm just going to drill out the threads and shove the right size bolts through with a nut.

Only problem is the damned oil drain/crankcase breather on the airbox fell off on the bottom side and now I have a vacuum leak.

So tomorrow I'm going to work my way back to taking the whole thing apart again so that I can fix that.

At this point I'm happy that the new starter is in and the car feels right again.
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