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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 Mon, Jul-03-2017, 05:21:06 AM   #491
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Huh, very interesting. I suppose it makes no real difference in the end...just one of those little historical bits of trivia that would be nice to track down.
If I had to guess...037/038 were pre-recall bearings. Some MY 2003 cars had the bearing recall done. I'm sure some were missed.
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If I had to guess...037/038 were pre-recall bearings. Some MY 2003 cars had the bearing recall done. I'm sure some were missed.
That's my guess as well. Mine is a 2003.5 and has the newer rod bolts, and wasn't part of the recall, but it certainly could have used an older bearing specification.
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Old Fri, Dec-01-2017, 07:39:45 PM   #493
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Love looking at these DIYs, just so I know it's worth paying $800 for the fix.
Who did your rod bearing for $800,my car is due for the job?
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Old Fri, Dec-01-2017, 07:40:21 PM   #494
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Who did your rod bearing for $800,my car is due for the job?


Are you located in LA?


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Great DIY, thanks for all the info!
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Old Mon, Apr-16-2018, 05:18:16 PM   #497
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I'm suffering severe withdrawal now that I no longer have a garage... it sucks!



I still remember my first valve adjustment in the middle of NY winter out in the open... dressed in full ski clothes and I still froze



It isn't that bad. Complexity wise it's easier than vanos work.
I'm confident now after this... I did the vanos overhaul before and that took forever
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