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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, Jun-13-2018, 12:16:30 AM   #21
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Oh please. Look me up, its not like I have not done my share of DIYs. Let's not bring this BF attitude here, pal. I know my limitations, and doing RBs in my garage is not what I want to do. My time is more valuable to me and I will gladly pay somebody to do this.
Haha I’m the same way. If it’s not a fun job and I can afford to pay a reputable mechanic, I’d rather sit back and enjoy the finished product. I try my best to do most of the basic maintenance however. I also enjoy tinkering and detailing the car.

But being under the car for hours hoping for the best, no thanks. Rather hit the gym, go out with friends, or binge watch Netflix props to those that do this on regular basis.
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Looking back on it, if I wasn't replacing all the parts that I refreshed, it probably would have taken me 6-7 hours at a moderate pace. It's not overly difficult, just time-consuming because of all the parts that need to be removed to access the bearings.
Thanks for the validation. I’m thinking paying $585 for labor may be the ideal route. I’ll spend more time fumbling around under jackstands than what it’s worth.
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Old Wed, Jun-13-2018, 05:31:35 PM   #23
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Thanks for the validation. Iím thinking paying $585 for labor may be the ideal route. Iíll spend more time fumbling around under jackstands than what itís worth.
My M3 is also my fun/secondary car so I had the luxury of splitting the job up over several sessions which made it more enjoyable and allowed me to document and snap pictures of the process.
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Thanks for the validation. Iím thinking paying $585 for labor may be the ideal route. Iíll spend more time fumbling around under jackstands than what itís worth.
$585 for labor is dirt cheap. I'd honestly consider it for that price. But you also learn a lot about this car when breaking it down. Fascinating really.
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$585 for labor is dirt cheap. I'd honestly consider it for that price. But you also learn a lot about this car when breaking it down. Fascinating really.
That and I'm very paticular about how work gets completed on my M3. Doing it myself allows me to know parts actually got replaced, proper torque values were used, and corners weren't cut.
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That and I'm very paticular about how work gets completed on my M3. Doing it myself allows me to know parts actually got replaced, proper torque values were used, and corners weren't cut.
That's pretty much why I do my own work. Trying to find a mechanic that uses a torque wrench (or even just doesn't air gun everything) is quite the challenge
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OP, I paid about $1700 parts and labor. I ordered WPC bearings myself from the forums.

Also ignore people here who are selling you hard on DIYing. Yes DIY is definitely a good option if you have the time and means but I don't know why people here are so hellbent on their ways. Some of us travel or work multiple jobs/have other hobbies/life outside of cars.
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I paid about $300-$400 for my WPC treated bearings and OEM bolts. And then about $1,000 for the labor which included an oil change from a very competent mechanic.

I was more than happy to foot the bill as someone who’s mechanical abilities stop at a tire rotation and an oil change. We shouldn’t shame people into not wanting to or not being able to DIY.
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OP, I paid about $1700 parts and labor. I ordered WPC bearings myself from the forums.

Also ignore people here who are selling you hard on DIYing. Yes DIY is definitely a good option if you have the time and means but I don't know why people here are so hellbent on their ways. Some of us travel or work multiple jobs/have other hobbies/life outside of cars.
Thanks.
No worries, I DIY a lot of stuff, I have 5 M-cars I maintain all the time - all out of warranty older girls with over 100K miles each. Like I said, I know my limitations and DIY rod bearings is not what I want to do. I'd prefer to spend my weekend playing ice hockey with my son or tasting wine with my wife. I spend too much time in the garage as is, so its all good.

I'm getting $1200-1500-1700 quotes from several local indies depending on parts. So I'm fine with that, once the time comes to have this done.

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Thanks.
No worries, I DIY a lot of stuff, I have 5 M-cars I maintain all the time - all out of warranty older girls with over 100K miles each. Like I said, I know my limitations and DIY rod bearings is not what I want to do. I'd prefer to spend my weekend playing ice hockey with my son or tasting wine with my wife. I spend too much time in the garage as is, so its all good.

I'm getting $1200-1500-1700 quotes from several local indies depending on parts. So I'm fine with that, once the time comes to have this done.
Just a suggestion, you could reach out to Hacksaw here on the forums. He's in San Antonio. You and the family could spend a weekend in San Antonio while he wraps things up with your rod bearings.

Just a suggestion and highly recommended.
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