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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 Tue, Jun-12-2018, 02:15:23 PM   #11
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DIY it and do it for a fraction of the cost. I wrote up a fairly extensive DIY for rod bearings.


I’ve read both yours and SYT_Shadow’s.. thanks to both of you as I’ll be tackling this soon.
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I’ve read both yours and SYT_Shadow’s.. thanks to both of you as I’ll be tackling this soon.


Glad they are getting put to good use and are an aid for members of the community.
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Like sitting on the couch watching TV in your AC.
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.
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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.
Calm down it's a joke.
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Old Tue, Jun-12-2018, 04:15:51 PM   #15
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I wipe my own ass...
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Old Tue, Jun-12-2018, 04:36:37 PM   #16
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Two days to complete my bearings in my garage.
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Old Tue, Jun-12-2018, 05:12:54 PM   #17
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Much less than an engine replacement
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So far I have 3 quotes in Raleigh: $950, $1800 and $2300 all parts & labor.

I'm not sure if the one for $950 is because it's where I bought the car, but it seems so low that it's mildly concerning... Although they seem to know their way around an E46 M3.

For the guys that did it yourself... Is the job more time consuming than actually difficult?
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It is tricky in it's own way. You have a few annoyances like taking off ps and ps pump to get to a couple oil pan bolts, you have to lower or remove the entire front subframe to get the oil pan out. You need some special tools like an engine support bar. Reassembling, outside of rod bolt torque procedure, getting the oil pan lined up with some rtv is not fun, you need to make sure you don't eff up the engine mounts and they line up with the heat shield when bolting up the subframe and lowering the engine from the support bar. Doing this yourself on jackstands is quite a bit of hopping around checking everything in small increments, because safety first. So yeah, time consuming and tricky due to the number of things you need to keep track of with that engine hovering over you supported by an $80 bar from Amazon or Harbor Freight.

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So far I have 3 quotes in Raleigh: $950, $1800 and $2300 all parts & labor.

I'm not sure if the one for $950 is because it's where I bought the car, but it seems so low that it's mildly concerning... Although they seem to know their way around an E46 M3.

For the guys that did it yourself... Is the job more time consuming than actually difficult?


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So far I have 3 quotes in Raleigh: $950, $1800 and $2300 all parts & labor.

I'm not sure if the one for $950 is because it's where I bought the car, but it seems so low that it's mildly concerning... Although they seem to know their way around an E46 M3.

For the guys that did it yourself... Is the job more time consuming than actually difficult?
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.
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