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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 Sat, Oct-08-2016, 01:39:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: Urgent - Power Steering Leak, Need Advice

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Pic of the location of the leak. Right where those pieces meet, there's a tiny hole that sprays like a fountain the second the wheel is turned, and it shoots at a sideways angle, spraying out towards the left front.

Anyone know what causes these leaks? No symptoms at all and I've been driving a ton the last couple days. No heavy feeling or sounds. Hit something super hard (unavoidable) on the highway yesterday but no damage to the underbody panel. Just seems like it popped up out of nowhere and was suddenly dry. Pump did still run when fluid was filled back up to find the leak.

The hose is a common failure. Most of them drip and people don't even know. Eventually they fail. I swapped mine a few months ago as preventative maintenance.
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Old Tue, Oct-11-2016, 03:18:08 AM   #12
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Well guys, here's the recap of my weekend:
Friday - Out of town, power steering line starts spraying fluid everywhere, as mentioned in my first post. Got it to the dealership via tow truck and they got me in a loaner. Cool deal.

Saturday- Driving in the hurricane on the interstate in the same area and the RR on the loaner X3 blows up. BMW paid for the car to be towed back to the dealership and they got me in a new X3. Couple hours later, there's something in the new loaner car's tire. I drive back to the dealership because they wanted to check it out. After seeing there's no damage, they then tell me to come check out the tire from the first one. (SEE PIC ATTACHED) Yeah, holy crap. Good times. No clue what I hit or what sort of bomb I hit..... Nice.


Sunday - Rode with my friend everywhere because I didn't trust myself in another vehicle after all this.

Monday- New power steering pressure hose showed up to the dealership right on time and they replaced the part and I was able to pick up my car this afternoon and FINALLY head home. Ended up being just the hose, thankfully. So thanks everyone for not letting me crank that thing home and blow up the pump. Overall, while my luck was awful this weekend, HUGE shout out to Hendrick BMW Northlake in Charlotte, NC (North Charlotte)... if you're ever in the area and in a bind or need work done, they are a top-notch example of customer service. I know many people don't like dealerships, but I can honestly say I've never received that kind of care from any of the independent service shops I've done business with. They've been fine, but nothing like what I experienced this weekend. These guys went out of their way to make sure I was in a safe ride for the weekend and that I was able to return home as soon as possible, even if it meant taking the loaner all the way home and then driving back for the car later in the week (which thankfully didn't have to happen). Just a great experience even when I was in a bind and having the worst luck ever.

Thanks again for all the advice you guys. I'm so glad to be back behind the wheel of my old, beat up M3. Those beeps and screens and live monitoring options on the new BMWs are nice and fancy, but it felt SO good to actually crank up my car and not have things beep at me with screens lighting up in the dashboard and random holograms popping up in the windshield! haha
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Old Tue, Oct-11-2016, 06:06:15 PM   #13
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Now this story would be a nice one to send to BMW USA. Always makes a person feel good to get a positive response. Just copy and paste it.
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Now this story would be a nice one to send to BMW USA. Always makes a person feel good to get a positive response. Just copy and paste it.
Wonder who I send it to? Just the form or a specific email? I already wrote up an email and sent it to the general manager. I felt these guys that helped me out this weekend deserved a pat on the back.
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Old Wed, Oct-12-2016, 01:45:21 PM   #15
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yh give that dealer some up's and list names if you can

that hoes always fails on everyone's car... and that new line will start to leak in the near future as well lol
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I will see if I have an email around. I know I have a number of phone numbers and names.
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yh give that dealer some up's and list names if you can

that hoes always fails on everyone's car... and that new line will start to leak in the near future as well lol
Can't trust the hoes....
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Emailed the general manager of the dealership and listed everyone involved in telling him about my weekend. He emailed back thanking me for the story of my experience with them and said he'd be sharing it with everyone else as an example of how they can make a difference. I just always like giving props where they're due.
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