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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, May-27-2008, 08:49:32 PM   #1
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Default High mileage? Any longevity data yet?

Is there info. on what to expect at and beyond 100,000 miles?

What type of reliability compared to other BMW's.

I just hit 70,000 and I plan on keeping the car but I'm curious if there is info on the E46 making 150k? 200k?

Is the original bearing recall a sign of problems in the future or no?

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The E46 is very reliable in my opinion compared to the E30 and E36. It's not comparable to a Honda, but with proper maintenance, I've seen this car go more than 150K miles.
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im at 76k and i drive pretty hard. no problems and going strong
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101k miles and still running strong....
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124k. SMG pump is getting replaced Thursday but I think that is pretty common if not sooner than now.

Drivetrain clunk is pretty sloppy/annoying but again I gather that is pretty much on any M3 but the wear doesn't make it any better for sure.

Other than that mine hasn't had any major issues.
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i've put 24k miles on it and i've only had it for a year. no problems so far -- just rolled over 63k, and this thread is a testament to high-mileage E46 M3's -- ive heard of people with upwards of 150k and still going strong. I imagine it's a reliable car and would be good to 200k+ with proper maintenance.
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this is probably why the m3 made the list for most reliable cars
http://autos.yahoo.com/consumerrepor...used_cars.html
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So sounds pretty good. I guess I was hoping everyone would claim 200k is easily achievable but if I can get to 150 thats plenty. My longer term dream was to perhaps drive it as a daily driver for one more year or so and then buy something as a daily driver and strip the M3 down, make it light and have a fun car....even a track car. Depending on the engine though the hard driving could kill her.
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I believe Edmunds or yahoo autos or somewhere, rated the e46 m3 as one of the most reliable cars along with the civic, camry, etc...
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