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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 Fri, Feb-17-2017, 01:20:25 PM   #1201
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Default Re: e46 M3 Maintenance Thread

Drain plug is only a wear item if overtorqued.

I've "replaced" mine once in 14X,XXX miles-- and only because I wanted a magnetic one.
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Drain plug is only a wear item if overtorqued.

I've "replaced" mine once in 14X,XXX miles-- and only because I wanted a magnetic one.
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Old Tue, Feb-28-2017, 11:54:59 PM   #1203
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Well, i hate to say it, but this thread is almost 100% dead on. I just purchased a 2005 M3 Vert with 97K miles on her. So, I figured I was going to have to do a lot of this stuff and upon further inspection, I need to do almost all of it and also right away. Water pump went literally 500 miles after purchasing. That was the start, so I took her into Rogue Engineering to change the FCAB and do an inspection to see what I needed to do and when. Well, once they got in to the car, one thing lead to another and this is what I had done.

cooling system complete including radiator, t-stat, water pump, fan clutch
Changed coolant
New Pulleys and hoses
Added Rogue Power Pulleys
FCABs
New Front Control Arms
RTABs
RSMs
Guibo
Suspension (rear springs broken, replaced and added Koni Yellows)
Strut Mounts replaced
Brakes warped - replaced rotors and pads and flushed
Added Rogue Engineering Sway bar
Fuel Filter
Cabin Filter
Vanos hub replacement - broken tab
Updated Vanos cam bolts
Valve adjustment
Fuel pump relay (I did not see this on the list, but Rogue said they had this fail a number of times around this mileage)
Changed diff fluid
changed transmission fluid
Changed oil pan gasket due to small leak
Replaced Headers
CPV o-ring
Put Epic chip in
deleted Catalytic converters
leakdown (less than 3% across all cylinders)
compression test - all around 160 cold
Subframe reinforcement
subframe bushings
differential bushings
alignment

Is there anything I missed now that my wallet is significantly lighter?

Thanks,

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I know it has been 4 years since I made this post, but I figured it might help some people to see the results of the investment I made back then. Well, I am happy to report that I have not had any issues with the M3 since I made all of those repairs. I have put almost 25K miles on since then with the only maintenance being the routine oil changes that I am doing every 7,500 miles and a dead battery. I will go in for another valve adjustment in another 5K miles or so, but everything has been running top notch. I still get thumbs up all the time as well because there are fewer of us out there. Anyhow, thanks again to Obioban for putting this thread together, because it appears accurate from my experience.

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Old Wed, Mar-01-2017, 02:33:12 PM   #1204
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I know it has been 4 years since I made this post, but I figured it might help some people to see the results of the investment I made back then. Well, I am happy to report that I have not had any issues with the M3 since I made all of those repairs. I have put almost 25K miles on since then with the only maintenance being the routine oil changes that I am doing every 7,500 miles and a dead battery. I will go in for another valve adjustment in another 5K miles or so, but everything has been running top notch. I still get thumbs up all the time as well because there are fewer of us out there. Anyhow, thanks again to Obioban for putting this thread together, because it appears accurate from my experience.

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For some reason I thought of your 'horror' post the other day (actually thought it was an individual thread)... anyways I'm happy to hear you're still happy with the vehicle bud
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Is the stock radiator that bad to consider replacing at 75k? If not when do most people replace the radiator?
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Is the stock radiator that bad to consider replacing at 75k? If not when do most people replace the radiator?
I'm trying to link the following thread, but it seems the link is down, and I can't seem to access it... Let me know if it works.

How reliable has your cooling system been? Please respond ONLY if over 100,000 mi
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=276771
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I'm trying to link the following thread, but it seems the link is down, and I can't seem to access it... Let me know if it works.

How reliable has your cooling system been? Please respond ONLY if over 100,000 mi
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=276771
I can't access it either.
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First, thank you very much for this stickied thread. It answers everything I've wanted to know (fixes and maintenance items, including prices/sites) when buying an M3.

Second, I noticed you're from SE PA. I currently live in Philly and work in South Jersey. Do you have any recommended shops to have some of the more involved work (VANOS, valve adjustment, and subframe reinforcement) performed? I typically do my own work, but sometimes my flying schedule doesn't allow me to keep all of the fun to myself.

Thanks again!

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First, thank you very much for this stickied thread. It answers everything I've wanted to know (fixes and maintenance items, including prices/sites) when buying an M3.

Second, I noticed you're from SE PA. I currently live in Philly and work in South Jersey. Do you have any recommended shops to have some of the more involved work (VANOS, valve adjustment, and subframe reinforcement) performed? I typically do my own work, but sometimes my flying schedule doesn't allow me to keep all of the fun to myself.

Thanks again!

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Avoid VAC if you like your car

Bimmerworks in west chester does awesome work, if not always at the fastest rate.

Autobahn Motorsports is pretty good for easy stuff, awesome customer service/speed. But, for a hard job, I'd go to bimmerworks over them.

I do some work on the side sometimes

In NJ, you have Rouge Engineering. I've never been, but have only heard positive stories.
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Avoid VAC if you like your car

Bimmerworks in west chester does awesome work, if not always at the fastest rate.

Autobahn Motorsports is pretty good for easy stuff, awesome customer service/speed. But, for a hard job, I'd go to bimmerworks over them.

I do some work on the side sometimes

In NJ, you have Rouge Engineering. I've never been, but have only heard positive stories.
Thanks for the extra info. I've been avoiding VAC (I've heard some stories in the e9X community). I'll have to give Bimmerworks a call.

Though, that work on the side sounds tempting...I saw your thread on the 332iT. It looks like you do some quality work! I have plenty of pizza, beer, and even a few pesos.
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