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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-29-2007, 10:40:29 PM   #11
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No oil burned or leaked in 14 months and 12,000 miles.

Kudos to the M Division! These are some pretty well-built engines.
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The only oil I've burned in 51,000 miles was once right after break-in on a long trip up PCH, and after an all-day track sessions in the desert @ Willow Springs that see redline in 4 gears in 100 deg. heat. Otherwise it doesn't burn drop between 7.5k fills.

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Old Tue, May-29-2007, 11:26:34 PM   #13
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I was actually just thinking about this.
I'm amazed that the car hasn't lost a drop at 4k from the last oil change.
The car only has 13k on it though.

Also I'm use to seeing the oil black after 1k with my Audi's I'm happy that with the M after 4k it still looks a nice light brown.
I use to loose 1 quart between my 3k oil changes on my TT
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Old Wed, May-30-2007, 03:46:26 AM   #14
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BMW says 1 in 500 miles is OK, but I call BS...

1/2 in 3000 is not bad...what is more important is how it's changing...
if it's been that way forever, fine...

if it was
0 in 6000
1/2 in 6000
then 1/2 in 3000

there may be an issue...
how many miles on the car
how is it driven...hard all the time?
leaking or burning?
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Old Mon, Jun-25-2007, 03:25:39 AM   #15
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I am having the same problem. My oil light came on last month so I took the car into the dealership and it was a 1/4 low on oil. I figured it was b/c the dealership didn't fill it up after installing new cats, gaskets and manifolds.

Just yesterday the light decided to come back on and I'm trying to figure out the issue .

I've only put 1900 miles on the car in the past 3 months. No oil in the garage or driveway and no white smoke blowing out the rear.

Any suggestions from this group would be great.

I will plan to have the oil pan gasket checked since the oil bearing recall was done on the vehicle.

Any other advice?

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Old Mon, Jun-25-2007, 03:31:55 AM   #16
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Just under 23k, zero oil consumed between changes.
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Old Mon, Jun-25-2007, 05:08:03 AM   #17
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Mine never uses oil. I suggest you get it looked at
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No oil consumed here either, 39K
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From what I can tell, sometimes, oil leaks on these S54s of ours simply drip right onto the underbody tray underneath our cars, thereby missing the driveway. Neat freaks, these Germans, eh? ok ok i knoww.. the tray is to clean up the airflow underneath the car, I'd presume..

I'd recommend jacking up the car, and unscrew that tray FIRST, and THEN look for leaks..
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I was in to the dealer last week because I have gone from a liter every 3000 miles (over the last five years) to a liter every 1000. The SA showed me a page from bwmtis.net stating that a quart every 500 miles is acceptable (as Art notes above), but they're having me come in every 500 miles for the next 1500 to do an oil consumption test. They were a little vague about what happens next, except to state that BMWNA requires the test before deciding what if anything they will do.
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