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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, Oct-16-2007, 02:19:10 AM   #31
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replace/clean #2 as well for good measure.

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so, my oil light has been coming on lately.... its been eating about 1/2 qt of oil every 3k miles approx... any ideas? should i be concerned? it doesnt smoke, and i dont see any drippings in the driveway....
Something is not write. Mine burns no oil at 3k and the car is S/C ed. Was the car broken in correctly?
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Old Tue, Oct-16-2007, 04:17:25 AM   #33
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yep, i too get the orange oil light sometimes. Somtimes when I drive, sometimes when I turn off the car. I burn about 1/2 a qt every 5000 miles.

I hope it stays that way and doesn't get worse. I dont even beat on the car..too much

i have 43k on the motor. pulls as hard as ever.
that is exactly often mine comes on...

02 52k miles, bearing recall performed, had the oil leak after the recall but since it was fixed can not find any evidence of leaking oil...(took off panels and put it on a lift)

i think i burn about a quart every 5k miles or so.. i also believe that the engines with the rod bearing recall where "programmed" to where the oil light comes on faster than the non bearing recall engines.. sometimes i get oil light and it will be just slightly below the full mark..

i normally fill it the first time i see it.. but this time i let it go.. (even though i checked it all the time) to see how much more constant the light became with the oil getting lower..

now the light comes on just about all the time and it is exactly on the lower line indicating it is a full quart low...

i was just discussing this with mvez the other day..

he has a newer one with about 16k on the clock and he does not add oil between oil changes... my cpo is up in december and i may mention it to them before then... but i know what they are going to say...
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there is a service bulletin out about the oil level sensor as well IIRC.

common for these to fail and the yellow light to come on all the time.
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there is a service bulletin out about the oil level sensor as well IIRC.

common for these to fail and the yellow light to come on all the time.
had that replaced as well...

and at one time i thought the problem was that sensor.. i had it replaced and it still comes on before it is a quart low.. and the oil level light does come on with greater frequency the lower it gets...

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How do I tell if oil separator is the problem? Do you have a write of on how to inspect it and clean it? Thanx.
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there is a service bulletin out about the oil level sensor as well IIRC.

common for these to fail and the yellow light to come on all the time.
Yeah the light shouldn't be coming on when you lose a half quart, especially considering they take (someone correct me if I'm wrong) like 6 quarts, BMW I would imagine would factor in a certain amount of acceptable consumption. I wouldn't be too concerned, maybe physically check the level every now and then to ease you mind.
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How do I tell if oil separator is the problem? Do you have a write of on how to inspect it and clean it? Thanx.
pull the cosmetic black M cover off and youll see a black thing that looks like a pastic maxi pad held on by 4 bolts connected to a tube that runs into the intake plenum.

remove tube, unbolt, and look inside the holes to see if its really clogged up with sludge.

if it is it might be time to buy a new one... should be 40-60 at dealer.
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My oil light is coming on quite often. Every 3 tanks of gas (750 miles). I have noticed that the oil level will be near the lower mark, but not past. I put in a 1/2 quart the first time. Now I added a full quart. I have only had this car for 2500 miles and it has burned at least a quart to a quart and a half. This seems a bit excessive, but is normal from what BMW says. I keep the oil level high, just in case. I always carry a spare quart for peace of mind.
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Have 15k on odo and no oil consumption at all, even at 6k oil change intervals. I cant say that I never gunned it during initial break in, but I never messed around until the oil was at least up to temp. These engines only need a few hundred miles of initial break-in to set the seals and bearings. I know, I know... BMW recommends 1200 but whatever.
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