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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.


View Poll Results: You can only fit into one of the 4 categories. Choose the one that includes you.
Broken in per bmw, doesn't burn oil OR not broken in per bmw and does burn oil 49 80.33%
broken in per bmw, does burn oil OR not broken in per bmw and doesn't burn oil 12 19.67%
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Old Thu, Dec-29-2005, 03:51:10 PM   #1
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Default breakin period vs oil consumption poll

Please only answer if you actually check your oil (using the dipstick) between visits...

Oh, and so we can be clear on breakin
Before 1200 miles:
less than 5500rpm
less than 75% throttle
no sport mode
fluid change before doing any of that at 1200
following the tach lights for redline
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I did all the right things and it still burns about a quart of oil every 5,000 km. I drive her hard though...
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I bought my car with 3000K miles on it so I have no idea how it was broken in. The car runs great and doesn't burn anything more than .20L in 7500mi.
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My car was NOT broken in per BMW procedures.
Has never gone more than 5000 miles between oil changes
This past year got oil nearly every 1000 miles due to numerous track days
Logged 1000+ track miles last year
Makes strong numbers for an M3 on the dyno

Consumes little to no oil at all.

**EDIT** not sure if mileage matters or not...but my car has just under 38K miles.

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I didn't follow break in by the book, and my car burns no oil. I had less than 100 miles and drove right to Fla., lots of high speed runs but never hitting like crazy rpm's, kept it under 6500 I guess....PS.....I do change the oil often...maybe every 4000 miles or so, right now my car has 15 and change
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I drive her real real, real hard. I broke her in using Performence center guidelines. 4000rpm max for the first 600miles then nothing over 5500rpm for the rest of the break in.I did however use sport mode but did not go over 80 % throttle even with sport on. I also baby her when she is cold. 3k rpm till the tach lights turn off then under 4500rom till she is all warmed up. I havent burned a quart.
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I drive her real real, real hard. I broke her in using Performence center guidelines. 4000rpm max for the first 600miles then nothing over 5500rpm for the rest of the break in.I did however use sport mode but did not go over 80 % throttle even with sport on. I also baby her when she is cold. 3k rpm till the tach lights turn off then under 4500rom till she is all warmed up. I havent burned a quart.
Used exact same break in, and use same warm up procedures as KILO15...11mos old now with 23,530 miles, has never consumed any oil. Dump faithfully every 3 to 5000 miles depending on driving style. Most mileage has come from long distance interstate driving. K&N 69, Stebro, and AA muffler only related mods...OH yeah AA oil cap also.....
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Since everyone's explaining theres...

I did break in per the instructions. I drive hard and often, change oil every 7500 miles. Not one dro burned
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Personally I think the poll should be broken down into four choices. I know I must be missing it (but please explain) but I dont understand the way the questions were framed for the poll. Either you followed BMWs procedure and it burns oil or it doesnt or you didnt follow BMWs procedure and it burns oil or it doesnt. I see four choices there, not two. I do find this to be an interesting topic of discussion as there are many schools of thought regarding engine break-in.

FWIW I didnt follow BMWs break-in guide lines (not even close but I did adhere to not using the sport mode and I still dont ever use it) and my car no longer burns any oil. I did go through a little over a liter before the 1200 mile service and then approximately 2/3 of a liter from the 1200 miles service to around the 5,000 mile mark but since then it hasnt burned any oil (odometer is currently at 23,300 miles).
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Personally I think the poll should be broken down into four choices. I know I must be missing it (but please explain) but I dont understand the way the questions were framed for the poll. Either you followed BMWs procedure and it burns oil or it doesnt or you didnt follow BMWs procedure and it burns oil or it doesnt. I see four choices there, not two. I do find this to be an interesting topic of discussion as there are many schools of thought regarding engine break-in.

FWIW I didnt follow BMWs break-in guide lines (not even close but I did adhere to not using the sport mode and I still dont ever use it) and my car no longer burns any oil. I did go through a little over a liter before the 1200 mile service and then approximately 2/3 of a liter from the 1200 miles service to around the 5,000 mile mark but since then it hasnt burned any oil (odometer is currently at 23,300 miles).
Not sure the poll is the best way to prove the validity of the BMW break-in procedure but this is logical in a sense. Easy to explain in my view. You follow the procedures and reap the benefits / break the rules and suffer the penalty is testing the same thing. The second option refutes the correlation.

In my view, driving the car hard under any break-in conditions will tend to lead to higher oil consumption. People who are inclined to violate the break-in procedure are also more likely to drive the car all the time. I guess I think there's other variables involved that we aren't accounting for in this poll.
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