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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%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Fri, Feb-03-2006, 11:39:22 PM   #41
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If I had more options it would be useless because the conclusion would be unclear based on needing to combine results. I've broken it down into "breakin affects oil consumption" and "breaking doesn't affect oil consumption.

How do you know there is no correlation? So far the results suggest there it...
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You have more than 2 options for polls, just look for the button when you post the poll..
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You have more than 2 options for polls, just look for the button when you post the poll..
I didn't want more than two option, it woudl just add confusion. As it stands:
Option 1) breakin has a relation to oil consumption
option 2) it doesn't have a relationship to consumption
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bump for more results, before everyone who owns the car bought it used
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04 w/ 42K and not a drop of oil burned. Followed the breakin to the letter.
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I broke my 2006 M3 in strictly by BMW recommendations and have never burned any oil. Same was true of my 2001 M3.
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This poll is not well constructed for extrapolating any type of information or corrolary cause/effects. You would really want to break this down more like jerryg said and give four distinct choices that would allow you to reach a relationship between break in style and oil consumption.

However I don't believe you would find any information that is truly useful from this poll. How you drive the car at warm up and oil change frequency are factors that will have a much larger effect on you oil consumption. Do you drive up a big hill when you leave the house every morning, do you run the piss out of it as soon as you turn the key on a cold motor, do you go the 15k BMW recommends between oil changes? These factors will have a much larger effect on your motor than your break in period.

All one needs to worry about breaking in a new engine is how soon you get the original oil out of the sump. 500miles is plenty to break off any burrs left from machining. Even inside 500 miles as long as the engine oil is up to temp you can drive it like you stole it. It helps seat the piston rings properly and will increase the life of the rings and the bores. There are different schools of thought on engine break ins, but there is no definative answer as to which if either is the better way.

I prefer to change my oil regularly (3k, I think last year I went 1200 track miles) and run the hell out of it. I don't notice any oil burning inside 3k. But I don't know how the car was broken in, I do know it had 5 oil changes by the time I bought it at 5500 miles.

You don't see a break in period on an Indycar, F1 motor, or NHRA, they just pre-heat the oil and coolant, pump it in, crank the motor and instant 10k burnout leaving the pits for miles of testing/qualifying/racing. And they have to last several races to boot. (not including NHRA in the last statement)
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Bought the car at 30k, so no clue on break in.

Car had some oil leak issues, but was fixed under warranty.

Absolutely no oil loss since my first oil change.

I did not vote as I did not have the car during the break in period, but am curious as to other M's burning oil
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Broken in like absolute religion. Does NOT burn oil.
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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.
Same here, but haven't used a drop.
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