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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 Thu, May-29-2014, 05:06:00 PM   #1
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Default Preventive maintenance for low mileage/bone stock

Hey Fellow Beamers, Just wanted to get and advise from the SME's here on what do i need to look at replacement wear and tear parts for my weekender. It has 24,500 miles at this time. Appreciate the assist.
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Um, there's this sticky thread on maintenance:

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=190111

+Vanos and subframe.
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Can we get a history of what has been done? That would better guide our suggestions.
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Use the structural foam on the subframe now, install the Beisan VANOS disc and M5 diaphragm springs. The car is new enough I probably wouldn't bother with the seals themselves for now

Rod bearings can wait until 100k
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Use the structural foam on the subframe now, install the Beisan VANOS disc and M5 diaphragm springs. The car is new enough I probably wouldn't bother with the seals themselves for now

Rod bearings can wait until 100k
Where are you finding the foam these days?

And OP I'm right in your backyard.
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Where are you finding the foam these days?

And OP I'm right in your backyard.
It's only the official subframe repair kit that was discontinued. You can still buy the cartridges individually since they're used in all sorts of models/applications

http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/SiteSearch/83190007361/
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You should do at least yearly oil changes if it gets freezing or below where you are, and depending on the year, watch for rubber to deteriorate; tires first (I think 6 years is the accepted max, but in my experience you can get way past this if the tires aren't visibly affected in the sidewalls and you don't track or drive to the limit), belts.
Condition the body rubber with Meguiars vinyl / rubber conditioner, or gummifledge if you can find that - especially around the door and rear vent windows, and under hood, trunk.

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Inspection I, subframe reinforcement, Beisan vanos disc, updated cam bolts, updated differential bolts.
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Thanks guys for the advises. Really do appreciate it.
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Where are you finding the foam these days?

And OP I'm right in your backyard.
Cool bimmerfan, Where did you get your vanos/subframe done in sova?
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