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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, Jun-23-2016, 01:27:02 AM   #11
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Default Re: Drivetrain Vibration - Speed Related, Help!

In my case what revealed the true issue was running it in gear going from 1st to reverse with the wheels elevated on the alignment rack while Mike watched.
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Default Re: Drivetrain Vibration - Speed Related, Help!

Are you sure the CV joint on the driveshaft is good? That's something you can check...just need to clean the grease off and then regrease.


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Old Thu, Jun-23-2016, 03:26:40 AM   #13
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This sounds alot like the driveshaft cv joint. I had same vibration corrected after repacking. But might need to replace if its been doing it a while. There are diys available. Search bmtroubleu or something like that. Not tok difficult to repack. Get some molybdenum grease and a new gasket, and make sjre to be meticulous about the orientation of the parts.
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Default Re: Drivetrain Vibration - Speed Related, Help!

The CV is seeming more and more plausible. I think before I shell out $$ for axles I'll replace the centering bearing and inspect the CV while I repack it with moly grease.

Thanks for the insight guys I'll keep you updated.
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Default Re: Drivetrain Vibration - Speed Related, Help!

Hi all,
Had the same issue with my car last month, had the driveshaft recalibrate and change the driveshaft front bearing.

It's smooth now.
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" the centering bearing "

That's what my mechanic replaced.
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Default Re: Drivetrain Vibration - Speed Related, Help!

just realized I never updated this thread... i must have updated another thread because i remember posting when i fixed this issue

turned out to be the driveshaft itself. replaced it with a re-balanced one and problem went away
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