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BMW M3 Maintenance and Repair

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  • Wow, I never realized I can ruffle so much feathers with my believe based on the info from magazine report. I was only trying to give a fellow BMW enthusiast a point of view based solely on the 1/4 mile time as one of many measures. But I will entertain the comments and continue with this debate one more time. My recollection was that when Road and Track magazine introduced the 2001 E46 M3, they have listed the M3 to be 0-60@ 4.8 and 1/4 miles to be 13.3 sec msrp at $48,000. On that same magazine it listed the 2001 porsche carrera to 0-60 @ 4.6 sec and 1/ mil to be 13.2 sec msrp ~$70,000. 13.2 sec is a big difference to 12.8. I could be wrong but I think 2001 porsche turbo was around 12.8. Too bad I no longer have that magazine anymore, otherwise I could have scan it and e-mail it to anyone that wants proof. If I'm talking out of my [non-permissible content removed] with the spec then, it's really the magazine's fault for wrong info. Luckily we have google and there is a site that listed the porsche spec from both 2 magazine which backed up my numbers.
    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/porsche-911-history37.htm

    I have to admit I have only been a passenger in a porsche and have not had the opportunity as a driver yet. But I'm not here to knock down porsche or saying that the M3 is better, I'm just expressing my personal believe, "what is more car for the dollar". And to tell the truth, since porsche and bmw are both german built, rear wheel drive car dedicated to racing, It's not so insane to compare the 2. But comparing a front wheel drive Japanese built honda accord is probably more absurd. When I first started in the import scene 10 years ago, our goals were to spend less and yet still be able to spank a porsche, vette, viper..etc. And yes, I know kids out there that had a turbo civic/integra and out ran Ferrari and Lambo on the street. So Yes, I can spend $20,000 to rebuild the motor and put a turbo into an accord so it can outrun the M3 and the porsche turbo easily in 1/4 miles. But as a front wheel drive car, it can only get enough traction with drag slicks, not street tire. But drag slick cannot handle road course. Lastly, there are some road course that favors front wheel drive car and some that favors rear wheel drive car. So comparing front wheel and rear wheel drive is hardly a fair comparison. Comparing the M3 to the new G37 for example is a fair comparison cause they are both rear wheel drive so they can fairly compete on the same road track. Several magazines had compared the s2000 to the porsche boxster. Yes the S2000 requires more effort then the boxster. But the lap time and 1/4 mile time is very competitive. So is up to individual's opinion which is a better car for the $ and if it's worth the extra $. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to this.

    As a Honda lover my I've spent enough $ building several civic and integra for drag and road course to have been able to buy a new m3 cash. I am still able to admit that there are other car more for the money. As much as I hate domestic, Dodge neon SRT 4 is a lot more car for the $ to "ME" than the acura rsx type s. But that's just my opinion.

    I was told once by a wise man, opinion is like Ahole and everyone's got one. With that said, I will step off my soap box now and stand by my believes while others can do the same.
    :shades:
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    No ruffled feathers here, I'm just saying I disagree with you. Believe it or not, I don't own a Porsche (I actually own a BMW).

    There's simply a lot more to a car than magazine test numbers for 0-60 MPH and 1/4 mile acceleration.

    If driving the Porsche is like swimming in a crystal clear swimming pool, the BMW, by comparison, is like swimming in maple syrup.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I could build up a car to beat either of those 0-60 or 1/4 mile times for far less money than either an M3 or a 911, but you wouldn't want to ride in it for very long :P

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  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    No need, this will suffuce...

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  • that was kinda the point I was trying to make too. My civic and integra are so harsh with absolutely no luxury, comfort, prestige. I meant no disrespect to others passion and if I can afford the 911 turbo, that would have been my choice too. I do agree there is something to be said when you can drive a turbo car with less road noise and can turn on the AC in the summer time.
    For now, I'm just happy to finally own the m3. As a novice with BMW, I join the forum to seek advice on fixing the M3 myself to save some $. Not to insult anyone or pick a fight.

    p.s. I manage to replace the oil seperator thanks to everyone's advice. No leak so far. But then again, the old one did not have any signs of leaks at the seals either. Is it possible that it was leaking internally causing the vaccum to suck up oil, instead of air only, to the intake and that's why the dealer strongly advice immediate replacement to prevent lost of oil?

    Now my next task is to climb under the car and replace the power steering hose. Any advice of caution or tips to make the job easier?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I can't think of any real snags other than having to pay for that hose. It's not cheap.

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  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    My hat's off to you, your handier than most car enthusiasts. I owned Honda's and Acura's for much of my younger years and I never did learn to turn a wrench.

    I've come a long way as a shadetree mechanic since joining the BMW cult, but I don't know if I could have done the job you did.
  • Should I buy new 19 inch Michelan tires from the BMW dealership, they want 421 per tire including installation? Should I trust Firestone to do it cheaper?
    Any advice?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,301
    Buy them from Tire Rack; they sell the same Pilot Sports for $326. Use one of Tire Rack's Recommended Installers to mount and balance the tires. I'd stay away from mass market stores like Firestone or Goodyear unless you are 100% certain that they know how to service a performance car- otherwise you will likely wind up with scuffed or damaged wheels- and lug nuts installed by a gorilla with an air wrench...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    don't take an M3 near a big chain store. :(

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  • Okay, I know I'm not an expert mechanic but I didn't realized I can be that bad of a nebie with my M3. I have obtain all the expensive parts to change my power steering lines, $565 dollars worth of 3 lines, reservior and washers. But I'm stuck on how do I get the jack stand underneath my car. They leave no room for weight bearing under the sideskirt to put a jackstand next to the jack. And unlike my hondas, I can't figure out if there is a weight bearing location in front of the radiator without tearing the bumper and all the plastics off. I know the lower control arms bolt to the frame so around that area can be a possible jack location to allow 4 points under the side skirt for jackstand placement. But the end of the lower control arm is covered by a metal plate which I don't think is thick enough to bear weight. I can't believe I'm stuck on the very first basic before a job starts. How do you guys do it???????

    Also, as I was flying back to Ca the other night, I realize the Delta skymall catalog has an oil change machine for sale. It's a machine that sucks the oil out from the dip stick hole. They claims Mercedes dealer change oil the same way. Has anyone else seen it or used it? Does Mercedes really change oil that way with a machine? It sure would make life easier and cleaner. But can it really get rid of all the old oil and gunk as good as the traditional drain from the oil pan plug bolt?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,301
    How do you guys do it???????

    Here is one method.

    Has anyone else seen it or used it?

    I use this extractor.

    Does Mercedes really change oil that way with a machine?

    Yes.

    But can it really get rid of all the old oil and gunk as good as the traditional drain from the oil pan plug bolt?

    It's worked well for me as well as other BMW owners I know. I don't use it all that much as I can reach the drain plug on my E36 3er, X3, and Wrangler without jacking them up. That said, it was a lifesaver on my wife's E39 5er.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • gmonkiesgmonkies Posts: 35
    Thank you again for your advice.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,301
    I'm happy to help. Let me know if you have any more questions.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • 202202 Posts: 1
    My window at times does not want to come up straight. I've fixed, adjusted and re-aligned but it comes back. The back end wants to lead the way. Bent parts? Bad motor? Worn sliders?

    A little help here. Thanks.
  • Hey everybody! Great forum going on here. I have a 2002 e46 M3 with about 76k. Very rarely when i hit a bump the power dies, car shuts down and immediatly turns back on. It's such a rare occuance yet leaves me thinking about selling and saving for an upgrade. The previous owner had done the stereo wiring which is suspect. Also when i put in reverse the passanger sideview mirror moves facedown umungst other subtle glitch's. Electrical work on an M3 scares this novice mechanic. Any suggestions from you pro's out there?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,671
    The mirror is supposed to do that... If you want it to stop, leave the power mirror selection button in the passenger position and that will disable it.

    The big bump thing? Beats me, but it sounds like a loose battery cable..

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  • haha thanks kyfdx...that would explain the ease of parallel parking!
  • gmonkiesgmonkies Posts: 35
    Does anyone knows how to reset the ecu for my 2001 m3 after my oil change?
    I remember reading somewhere that I can manually reset without needing a device. But I can't find that post now. Any suggestions will e greatly appreciated.

    BTW, does anyone know a website that I can find out bmw club event in southern california? Thanks!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,301
    Does anyone knows how to reset the ecu for my 2001 m3 after my oil change?
    I remember reading somewhere that I can manually reset without needing a device. But I can't find that post now. Any suggestions will e greatly appreciated.


    1. Key in 0 or off position.

    2. Press and hold odometer button and turn key to 1 or acc. position.

    3. Keep button pressed until any of the following words appear in display: "oil service" or "inspection", with "reset" or "re".

    4. Press and hold button again until "reset" or "re" flash. If there is no "flash", minimum consumption value has not been met.

    5. While display is flashing, press button briefly to reset service interval indicator. After display has shown new interval, the following will appear in display for approx. 2 seconds:"END SIA"

    BTW, does anyone know a website that I can find out bmw club event in southern california? Thanks!

    Perhaps the BMW CAR Club of America website?

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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