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BMW M3 Maintenance and Repair

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  • lostit3lostit3 Posts: 2
    I have an 2005 M3 Convertible without winter tires and I don't bother taking it out when there is snow on the ground. 19 inch performance tires with that much power and rear wheel drive is not ideal for snow. I'm not sure how much snow tires will work but if you are counting on this car to be your everyday commuter during the winter in Chicago...I'd be a bit concerned. And I'd say I'm a pretty decent driver in snowy conditions since I grew up in Boston.
  • gmonkiesgmonkies Posts: 35
    Thanks for the advice but I tried what you said with the window and it still did not work. Any other suggestions? :confuse:
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,579
    Check out this page- starting at post #19.

    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
    Thanks. I have the bentley manual and saw that section before and adjust the window according to the direction. I will try to repeat the steps over again from beginning to end and see what happens.
  • Hello!
    I have a 2002 BMW M3 with SMG that I just bought from a friend. It has over
    100k on it. I love this car. But here is the problem. In a manual transmission
    when you don't depress the clutch far enough and you press down on the gas
    pedal the car will race some before it goes into gear. This is what the SMG
    appears to be doing. I am hoping that maybe it just needs and adjustment or
    some lubrication or something small. Is this a common problem? Is it a big
    problem? Can you help?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,579
    You really need to take the car to a good BMW dealer or indie BMW tech. It could be something simple and it could be something pricey- but you need to have it diagnosed by someone who knows what they are doing. I hope you haven't been using just the throttle to hold the car on hills; that will kill an SMG clutch in no time...

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

  • sal4eversal4ever Posts: 1
    Hi,
    I have the same problem on my m3 2003. Would you please tell me what is the part that you have changed ( dealer's part#? or the rubber O-ring). I have seen the slotted screw or plug on the side of the engine block (passenger side) where the oil leaking from. I called the BMW dealer in my area and they cannot see any part in this location!!!. Thanks for your time.
  • gmonkiesgmonkies Posts: 35
    That is the oil pressure regulator on the passenger side of the block. It requires a flat short head to remove. It's kinda tight so you will need a flex wrench with a flat head socket. Becarefull not to strip the grove on the regulator. If you can't get it off then you will have no choice but to take the exhaust manifold off for more room.

    In any case, my friend just gave me another rubber O-ring from his O-ring box, no BMW parts required unless you want to pay the dealer extra $ for the same O-ring that you can get from the parts store. Feel free to let me know if you need anymore help.
  • gmonkiesgmonkies Posts: 35
    I was driving on Cruise Control and suddenly the motor choked for a sec. 15 minutes later, check engine light came on and when I got off the highway, the motor was running rough like a miss fire. Shut the car off and the check engine went away but still runs rougher than normal and lost of power.

    It has 84K on it right now, not sure if the spark plug was changed before I bought it. Hopefully it just needs a new plug.

    In any case, the bentley manual does not show the m3 set up for changing spark plug. It does not have a bolt that holds down the individual ignition coil like the other 3 series.
    After I separate the ignition wire harness wire from the ignition coil, does the coil just pull up/out? The coil is pretty tight in there, not sure if there's anything else I need to do or just man handle it. Hopefully once I fix replace the plugs, it will stop miss firing and running rough :-(

    If it was my honda, I'll just yank it out but always more fearful when it comes to working on the bimmer.

    Please Advice!!!
  • Issue:

    Every morning steering right to back out or steering sharp right moving forward, there is a grinding metal noise coming from the rear. An example of the noise would be as if one was to move a very heavy couch with four wooden legs a very short distance over concrete floors. Weird example but that is the first thing that pops in my mind. Or another example would be as if the wheel was about to fall off the axle and the titled wheel is grinding against the axle.

    It only happens with SHARP right turns. But once the car is warmed up, the noise does not happen again.

    Any ideas why the noise? solutions?

    I thought it was a lack of oil for the slip differential, but the dealer changed it out and still makes the noise, only in the morning.

    Thanks for any feedback

    -john
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I would say it is the gear oil - but not a lack of oil. In the morning, the oil has settled to the bottom of the case and it's cold/thick. Once it's stirred up into the gears and warm, your noise goes away.

    I wouldn't expect the noise to be that severe sounding though....
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,579
    LSDs are sometimes noisy when cold; it's the nature of the beast.

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

  • A friend told me the whinning noise coming from the back when I'm cruising at ~ 80 MPH on the cruise control is my rear diff and it shouldn't do that. The sound is normally not there when I drive on the street or when I punch it.

    He suggested I change the fluid and see if the noise goes away, otherwise, I might have a lose pinion. Anyone else has or had this problem. I always thought that it was a normal common sound.

    My M3 now is 01 Manual with 88K. Any thoughts?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,057
    If it were a loose pinion you'd be on the side of the road calling for a tow truck. But, if it were worn teeth on the ring and pinion interface, you could test that by letting off the gas---the noise should dissipate considerably on let-off. If the noise remains the same whether you let off or press on the gas, I'd suspect the tires. Look for "feathering"---that typically causes a high pitch whine.

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  • From what I remembered, the noise does go away if I let off on the gas as the mph goes down. If it is worn teeth, is it something that will need immediate attention or can I still drive it reliably for miles to come as long as I don't track it? Will putting new gear oil make any difference to help maintain it a little longer?

    I will double check the noise the next time I drive it on the highway since is my occasional weekend car.

    Thanks

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,057
    If it's only rough gear-surfaces, that can last forever. And yes, putting in new gear oil, or perhaps a synthetic that is compatible with BMW specs, would help. A gear oil change would also allow you to inspect the fluid for excessive amounts of mettalic debris. That would be a bad sign.

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  • I'm looking to purchase an 04 M3 convertible with 77,495 miles for $18k and since I'm new to the high performance side of the automotive industry can anyone share a few pointers about the maintenance costs for it? Is there a warranty program available for pre owned BMW's that are not purchased from a BMW dealer but from a standard used car dealer. Also if there are other things that I must know because my mom wouldn't let me drive her X5 at all :( Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    M.DeMarco
  • Mad,

    I purchased a 2000 M Roadster and learned a few things -- enumerated below:

    1) Do a thorough search in the forums to find out the idiosyncracies of the model
    2) Get all the records -- that sort of car should be in the BMW records for service
    3) You'll probably need shocks (I didn't realize that until I hit 88K (bought it with 79 K)) so do a check on likely repairs needed for that mileage vehicle -- a BMW service department should be able to tell you what is typically replaced/repaired and when.
    4) Find a way to check to see if the vehicle has been tracked (usually if you can check weld to see if they are sound is one way -- ask on the forums (including Bimmerfest)
    5) You probably cannot get a OEM warranty -- either too old or too many miles
    6) eye ball the vehicle with a trusted mechanic or knowledgeable friend -- after you've done your homework.
    7) It's a convertible -- check the top carefully -- need to make sure that both the fabric and the mechanism is in good shape.

    I had to put some $$$ into mine but I love it -- that M roadster model is only one of about 15 K world wide :)

    I have a friend with a performance car (Porsche 911) and he said his friends (with similar vehicles) say that you need to be prepared to put in about $1,000 a year into the beast (that is besides normal care and maintenance.

    Hope this helps

    Ken
  • Thanks for the info. Do you know if the clutch is smooth on the m3s. I haven't been behind the wheel of a standard in 8 months and I'm a little rusty. My friend is a pro at it and is willing to give me a refresher course but I've never driven a BMW that wasn't auto. I'm hoping its not too rough on me :P
  • Clutch and shifter on mine is great -- I think much of it has to do with your getting the feel of the clutch, the gripping point and how the clutch engages. I do my best to make my shifts accurate -- still haven't hit 0- 60 in 5.2 secs -- have come close though :)
  • frednwilmafrednwilma Posts: 2
    I own an '01 5 series and I'm considering making the jump to a car that has more than one purpose. This '04 M3 Convertible has about 60k in mileage, SMG, Nav, 19" rims etc., lots of bells & whistles but no HK sound system...go figure!

    After reading a number of posts, I know what the upside and fun part is, it's the downside I'm concerned about. With the car being 7 yrs old, what kind of repairs and bills can I come to expect from this vehicle? I'd be the 3rd owner and no records from the auto store. SMG -- is it a good thing or a bad thing? In 2004, was this BMW's first edition of the SMG?

    Another concern is how hot black interior will get? My car now is black w/ tan interior and the black exterior can't be touched w/o burning your skin on hot days, does the same hold true for blk interior?

    On a vehicle that I have no history with, a warranty sure would be nice. Does anyone know where I can buy one on this 7 yr. exclusive vehicle?

    Lastly, any other thread or blog that would have pertinant info would be gr8!

    Thanks for any advise and guidance...the more the better.
  • frednwilmafrednwilma Posts: 2
    I own an '01 5 series and I'm considering making the jump to a car that has more than one purpose. This '04 M3 Convertible has about 60k in mileage, SMG, Nav, 19" rims etc., lots of bells & whistles but no HK sound system...go figure!

    After reading a number of posts, I know what the upside and fun part is, it's the downside I'm concerned about. With the car being 7 yrs old, what kind of repairs and bills can I come to expect from this vehicle? I'd be the 3rd owner and no records from the auto store. SMG -- is it a good thing or a bad thing? In 2004, was this BMW's first edition of the SMG?

    Another concern is how hot black interior will get? My car now is black w/ tan interior and the black exterior can't be touched w/o burning your skin on hot days, does the same hold true for blk interior?

    On a vehicle that I have no history with, a warranty sure would be nice. Does anyone know where I can buy one on this 7 yr. exclusive vehicle?

    Lastly, any other thread or blog that would have pertinant info would be gr8!

    Thanks for any advise and guidance...the more the better.
  • cnk79cnk79 Posts: 1
    Just purchased a 1997 M3. Can you answer a few questions.

    I do not have an owners manual, what is the ASC button?

    How do I know what type of M3 I have? I have seen things like E36 and 46, what do I have? It is a 4 door.

    Is there anything I need to know about this car like what problems they might have, what oil do I need to use, ect........?

    Thank you in advance for your answers. By the way....I LOVE THIS CAR!!!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,579
    edited May 2010
    what is the ASC button?

    Traction/stability control

    what do I have? It is a 4 door.

    The 1995-1999 M3 is built on the E36 platform.

    Is there anything I need to know about this car like what problems they might have, what oil do I need to use, etc........?

    Keep an eye on the cooling system; you'll need to replace the radiator/t-stat/water pump in the 60K-100K mileage range. Use ONLY BMW coolant; change it every 2-3 years.
    Oil: BMW Synthetic 5W-30, Castrol Syntec 0W-30, Mobil 1 0W-40.
    Change the brake fluid every 1-2 years with a DOT 4 fluid.
    DON'T over rev the engine! It's extremely easy to bend a valve or two.
    Window regulators can fail; a cheap and easy DIY fix.
    Join the BMW Car Club of America; you'll get discounts on parts and labor from many dealers and independent shops.

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

  • My 99 M3 has Hamann badging including the steering wheel. What does this mean for this model? I understand about Hamann Motorsports but what is significant and was it a special order?
    Thanks,]
    Mik
  • What is the differences between the E36 and E 46 platform and why did BMW do a midyear model change so there are two 99 models?
    Thanks!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,057
    You can buy Hamann badging on eBay. I would think you'd know if you had a real Hamann M3 as you would have 350HP and be able to go 170 mph. So you tell us! ;)

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  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    The sedan always gets updated first, then the coupe, vert, and M follow the next year.
  • roadbunner, just read your email.
    Thanks so much for your feedback. I never checked back because I figure no one would write back, but thanks again.
    I hardly drive the car, it's a shame. It's a 2008 M3 with only 15,000 miles.
    But in regards to your comment, why would it happen only with sharp RIGHT turns in the morning or when cold?
    To be honest, I am not sure what is the function of LSD.
    The warranty will expire soon, so I am worried if I have a problem I want to resolve soon.
    Well, if you have a moment to spare, I would appreciate your insight again. Thanks again.
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