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BMW M3, Coupe, Convertible
#101 of 249 Re: 2002 BMW M3- E46 SMG [nixter5]
Nov 28, 2007 (8:57 am)
Does anyone know what I should be checking on in terms of preventive maintenance? Is there a part that needs to be replaced normally at this point? Sorry, I'm new to this mean machine.
Do you have access to the car's service records? That would help determine what service the car needs. In any event, I would change the oil at 7.5K intervals using Castrol 10W-60 and a BMW filter. Brake fluid needs to be changed at least every two years using a quality DOT 4 fluid, such as BMW, Castrol LMA, or ATE Super Blue Racing. If your car sees the track(and it should), change it every 6 months. Coolant should be changed every two years using BMW Coolant ONLY. I'd follow the Service Interval Indicator for all other service. Your owner's manual contains information on the SI system.
#102 of 249 Re: Interesting issue-what do you think? [ian1stad]
Nov 28, 2007 (9:07 am)
Why is this happening again???
I know that the self adjusting pressure plate has caused problems in the MT cars. Most people swap it for a conventional pressure plate, which has a better "feel" and is more reliable. I don't know if that's possible with your car. I'd check with the guys at UUC Motorwerks and see what they recommend.
Also everytime i go to that dealership he's trying to tell me i'm due for a Brake fluid Flush???? How often should i do that???
Street driven cars cars can have the fluid flushed every two years(DOT 4 fluid ONLY). Cars that see track use should change the fluid every 6 months.
#103 of 249 clunking noise
Dec 01, 2007 (12:19 am)
Hello everyone I am an new owner of e46 M3 2003 6spd with 45K miles, bought it preowned from private but still carried the CPO certified from BMW until end of next year. I love the car, the look but not the shifting clunking noise. My car recently rev pretty high between gears. Majority on 1st and 2nd Its feel like a car with turbo lack meaning rev high but car move not as fast as it should be. I don't feel the push to the seat anymore. I also hear clunking noise when I am about to shift. I could literally feel the metal hitting each other on the drivetrain to the rear differential. Anyone in here have that problems? How do I fix it and what causing it to be like that. I already schedule for service next week and I will let you all know what they got to say. Any feed back greatly appreciated. thank you
#104 of 249 Re: clunking noise [gotm]
Dec 03, 2007 (12:54 pm)
It could be anything; the clutch, the center bearing, the guibo(rubber coupling, or possibly the driveshaft itself. Anything but the clutch should be covered by the BMW CPO warranty.
Dec 08, 2007 (4:05 pm)
I just bought a 95 BMW M3 a couple days of ago. It has 180,000 miles on. The car didn't come with an owners manual so I don't know how to use all the buttons on the console. Any help with that would be appreciated. Also, if I hold down the gas to about 5,000 RPMs and try to keep it down to 6,000 RPMs it makes a clanking noise and the check engine light comes on. As soon as I let off the gas the noise stops and the light goes out. What could this be? There is also a beeping noise that comes on every so often. It is 3 soft beeps then it goes away and its fine. What is this?
#106 of 249 Re: 95 M3 [jman6]
Dec 08, 2007 (8:13 pm)
I just bought a 95 BMW M3 a couple days of ago. It has 180,000 miles on. The car didn't come with an owners manual so I don't know how to use all the buttons on the console. Any help with that would be appreciated.
I'll try to help, but you really should buy a manual. A dealer can order one or you can check eBay.
Also, if I hold down the gas to about 5,000 RPMs and try to keep it down to 6,000 RPMs it makes a clanking noise and the check engine light comes on. As soon as I let off the gas the noise stops and the light goes out. What could this be?
It could be severa things. You need to read the CEL code to know for sure.
There is also a beeping noise that comes on every so often. It is 3 soft beeps then it goes away and its fine. What is this?
Does it only do it in cold weather? It could be the freeze warning.
#107 of 249 Re: 95 M3 [roadburner]
Dec 09, 2007 (1:08 am)
I will look into buying an owner's manual. But the light on the clock has gone out. Any suggestions on how to fix that? Also, what is CEL Code?
#108 of 249 Re: 95 M3 [jman6]
Dec 09, 2007 (9:35 am)
You've got a lot of learning to do if you plan on keeping this car on the road - and not paying a mechanic to do all the repairs.
I suggest you purchase an E36 Bentley Manual and then do a google search for some of the popular BMW enthusiast forums.
There's a wealth of knowledge out there and your car can be inexpensive and reliable, but only if you educate yourself and are willing to turn some wrenches yourself.
(CEL = Check Engine Light) you use a code reader to get the fault code, which will tell you what your problem is (typically fuel, ignition, or exhaust related).
The light on the clock (OBC) is a $0.02 part that is a pain in the rear to replace since you have to at least partially remove the OBC from the console. The Bentley manual and enthusiast forums are going to be your friend for this type of stuff (which you can plan on dealing with on a routine basis).
#109 of 249 Re: 95 M3 [jman6]
Dec 09, 2007 (7:01 pm)
fedlawman is dead right. Get the Bentley manual. I'd also strongly suggest joining the BMW Car Club of America. Lots of dealers and indie shops offer 10%-25% club discounts on parts and/or labor.
#110 of 249 Re: 95 M3 [roadburner]
Dec 10, 2007 (5:15 pm)
Does any one know of a good BMW mechanic in the Phoenix area? And thanks for the suggestion of the manual. I just bought one so I'm waiting for it to come.