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BMW M3, Coupe, Convertible
#148 of 250 Re: 2002 - 2003 M3 Reliability? [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 05, 2008 (8:20 pm)
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?
#149 of 250 Re: 2002 - 2003 M3 Reliability? [gmonkies]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 06, 2008 (8:50 am)
I can't think of any real snags other than having to pay for that hose. It's not cheap.
#150 of 250 Re: 2002 - 2003 M3 Reliability? [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 06, 2008 (5:42 pm)
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.
#151 of 250 Need new rear tires for 2003 M3 from dealership?
Feb 09, 2008 (10:40 am)
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?
#152 of 250 Re: Need new rear tires for 2003 M3 from dealership? [mdx2008]
Feb 09, 2008 (7:17 pm)
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...
#153 of 250 Re: Need new rear tires for 2003 M3 from dealership? [roadburner]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2008 (9:03 am)
don't take an M3 near a big chain store.
#155 of 250 Back to the Basic???
Feb 28, 2008 (2:02 pm)
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?
#156 of 250 Re: Back to the Basic??? [gmonkies]
Mar 02, 2008 (7:29 pm)
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?
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.
#157 of 250 Re: Back to the Basic??? [roadburner]
Mar 04, 2008 (4:07 pm)
Thank you again for your advice.