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View Poll Results: Which type starter failed on your E46?
Compact 3 100.00%
Full-sized 0 0%
Voters: 3. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Starter failures - Type (M54/M52TU only)

I've seen more and more anecdotal evidence that the compact starters on the E46 crap out a lot earlier than the full-sized starters, where the full-sized starters have been reported to go 250k+ miles with trouble-free starting. I figured a poll would give us a better idea if it really is this way or just a coincidence. Mods if this exists elsewhere please delete.

No need to report mileage, use or what car it came in. I kept the poll simple - If you've had a starter failure, which one was it?

The potential takeaway is if this poll confirms one type is worse than the other, then the preventive maintenance/DIY junkies (myself included) can get to changing their starter, PITA not withstanding. I've changed a bad starter (crunching Bendix drive) in the coupe and it was the compact starter. If this poll leans one way, you'll bet I'll check which starter is in the convertible.

from newtuner; compact on the left, full-sized on the right:

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Old 06-20-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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Great topic...It is not a reason of happiness for the victims of such failure, as I am but, who knows, maybe this is the common factor, instead of all those dead tracks...change dme relay, check fuel pressure, change key, spark plugs, change your engine
No disrespect for those suggesting any of these but, unfortunately, I see too many posts of e46 owners who claim neither of those worked, to cure the problem...the same as they did not work for me and it was the starter...
It would be also useful if the moderators or admins would emphasize the relevance of this subject, as I see many distinct posts on this warm starting problems, instead joining them into one proper idea exchange, on one single sticky thread...
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