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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 04-11-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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E46 M3 smg owners

Do you enjoy driving your M3 smg?


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:10 PM   #2
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I like mines still working on it but pleasant to drive. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-11-2014, 11:15 PM   #3
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Do we have the same car? Lol... Mine is still at the dealership being diagnosed. Scary! Smg problem. Engineers are still trying to figure out problem. They scared me when they said that if problem is clutch. It will cost me $6,000 I just paid 13k for this car 2 weeks ago....no warranty.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-11-2014, 11:16 PM   #4
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We probably do jaja dude check your gear positioning sensor did it on mine and im golden i have 174k on my dash


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:22 PM   #5
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Gear box light on mine went off and car will shift to neutral while driving...I almost got stranded. All lights cleared by itself and everything was fine. Car is still at the dealership. They will call me on Monday. I hope it's not too expensive...I haven't enjoy driving the car...just spent 13k for the car 2 weeks ago...not expecting car trouble..


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:29 PM   #6
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Thats the samething that used to happen to me the light would go off but after doing the gear positioning sensor i cleared the code and im good look into that and try finding a shop experienced with these cars because dealers charge crazy money!!,these cars come with a handful of issues luckily i work on my car so it saves me alot of money


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:41 PM   #7
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Why did the service advisor rep said that if it's a clutch problem that it would cost me $6,000.....I don't mind paying for a new pump. But, $6,000 is a lot of money....those ****ers better not cheat me. P1717 was one of the 2 codes. So, it's the control unit.


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:42 PM   #8
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Oh, but does your car shifts to neutral while driving?


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:44 PM   #9
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Yes It used to ,and it would also lag when shifting gears ...


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:45 PM   #10
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Oic... Thanks for the info. I hope that's the problem with mine..it will break me if I spend an extra 6,000... Lol.


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:48 PM   #11
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Hey hope so the sensor was only 358.00 let me know how it works out


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:49 PM   #12
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Yup! Will do... Time for me to relax. It's been a crazy week for me...thanks again :-)


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Old 04-11-2014, 11:54 PM   #13
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When its working I like SMG. Of course, I generally am in stop and go traffic and I do not miss the 1st and 2nd shifting in stop and go traffic.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:03 AM   #14
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I'm really a manual driver. Reason I bought the smg so that my wife can drive it too! She hits traffic going to work. Driving to work for her is tough if driving manual. So, I decided to buy the smg. Should have researched first though...,


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Old 04-12-2014, 05:41 AM   #15
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Does it go to Neutral while driving above 25mph or when you slow down?

Does the gear selector flash the gear for a long time then goes to "N" or "0"?

When you had shifting lag, was it with any particular gear/s or all gears. In "A" or "S" or both? Cruising or hard acceleration?

Find a BMW shop that uses a BMW code reader. If you are having SMG issues your shop needs to read the SMG codes as well as the DME. A GT1 / ISIS / INPA / several other BMW specific tools can read all the error codes.

Your issue might be as simple as low fluid or air in the lines or more major as pump or accumulator failure.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:38 AM   #16
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I enjoy driving it in manual mode. I don't care for any of the auto modes.


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Old 04-14-2014, 10:32 AM   #17
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I call dibs on wheels.

Yes, I enjoy my SMG.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:19 AM   #18
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Love driving mine.

And, since others are posting pics of theirs.. http://i.imgur.com/stV7umx.jpg

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:16 PM   #19
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Got a call back from the dealer. They were saying that smg pump failed. That's why it pops out of gear? $5,000 for a new pump. Then, he says after repair and if gear still shifts to neutral. The compression spring needs to be replaced. Another $3,000???? There is something wrong with this picture? Called the dealer where I bought the car. I'll take the car to them on Friday....BMW of El Cajon is over charging or might even be guessing?that sucked big time..((


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Old 04-14-2014, 07:04 PM   #20
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yes, I enjoy it. I wish I had the CSL software for it though.

Unfortunately I've already gone through one SMG pump, and also have some issues with temps in the summer, but I've done the resistor mod to help it a little.
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