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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 05-15-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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I'm about to buy an m3 tomorrow!!!

It's a 2002 steel gray with imola red interior, 6spd manual, 35,000 miles, and the car is in mint condition. Only thing I'm affraid of it's if the bearing recall was done, should I call BMW and have them run the vin? or can someone help me out here?
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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I've always been able to call a dealer and give them the last 7 of the VIN. They'll pretty much tell you whatever you want to know.

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:34 PM   #3
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Might have to get the owner to call to ok the release of information first. Or I have always had to do that when I was buying a BMW.

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll call tomorrow
What's the next step if the car didn't have the bearings replaced? should I not buy it?
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:40 PM   #5
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:51 PM   #6
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If you reviewed the maintenance records - you wouldn't have this question..... which leads me to believe that you haven't. If so - a big error.

Also - did you have a PPI done?
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If you reviewed the maintenance records - you wouldn't have this question..... which leads me to believe that you haven't. If so - a big error.

Also - did you have a PPI done?
I think my next step would be to bring the car to BMW and have them check it out, do a PPI, and check the vin number for records.
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I think my next step would be to bring the car to BMW and have them check it out, do a PPI, and check the vin number for records.
That is what you want to do. Take your time going through the records. Note the ACTUAL miles when the important 1,200 mile service was done. If > 2,000 miles or more - try to find a better car. If not done - or after 4k miles - walk away.

Know what major service has been done - and when the next one is due. Determine as best you are able how often oil was changed.

If it isn't on paper - it never happened.

And absolutely get a PPI. Have them check the subframe mounts specifically.
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That is what you want to do. Take your time going through the records. Note the ACTUAL miles when the important 1,200 mile service was done. If > 2,000 miles or more - try to find a better car. If not done - or after 4k miles - walk away.

Know what major service has been done - and when the next one is due. Determine as best you are able how often oil was changed.

If it isn't on paper - it never happened.

And absolutely get a PPI. Have them check the subframe mounts specifically.
Thanks for the help
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make sure to look for rust, and CAREFULLY go over the paint, look for any cracks imperfections and spider webs. make sure the interior is in tip top shape and if anything is wrong ask them to fix it before you take it off the lot. of course the obvious get the carfax for sure, and any maintenance records you can obtain. and nice find good luck on the pick up tomorrow bro!
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How much should a PPI run?
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be sure to have the car thoroughly inspected (mechanically/structurally) -- best thing is to have the car put on a lift. check brakes, suspension, leaks, tires, previous damage, etc.

unsure what the book time is on an inspection
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BMW Won't tell me. I tried 3 dealers and they didn't tell me. 2 of them didn't even know what the recall was. They just said "No pending recalls need to be done".. Which was very vague.

There are members that help out but do some searching to find them, I wouldn't want to put them on the spot as I know bmw doesn't condone it.
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PPI shouldn't be more than 200 bucks.
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BMW Won't tell me. I tried 3 dealers and they didn't tell me. 2 of them didn't even know what the recall was. They just said "No pending recalls need to be done".. Which was very vague.

There are members that help out but do some searching to find them, I wouldn't want to put them on the spot as I know bmw doesn't condone it.

The problem is that people ask about "recalls". IIRC the only "recall" the E46 M3 had was a minor emissions-related one that updates DME software.

The E46 M3 had TSBs. A recall is a legally-defined word - so when you use it - you eliminate all TSB's etc. - which can be important.
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The problem is that people ask about "recalls". IIRC the only "recall" the E46 M3 had was a minor emissions-related one that updates DME software.

The E46 M3 had TSBs. A recall is a legally-defined word - so when you use it - you eliminate all TSB's etc. - which can be important.
Forgot to mention, I specifically asked for a TSB and even offered to give the TSB# I found online that pertains to the bearing work.. They all still said NO.
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Call around different BMW dealerships. I've called a few service advisors and gave them the Vin # to run a record check for me. All I do is say that I was shopping for a car and wanted to check out the car's record. Just ask if the rod bearing was done, I'm sure they will tell you. Even it hasn't, they should still honor it. PPI should run you 150 bucks.
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