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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 01-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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Maintenance & Cost

What do you guys recommend I do daily/weekly/monthly/yearly to keep an M3 running strong ?
About how much do you spend in maintenance ?
Reason why I ask is i'm looking forward into buying one
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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I just got one last week and I'm sort of wanting to know the same thing, and I'm also sort of not wanting to know the same thing lol.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #3
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I'd say after 100k miles, prepare to spend some money. My M3 went through a bit of a depression in 2012. I track the car a lot so I'm sure I put the parts on more strain, but it would have gone out eventually.

2012 repairs: Fuel pump, fuel filter, RTABs, fan clutch, t-stat, water pump, coolant tank, front brakes complete (pads, rotors, sensor), rear pads, new tires, belts, and all four wheel bearings.

Edit; Forgot to mention inner and outer tie rods, steering column guibo, driveshaft guibo, and center support bearing.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #4
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Go to the e46 section of m3forum.net and read the stickies.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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Do this daily:


Do this monthly:


Do this yearly:
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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^ Puahahahaha!!! But seriously OP there are too many factors, to pin down a number. Owing a E46 M3 is like a mothers unconditional love. Despite all its faults you love it, regardless of the stupid sh!t that fails. No matter what it is not a low maintenance car. Working on it yourself can save a whole lota mooola.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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Just expect to spend $2500 yearly. And if you don't, the next year will make up for the difference.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:30 PM   #8
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:31 PM   #9
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$2500 not bad . Thanks .
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:33 PM   #10
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:16 PM   #11
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^^^bwahhhhahahhahhhahh

Just expect to spend $2500 yearly. And if you don't, the next year will make up for the difference.


this. I've spent roughly that every year since I've had the car on maintenance. Although a lot of it is preventative stuff. But if your mechanically inclined with a set of tools, you can save yourself some money here and there.
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Do you guys get a PPI and use that as a guide for the maintenance ? Still $2.5k ?
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Do you guys get a PPI and use that as a guide for the maintenance ? Still $2.5k ?
I got a PPI before I purchased the car. Only way to know what your getting into.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:11 AM   #14
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Do you guys get a PPI and use that as a guide for the maintenance ? Still $2.5k ?
I know a mechanic and he looked at the car before I bought it. Most of my expenses last year were just preventative or an upgrade. New shocks and springs to lower the car, new radiator and water pump, new RTABS and FCAB, and motor and tranny mounts.

This year I am going to change out my fuel pump and the alternator.
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Do you guys get a PPI and use that as a guide for the maintenance ? Still $2.5k ?
Dude, it just depends on the car you get. My car checked out fine, yet in 1 year I have had to fix:
- leaking steering hose
- vanos solenoid
- convertible top hydraulic cylinders

and decided that after 80K miles I should replace:
- RTABs
- FCABs
- end-links
- brake pads front and rear
- shocks

and almost once a year you'll need an oil change.

Thus in my first year I'm out $800 in necessary repairs, and $1100 of maintenance plus my own sweat and tears cause I did everything myself. Double or triple that total if you need a shop. I suspect I'll need a water pump and fan clutch at some point soon, so tack on another $500.

I've spent more on discretionary stuff (grills, lights, springs, diffuser, lip, SSK, wheels, ...) than I have on maintenance.

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:26 AM   #16
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Alright . Thanks . Thanks for replying guys .
Another thing how much did that convertible hydraulics cost ?
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #17
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Do you guys get a PPI and use that as a guide for the maintenance ? Still $2.5k ?
An M3's maintenance is basically a checklist at mileage intervals. I drive roughtly 2200 miles a month, in my first year of ownership my maintenance was about $4500. Not counting a full set of tires and 2 oil changes @ $200 a pop.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:06 AM   #18
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How about insurance ? Anyone got allstate ?
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How about insurance ? Anyone got allstate ?
Dude, you need to ask less and research more. Insurance varies by region, record, age, sex, martial status, ... so asking what others pay is just a shot in the dark unless you can find your twin online, and even then...

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Another thing how much did that convertible hydraulics cost ?
$110 per cylinder to rebuild. There are 6 cylinders, 4 of which are very easy to remove, 2 of which are a PITA to remove. I'll let you guess which 2 I had to service...

A shop would easily charge $2K for this, while I DIY for < $300. I have a thread in the convertible section about this repair.
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