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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 03-26-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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How much in maintnance aprox?

Hi guys

i just bought a very nice m3 Coupe e46 2006
with the comp pck 6 sp.
Have 65k miles on it.


What i have to expect to repair or maintain bet 65k and 95k ??
Also The front rotor and pads have been changed at 64k.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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If Inspection two was done with the valve adj and plugs at 60 you should be free and clear to 90k besides oil changes and basic things.
If not you need Inspection II with all the trimmings.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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ok

because when i see comments on different forum, i'd like you spend more time to repair that you spend time to enjoy it...

But yeah the service 2 is done since 1k milles.

I just have to buy good summer tires.

What about the rear brakes?
And for the tranny manual, there something to check?

Thanks
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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If you need to change the rear brakes DIY for about 250. dollars and the trans if the fluid wasnt changed at inspection II then change it its easy and do the diff fluid while your at it. As for tires Michelin Pilot super sports all day.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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I go withthe Continental ExtContact DW
Is supose to be good too
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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nothing to check on the manual tranny, just drain and replace the fluid. i went with Redline from TMS
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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as for tires ive had good experience with sumitomo htr zIII from tire rack. they are cheap (half price of michelins) but do the job unless you are going to the track.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:23 PM   #8
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Take a look at this thread for required maintenance at specific mileage intervals:

http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=190111

Figure out how many miles are on your car and what maintenance procedures need to have been done by that point.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #9
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WoW thanks for your help guys!
I will receive the car from Ontario Canade next week!
I have never drive a m3 before,
and i bought the car with email,
no test drive. But the car is in mint
condition.

Apparently i will be extremly surprised
when i take the car for the first run!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:43 PM   #10
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WoW thanks for your help guys!
I will receive the car from Ontario Canade next week!
I have never drive a m3 before,
and i bought the car with email,
no test drive. But the car is in mint
condition.

Apparently i will be extremly surprised
when i take the car for the first run!
Not the best way to purchase a car, but good luck.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:55 PM   #11
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Yeah I know
But i bought the car from a BMW dealer salesman (Private sale)

And i saw all the minor esthetic
correction to do,
plus all the maintenance since new.
at the Dealer.

Its a Coupe 2006 Manual Blue

It was so hard to found the exact model.
Before to take my decision for the same i bought, I thought to import the same car from USA, but with the freight and duties ... $$$$$$$

So mine is a Canadian car with 105kilometers.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:30 PM   #12
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Its not this car but exactly similar but Leather inside instead of clothes

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #13
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ive spent a little over 3K on maintenance and other little things on mine, (coilover install, inspection II, pads rotors, pulleys). mine is an 02 with 108K
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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I spent nearly $2k in maintenance and repairs in the past year alone. It's not cheap.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:12 PM   #15
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In my first year of ownership:

I've spent $300 on required maintenance (oil change, brake pads).
I've spent $700 on unexpected repairs (leaking steering hose, Vanos solenoid, convertible top hydraulic cylinder leak).
I've spent $1000 on typical 10yr/100K miles maintenance items (RTABs, FCABs, end links, struts, ...)

Overall not too bad for a 10yo car. Even though the repairs were "unexpected", they are common issues that I was aware I would have to do at some point if I kept the car long enough. I was just hoping to make it through a year without issues.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:32 PM   #16
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If Inspection two was done with the valve adj and plugs at 60 you should be free and clear to 90k besides oil changes and basic things.
If not you need Inspection II with all the trimmings.
my master mechanic said you really don't need to do the valve adj on the S54 for whatever that's worth
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:37 PM   #17
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Even if the m3 is a beast, is there a link between abusive conduct and maintenance?
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:44 PM   #18
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ok

because when i see comments on different forum, i'd like you spend more time to repair that you spend time to enjoy it...

But yeah the service 2 is done since 1k milles.

I just have to buy good summer tires.

What about the rear brakes?
And for the tranny manual, there something to check?

Thanks
I bought my 2004 SMG with 78k miles and now have 143k and about a dozen hard track days on it, only things I've needed to replace is FCAB (fun upgrade opportunity), fuel pump just recently at 141k, rear diff input seal, alternator at 130k, and a TPS. Everything else has been standard oil changes type maintenance.

What about the rear brakes are you worried about in specific? The only reason rear pads would get worn out before the front is if you drive hard with DSC on and you get DSC wearing those pads down under acceleration.

Not sure about what to be specific about the manual tranny.

Unless you track (road course) the car you can put any kind of tires on the M3. If you understand car control you can have a whole lot more fun on the streets under legal speed limits with 400 treadware all seasons than the money you shell out for premium summer tires that you'll burn up in half the time. I have friends with coilovers and supersports that can't keep up with me looping on and off ramps, it's all about driver education.

Get to a high performance driving school when you can and progressively upgrade the equipment you find limiting you- I'll place huge bets that tires are not limiting the majority of M3 owners but they think they are. Have fun with learning the cars limits (in the right environment - not on the street) and get to the expensive stuff when you'll understand how to use it. I'm saying this from experience, not a holier than though stance. Ask any club racer the same thing.

Congrats on the purchase, you'll have a blast with the car!
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:21 AM   #19
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when i purchased mine it had 55K on the odometer, i ran it to about 90K till i had my inspection II done and to my surprise there was nothing really on its way out or going bad on my car.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:46 AM   #20
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I've had my M3 for a year now. My GM5 module died right when I bought it. Other than that, I've just done regular maintenance. 2 oil changes, diff fluid, valve adjust, battery and replaced my shitty Achilles Tires with PSS. Total for all this was about 4.2K in a year. 1K in repairs, 1.6 in tires, 1.6 in maintenance. I'm at about 90K miles. (I'm in Canada btw and stuff is more expensive up here!)

Don't ask about the mods tho
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