BMW M3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW M3

BMW M3 Problems

Multiple Power Steering Hoses May Simultaneously Fail

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

Rubbing Noise From Rear Differential When Turning

During tight, slow speed turning, a rubbing noise can sometimes be heard from the rear of the car. This noise is likely coming from the clutches in the limited slip differential. If the noise persists, the differential fluid can be replaced with a special oil available from BMW. On higher mileage vehicles, this noise may never be eliminated unless the differential is replaced.

Blower Final Stage Fan Resistor May Fail

The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.

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BMW M3 Questions

What is the cost of replacing 2 belts and tensioner. (1 answer)

Can a faulty tensioner cause the alternator to fail.

2006 bmw m3 valvetrain noise on cold start (2 answers)

On cold starts knocking sound that seems to emanate from vanos unit.After 5 minutes of driving the sound subsides and hard to detect.Any thoughts?

My bmw got hot took it around block after change oil in it.let engine running (1 answer)

It just , put water back in and started back up.about 5 min.it got hot..look like it was coming out on left side.was to dark.to check.

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BMW M3 Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag free of charge to resolve the concern.

Drive Shaft Joint Fails And Comes Apart

The drive shaft slip joint may fail, resulting in the drive shaft separating from the vehicle. Dealers will inspect and replace the drive shaft as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag module free of charge to correct the concern.

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BMW M3 Reviews

I have a 4 door M3 with 225K miles on it. You would never be able to tell it has that kind of mileage. It still looks and drives like new. I am very impressed with the build quality of this car. No problems at all!
What a fun car to drive! Over 80K miles on our M3 and absolutely no problems. We have a fantastic local auto shop, Phaedrus, here in San Francisco to thank for the great experience. The car gets relatively good gas mileage too. It's too bad BMW isn't making 4-door M3s anymore.
1995 M3 133,000 miles. You know you have a great car when people still ask do you want to sell it? Have replaced exhaust system, needs minor body work a little rust hear and there, but still a great looking/handling car. Could never sell it!

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