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2002 BMW M3

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2002 BMW M3 Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

2002 BMW M3 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 3, 2013

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Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.

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2002 BMW M3 Questions and Answers

rbryant3, 2002 BMW M3, Birmingham, AL

How much would it cost to replace and oil pump, timing chain and tensioners?

rbryant3, 2002 BMW M3, Birmingham, AL

I meant to also ask the hours it would take to replace an oil pump, timing chaine and tensioners.

geoff1970, 2002 BMW M3, Jacksonville, FL

I replaced alt 5 weeks ago. About 5 days ago the battery light came on. I noticed that if I rev car up to 4-5k rpm the light goes out. I replaced alt again and light went out, but after 10 miles or...

Isairss, 2002 BMW M3, Santa Ana, CA

How many amps is the alternator for this car

Visitor, 2002 BMW M3, Washington, DC

I have a manual transmission. Sometimes on 1-2 and 2-3 shifts I get a "tick" or a slight grind. It happens more when the weather is cold. I'm worried that my synchros are going ba...

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