BMW M3 Repair and Maintenance

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

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BMW M3 Problems

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.

Loss of Power Steering Fluid Due to Leaking Hoses

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.

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BMW M3 Questions

How long should jumper cables be left on when jumping a car? (1 answer)

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Why do they say be careful when replacing car brakes ? (2 answers)

Why do people often say be careful when replacing car brakes, I thought once the car brakes were on the car that nothing could go wrong, am I mistaken ?

How can I turn car back on? (1 answer)

My car has no power like battery was dead..but still battery has juice the is on sleep mode..

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BMW M3 Recalls

Rear Sub-frame Bolts Loosen

The rear sub-frame bolts may have been reused instead of being replaced during a previous service action, and as a result may not be secure. Dealers will replace the rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts free of charge to resolve the concern.

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.

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BMW M3 Reviews

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!
Excellent all around performer with 4 seats, and is reliable. What more can you ask for?
I bought my "DEMON", Certified P/O in spring 2008. The "Carbon Blue w/Cinnamon" extended leather is a very nice coupe. Always met BMW M maintenance and inspections I and II. It had 33400mi on it then, now 125000. The car even runs better now. Only mods are Bilstein PSS 10 Strut and spring set at 5. A cold air intake made in SoCal from aircraft aluminum, and tuned for the S54. It uses ...

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