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Old 10-12-2010, 12:29 AM
beejohn beejohn is offline
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Looking to get early 2001 or 2002 M3 w/S54 engine... issues?

Well I lied. I'm actually posting for a buddy of mine who is looking into a 2001 or 2002 BMW Z3 M roadster. I was wondering since these are the first years that the s54 engine came into production were there any major issues?

Someone advised me to stay away from the s54 engine and get the earlier engine in the 1998-2000 models of the z3 m with only 240hp. Opinions?

Thanks in advance,


P.S. sorry to post in this forum, but it doesn't look like there is a huge following for this car in any of the other forums.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:33 AM
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I wouldn't hesitate to get the s54 version of the Z. In fact, that was what I was looking for before I picked up the M3.


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Old 10-15-2010, 12:21 PM
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Make sure the rod bearing recall is done, and inspect your vanos at the dealer...

After that, rev it to 8000 rpm on a daily and you are good to go.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:55 PM
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Basically the recall and nothing much else. Had one for 7 years and was extremely reliable. Make sure the valve adjustments have been done according to schedule or you might have to do it sooner than later. Just very labor intensive.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:43 AM
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If I remember correctly, the Z3's weren't covered under the rod bearing recall and they are limited to 7600 rpms (so no rod bearing issues, according to BMW). Might want to check into that a bit more though...
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