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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 11-16-2014, 02:48 AM
goldfishe666 goldfishe666 is offline
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New member 2003.5 M3 SMG

Hey guys just picked up a 2003.5 m3 smg this week. It has 115k miles and runs great so far. Didn't like the idea of smg at first but i am definitely getting used to it. Downshifting is great, upshifting can jerk sometimes and automatic mode is great when I get lazy.

I have a few concerns:

1. The oil level light (yellow) stays on for about 10 seconds when i start the car. Oil temp gauge works very rarely, it's usually reporting nothing. What could be the issue?

2. Rearview mirror is dimmed with a small bubble on top. Is this fixable or do I need to replace the glass? It's not leaking any fluid

3. I haven't checked the subframe yet. Is it common for a 2003.5 to get issues? I do not hear any clunking or loud noises on the highway. However I do hear slight squeaks or rattles that I do not expect in a BMW w/ 115k miles.

4. This SMG pump has about 45k miles on it, clutch is believed to be original. Any potential worries?

6. Why are the seats so uncomfortable compared to the sport seats in an e39???

7. My idle is at 900rpm, is this normal? (when engine is warmed up)

8. Is the suspension supposed to be that stiff? I came from a 2003 525i e39 and it was way smoother and softer
Thanks guys

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Old 11-17-2014, 04:46 PM
BMC-M3 BMC-M3 is offline
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2. Rearview mirror is dimmed with a small bubble on top. Is this fixable or do I need to replace the glass? It's not leaking any fluid

7. My idle is at 900rpm, is this normal? (when engine is warmed up)


This link should help you out regarding the Rear View Mirror.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...+mirror+repair

There are more info if you do a search.

900 RPM should be normal

Welcome to the forum and good luck with the car.
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