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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:57 PM
jimduke jimduke is offline
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Question HELP!! Where is my oil going...............

2002 330Ci needs a quart of oil every 2 weeks.
No oil spray under the hood, on the driveway or on the under carriage. No smoke from the exhaust pipe that I can see. I am lost!!
Any thoughts?
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:38 PM
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Have u checked your coolant?
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:16 PM
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Check the rear of the car around the tailpipe(s) for soot/carbon buildup. Wipe the area with a white rag or something and see if there is residue.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:20 PM
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Keep an eye on the tail when you first start the car up and when you stop at a light and let the engine idle that was doing this same exact thing oddly enough when I did my coolant system overhaul it cleared it up pretty well and I'm getting better mpg and haven't seen any blue smoke nor had to top off my oil since....knock on wood
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:20 PM
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Pull a couple of spark plugs and see what they look like. If they`re black & oily, you`re CVV probably needs replacing.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:46 PM
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So do the CVV DIY test.
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