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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 05-08-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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How to remove Starter Motor on M3 w/ SMG?

Most starters can be replaced by accessing the area under the car.... for M3's with SMG, the SMG pump is blocking this area. How does one remove/replace the starter motor?

I'm getting a Bosch Starter from the stealership for $200.00. Installs estimated to be 6 hours... is that correct?
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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Yup, that's correct.. 6hrs for an install. I got mine replaced a few months back. The bill was $600.
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:48 AM   #3
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I replaced mine last year; a bmw tech on m3 forum walked me through the process step-by-step. Exhaust system and transmission cross-member have to come off - this will lower the tranny enough so that you can get to the starter mounting bolts from under the car. Intake manifold also has to come off so that you can disconnect the cables from the starter. Let me know if you decide to do this on your own & I'll send you the pics and more detailed directions.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:09 PM   #4
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I replaced mine last year; a bmw tech on m3 forum walked me through the process step-by-step. Exhaust system and transmission cross-member have to come off - this will lower the tranny enough so that you can get to the starter mounting bolts from under the car. Intake manifold also has to come off so that you can disconnect the cables from the starter. Let me know if you decide to do this on your own & I'll send you the pics and more detailed directions.
I have decided to replace my started and save some money. Local dealer is quoting my $1300 to do it.

Can you please post pix and directions on how to do it.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:13 PM   #5
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wow really?? seems like a lot of work..thank god its easier in my car



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I replaced mine last year; a bmw tech on m3 forum walked me through the process step-by-step. Exhaust system and transmission cross-member have to come off - this will lower the tranny enough so that you can get to the starter mounting bolts from under the car. Intake manifold also has to come off so that you can disconnect the cables from the starter. Let me know if you decide to do this on your own & I'll send you the pics and more detailed directions.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:25 AM   #6
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does anyone have the part number for the starter on an 04 m3 with smg?
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:57 AM   #7
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does anyone have the part number for the starter on an 04 m3 with smg?
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/

Enter the last 7 digits of your VIN# to assure the correct part #.
I found this PN for a 6/2004 build date:

No. Description Supplement Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes

01 RMFD- STARTER MOTOR 1 12417835735 $252.22
02 SOLENOID SWITCH 1 12417832149 $90.95 +core
03 TORX BOLT M10X65-8.8-ZNS3 2 07129904681 $1.40
03 TORX BOLT M10X65-8.8-ZNS3 2 07129904681 $1.40
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:29 AM   #8
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has anyone got instructions for fitting a starter moter on a 2000 e46 316 with the 1900 engine
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