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  1. New owner maintenance questions

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, I just bought my 325i and it has around 190k miles on it, should I just change the oil right away? There's a sticker in the window and it says that I have like 3k left until a change but I was wondering if I should do it anyway for peace of mind There's a little bit of sludge visible...
  2. Does your m54 car smells like burnt oil all the time?

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, I was just curious if anyone can relate to burnt oil smell from engine bay. I am experiencing this in my 2003 325i m54. There are no visible oil leaks on the engine. Smell is quite significant and sometimes goes into cabin. It probably has something to do with oil consumption which is...
  3. By accident added oil while engine was running

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, I am feeling pretty guilty as I recently added 1 quart/litre of engine oil to my m54 while the engine was running. I know it is probably stupid thing to do, I was in a hurry and did not realize it. The car is 2003 325i Touring. Right now I feel pretty bad about it and I would like to ask...
  4. FS: OE CSL Dipstick kit *Socal*

    Engine & Performance
    Well if you haven't kept up from my other FS posts. Next I have a OE CSL Dipstick kit. I know, reaching, but it's located in the engine bay lol Brand new, never installed, only opened to take pictures. Asking $90 shipped
  5. Seeking buying advice!

    General E46 Forum
    Hi all, first post here as a brand new poster (very exciting, i know). Been a fan of E46's for a while now and im finally looking to pull the trigger and pick one up. One particular car for sale at the moment caught my eye... A manual 325ci with just over 80k miles. The car is being sold rather...
  6. 5w-30 vs 5w-40 E46

    General E46 Forum
    I know this is going to be a highly opinionated topic but which oil weight do you guys use/recommend? 5w-30 or 5w-40? My indy recommended moving to 5w-40 as he said it helps with oil consumption on these cars and also that the slightly heavier weight will help reduce wear, keep oil in the...
  7. Mysterious Oil Issue

    General E46 Forum
    I recently purchased a 2005 330i (my first car) and am aware a few issues with it (such as a coolant leak, of course) as I took my mechanic with me and had him hook his scanner up to the car to check everything out. Now, neither the seller nor my mechanic mentioned anything regarding the...
  8. Any E46 ECS Tuning Oil Catch Can

    Engine & Performance
    Lightly used ECS Tuning oil catch can (8oz version). Picture: I ran this setup from April through November and only had to empty the catch can a couple of times during the...
  9. best way to clean crap from intake(diesel)

    General E46 Forum
    Hi I am planning to do big overhaul replace all vacuum lines, o rings, swirl flaps blanks, boost hoses. What would be the best way to clean all the oily/carbon crap from the intake? The other day I cleaned the EGR and it was pretty nasty, so I imagine the intake is gonna look similar. Its 320d...
  10. Gaskets / Oil Leaks

    General E46 Forum
    Hey All I've just got a 2004 e46 and I've been told I should get gaskets replaced to stop oil leaks. I know about the rocker cover gaskets - is there a thread or a list of things I should definitely get replaced please?
  11. Oil Drain Plug Stripped

    General E46 Forum
    Tried to get my oil changed the other day on 05 M3. The drain plugged is stripped, however, and we didn't proceed with the change as we didn't know if the bolt would securely fit back in. I called dealer who said that the whole pan would have to be replaced which is over 2k.... Anybody have...
  12. 2004 325xi Touring Leaking Oil, Burning Oil, and has a Misfiring Cylinder

    E46 Touring
    I apologize for this being so long, so there's a summary near the end, as I tend to add too many details. So I bought a beautiful 2004 325xi Sport Wagon last November, and shortly after my purchase I would notice a slight to moderately bad burning oil smell coming through the AC vents with the...
  13. Engine oil for M54B30 in the blazing Middle East?

    General E46 Forum
    Hi, Time to change my oil and need some advice. Last oil I have used was the Liqui Moly Molygen 5W40. Should I stick to that? Or should I go for Red Line 15w15? I currently have a couple of leaks: Main seal and valve cover (again for the third time 14 months).
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  15. Magnetic Oil Drain plug

    ///M3 Forum
    Anyone know if the following will fit ok to replace my oil drain plug? The size looks the same as OEM.
  16. Castrol Edge 0w40, 13$/gal at Amazon

    General E46 Forum
    As title says, Castrol 0w40 at Amazon for insane price. Was just reduced. Probably good to stock up a bit as long as it's at esp. low price. Cheers
  17. CCV symptoms

    General E46 Forum
    Hello e46 family! I know the ccv is a wery well known topic but i couldnt just find detailed information about how to spot a failling CCV system. In my case a have a pretty bad oil consumption in my E46 320i, M54B22. I have it for only around a month and i made around 1.6k miles with it since i...
  18. Engine oil disappears-not that easy

    General E46 Forum
    Hi, I'll try to keep it short. I bought a 325Ci, then replaced the engine after half a year to a 30i, 130000 miles on the clock. Not immediately, but it started smoking heavily when I staerted the engine, then only little smoke. Later it was smoking whenever she wanted, eating even 1 liter of...
  19. 318i Oil Consumption

    General E46 Forum
    Hi everyone, Currently having a problem with my 2003 318i, which I've only had for about 2 months. After driving about 1700kms, I generally get a yellow oil light warning and need to top it up by a litre. I am always using 5w-40 LL-01 spec oil for oil change and top ups. To try and fix this...
  20. Oil Change Help Please!!

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi everyone, I'll try to make this as concise as possible. Yesterday I was changing my oil (2005 325ci), and the oil plug broke. I did not realize it was broken until I went to but it back in. I didn't think much of it, and bought a new plug and put it in. Today I noticed some leaking and...