Subject: Just finished paying off the M4!
Subject: Absolutely loving this car. 2023 X3 w/ m-sport, mineral white metallic on cognac, and shadowline package.
Subject: Grandpa visiting the grandkids
Subject: Collected my first M car today! Mineral Grey M2
Subject: Touring Tuesday
Subject: My bimmer is ready for this Halloween
Subject: E46 M3 Maintenance Cost
My all time favorite BMW is the e46 M3. Yet I've never owned one. Most BMW owners claim it's expensive and not for the faint of heart. However, there is a small minority who will say it’s affordable.
The most challenging aspect is to get a precise amount for the maintenance cost. Without knowing the maintenance cost of an M3 how can anyone make a practical decision to buy one? I decided to call 20 independent auto-shops and BMW dealerships in the San Francisco Bay Area to get quotes for the following services:
Fluids & Filter
- oil and filter change [low : $150, avg : $209, high : $399]
- coolant fluid flush[low : $150, avg : $236, high : $479]
- brake fluid flush[low : $128, avg : $220, high : $449]
- tire replacements (front and rear): avg $921.80
Here’s what I took away from the research:
- It’s incredibly expensive at many dealerships although a few dealerships are affordable
- It’s affordable at many auto shops although a few shops are incredibly expensive.
For non-DIY’ers the make or break factor comes down to one thing, your mechanic. It’s best to find a mechanic that uses high quality parts but also charges a fair hourly labor rate. I’m sure I left out crucial services that are needed to maintain the m3 and if so, please comment below.
My intention is to do more research projects like this and gather prices for common services across all sorts of cars. If you are interested in these types of research projects let me know.
Subject: Fitment check on my F87 M2C.
Subject: She slick
Subject: Reminiscing about my e93 M3 (DCT). Enjoy a video. GoPro was mounted on front bumper at air intake. Closed, private road. Organized BMW CCA event (Maryhill Loops at Maryhill, Wa)
Subject: m52b28 is in along with new clutch with light flywheel 🥰
Subject: Some E9 goodness for everyone on display in Tasmania.
Subject: I didn't even know they had indicators
Subject: Went to a BMW Club drive in my M3 with the person who got me into M3s
Subject: My first BMW! 2018 440ix M Sport! Make some suggestions on first mods!