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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Aug-09-2004, 11:31:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy Damaged Rear Differential---GRINDING NOISE-HAVE U HAD THIS PROBLEM

Noticed a grinding noise on sunday so I took the car to the delear thinking it was the brakes.
The service guy promptly told me that it was the rear differential and it was a common problem on the E46 M3. WOW
Has anyone else had this problem
I should get the car back in a few days. I'm getting the SMG recall done at the same time
What gives with the M3????????????????????.
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Noticed a grinding noise on sunday so I took the car to the delear thinking it was the brakes.
The service guy promptly told me that it was the rear differential and it was a common problem on the E46 M3. WOW
Has anyone else had this problem
I should get the car back in a few days. I'm getting the SMG recall done at the same time
What gives with the M3????????????????????.
It's very common. I had my differential and drive shaft replaced. The first time I heard thje grinding it freaked me out. They replaced the differential oil with a much heavier oil. That only masked the problem. They finally replaced it. The regional rep told me they had many such cases.
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Search it out. Theres been alot of threads on this issue.
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Search it out. Theres been alot of threads on this issue.
Thanks I didin't know it was such a common problem
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Noticed a grinding noise on sunday so I took the car to the delear thinking it was the brakes.
The service guy promptly told me that it was the rear differential and it was a common problem on the E46 M3. WOW
Has anyone else had this problem
I should get the car back in a few days. I'm getting the SMG recall done at the same time
What gives with the M3????????????????????.
Check out SIB 33 01 02, 12/2003. Your problem may be solved by it.

http://members.roadfly.org/bmw_e46_m3/index.html
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the SIB won't fix it.. it never has really.. only fix is FULL REPLACEMENT. Search for Differential grind and you'll see many who have this.. 1 of 3 of my E46 M3s had it.
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well, I went to my local dealership to check out the 5 series. As i started to reverse I heard a gringing noise. One of the salesman came out and told me to turn it off and have it checked out right away. I ended up waiting for 3 hours in there lobby. they did the SMG recall and they drained the fluid and replaced with fresh diff. oil. they told me that the cluch in the diff. wasnt pickin up any oil and that was why it was grinding? they took it around the block couple of times and its been fine ever since!

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yeah man, the M3 is a piece of sh1t. Just beat the sh1t out of it, it'll sort all it's problems out by itself.
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