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The Tall Man
10-25-2002, 10:02 AM
due to engine failure? I know that the reports don't point to driving hard as a cause, but wonder if there is a natural tendency to take it easy because of the failure reports (now at 100, I see).

I guess most people are not driving any different than if there were no failures, might as well "let it blow while still in warranty" and get a new one, in case BMW changes its policy on that again. I seem to remember a post or letter or something from BMWNA head a while back recommending to "drive the M3 like it was meant to be driven"...

I just cleared break-in, still taking it pretty easy for now- but mostly from habit with other cars.

Also- for 2003s, have there been any official info regading differences in engine parts (e.g. new bearings again or anything like that)?

Steel Grey/Grey/SMG2 2002 Coupe (July, 2002 build)

10-25-2002, 10:13 AM

10-25-2002, 10:13 AM
But, I always drive easily on the street and take care to break in and warm up motors. You are correct, the bearing failures have nothing to do with how the car is driven, so as long as you follow recommend procedures, I wouldn't worry about the engine. Worrying won't do any good, anyway.<br><A HREF=""><IMG SRC="">

10-25-2002, 10:15 AM
I specifically asked Tom Salkowsky about driving it hard in front of about 50 "M" enthusiasts. His response was "drive the M3 like it was meant to be driven". He said BMWNA would stand behind every engine. Although I don't track mine yet, I'm not afraid to get the RPM's up.


10-25-2002, 10:20 AM
I usually on ly drive my car once or twice a week. I take advantage of that.

10-25-2002, 10:30 AM
I am never nasty to it, like not letting it warm up properly before I beat on it, but if anything I drive it harder than any other car that I have owned (apart from my wife's Beetle, but I hate that car). I figure that if my engine is going to pop, the sooner the better... hey Jason, what prizes do you get for blowing up more than one engine?

10-25-2002, 10:39 AM
I am very, very careful while the engine is warming up (oil temperature) but I have done that with all cars I have owned anyway.

Once warmed-up I tend to punch it hard now and them (roads permiting, of course!) but I do watch my redline more carefuly than in other cars I have owned due to the engine failures. Once warm, I used to hit the rev limiter in my '87 RX-7, '96 Miata, and '91 535i "daily" (I am not exagerating at all - even on my 535i with 170K+ miles!), while on the M3 I do not think I have hit it once yet (8400 miles).

I know that if my engine is going to fail it will fail iregardless of me hiting the rev limiter, but I still try to shift by 7500RPMs or so. I do not have a rational reason to do it, but yes, I do drive my M3 a little bit "easier" than I could :-)

Richardson, Texas
2002 Alpine White/Black Leather/SMG

10-25-2002, 10:58 AM

10-25-2002, 11:10 AM
2 engine failures a tricycle and 3+ a lifetime bus pass? :-)

10-25-2002, 11:57 AM

10-25-2002, 01:01 PM
told me I was taking it easy on the car(shifting at 2-4k rpm)so that's what I am doing. Thought still taking it "easy" on the car.

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