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    davidrit2
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    Default 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    Hi,
    Just bought a 2003 BMW M3 and have found oil and a filter for the
    change. I plead ignorance on finding the filter housing, drain plug,
    jack points, etc. as well as any advice for the do-it-yourselfer. The
    owner's manual is no help. Can anyone help me in either directing me
    to a good source for this info or in providing other erelated advice?


  2. #2
    Jeff Strickland
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    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    The oil filter in a typical BMW inline motor lives in a canister about the
    size of a 1-pound can of coffee. The location is on the front of the motor,
    right behind the fan belts, generally right beside the #1 Cylinder. (The
    motor on the M-car should be like this, but I'm not certain that it is.)

    The drain plug is in the normal place on the oil pan at the bottom of the
    motor.

    The jack points can be found by looking at the rocker panels below the door.
    If you look at the service jack that comes with the car, you will be able to
    match it up with positions provided along the bottom of the rocker panel.
    These are suitable jack points for your floor jack.

    All of this stuff is in my owner's manual. My car is a '94 3 Series, but I
    can't imagine they would remove this vital data from the user manual.





    "davidrit2" <davidrit2@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:1176334095.097856.309130@w1g2000hsg.googlegro ups.com...
    > Hi,
    > Just bought a 2003 BMW M3 and have found oil and a filter for the
    > change. I plead ignorance on finding the filter housing, drain plug,
    > jack points, etc. as well as any advice for the do-it-yourselfer. The
    > owner's manual is no help. Can anyone help me in either directing me
    > to a good source for this info or in providing other erelated advice?
    >



  3. #3
    davidrit2
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    Hi,

    Yes, your words are true on the jack points and the filter location,
    though the clearance is such that my floor jack can't get under the
    lift points w/o driving the car onto 2x4 to pre-raise the car first.
    The drain plug I'm not sure about (it's a tough fit under the car).
    I know it must be near the lower point of the pan, but I haven't found
    it for sure. Can you tell me whether the drain plug is a hex or a
    torx type head? Do I need to remove the plastic slid plate to get to
    it? Sorry for sounding like such an idiot, but like I noted, it's not
    easy getting good viewing in my setup.

    Also, as I bought the car used, there were a few vitals missing - jack
    and owner's manuals being two of them. I bought an owner's manual set
    online, but don't find the details I need, so maybe something is
    missing there.

    Thanks!

    On Apr 11, 8:19 pm, "Jeff Strickland" <c...@verizon.net> wrote:
    > The oil filter in a typical BMW inline motor lives in a canister about the
    > size of a 1-pound can of coffee. The location is on the front of the motor,
    > right behind the fan belts, generally right beside the #1 Cylinder. (The
    > motor on the M-car should be like this, but I'm not certain that it is.)
    >
    > The drain plug is in the normal place on the oil pan at the bottom of the
    > motor.
    >
    > The jack points can be found by looking at the rocker panels below the door.
    > If you look at the service jack that comes with the car, you will be able to
    > match it up with positions provided along the bottom of the rocker panel.
    > These are suitable jack points for your floor jack.
    >
    > All of this stuff is in my owner's manual. My car is a '94 3 Series, but I
    > can't imagine they would remove this vital data from the user manual.
    >
    > "davidrit2" <davidr...@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:1176334095.097856.309130@w1g2000hsg.googlegro ups.com...
    >
    > > Hi,
    > > Just bought a 2003 BMW M3 and have found oil and a filter for the
    > > change. I plead ignorance on finding the filter housing, drain plug,
    > > jack points, etc. as well as any advice for the do-it-yourselfer. The
    > > owner's manual is no help. Can anyone help me in either directing me
    > > to a good source for this info or in providing other erelated advice?




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    Floyd Rogers
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    "davidrit2" <davidrit2@comcast.net> wrote
    > The drain plug I'm not sure about (it's a tough fit under the car).
    > I know it must be near the lower point of the pan, but I haven't found
    > it for sure. Can you tell me whether the drain plug is a hex or a
    > torx type head? Do I need to remove the plastic slid plate to get to
    > it? Sorry for sounding like such an idiot, but like I noted, it's not
    > easy getting good viewing in my setup.


    You have to remove the plastic cover. The drain plug is a standard
    hex (13mm? 17mm?)

    You need a 36mm socket to remove the cap from the oil filter housing.

    FloydR



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    Oscar@nowhere.com
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    On 11 Apr 2007 16:28:15 -0700, "davidrit2" <davidrit2@comcast.net> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >Just bought a 2003 BMW M3 and have found oil and a filter for the
    >change. I plead ignorance on finding the filter housing, drain plug,
    >jack points, etc. as well as any advice for the do-it-yourselfer. The
    >owner's manual is no help. Can anyone help me in either directing me
    >to a good source for this info or in providing other erelated advice?



    In this day and age WHY are you doing your own oil change. Its MESSY and you
    have to dispose of the old oil and filter.

    If you take it to a fast-fit place that has stock fixed pricing for oil & filter
    change and USE full synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 then its a 20 min job and you
    can watch them do it.

    Here in the UK I use Kwik-Fit - 39 for a oil and filter swap on a 740i

    Pissing about is not worth it.

  6. #6
    adder1969
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    On Apr 12, 9:48 am, "Dave Plowman (News)" <d...@davenoise.co.uk>
    wrote:
    > In article <c6nr13pe2smk57r36i4tmt112bla6qh...@4ax.com>,
    > <O...@nowhere.com> wrote:
    >
    > > If you take it to a fast-fit place that has stock fixed pricing for oil
    > > & filter change and USE full synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 then its a 20
    > > min job and you can watch them do it.

    >
    > I'd ask for a written spec of that oil. Mobil 1 doesn't state the spec as
    > the formulae has changed over the years. And the version they supply may
    > or may not conform to that recommended by the maker for your model.
    >
    >


    It *used* to be that there was only one oil for the E46 M3 - only
    available from BMW (in the UK) Castrol TWS or Formula RS. Now I think
    the only other oil is Castrol Edge 10W60 and it'll cost about 60 for
    the oil alone.

    The reason you don't have a jack with the car is that they're not
    supplied with one.


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    Dave Plowman (News)
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    In article <c6nr13pe2smk57r36i4tmt112bla6qhfl0@4ax.com>,
    <Oscar@nowhere.com> wrote:
    > If you take it to a fast-fit place that has stock fixed pricing for oil
    > & filter change and USE full synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 then its a 20
    > min job and you can watch them do it.


    I'd ask for a written spec of that oil. Mobil 1 doesn't state the spec as
    the formulae has changed over the years. And the version they supply may
    or may not conform to that recommended by the maker for your model.

    --
    *Nostalgia isn't what is used to be.

    Dave Plowman dave@davenoise.co.uk London SW
    To e-mail, change noise into sound.

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    Dave Plowman (News)
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    In article <1176370633.450645.24410@q75g2000hsh.googlegroups. com>,
    adder1969 <adder1969@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    > On Apr 12, 9:48 am, "Dave Plowman (News)" <d...@davenoise.co.uk>
    > wrote:
    > > In article <c6nr13pe2smk57r36i4tmt112bla6qh...@4ax.com>,
    > > <O...@nowhere.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > > If you take it to a fast-fit place that has stock fixed pricing for
    > > > oil & filter change and USE full synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 then
    > > > its a 20 min job and you can watch them do it.

    > >
    > > I'd ask for a written spec of that oil. Mobil 1 doesn't state the spec
    > > as the formulae has changed over the years. And the version they
    > > supply may or may not conform to that recommended by the maker for
    > > your model.
    > >
    > >


    > It *used* to be that there was only one oil for the E46 M3 - only
    > available from BMW (in the UK) Castrol TWS or Formula RS. Now I think
    > the only other oil is Castrol Edge 10W60 and it'll cost about 60 for
    > the oil alone.


    Of all BMWs I'd certainly be wary of the oil I used for an M3. Which would
    probably mean sticking to the recommended one. And not some bulk stuff
    from a fast fit place.

    --
    *Remember, no-one is listening until you fart.*

    Dave Plowman dave@davenoise.co.uk London SW
    To e-mail, change noise into sound.

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    joe_tide
    Guest

    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice


    "davidrit2" <davidrit2@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:1176342340.215331.114460@q75g2000hsh.googlegr oups.com...
    >
    > Also, as I bought the car used, there were a few vitals missing - jack
    > and owner's manuals being two of them. I bought an owner's manual set
    > online, but don't find the details I need, so maybe something is
    > missing there.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >


    You can download the owners manual from the BMW web site. Click on
    Owners/Owners Circle/Create New Account.



  10. #10
    Fred W
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    Default Re: 2003 BMW M3 oil change advice

    Oscar@nowhere.com wrote:
    > On 11 Apr 2007 16:28:15 -0700, "davidrit2" <davidrit2@comcast.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Hi,
    >>Just bought a 2003 BMW M3 and have found oil and a filter for the
    >>change. I plead ignorance on finding the filter housing, drain plug,
    >>jack points, etc. as well as any advice for the do-it-yourselfer. The
    >>owner's manual is no help. Can anyone help me in either directing me
    >>to a good source for this info or in providing other erelated advice?

    >
    >
    >
    > In this day and age WHY are you doing your own oil change. Its MESSY and you
    > have to dispose of the old oil and filter.
    >
    > If you take it to a fast-fit place that has stock fixed pricing for oil & filter
    > change and USE full synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 then its a 20 min job and you
    > can watch them do it.
    >
    > Here in the UK I use Kwik-Fit - 39 for a oil and filter swap on a 740i
    >
    > Pissing about is not worth it.


    ....to you.

    To me, it's not worth taking it to a Jiffy Lube as I can do it just as
    fast (faster if you count how long it takes to get there and back), I
    use the right parts (not some crap filter and oil), I correctly torque
    the drain plug so my oil pan won't need rethreading every other oil
    change and I have better coffee in my waiting room (kitchen).

    --
    -Fred W

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