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      11-08-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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I came across an 2002 M3 coupe (silver with red interior) that is in perfect condition and I want it. What type of maint. issues are associated with this year? I want to keep it for a long time.

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I came across an 2002 M3 coupe (silver with red interior) that is in perfect condition and I want it. What type of maint. issues are associated with this year? I want to keep it for a long time.

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well Its going on 8 years old. So be prepared for alot.

What is the mileage?
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I came across an 2002 M3 coupe (silver with red interior) that is in perfect condition and I want it. What type of maint. issues are associated with this year? I want to keep it for a long time.

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Some early '02s had a service action to replace the rod bearings. If this has been done, it's not necessarily a negative. The S54 engine has mechanical valve adjustments that are fairly expensive every 25k miles or so. It's a strong engine, though.

You may find more information on some of the E46 M3 forums.
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I've been looking on the e46fanatics and bimmerforums for info on 2002 M3's. Mine is going to be used exclusively for track days, so I don't plan on putting a ton of miles just hard ones
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I've been looking on the e46fanatics and bimmerforums for info on 2002 M3's. Mine is going to be used exclusively for track days, so I don't plan on putting a ton of miles just hard ones
Should be a good choice. Brakes are a weak point for the track, as you know.
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I came across an 2002 M3 coupe (silver with red interior) that is in perfect condition and I want it. What type of maint. issues are associated with this year? I want to keep it for a long time.

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As mentioned, the rod bearings. Can still be serviced if not yet done. Is it SMG? Just take the VIN number to a BMW dealer and they can see if it needs anything (software updates or otherwise).
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As mentioned, the rod bearings. Can still be serviced if not yet done. Is it SMG? Just take the VIN number to a BMW dealer and they can see if it needs anything (software updates or otherwise).
I actually called BMW for a car that I was looking to buy but they said they would only release the data for the car's owner only. It's funny because if I were the car's owner, I wouldn't need the data.
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