BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > M3 (E90 / E92 / E93) > General M3 Forum (E90 + E92 + E93)
 
Evolve Automotive
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      09-13-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
nradbmw
Private
6

 
Drives: RedZ06
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Houston


Posts: 82
iTrader: (0)

What are the M3's issues

So, I went from a E46M3 to a CTS-V to a C6Z06 and now I'm headed to an E92M3. It's complicated, but there's a reason for each car. In any event, I'd like to purchase with eyes wide open. What are the current issues, complaints or things to watch out of when picking up a used M3 with about 20k miles on it. I'll be getting the a DCT because I can't operate a clutch anymore. (trust me, I'd get a MT if I could)

Thanks guys,
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
Gins
I can't find my pants.
No_Country
54

 
Gins's Avatar
 
Drives: '15 Supergirl Combo M3, YMB-SO
Join Date: May 2011
Location: 8=====D \o/ 335i, yo


Posts: 2,507
iTrader: (5)

Garage List
2008 BMW M3 E90  [0.00]
Some guy on the forum had his DCT fail on him, but he was the 2nd owner (i.e. abuse). I think the air idle valve is an issue on the car as well. Others can chime in...
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 09:46 PM   #3
e92Mjunky
Second Lieutenant
United_States
15

 
Drives: New wife Alpine CF E92 M3
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Austin, TX


Posts: 272
iTrader: (0)

39xxx miles and no probs 4-2008 production date, however I would love for someone to chime in that has 50K plus miles, oil leaks, cooling system issues, etc, I do oil changes every 8K miles too that might help longevity
__________________

08' DCT CF Roof, nothing to fancy
custom magnaflow exhaust amd drop in filter
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
W Cole
Captain
27

 
Drives: 2009 M3
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Newport Coast, CA


Posts: 763
iTrader: (4)

So far no problems with mine (14k miles). However, I have noted that the paint is incredibly soft. My m3 at 14k miles has more rock chips than my 04 mercedes (nano clear) has at 90k miles.
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
nradbmw
Private
6

 
Drives: RedZ06
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Houston


Posts: 82
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by W Cole View Post
So far no problems with mine (14k miles). However, I have noted that the paint is incredibly soft. My m3 at 14k miles has more rock chips than my 04 mercedes (nano clear) has at 90k miles.
reminds me of an Rx-8 I used to own. Paint was super soft. chipped paint like it was its job.
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
nradbmw
Private
6

 
Drives: RedZ06
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Houston


Posts: 82
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Snig View Post
Some guy on the forum had his DCT fail on him, but he was the 2nd owner (i.e. abuse). I think the air idle valve is an issue on the car as well. Others can chime in...
Have others reported issues with the DCT? My E46 was an SMG and I never had one issue with it, but it was widely reported as an expensive failure once it went, especially when you were out of warrantee. Seemed to happen often enough for people to be pissed about it initially.
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:16 PM   #7
stefan
Colonel
Canada
71

 
stefan's Avatar
 
Drives: E92M3
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Calgary


Posts: 2,147
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
1999 VF BMW M3  [5.00]
2001 BMW M5  [0.00]
2008 135i  [5.00]
2003 M3  [3.10]
2011.75 BMW M3  [4.17]
2009 STi  [3.83]
Previous 3ers were notorious for coolant system problems at 75,000-ish kms and RTABS, control arms, etc. Not sure if this will be a problem yet for the e92 M3s. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see suspension related issues being some of the first.
__________________
///M Power - 2011.75 LMB M3 6MT (fuelly)
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:33 PM   #8
nradbmw
Private
6

 
Drives: RedZ06
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Houston


Posts: 82
iTrader: (0)

So, I've been doing some reading and evidently the fuel pump is an issue?
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:37 PM   #9
gblansten
Beandoc
United_States
33

 
gblansten's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 BMW M5 SG/SS
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Thick ascending limb


Posts: 2,208
iTrader: (0)

I've only had mine for a month but it barks at strangers some and there was that one incident with the postman.
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:47 PM   #10
duk
///M
United_States
71

 
Drives: 2011 AW/FR 6MT E92
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Jose, CA


Posts: 2,961
iTrader: (0)

it drops the panties jp

10k miles so far after 1.5 years, solid! *knocks on wood
__________________
2011 AW/FR 6MT E92 | Powered by Premier | Alekshop | ESS |
Rok n Peace Clothing: www.roknpeace.com

Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 10:54 PM   #11
sg///M3
Lieutenant
United_States
4

 
sg///M3's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 M3 DCT
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Charlotte, NC


Posts: 438
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by e92Mjunky View Post
39xxx miles and no probs 4-2008 production date, however I would love for someone to chime in that has 50K plus miles, oil leaks, cooling system issues, etc, I do oil changes every 8K miles too that might help longevity
+1
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 11:28 PM   #12
Sean05
Putcha ang ganda...
Philippines
149

 
Sean05's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 MR E92 M3
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Los Angeles, Brea CA.


Posts: 5,331
iTrader: (9)

Send a message via Yahoo to Sean05
currently 48k 2008 with no issue oh wait...

I had my Tranny replaced at 7-10k miles. something was bend and was not able to replace or fix so new tranny was replaced.

other than that.. going strong...

my recent issue is the CLICK/BANG sound on start up.. BUT IM JUST BEING ANAL cause most people say its normal...
__________________
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 11:45 PM   #13
radiantm3
Apex Everything!
United_States
285

 
radiantm3's Avatar
 
Drives: >1000 HP in my garage
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Danville, CA


Posts: 3,849
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2011 E92 M3  [4.80]
2013 BMW X5M  [4.33]
2014 BMW i3  [0.00]
My 2011.5 with 16k miles has bad bearings and are getting replaced (along with a new crankshaft). I was told that another M3 was in service for the same issue as mine. I know there's been a few others on this forum with the same issue.
__________________
2013 X5M for Sale
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 11:51 PM   #14
nradbmw
Private
6

 
Drives: RedZ06
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Houston


Posts: 82
iTrader: (0)

So, evidently, keeps these cars with some sort of warantee?
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 11:52 PM   #15
WillC310
Lieutenant
8

 
Drives: A car
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Los Angeles


Posts: 422
iTrader: (0)

Drinks lots of gas... that's my #1 issue with it. Drink holders suck and can get jammed/broken. The arm that extends the seatbelt on the E92 will probably break at some point... No friggin dip stick to tell where the oil level is really at.
Appreciate 0
      09-13-2011, 11:58 PM   #16
M3er
Private First Class
11

 
Drives: M3,911S
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: MA


Posts: 187
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by WillC310 View Post
Drinks lots of gas... that's my #1 issue with it. Drink holders suck and can get jammed/broken. The arm that extends the seatbelt on the E92 will probably break at some point... No friggin dip stick to tell where the oil level is really at.
These are all common issue with the E90..
and the cap to my experience will not break so easily.
Neither the seatbealt. (but it looks kind of cheap though)
No Bimmer has a dipstick anymore...so this brings us to the level of
deciding which brand car you want to buy?

Coming from E90 and E60 I Can tell you the M3 is the most robust car BMW has to offer--hands down..
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2011, 12:00 AM   #17
JB_Vert
Private
United_States
2

 
Drives: 2008 E93 M3
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC


Posts: 58
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by nradbmw View Post
So, I've been doing some reading and evidently the fuel pump is an issue?
Don't think the M3 has the fuel pump issue, as the engine is old-school port injected--not hard on the fuel pump. From what I can tell, the direct-injected 335 has had issues with its high pressure fuel pump (HPFP). Perhaps that is what you read about. Direct injection requires much more of a fuel pump.

The only consistent complaint I'm aware of is the idle control valve, which should have already gone bad by 20K if it were going to.

JB
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2011, 12:00 AM   #18
avex8
Captain
44

 
avex8's Avatar
 
Drives: 11 E92 M3, 13 X3 35i, 14 650i
Join Date: May 2011
Location: San Diego


Posts: 739
iTrader: (2)

The brake sucks, it doesn't feel like a performance car with those shitty brakes. Maybe i had big break kit on my previous car, so i am sensitive to shitty brakes.

Car interior makes squeaking noise. My fender, hood, and front bumper doesn't align perfectly, and dealership can't fix it.
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2011, 12:19 AM   #19
richardbb85
Major
51

 
Drives: e92 m3
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: annandale, va


Posts: 1,466
iTrader: (0)

2011 20k miles, not a single problem
__________________
2011 E92 Space Grey/black + Tech + Premi + Heated Seats
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #20
Mr. ///M3 RD
Major General
Canada
323

 
Mr. ///M3 RD's Avatar
 
Drives: E350 & 280 SL on Weekends :)
Join Date: May 2010
Location: GTA, Ontario - Canada


Posts: 7,863
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Best bet always is if you purchase a used one ... have it checked out at a BMW dealership. Then use this report to agree on the best price or have the seller fix the issues.

When I sold my 2002 e46 m3 with around 96K KM my BMW dealer found a broken driver side rear spring, I had it replaced then got my asking price of $25K.
__________________
Cheers, Rolf-Dieter

Life will take us to some interesting places, fortunately The ///M3 will too with a many of us know this very well
---> Click here for some good stuff I found
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2011, 01:43 AM   #21
Xcelrrate
Driver
United_States
18

 
Xcelrrate's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 ///M3
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Las Vegas, NV


Posts: 371
iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2008 BMW E90 M3  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by e92Mjunky View Post
39xxx miles and no probs 4-2008 production date, however I would love for someone to chime in that has 50K plus miles, oil leaks, cooling system issues, etc, I do oil changes every 8K miles too that might help longevity
57,285 miles on last fill up. NO issues here and I drive her hard!

Quote:
Originally Posted by stefan View Post
Previous 3ers were notorious for coolant system problems at 75,000-ish kms and RTABS, control arms, etc. Not sure if this will be a problem yet for the e92 M3s. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see suspension related issues being some of the first.
2008 E90 M3 with 57k miles with EDC, no issues as of yet. And I go through my setting plenty during any drive. Always amaze with the difference from comfort to sport.

Quote:
Originally Posted by nradbmw View Post
So, I've been doing some reading and evidently the fuel pump is an issue?
That's the HPFP issue known on the 335i, and not the ///M cars

Quote:
Originally Posted by gblansten View Post
I've only had mine for a month but it barks at strangers some and there was that one incident with the postman.
__________________

'08 Jerez Black E90 ///M3
Pics of my Ride
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2011, 01:46 AM   #22
lve2xlr8
Captain
United_States
33

 
lve2xlr8's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 m3
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Los Angeles


Posts: 835
iTrader: (7)

Quote:
Originally Posted by radiantm3 View Post
My 2011.5 with 16k miles has bad bearings and are getting replaced (along with a new crankshaft). I was told that another M3 was in service for the same issue as mine. I know there's been a few others on this forum with the same issue.
What indicated to you there was something wrong?
__________________
'11 M3
'00 M5 - Sold
'08 335i w/m3 conversion - Sold
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST