BMW 3 Series (E46) Service Manual (1999–2005)

BMW 3 Series (E46) Service Manual (1999–2005)
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Applications: M3, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i, 330xi, Sedan, Coupe, Convertible, Sport Wagon
Dimensions: Softcover, 8 3/8 in. x 11 in., 1434 pages, 1703 photos, illustrations and diagrams


This Bentley Manual is a comprehensive source of service information and specifications for BMW 3 Series from 1999 to 2005. The aim throughout this manual has been simplicity, clarity and completeness, with practical explanations, step-by-step procedures and accurate specifications. Whether you're a professional or a do-it-yourself BMW owner, this manual will help you understand, care for and repair your E46 3 Series.

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Maintenance and service,

including checking and adjusting

valve clearance on the S54 M3 engine 116 Cylinder Head and Valvetrain

Though the do-it-yourself BMW owner will find this manual indispensable as a source of detailed maintenance and repair information, the BMW owner who has no intention of working on his or her car will find that reading and owning this manual will make it possible to discuss repairs more intelligently with a professional technician.

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Descriptions of electronic troubleshooting

principles and procedures.

On-Board Diagnostics

BMW E46 models and engines covered in this BMW repair manual:

  • 323i/Ci
    (M52 TU, 2.5 liter engine)

  • 328i/Ci
    (M52 TU, 2.8 liter engine)

  • 325i/Ci/xi
    (M54 / M56, 2.5 liter engine)

  • 330i/Cis/xi
    (M54, 3.0 liter engine)

  • M3
    (S54, 3.2 liter Motorsport engine)

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Bentley technical editors comparing

features on E46 models


Technical highlights:

  • Procedures for everything from oil change service to
    interpreting the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL).
    This manual tells you what to do and when to do it.

  • Engine and cylinder head service, including valve
    clearance adjustment on the S54 engine.

  • Information for specific driveability problems,
    including explanation of engine management systems
    and BMW OBD II Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs).

  • Theory of operation and repair information for
    Siemens MS 42.0, MS 43.0, MS 45.1 and MS S54 engine management,
    resonance/turbulence intake manifold and
    Double VANOS (Variable Camshaft Timing).

  • Drivetrain maintenance, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair
    of self-adjusting clutch (SAC), gearshift linkage, driveshaft,
    drive axles and, wheel drive system.

  • Manual, sequential manual (SMG), and automatic transmission removal,
    installation, seal replacement and external service.

  • System description and repair information for Antilock Brakes (ABS),
    Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

  • Heating and air conditioning repair (IHKA and IHKR),
    including component replacement.

  • Body adjustments and repairs, including sunroof,
    convertible top and tailgate.

  • Wiring schematics, including power distribution and ground locations.

  • Dedicated electrical component guide specifying relay,
    control module and ground locations with detailed illustrations and photos.


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