BMW 3 Series (E46) 1998 - 2006 Haynes Owners Service & Repair Manual covers Models BMW 3 series (E46) models with 4 and 6 cylinder petrol engines
DOES NOT Cover: Compact, Convertible, M3 or Diesel Models, Compact, Convertable or M3 models, or new 3-series (E90/E91/E92) introduced durint 2005..
DOES NOT Cover: 1.6 Litre (1596cc) 4 cylinder petrol and all Diesel engines are not covered in this manual.
● 1.8 litre (1796cc) "N42 B18" DOHC "Valvetronic" 4 cylinder
● 1.9 litre (1895cc) "M43TU B19" OHC 4 cylinder
● 2.0 litre (1995cc) "N42 B20" DOHC "Valvetronic" 4 cylinder
● 2.2 litre (2171cc) "M54 B22" DOHC 6 cylinder
● 2.5 litre (2494cc) "M52TU B25" DOHC 6 cylinder
● 2.5 litre (2494cc) "M54 B25" DOHC 6 cylinder
● 2.8 litre (2793cc) "M52TU B28" DOHC 6 cylinder
● 3.0 litre (2979cc) "M54 B30" DOHC 6 cylinder
● 5-speed manual
● 6-speed manual
● 4-speed automatic
● 5-speed automatic
NOTE: Only maintenance, adjustment, minor repair procedures plus removal and installation are described for the transmissions.
Inside this manual you will find: Routine Maintenance, tune-up procedures, engine repair, cooling and heating, air-conditioning, fuel and exhaust, emissions control, ignition, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical systems and wiring diagrams.
Haynes repair manuals can save you money on maintenance and repair bills. Step-by-step procedures and illustrations guide you through every job, from basic maintenance and troubleshooting, to complete teardown & rebuild.
The E46 will probably be fourth generation of BMW's 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive car. The saloon was introduced in 1998 and replaced the E36 saloon precisely the same year. The initial inline-six engines available were the 2.5 L 323 and a pair of.8 L 328 (the 323 badge did not match engine displacement even so it was numbered as such to increase the spread between both models). The touring and coupé models had a role in 1999 with BMW's newly designed steptronic manumatic transmission, and then the convertible and M3 later in 2000. The E46 Compact, a three-door hatchback, was revealed in 2001 to become or stay sold in European and Australian markets. xDrive all-wheel drive was introduced since you are a option in 2001 for left hand drive markets only being a result of clashes between the running gear and steering rack.
In 2000, the E46 lineup received an electric train engine boost when the fresh new M54 engines appeared for Model Year 2001 cars replacing the M52TU engines; along with the new 3.0 L 330 replacing the 328, as well as the 2.5 L 325 replaced the 323. Plus a stylish 2.2 L engine has been around since the 320i. Away from the engine and exhaust upgrades, there has been few cosmetic changes, the most noticeable being the 330 receiving silver accents on the front fascia.
Also in 2000, the E46 lineup expanded in order to incorporate the new (model year) 2001 M3 Coupe. The M3 only came in a very coupe and convertible (model year 2002) platform, with either a six-speed manual or SMG. Unlike its predecessor, the E46 M3 shared very few parts when using the standard 3 series. The exteriors associated with the two cars only shared the doors, roof, and trunk. The outside of the M3 had wider fenders and "M styled" bumpers, side skirts, mirrors, a protruding hood, spoiler, and then the new tradition of M marked grills located on the front fenders and four exhaust pipes. The interior of the M3 was accented with an M steering wheel, seats, rear view mirror, and instrument cluster.
The first major overhaul occurred when the E46 saloon underwent a facelift from September 2001, which included re-designed headlights, new bumpers in addition to a stiffer chassis. Also, the 316i and 318i models received new, much more powerful engines. Then from March 2003 the coupe and convertible were built with a facelift which included new headlights, new front wings and bumpers, new selections in exterior colour, and redesigned sidemarker lights and LED tail lights. The M3s got a a great deal more mild facelift that same year, with the inclusion of the updated boot and LED tail lights with all the coupe/convertible.
Despite being introduced last, the E46 compact was the first one to be replaced when the 1 Series was already released in September 2004. In mid-2005 the E46 saloons were phased out with all the introduction associated with the new E90 saloons. The E46 touring have also been replaced later that year with E91. The E46 remained in production as coupé, convertible and M3 through to the E92 coupé and E93 convertible was revealed at the end of 2006. The new M3 coupé concept was later unveiled in March 2007 during Geneva Motor Show.
The E46 experienced enormous success in all of the markets and was widely considered the performance benchmark of its class. The record year for any of the E46 was 2002, when 561,249 vehicles were sold worldwide. Just like a credit compared to the E46 series, previously it was chosen for Car and Driver Magazine's "10 Best Cars" every year of the company's production