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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BMW E90 M3 - 1200 Mile Service Update

The first 1,000 miles on my BMW e90 M3 sedan went really fast -- just about three and a half weeks until I reached that milestone. The first thousand miles on any car is the "break-in" period, where you generally want to take it easy, vary the pace, rpms, and the lengths of your drive. This enables all the engine and drive train components to get sealed and seated properly, theoretically preparing your vehicle for a long and productive life.

The BMW M3 e90 / e92 / e93 series is similar, but different than most BMW's. For instance, its "running-in period" is the first 1200 miles. And the 4.0L V8 engine with 414-hp is the only BMW engine that is not broken in at the factory and that's the reasons for having it changed out so early at 1200 miles. BMW wants you to take it easy on the engine so much that in addition to the manual, the following window sticker can be found in the upper left hand corner of the windshield:

The BMW M3 e90 / e92 / e93 series is similar, but different than most BMW's.  For instance, its running-in period is the first 1200 miles.  And the 4.0L V8 engine with 414-hp is the only BMW engine that is not broken in at the factory.  BMW wants you to take it easy on the engine so much that in addition to the manual, the following window sticker can be found in the upper left hand corner of the windshield
What does it say?

Running-in Instruction:
- up to 1200 miles / 2000 km: no full-throttle, max engine speed: 5500rpm, max speed: 106 mph / 170 kmh
- up to 3100 miles / 5000 km: max constant speed 137 mph / 220 kmh, max speed only for short periods
Observe Owner's Handbook!

And while I had been tempted to take the engine above 5500 rpms (ust wants to go sometimes), I was patient for the first 1000+ miles and made my appointment for service at Bob Smith BMW in Calabasas, CA to have the service done. I had done some research on the BMWCCA forums and knew what to expect:

a. Performed 1200 Mile Service
b. Performed Engine Oil Service
c. Performed Service--Standard Scope
d. Performed 6 Speed Manual Transmission Service
e. Performed 0000661 Rear Differential Service

I made my appointment for today and showed up and dropped my car off. I asked specifically about the the 6MT service on the e90 M3 because I had seen it left off for a few others and was told it would be looked into. In addition, they made a special effort to get my car done by noon so we could head out for the Thanksgiving holiday. I picked up my 328i loaner vehicle and was on my way -- and also a little surprised about how different the standard 3-series and the M3 were inside and out.

I received a call a little later mentioning that the transmission fluid did not need to be changed specifically on the manual transmission, and then picked my car up shortly after 1:00pm to head out on the road. Everything appeared to be back in order, except I had to reset my clock for some reason.

I finished that up and I was on my way -- now with my M3 able to go all the way to up the redline of 8400 RPM (although the magazine report it at 8300 RPM) -- not that I planned to take it there anytime soon. At least I could approach 6000 or 6500 RPM without having much worry.

Another nice thing although odd is that the dealership still washed and vacuumed out the car even though it was raining. I thought that was a nice touch even if it was a little unnecssary. I am looking forward to the "driven-in" vehicle and seeing what the next few thousand miles hold!

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