Yazin's 2003 E46 M3. More than meets the eye.
This perfectly color combo’d 2003 E46 M3 came in with 120,000 miles on the odometer without knowing precisely when the rod bearing’s were done last. After bringing the customer up to speed with the known issues related to the bottom end of the S54, he agreed to send an oil sample out to Blackstone for analysis. In the meantime, basic maintenance was done with admiration for the headers, full exhaust, Ohlins Road and Track coil overs, Mishimoto electric fan conversion, short shifter and perfectly balanced carbon fiber goodies.
Upon receiving the oil report, it wasn’t a disaster, but a sense of urgency for the customer to proceed and replace the connecting rod bearings. We decided to proceed with BE Bearing’s and ARP rod bolts. Everything went smooth until we hit a stripped subframe bolt. Proceeded to continue on and planned to remove the bolt last. Bottom end looked beautiful, with the exceptional bearing shell wear. Pictures below.