The BMW 3-Series models from 1999 to 2006, part of the E46 generation, represented a significant chapter in the 3-Series’ history. Known for their sporty driving dynamics and exceptional build quality, these cars became icons in the compact luxury sedan and coupe segment. Available in various body styles, including sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon, the E46 3-Series catered to a wide range of tastes. The interior featured high-quality materials, comfortable seats, and a driver-centric layout. BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, available in later models, offered enhanced connectivity and entertainment options. The E46 M3, with its high-revving inline-six engine and M-tuned suspension, became an instant classic among enthusiasts, delivering exhilarating performance and precise handling. With a reputation for combining driving pleasure, luxury, and versatility, the E46 3-Series established itself as a benchmark in the premium compact car segment during its production run.

BMW 3-Series specification, engine oil capacity, spark plug gap, safety rating, fuel consumption, transmission, and light bulb sizes.


  • Type: E46

Engine 1.9L 4-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended oil viscosity: 0W-30
  • Oil certification: API
  • Drain plug torque: 19 ft-lbs
  • Oil capacity: 5.2 quarts

Spark Plug Gap:

  • 1.9L 4-Cylinder:0.032″


  • Capacity: 6.9qt (6.5L)


  • Capacity:  16.1qt (61.0L)

Washer Fluid

  • Capacity: 6.3 qt (6.0L)


  • Type: DOT4

Automatic Transmission Oil

  • Type: Genuine BMW Automatic Transmission Oil Part Number 83 22 2 167 666
  • Capacity:  1.58 qt (1.5L)

Manual Transmission Oil

  • Type: Genuine BMW Manual Transmission Oil Part Number  83 22 0 309 031
  • Capacity: 3.17qt (3.0L)



  • Petrol:
    • 1.6–2.0 L M43/N42/N46 I4
    • 2.0–3.2 L M52/M54/S54 I6
  • Diesel:
    • 2.0 L M47 I4
    • 2.9–3.0 L M57 I6


  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed automatic
  • 6-speed SMG-II

Fuel Consumption


Safety Ratings

BMW 3 series safety ratings

Front Lights

  • Front Fog Light Bulb: H11-55W
  • Front Inner Turn Signal Light Bulb: 12496
  • Front Outer Turn Signal Light Bulb: 2827
  • Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 2825
  • High Beam Headlight Bulb: H7-55W
  • Low Beam Headlight Bulb:
    • H7-55W
    • HID-D1S

Rear Lights

  • Back Up Light Bulb: 64136
  • Brake Light Bulb: 7506
  • Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb: LED
  • License Plate Light Bulb: 6418
  • Parking Light Bulb: 2825
  • Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb: 7506
  • Tail Light Bulb: LED

Interior Lights

  • Courtesy Light Bulb: 2825
  • Dome Light Bulb: 2886X
  • Glove Box Light Bulb: 6418
  • Trunk Light Bulb: 6411