Engine BMW M41D17

The 1.7-liter BMW M41 or M41D17 diesel engine was produced from 1994 to 2000 and was installed on only one model: the 3-Series E36, but in all of its many bodies. This power unit has 86% of common parts with the popular 6-cylinder M51 diesel engine.

The engine was installed on:

  • BMW 3-Series E36 in 1994 – 2000;
  • BMW 3-Series Compact E46 in 1995 – 2000.


Production years 1994-2000
Displacement, cc 1665
Fuel system prechambers
Power output, hp 90
Torque output, Nm 190
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 80
Piston stroke, mm 82.8
Compression ratio 22.0
Features intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for BMW 318tds 1996)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000

Disadvantages of the M41D17 engine

  • This diesel engine is afraid of overheating, it causes cracks in the block head;
  • The turbine has a low resource, after 150,000 km it usually already drives oil;
  • Floating engine speeds and poor hot start hint at an early repair of the high-pressure fuel pump;
  • The EGR valve clogs pretty quickly and the engine starts to get very stupid from this;
  • The chain gas distribution mechanism may require replacement up to 200 thousand km.

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