The BMW N46 engine is a four-cylinder piston engine with two overhead camshafts, which replaced the N42 and has been in production since 2004. The N46 was produced alongside the N45 (which does not have Valvetronic) and the N43 (which has direct injection). The BMW N46B18 1.8 L (1796 cc) engine produces 114 horsepower (85 kW) at 5500 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm.
|Manufacturer||BMW Plant Hams Hall|
|Cylinder block alloy||aluminum|
|Number of cylinders||4|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Piston stroke, mm||81|
|Cylinder bore, mm||84|
|Power output, hp||116/5500|
|Torque output, Nm / rpm||175/3750|
|Euro standards||Euro 4|
|Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for 316i E46)
|Oil consumption, gr/1000 km||up to 700|
|Recommended engine oil||5W-30 / 5W-40|
|Engine oil capacity, liter||4.25|
|Oil change interval, km||10000|
|Normal engine operating temperature, °C||—|
|Engine lifespan, km
— official information
- Increasing the oil rate. The reason lies in the imminent wear of the oil scraper rings and seals due to the filling during operation of low-quality, uncertified or not recommended by the manufacturer of engine oil. A breakdown occurs already at 50 thousand kilometers. In addition, using the wrong base oil leads to malfunctions in Vanos, KVKG, oil pump and many other components.
- Vibration. The malfunction of the cleaning of the Vanos system is eliminated.
- Noise generation, increased smoke emission. The main reason for the phenomenon is the relaxation of the tensioner or the stretching of the timing chain. A typical problem arises after passing one hundred thousand kilometers.
- Leaking gaskets. After the motor has traveled more than 50 thousand km of the track, the gaskets of the valve cover and the vacuum pump begin to flow. Replacement required.
Regular inspection and maintenance, as well as the use of only high-quality components and, above all, fuel and engine oil, will help to maximize the life of the engine and reduce the risk of breakdowns.