M54B25 Engine

M54B25 Engine review

One of the most popular engines of the M54 series is the BMW M54B25 engine. It was launched in 2000. This engine came to replace the M52B25TU engine, and differed from it, primarily with 145-mm connecting rods and light pistons.

In 2003 and 2004, the M54 engine became the best engine in the category “from 2.0 to 2.5 liters”.

The head of the cylinder block has not changed, the Double Vanos is still used, but the long intake manifold was replaced with a new short one with wide channels DISA, and this helped to increase the engine power.

In addition, the ICE received an electronic 64mm throttle valve and control system MS43 / MS45 from Siemens.

The engine is installed in:

M54B25 engine specs

Also called	BMW M54 Production	2000-2006 Cylinder block alloy	Aluminium Configuration	Straight-6 Valvetrain	DOHC 4 valves per cylinder Piston stroke, mm (inch)	75 (2.95) Cylinder bore, mm (inch)	84 (3.3) Compression ratio	10.5 Displacement	2494 cc (152.2 cu in) Power output	143 kW (192 HP) at 6,000 rpm Torque output	237 Nm (175 lb·ft) at 3,500 rpm Redline	6,500 rpm HP per liter	77 Fuel type	Gasoline ECU	Siemens MS43.0 Siemens MS45.0 Siemens MS45.1 (US) Weight, kg (lbs)	~130 (287) Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg) -City -Highway -Combined	for E46 325Ci 13 (18.1) 6.9 (34.1) 9 (26.1) Turbocharger	  Naturally aspirated Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)	up to 1.0 (1 qt. per 750 miles) Recommended engine oil	5W-30 5W-40 Engine oil capacity, L (qt.)	6.5 (6.9) Oil change interval, km (miles)	 7,000-10,000 (4,500-6,000) Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F)	~95 (203) Engine lifespan, km (miles) -Official information -Real	 – ~300 (185) Tuning, HP -Max HP -No life span loss	 300+


BMW M54B25 engine problems

The M54 engine is considered as one of the most successful BMW engines, but nevertheless, as in any mechanical device, something, sometimes fails:

  • A crankcase ventilation system with a differential valve;
  • Stains from the thermostat housing;
  • Cracks on the plastic engine cover;
  • Failures of camshaft position sensors;
  • After overheating, there are problems with thread failure in the block for fastening the cylinder head;
  • Overheating of the power unit;
  • Oil waste;

Above listed faults of the motor depend on how the engine was operated, because the BMW car for many is not just a means for everyday movement on the route “home-work-house”.

BMW M54B25 engine tuning

Most often to increase the power of this engine it is converted into a three-liter.

For this, it is necessary to replace the crankshaft, connecting rods, injectors, ECU and the entire intake for spare parts from M54V30. In this way, you can increase the power to about 230 forces.

The use of the ESS compressor-kit will increase the engine power to about 300 “horses” on standard pistons. All would be well, but the price of this refinement discourages many owners of engines M54.


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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M54#M54B25
  2. http://mywikimotors.com/m54b25/
  3. http://www.ebay.com/itm/01-06-BMW-Z4-2-5-E46-325-ENGINE-MOTOR-M54B25-77k-11000140992-11007506888-M54-/222367992154?hash=item33c62a495a:g:Bc8AAOSwt5hYbbSw&vxp=mtr
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