MSW’s Take: If you’re looking for an affordable oil cooling solution for your E46 M3, then this is the ideal solution. We run this same cooler on two of our S54 powered race cars and oil temps are vastly improved over the stock cooler. We recommend combining it with a diverter valve for optimal cooling on track.
CSF’s newly designed high-performance, race-spec oil cooler will keep oil temperatures stable, even in the most demanding endurance racing conditions and extreme ambient temperatures. This new CSF E46 M3 oil cooler has been lab tested in an ISO-certified, state-of-the-art cooling system testing facility that includes wind tunnel, vibration, thermal cycle, burst pressure, and salt spray corrosion testing for maximum performance and reliability. Because of CSF’s global economies of scale, the CSF Racing & High-Performance Division delivers a premium oil cooling solution with a level of quality, performance, and craftsmanship that is usually found in products with a much higher price point.
Construction and Core: CSF has manufactured the world’s most durable and robust E46 M3 oil cooler by using an innovate design that features extruded aluminum end tanks rather than fabricated aluminum sheet metal, plus a bar-and-plate oil cooling core. The core uses an ultra-efficient, multi-louvered, high-density fin configuration between high-pressure oil cooling plates to achieve maximum heat transfer performance and oil cooling efficiency. With this type of construction you never have to worry about road debris damaging the core or causing a leak in the oil cooler.
Capacity: Twice the oil capacity as the OEM unit for additional cooling benefits on top of the core efficiency.
Two-Pass Design: CSF’s new E46 M3 oil cooler features an efficient top/bottom dual-pass design which is comparable in performance to a counter-flow design (front/back), without the much more costly manufacturing and purchase price.
Mounting: This production-manufactured high-performance oil cooler utilizes four mounting tabs and two bolts to secure it directly and easily to your stock radiator’s mounting points. No fabrication or additional brackets are required. This is a complete drop-in fitment solution which requires no modifications to install.
Plumbing: This is a direct-fit oil cooler for use with existing OEM oil cooler lines and hoses – E46 M3-specific.