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Wed, Mar-13-2002, 09:31:00 AM
Took delivery of my M3 convertable on Saturday 9th March. Discovered two issues:
1. Exhaust heat shield or baffle noise between 3,500 & 4,000rpm.
2. Knocking from gear box when changing gear.

Visiting dealer (First Front) UK for test drive today.

Has anyone resolved these problems?

Wed, Mar-13-2002, 11:14:00 PM
almost all of us...it has been said bmw is investigating the clunking...but i think the exhaust noise is "normal"

Tue, Aug-06-2002, 02:23:14 AM
Has been two weeks since the delivery of my E46 M3 w/SMG II and I am going to take it to the dealer for 1200 mile service tomorrow.

When i was driving tonight without the radio on, I noticed that the noise coming from the gearbox when I (actually the computer!) changed the gear, especially from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd, was more noticeable. I cannot describe how much more noticeable it was but it sounded like someone was hitting the gears with a hammer!

Also, noticed that the gear change could be pretty rough and sloppy from time to time, especially when I drive easy right after some hard-core driving (still below 5000 rpm). Is that because of the ' adaptive' drivelogic (the computer learns how I drive and adapts it to the 'program')?

Has any one ever noticed the above? Mm I simply paranoid?? Please advise.