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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Jun-22-2018, 04:12:58 PM   #1
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Default ModBargains.com l Customer Spotlight: Chris's LSB BMW E46 M3

This E46 M3 is like something straight out of a dream. A low mileage, Laguna Seca Blue M3 in pristine condition. The owner Chris bought this car just recently with only fourteen thousand miles on the odometer. Needless to say this really is a rare find, thatís the same amount of mileage most new cars receive in their first year on the road. The car just recently underwent a whole transformation which completely changed nearly every aspect of it, engine, transmission, exhaust, suspension, chassis, wheels, all updated. This M3 has been reborn, and its new life will mostly be spent at the track. Some people might not agree with the idea of taking a car this rare in this condition and deciding to track it, but at the end of the day the owner wants to enjoy this car for the purpose it was built. He doesnít just want to hide it away in a garage fearing every spec of dust, he wants to enjoy it.



Fortunately the car is getting nothing but the best when it comes to parts. No compromising on cheap parts here, only quality. When starting a project on any older car, no matter the condition, it is always wise to do basic maintenance first and foremost. On this vehicle all the fluids and hoses were checked and replaced so there wouldnít be any easily avoidable issues. After that the car was equipped with a set of HRE FF01 wheels in liquid Silver (Front: 19◊8.5 +30 Rear:19◊10.5 +26) wrapped in Michelin PS4S tires. This combo is a cross between class and grip that will allow the car to preform at its peak potential. After tires, one of the most important things to keep in mind on the track is suspension. At the conclusion of this build the M3 will be equipped with Moton 4-way adjustable coilovers which are top of the line when it comes to suspension. In preparation for this track-ready suspension setup the whole rear subframe was dropped and had new bushings installed which helps with overall stability. The car also received a brand new Dinan differential to help deliver the carís power equally to the rear wheels.



Speaking of power, letís talk performance mods since everybody loves horsepower. To free up airflow the car has had a beautiful Dinan Free Flow exhaust installed as well as some new Dinan High Flow Throttle Bodies. Dinan is one of the biggest and most reputable aftermarket brands for BMW so we always trust their parts to function beautifully and reliably. However, these two parts together are there to help support the biggest power mod that this car received: a supercharger. This supercharger kit from ESS tuning (525 kit) boosts the car up a whopping 192hp and about 71 lbs-ft of torque on just 8 pounds of boost. This kit brings the M3 up to the levels of power that the infamous E60 M5 is praised for. Topping all this is a stunning Dinan front strut tower brace which helps to reduce body roll and increase chassis stability.



A few other exciting bits the car has on it are a couple supporting mods such as a stage 3 ACT clutch and flywheel kit which gives the transmission the extra help it needs to transmit the massive amount of power to the road. Speaking of the new power, always remember that when you are going faster you need to be able to stop faster too. That is where this carís new Brembo six piston front and four piston rear brakes come into play. On the track its not always about power, handling and braking are going to improve your lap times significantly because you will be able to hold your speed for longer on the straights and retain more of that speed in corners.



In the interior the car is still pretty stock with the exception of a brand new shifter (which feels great, very short and notchy) and a set of Dinan Pedals. These are mainly for driving feel and make everything a bit more comfortable and easier to use while driving.



This really is a rare find and itís good to see that someone is going to be enjoying it on the track, pushing the car to its limit. Iíve personally always believed that cars were meant to be driven and not garaged. Sure putting mileage on or modifying the car might decrease itís value but who cares, life isnít all about resale values and odometer readings. If you are looking to modify your own vehicle, whatever it may be, make sure to check our website for all your aftermarket parts and let us know if you have any questions!
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Old Fri, Jun-22-2018, 06:21:50 PM   #2
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Wow! Not many left out there in that kind of condition.
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Default Re: ModBargains.com l Customer Spotlight: Chris's LSB BMW E46 M3

I might be a complete idiot, but what's with the hood fitment on the second picture? There's a huge gap between the headlight and the grill
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Beautiful car, and i fully support taking it to the track!

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I might be a complete idiot, but what's with the hood fitment on the second picture? There's a huge gap between the headlight and the grill
The hood is popped open, you can see the latch sticking out
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I feel like this car should have been celebrated for what it is and be OEM+, but I can also see turning an E46 M3 into a track car even if it is low mileage. The only thing I'm wondering is if those mod choices make any sense. Doesn't look like a track car to me, but it's obviously not due to a lack of $.

FI on this car makes me too, but I know there are fans of FI out there.

Kind of a waste of (what could be) a special car imo :/
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Beautiful car! But IMO not the best idea to track a gem like that, but to each his own
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I feel like this car should have been celebrated for what it is and be OEM+, but I can also see turning an E46 M3 into a track car even if it is low mileage. The only thing I'm wondering is if those mod choices make any sense. Doesn't look like a track car to me, but it's obviously not due to a lack of $.

FI on this car makes me too, but I know there are fans of FI out there.

Kind of a waste of (what could be) a special car imo :/
nothing more needs to be said, spot on
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Default Re: ModBargains.com l Customer Spotlight: Chris's LSB BMW E46 M3

LSB on grey isn’t really all that special. There’s a new one for sale on craigslist every month or so where I live, usually for cheap. Nice parts on the car but non I’d install on my car personally outside of the brembos and sc.

Low mileage LSB on Black with 6mt is a gem
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I feel like this car should have been celebrated for what it is and be OEM+, but I can also see turning an E46 M3 into a track car even if it is low mileage. The only thing I'm wondering is if those mod choices make any sense. Doesn't look like a track car to me, but it's obviously not due to a lack of $.

FI on this car makes me too, but I know there are fans of FI out there.

Kind of a waste of (what could be) a special car imo :/
Spot on.
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Wow! Not many left out there in that kind of condition.
Definitely not many around like this anymore. Dime a dozen!

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I might be a complete idiot, but what's with the hood fitment on the second picture? There's a huge gap between the headlight and the grill
The hood isn't closed all the way. Fitment is 100% spot on

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Beautiful car, and i fully support taking it to the track!



The hood is popped open, you can see the latch sticking out
It's definitely going to see some action on the track!

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I feel like this car should have been celebrated for what it is and be OEM+, but I can also see turning an E46 M3 into a track car even if it is low mileage. The only thing I'm wondering is if those mod choices make any sense. Doesn't look like a track car to me, but it's obviously not due to a lack of $.

FI on this car makes me too, but I know there are fans of FI out there.

Kind of a waste of (what could be) a special car imo :/

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Beautiful car! But IMO not the best idea to track a gem like that, but to each his own
This is the first phase of the car and is intended to be a street/track car. If and when the client decides to go all out for track, we will definitely be making it into a track beast!

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nothing more needs to be said, spot on
We all definitely agree here!

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LSB on grey isn’t really all that special. There’s a new one for sale on craigslist every month or so where I live, usually for cheap. Nice parts on the car but non I’d install on my car personally outside of the brembos and sc.

Low mileage LSB on Black with 6mt is a gem
Some other details not mentioned. This is a 2001 model car with one previous owner and only 12k miles on the ODO. It does not get any better than that regardless of the color combo! Definitely a GEM in my books.

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Spot on.
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