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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, Jan-12-2018, 10:33:12 PM   #1
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Hey Folks,

Proud new owner of a sorta beat up 2003 Dinan M3 in Honolulu! I've been lurking on the forums for a bit but figured now its time to introduce myself.

A few quick questions:

1. What size is the front grille? I see on ebay different versions for 4d and 2d E46s? I'm missing one of the grills so I need to replace it asap.

2. What's the best way to do subframe reinforcement. I've seen kits and the vincebar but I'm having trouble figuring out what's the best long term solution. No cracks yet but I wanna be proactive.

3. Does silicone sealent work for taillights? One of the panels fell off, which also looks less than great.

4. Any tips on how to handle the SMG?

I couldn't figure out how to embed the photos, hopefully these links work

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Old Fri, Jan-12-2018, 10:47:58 PM   #2
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Hey Folks,

Proud new owner of a sorta beat up 2003 Dinan M3 in Honolulu! I've been lurking on the forums for a bit but figured now its time to introduce myself.

A few quick questions:

1. What size is the front grille? I see on ebay different versions for 4d and 2d E46s? I'm missing one of the grills so I need to replace it asap.
Close eBay, open ECS Tuning and FCP Euro
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-uro-part...138208686~uro/

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2. What's the best way to do subframe reinforcement. I've seen kits and the vincebar but I'm having trouble figuring out what's the best long term solution. No cracks yet but I wanna be proactive.
Plates is a good place to start, especially to really see if there's any cracks on a tired car
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3. Does silicone sealent work for taillights? One of the panels fell off, which also looks less than great.
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/63218364728/
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4. Any tips on how to handle the SMG?
There are a few options now for fixing the SMG if it fails, I believe.. but if it's working fine now just maintain it properly
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I couldn't figure out how to embed the photos, hopefully these links work

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Old Fri, Jan-12-2018, 11:01:05 PM   #3
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So a plate kit like this one would be good?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-turner-m...e/t46reinf-m3/

Thank you!
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Old Fri, Jan-12-2018, 11:12:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: Brand New Owner! Some Questions

Best advice for SMG is get a tune. I tried no tune for couple months and it's just annoying. A tune changes the transmission a lot. It's not as huge as some people make it out to be, but it definitely makes it better.
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So a plate kit like this one would be good?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-turner-m...e/t46reinf-m3/

Thank you!
It's very much a subjective thing if you search through the forum. The kit you linked is more than just the subframe kit as well.

Personally, i went with the Lang Racing kit. It covers a larger area than the Turner kit. Downside would be that it requires more welding and generally means you'd want somebody who has some experience with this particular fix as well.
Similar plates to these are the Redish Plates.

Another option, which is also DIYable, are the VinceSkinz. No personal experience though. Combine these with the Vince Bar to go all out on reinforcing the subframe.

It really depends on how far you want to go and what you are using the car for.
I'd recommend doing a bit of reading on these offerings and build your own opinion, though.

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Enjoy the car you will be spending $ on maintenance so I wouldn't rush it and do the research right about your car's condition

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Thanks for the advice everyone!
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kapolei owner checking in. did you pick up the black one from craigslist?

if you find a good shop please lmk. I've been meaning to check out m-tek auto in waipio but haven't had the time.
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Yeah that's the one. I had a prepurchase inspection done at German Auto Specialists by the airport.
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Enjoy the car you will be spending $ on maintenance so I wouldn't rush it and do the research right about your car's condition

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This couldn't be anymore wrong, why not take the time upfront to make it reliable and not have it sit when something actually goes wrong. Maintenance should always take top priority.
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