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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 Thu, Oct-06-2016, 08:32:15 PM   #21
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Buy both. Because both are a steal. Wait a couple weeks to see which one you like more. Sell the other for the real going rate. Take that money you just gained and put it into the one you kept. Profit.
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Buy both. Because both are a steal. Wait a couple weeks to see which one you like more. Sell the other for the real going rate. Take that money you just gained and put it into the one you kept. Profit.
Was just gonna say this. You can turn around both cars for a profit easily. I personally own a Mystic blue on Black Nappa and honestly I would take the AW/ on cinn. As much as I love my color combo, I have always wished for an exotic interior. Also for $7500 06 AW/Cinn guys are you kidding me this is ridiculously low. Need more info on the body damage and also might wanna look more into the vanos issue because its probably not seals.

Since you stated that the engine has been replaced and hasnt been driven all that much with occasional start ups, you may expect to find a broken vanos tab. Reason being is that I believe the vanos tabs are most susceptible to breakage with frequent cold starts since he probably drove it around the block and back, never really warming up the car. This is why you see some M3s with 150k+ with vanos tabs intact (those being low start up numbers but longer/warmer highway mile drives) and then some low mileage garage queens at 50k miles (those being high start up numbers with shorter/colder drives) with both tabs gone. Something to consider. If you are somehow able to have the AW valve cover popped open just to check the vanos that would be ideal.
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If you want a beauty queen you already know the answer--->AW/CIN. Even though it's cheaper, you will probably spend $3-5000 fixing the engine and the body. If you do the 6MT swap that's additional $2-3K.
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I bet you the mystic is maintained better. Owner even astroturfed the garage.
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Wait for the car you actually want. Sounds like neither one is a 10/10 in OP's book.
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Even though I'm partial to the AW/Cinnamon(same as my vert), I'd go with the mystic blue. I'd also get a PPI, then you would know a little bit more about it.
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I love both cars immensely no matter what. But 1 other factor I'm considering is which car people will take a second look at, and who will envy me more. From BMW enthusiast to regular car guys. If I where to pull up to a car meet in both of these cars. Who would they wanna see the most and drool over if that makes sense. Even though both cars make you drool. Who's gunna make more drool. AW or Mystic Blue!
the one with the clean Cinnamon interior.

but...that one probably has a bad Vanos. i don't believe he doesn't know what's wrong with it. i bet he knows and doens't have the money to fix it. also if it has body damage that's another sign it's not taken care of. there is a reason he is selling it so low. anyone with some sense knows you put a few hundred into it if that's all it takes to make a few more thousand selling it.
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I'd also get a PPI, then you would know a little bit more about it.
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