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Old Mon, Jan-14-2019, 12:56:11 AM   #1
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Default FS - 2002 M3 - 6spd coupe

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Here for sale is a 111,xxx mile 2002 E46 M3 coupe in jet black over imola red interior with a true 3-pedal, 6-speed manual. The car has been tastefully modified and enthusiast maintained as follows…

The S54 has been gone through in the last 3-7k miles. The rod bearings were replaced with WPC treated ones and the VANOS was fully overhauled with Beisan parts at Mr. M Car - both were done preventatively to ensure long term performance. The valves were adjusted, oil pan gasket replaced, valve cover gasket replaced, spark plugs (@96k miles), upgraded CPV O-ring, brand new fuel pump and EDK relay, fuel filter, fuel level sensor, thermostat, tensioners/pulleys/belts, driveshaft/flex disc guibo, throttle position sensor, coolant temp sensor, clutch switch sensor, and a new BMC drop in air filter. The battery was recently replaced with a Mini Cooper battery (same battery as provided in lightweight CSL M3s). This sometimes takes a moment at cold start ups, but has never failed even on the coldest NJ winter days. LiquiMoly 10w60 has been the oil of choice.

The car was modified with OE Euro Headers and thus does not have cats. The car was tuned by Tuning Tech - Frank Smith to delete the sensors (no codes) and produce more power! The sensors are still tied in the engine bay and stock, catted, headers can be had for less than $100 if you’d like to revert back.

The car was originally an SMG, but was converted by the previous owner to a 6 speed. The bell housing was sent out to be properly machined and the swap as a whole was done well. The only clues of the SMG past are in the missing shift paddles on the back of the steering wheel, the differently looking intake plenum, and the unused spot on the gauge cluster where the gear used to be displayed. The clutch was replaced at 96k miles. The CDV has been removed for better shifting. The car was coded back to stock at one point by the BMW dealer during a recall. At this time, the dealer had the car coded in a way that there are no signs of the car ever being SMG (the previously coding only enabled the 6-speed convert to properly work, but would throw off tuners, etc.). Redline MT-90 fluid has been used in the tranny.

The shifter had all the bushings replaced at 103k miles and was upgraded with a 540i shift lever (for a shorter throw)

The brakes have not been touched during the current ownership, but appear to have plenty of pad and rotor left. They do not produce any dust, which is a plus, but they are probably not best suited for track day events. The car has been to 3 autox sessions and the brakes performed well. The e-brake had a refresh completed at 101k miles. ATE Super Blue/Amber brake fluid has been used and regularly flushed.

The previous owner reinforced the subframe (~95k miles) using the through-bolt method as outlined on m3forum.com (DIY:Alternate Subrame Repair Method). At that time, powerflex diff bushings were installed along with AKG subframe and RTAB bushings. Most recently the subframe was inspected and showed no signs of cracks.

The car is fitted with a Bilstein PSS9 coilover suspension and has reinforced strut tower as well as Rogue rear shock mounts. The control arm bushings, motor mounts, and sway bar end links were replaced at 107k miles. The car is also fitted with adjustable rear control arms, although I am unsure of the brand or age of these components.

The steering has been gone through as well with a ZHP yellow tag steering rack (refurbished from Rack doctor), lower steering shaft, steering coupler, and tie rods all replaced within the last 4k miles.

The car comes with two sets of wheels - Alufelgen CSL style 19 inch wheels with new Michelin Pilot Sport 4s rear (at 106k miles) and front (109k miles). One of the rear wheels was reported to have a bend by the shop installing the tires. The wheels show no symptoms and thus, this has not been repaired. The CSL style wheels are MINT without a single mark/scratch on them. The other set is an OEM 18 style 67 with 4 rear wheels for a square setup (highly desired for performance). These wheels are currently wrapped in Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 tires with plenty of tread remaining, although 2 tires have some excessive wear on inner part of tread due to alignment specs from the previous owner of these wheels. The Style 67 wheels are not mint and could use refinishing, but look plenty presentable.

Cosmetically, the paint shows well, but is not perfect. There are no dents or major scratches, but the car has had paint/bodywork done in the past. In the past two years, additional paintwork has been done to improve on poorly done previous work, but the car would need a full respray to be brought back to a factory-new finish. The car has a carbon fiber CSL style bootlid and CSL style diffuser. Within the last 2 years the rubber window trim has been replaced where worn, the plastic windshield cowel replaced, headlight lens covers replaced, and front and rear BMW emblems replaced.

Inside, the A, B, and C pillars were stripped of sagging fabric, scrubbed, and sprayed with black fabric spray - they will never sag again!. The rear deck lid was removed and also refreshed with black fabric spray. The seats have been maintained with leatherique treatments, various trim clips have been replaced as they have broken, a new M-shift knob installed, all new plastics from the center stack back through the center console, new leather shift boot, and a new air bag. The heated seats do not work - according to the previous owner, both stopped working simultaneously. The sliding cover for the back seat ash tray has a crack in it, and the hand to lean the front driver seat forward will come off if pulled on. The steering wheel is in fine shape for 111k miles, a re-wrap would be nice.

This car has a clean/clear title, and a clean carfax. While the carfax shows no accidents, there was definitely some body work done at some point. The car has been in the hands of capable mechanics at both BodyMotion (a Porsche racing specialist shop) in Ocean, NJ and Mr. M Car in Farmingdale, NJ. The car is driven daily and has proven both reliable and practical - with plenty of space, decent gas mileage, and surprisingly good winter performance with Blizzak tires. The car is currently garage kept and was garage kept by the previous owner. Service records are provided back to Summer 2015, with receipts for work since Summer 2016. The current owner has been an E46 owner/enthusiast for the last 15 years. Price is $16,500 cash and is fairly firm.
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Old Mon, Jan-14-2019, 02:14:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: FS - 2002 M3 - 6spd coupe

GLWS, next owner is gonna enjoy this car for sure.

Video of you driving the car was oddly relaxing...
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Old Tue, Jan-15-2019, 12:49:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: FS - 2002 M3 - 6spd coupe

Thanks! I've had a bit of a love affair with it too! Here is a pic from last summer. Notice my autox number??? lol
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