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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, Aug-16-2018, 02:59:54 PM   #11
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It's really total cost of ownership for me though. I could have paid the same amount I've paid so far in purchase price price + maintenance + upgraded maintenance on a fully loaded STi, (just an example, what I wanted growing up), but it wouldn't be a special car. And doing that work and customization myself makes it more "my" car.

Apart from performance and driving dynamics, an STi just doesn't turn heads like this car does, even in a somewhat boring white. It's like a perfect blend of understated aggressiveness. Plus, look at STi's from the same era, they already look dated.
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Old Thu, Aug-16-2018, 03:49:27 PM   #12
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If you go in the morning, The Big Bean is the best breakfast around, right down the road.
I'm going to need someone to go with me to drive me back, probably my GF, so this sounds like a great motivator Thanks.

By the way I can't get to your pictures at work and can't remember, but did you have your trunk floor painted after the install? I know Vince does it in his guide, probably using spray paint from the looks of it.

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It's really total cost of ownership for me though. I could have paid the same amount I've paid so far in purchase price price + maintenance + upgraded maintenance on a fully loaded STi, (just an example, what I wanted growing up), but it wouldn't be a special car. And doing that work and customization myself makes it more "my" car.

Apart from performance and driving dynamics, an STi just doesn't turn heads like this car does, even in a somewhat boring white. It's like a perfect blend of understated aggressiveness. Plus, look at STi's from the same era, they already look dated.
I drove a 2014 WRX as a daily driver for a grand total of three months before selling it and buying an 04 330xi. Was not impressed.
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Old Sat, Aug-18-2018, 08:34:55 PM   #13
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Nope, we just did the grey and black of the various sealants used. It was a spray bed liner that he liked to use on the interior in addition to seam sealer. It may have been something thicker for the under side, as it has a different thicker texture. I believe we also did some kind of spray in the cavities after welding.
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I got my car back a while ago. The install took a while (I think Stefan hired and let go a tech during the time my car was there) but it's a ridiculously clean job. I haven't seen anyone reattach the cut portion of the trunk as nicely as this, looks very nearly untouched aside from the lack of interlagos paint in that area. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures because I just wanted to get my interior back in, which I removed and reinstalled myself ... huge unexpected PITA :rolleyes:

An unexpected bonus is the car is much smoother to drive now due to new diff bushings all around. They were thrashed at 40k miles due to diff fluid leaking all over them. Also had the Turner aluminum subframe bushings put in which are harmless NVH-wise. The car is smoother than my 04 330xi daily now, which is in even more desperate need of new diff bushings.

Highly recommend Stefan to any New England people.
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Glad to hear it turned out well!
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Plus, look at STi's from the same era, they already look dated.
Our cars look dated as well. STI from the same era (2003-2006) have actually aged quite well. Their value has held up better than our cars and they have nice presence on the road (unlike the newer STIís).

The difference is, e46 m3 when clean and modded properly has a classy and understated look (intentional). While the STI has a boy-racer look, which was also intentional.
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