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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 Tue, Nov-13-2018, 03:36:01 PM   #11
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After owning other m cars and several p cars, the e46 m3 fulfills my driving itch in a way the other cars simply can't. There are faster and more comfortable options, but the e46 is a very special car. Like Obioban said, the e39m5 is not a replacement. You will miss the agility and top end of the e46 dearly.
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Agree on the E46 feeling special, even the base models feel pretty good to drive around in, despite having no power. Overall, it's a great chassis.
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Old Tue, Nov-13-2018, 04:35:01 PM   #13
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The M3 is a 90s exotic in a practical body, with easy serviceability. That comes with some civility compromises, but I don't mind any of them in the slightest.
That's this exact mix, that made me loose my mind on it.
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An e39 M5 is in no way an e46 M3 replacement.

-- owner of both.
Completely agree. Also owner of both.

I honestly think I will start appreciating M5 more as I get older, but as of right now, E46M is the best car for under $20K I have ever owned. Closely followed by M shoe.
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Old Tue, Nov-13-2018, 05:07:27 PM   #15
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Honestly I just joined this forum, and I've owned my 6 speed m3 for a little over a year. I went from 125k to 177k in miles. And i have absolutely no intentions of selling it. I'm currently in the process of restoring some of the worn stuff but honestly i feel like I'm not doing justice by keeping it stuck in a garage to shine for somebody else to one day enjoy lol. A lot of people emphasize about how the cars going up in value and what not (which is cool don't get me wrong), but at least for me my m3s not a personal investment.

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Old Tue, Nov-13-2018, 06:03:44 PM   #16
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Can’t be that hard to let go, considering it’s the one car out of 5 you gave up. Plenty of other e46’s to choose from in the future if you ever want to go back.
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What makes you think he'd regret it? He's only owned it for a short time and he's already thinking about selling it.
If he's posting a thread like this he'll regret it. Usually when you ask for advice you're second guessing yourself and looking for someone to say you're making the right decision. If he really didn't care and wouldn't regret it he would have just sold it.
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M3 M3 M3 M3 M3 M3 M3 M3 M3.

Not a second of hesitation. I'd sell all the other cars and the house before the M3, particularly in its current state

M5 is a really good "normal" car. The M3 is a 90s exotic in a practical body, with easy serviceability. That comes with some civility compromises, but I don't mind any of them in the slightest.

... That said, the M5 is my go to when driving people around, especially if they're older
What are the big, model-specific issues e39 M5s have similar to our vanos/rod bearings/subframe trifecta?

I just remember briefly reading about people worrying about rust, electrical gremlins, and that (seemingly) controversial carbon buildup.

I only briefly considered buying one years ago, but did not because I could not find one that was taken care of and around 100-120k for a decent price. I really liked the one I drove but it appears all of them are 150k for 18k type cars and I just can't get down with that.
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What are the big, model-specific issues e39 M5s have similar to our vanos/rod bearings/subframe trifecta?

I just remember briefly reading about people worrying about rust, electrical gremlins, and that (seemingly) controversial carbon buildup.

I only briefly considered buying one years ago, but did not because I could not find one that was taken care of and around 100-120k for a decent price. I really liked the one I drove but it appears all of them are 150k for 18k type cars and I just can't get down with that.
Yeah I think I'd really consider one if I had a family since it can fit car seats and stuff.
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What are the big, model-specific issues e39 M5s have similar to our vanos/rod bearings/subframe trifecta?

I just remember briefly reading about people worrying about rust, electrical gremlins, and that (seemingly) controversial carbon buildup.

I only briefly considered buying one years ago, but did not because I could not find one that was taken care of and around 100-120k for a decent price. I really liked the one I drove but it appears all of them are 150k for 18k type cars and I just can't get down with that.
Don't worry, prices are rapidly going up.
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