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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 Sat, Jul-09-2011, 04:21:25 AM   #1
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I know how much you guys like pictures, so here's the introduction of the '02 M3 in Carbon Black with the gray interior. I've always admired these cars and after owning my E34 M5 and E34 540 M-Sport for a time that it was finally time to get the E46 M3.

My search finally ended up in Atlanta where I flew down one morning and bought the car, then drove back some 800 miles home. The car had 118k miles, most of the service records were intact and a VIN check through the dealer revealed it had been a good car with all the right things done.

Once home, after a new set of Michelins for the trip, I began the method of going through the systems to bring it up to my standards. Here's the laundry list of items that were addressed.

1. Oil Change
2. Transmission Fluid Change
3. Diff Fluid Change
4. Rear Pinion Seal Replacement
5. Flex Disc
6. Center bearing
7. Fan clutch
8. Thermostat
9. Coolant change
10. Belts
11. Valve Adjustment (only one out of spec)
12. Battery (PO used one that didn't fit or vent properly)
13. 330 d shifter
14. ZHP Lit Shift knob (didn't care for the high bubble knob)
15. Fuel Filter
16. Plugs (Iridium)
17. Headlight covers (pitting from 118k miles)
18. Foglights (same reason, they even looked white)
19. Removed the Clutch Delay Valve
20. Repaired the Constant Pressure Valve ( $3)
21. Threw the cup holders as far as I could and installed the long Euro Tray
22. Installed a new blower fan resistor
23. Installed front and rear rotors and pads
24. Flushed the brake fluid
25. Replaced the front and rear struts and shocks (rears were shot)
26. Oh yeah, a new air filter
27. Wet sanded and polished the deck lid and hood (acid rain marks from Georgia....remind me to tell you about the SurBuf pads with a Porter Cable)
28. First initial buffing of the paint with Meguires 105 and 205.
29. Installed the stubby antenna (for fear I would poke my eye out on the original)
30. Applied Top Sealant on the convertible.
31. Replaced the M badges on the side grills.(found out later that a wipe with laquer thinner will make the old ones look like new again)
32. Cleaned, polished, and detailed every inch of the thing...and well, that's about all I can remember at this point. Everything was easy enough and the car responed well to all of the above. There will always be something to do, that's why I bought it. The satisfaction of doing your own work, and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Thanks to everyone on this board for sharing your information, I'm not a stranger to BMW's, we have 5 of them. At 54 years old, I'm trying to experience as many as I can with what little time there is left....=)

Thanks again kind people, I just wanted to share with you some of the fruits of YOUR labor.

JR
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I know how much you guys like pictures, so here's the introduction of the '02 M3 in Carbon Black with the gray interior. I've always admired these cars and after owning my E34 M5 and E34 540 M-Sport for a time that it was finally time to get the E46 M3.

My search finally ended up in Atlanta where I flew down one morning and bought the car, then drove back some 800 miles home. The car had 118k miles, most of the service records were intact and a VIN check through the dealer revealed it had been a good car with all the right things done.

Once home, after a new set of Michelins for the trip, I began the method of going through the systems to bring it up to my standards. Here's the laundry list of items that were addressed.

1. Oil Change
2. Transmission Fluid Change
3. Diff Fluid Change
4. Rear Pinion Seal Replacement
5. Flex Disc
6. Center bearing
7. Fan clutch
8. Thermostat
9. Coolant change
10. Belts
11. Valve Adjustment (only one out of spec)
12. Battery (PO used one that didn't fit or vent properly)
13. 330 d shifter
14. ZHP Lit Shift knob (didn't care for the high bubble knob)
15. Fuel Filter
16. Plugs (Iridium)
17. Headlight covers (pitting from 118k miles)
18. Foglights (same reason, they even looked white)
19. Removed the Clutch Delay Valve
20. Repaired the Constant Pressure Valve ( $3)
21. Threw the cup holders as far as I could and installed the long Euro Tray
22. Installed a new blower fan resistor
23. Installed front and rear rotors and pads
24. Flushed the brake fluid
25. Replaced the front and rear struts and shocks (rears were shot)
26. Oh yeah, a new air filter
27. Wet sanded and polished the deck lid and hood (acid rain marks from Georgia....remind me to tell you about the SurBuf pads with a Porter Cable)
28. First initial buffing of the paint with Meguires 105 and 205.
29. Installed the stubby antenna (for fear I would poke my eye out on the original)
30. Applied Top Sealant on the convertible.
31. Replaced the M badges on the side grills.(found out later that a wipe with laquer thinner will make the old ones look like new again)
32. Cleaned, polished, and detailed every inch of the thing...and well, that's about all I can remember at this point. Everything was easy enough and the car responed well to all of the above. There will always be something to do, that's why I bought it. The satisfaction of doing your own work, and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Thanks to everyone on this board for sharing your information, I'm not a stranger to BMW's, we have 5 of them. At 54 years old, I'm trying to experience as many as I can with what little time there is left....=)

Thanks again kind people, I just wanted to share with you some of the fruits of YOUR labor.

JR
I would love to purchase vehicles from you. BUT - you forgot one thing you did.

Steel wool on the inside of the exhaust tips.

Enjoy your car.

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Old Sat, Jul-09-2011, 06:02:27 AM   #3
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Nice car. I have a vert too but i didnt put the top down enough. Looking at yours make me want to put the top down.
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Old Sat, Jul-09-2011, 07:00:28 AM   #4
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Nice car man. It looks really clean.
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Old Sat, Jul-09-2011, 12:03:33 PM   #5
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Nice clean vert there! Interesting to note the oval mirror... thought the verts only had the rectangle mirror... mine is an 04 and doesnt have the oval mirror. Wonder if this was one of the 2003.5 face lift changes?
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Nice clean vert there! Interesting to note the oval mirror... thought the verts only had the rectangle mirror... mine is an 04 and doesnt have the oval mirror. Wonder if this was one of the 2003.5 face lift changes?
Do you have BMWAssist on your mirror? I thought that was the difference. My 2003 has an oval mirror.

Oh, and nice looking vert OP. I'd love to see more pics. It looks like your third brake light might have been replaced? Is it LEDs? Mine is a clear lens with a red neon or cold cathode tube inside.
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looks great I did exactly what you did but found out I had a lot of issues to address I need to list my bring it back to life list.
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Do you have BMWAssist on your mirror? I thought that was the difference. My 2003 has an oval mirror.
Yep, you're correct, I do have assist in my car. Shoulda known better
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Looks damned good - most people would not believe that is an '02.
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Congrats man!
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