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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 Sun, Aug-15-2010, 04:18:57 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I would like some advice from the fellow members with regards to what I should do with my car. My M3 has 155,000 kms on it now and it is a 2002 6 Speed. The first gear synchro just crapped out and it looks like I have to replace the transmission.

My question to all is do you think it is worth it to put a few thousand into my car to get it going yet or just trade it in for something newer. For now I am in the process of launching a business so I can not get something pricy next and was looking to just get an Infiniti G35 or something cheaper until we build equity in the business.

I appreciate any insight that you can provide to me as I am stuck in the middle with what to do as the M is a great car but I am fearing that with 155k, it is going to become a money pit.
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Wow 155k on an e46? Nice.
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Old Sun, Aug-15-2010, 05:08:27 PM   #3
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Wow 155k on an e46? Nice.
thats like 95-100k


im about to hit 142k miles on my M tho


is your car a 6spd or SMG? at least here in the states a used SMG trans can be had for much less than a regular 6spd to save some money if you have a 6spd you can buy an SMG trans pay a competent shop to swap bellhousings on your trans and the SMG trans and put it in your car. boom you are all fixed up
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Good used 6spds on the forums and ebay ect. I say fix her.
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Fixing a transmission regardless of price is CHEAPER than buying another E46 M3 any day. Fix the tranny.
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Fixing a transmission regardless of price is CHEAPER than buying another E46 M3 any day. Fix the tranny.
I was not looking for another M for now. I have had 4 BMWs now for the past 12 years. I was going to run a G35 coupe for a year or 2 and then come back.
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how much you selling her for?
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how much you selling her for?
I was looking to trade it in with the dealership where I bought the car for around 15k or so. I figure in Toronto, with a tranny being about $2,500 and install it should be around what they sell it for here which is 18-19k. I would probably sell it stock for that much, and work out something if someone wanted the Volks.
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There is a good chance you can find a used tranny for around $1k USD and pay a shop to do a swap (or swap components if used trans is SMG) and come in well under your $2500 mark. With a little research and work I think you can fix this for quite a fair price and not have to deal with any more headaches.

The whole other question is whether or not an E46 M3 with 100k miles is a money-pit or not. The answer is: with proper maintenance, no. Just make sure you start to take preventive care of issues that might creep up on you, such as the water pump and cooling system.
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Don't know what the market's like there, but here in Oz, if you try and get rid of anything with a pre-existing mechanical fault you definitely drop far more than the cost of even the most expensive repair.

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