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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, Nov-24-2013, 10:18:58 PM   #1
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Default New owner of an experienced 2003 Jet Black M3. - with questions...

I just completed the purchase of a 2003 6-speed M3, Jet Black/Black coupe. It arrived yesterday, and I have a laundry list of items that need attention (like every bit of rubber in the suspension and undercarriage, for instance.)

I'm going to be leaning on this community for advice and guidance, if you don't mind...

The first issue I need community wisdom on is lighting:

This M3 has DEPO headlights and tails. 4 of the LEDs on the passenger tail light are out, and the headlights have a variety of issues: no high beams, non-functioning angel eyes (except for the passenger side, which behave like a turn signal.)

Can anyone point me to an online source for DEPO installation/wiring diagrams so I can sort the wiring issues here? Also, are the LEDs in the tail lights serviceable?

I may very well replace the tail lights with OEM 2003 tails - I'm not a fan of LEDs and these lights look cheap to my eye. Are the stock lights readily available on the used market (in very good condition) or should I be looking to the dealership for this?

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Can anyone point me to an online source for DEPO installation/wiring diagrams so I can sort the wiring issues ?

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Still looking for this info (no, I haven't addressed the lighting yet )
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Default Re: New owner of an experienced 2003 Jet Black M3. - with questions...

the depo suck get oem headlights or http://www.lightwerkz.net/index.php
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Default Re: New owner of an experienced 2003 Jet Black M3. - with questions...

no arguments here, but I'd prefer to spend money on rod bearings and fix what I've got for now.
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How many miles on the car??
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no arguments here, but I'd prefer to spend money on rod bearings and fix what I've got for now.
Miles ?,did you know it had these issues??What did you pay for the car?
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mileage is just over 150K. doing rod bearings because it's prudent to do so.

and the purchase price reflected its needs, but I was after a straight, solid car that needed labor, and I believe that's what I got...
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I buy a lot of stuff from Pelicanparts.com. They have tail lights for $240ish each.
Also it might be better to get from a wreck. I believe all E46 tail lights are the same M3 or not. Perhaps confirm by checking realoem.com first
As far as head lights, check all grounds first. Also they could have been hooked up wrong.
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Also they could have been hooked up wrong.
This, I suspect.
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Keep an eye out on this forum's Parts For Sale section. Some items you could use are currently for sale there:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=482725

and for headlights, I wouldn't put much effort into Depo's, just source OEM, like here from flipm3:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=484570
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