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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-18-2016, 11:08:42 PM   #121
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Default Re: Would you buy an E46 M3 again?

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Looks are very subjective, not that the M3 looks bad, at all, but the ZHP IMO has a smoother front end. The ZHP is really the understated BMW:





Better sound is VERY subjective, as the s54 sounds damn funky with the oe US headers.

Faster/better handling, well the M3 isn't all that much faster than the ZHP, and handling wise I highly doubt most of us would notice the difference on the street, and even a road course. It's the same chassis minus a wide body and a more aggressive engine.

I don't think you're giving the non-M e46 enough credit


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Yes I would buy another e46 M3; tentatively, within 10 years as a daily driver. CSL's would be legal stateside and I would love to return to the m3 by owning one


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Default Re: Would you buy an E46 M3 again?

Currently on my 3rd one. And even though I'm planning on selling my current one so I can enjoy my two classic cars more often, I would definitely buy another one within a couple years.
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Old Fri, Aug-19-2016, 12:18:17 AM   #124
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Yes, but I'd order red leather seats.
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Old Fri, Aug-19-2016, 04:46:15 AM   #125
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I have the chance to get one from a neighbor for just under KBB. I have (2) 36Ms that I love and I would probably have to sell one. A 2003 with 103k is just sitting nearby which is very convenient. Ti on Black SMG on 19's. All stock but NO maintenance records of any kind. I mean nothing.

I've read enough about subframes, vanos', smg and rod bearings to be dangerous. From what I can see, I could really lose my a** in maintenance and repairs or possibly re-sell it and break-even after a LOT of love-labor. The darn thing keeps staring at me as I come and go. Kinda wish some other sucker would buy it to put me out of my misery. What to do!
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Vanos and subframe can be locked down with $500 in a weekend, if you DIY. Rod bearings aren't a surprise if you do oil analysis, and aren't that expensive if you DIY (with 100,000+ mile intervals in between).
I've been through (8) 36M's and I'm sure it would be a lot more than $500 and a weekend to sort a Vanos and Subframe the 1st time around.

Furthermore, I got the CarFax. There was an accident 4 years ago containing 'structural damage'. I pass! I can understand if I owned a 46M and had a major failure, I would spend $3,000+ to fix it, however, I don't. I can't see a reason to start owning a 46M yet.
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Default Would you buy an E46 M3 again?

i would hands down buy again. however i'm only 4 months into ownership. to me the sound of the s54 at rpm is glorious (stepped headers, catted section 2)

the ideal dd for me would be a zhp touring with an s54 swap. until then this m3 coupe will be perfect.

edit: my sister had a zhp sedan that i'll never forget. the alcantera interior is such greatness.
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Old Sat, Aug-20-2016, 10:21:56 AM   #127
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Probably not. I would save up a little more money and get a 997 S.
That's what I'm looking at when it's not irresponsible to spend the extra money. The chasis failures on this car killed it...
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Vanos and subframe can be locked down with $500 in a weekend, if you DIY. Rod bearings aren't a surprise if you do oil analysis, and aren't that expensive if you DIY (with 100,000+ mile intervals in between).
Plus -

Lift $2500
Welder $??
Other tools - grinder, lift for sub frame, valve shims, ect - $???
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Lift $2500

Welder $??

Other tools - grinder, lift for sub frame, valve shims, ect - $???


it can be done sans lift and welder however i can't imagine it being any kind of fun. there is also the while you are in there aspect of the whole ordeal where you'll want to be replacing all the bushings, starts to add up.

still all worth it after one mexico drive
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Old Sun, Aug-21-2016, 12:35:37 AM   #130
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Plus -

Lift $2500
Welder $??
Other tools - grinder, lift for sub frame, valve shims, ect - $???
If there are no cracks, foam for approx. $300 and Vanos Oil disc and bolts for $200. Of course there are other things you can do along the while youre in there but you can easily keep it under a $1000 if you diy.
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