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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 Fri, May-24-2019, 05:05:58 PM   #11
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Sell it to me.
Once I have convinced one of the masochists to change all the fluids and a few bushes we can talk, would hate to sell you a turd that needs work

Seriously can't see parting with the coupe ever, just grab another when I can
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 05:09:33 PM   #12
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I enjoy working on the car, but got a lot less interested after being in the industry.. looking forward to getting it back on track this fall to enjoy the fruits of my labor
True, I lost a lot of the enthusiasm for car stuff due to work but now I'm in another industry and not being forced to stare at vw/audis all day I'm returning to form. I think I need to get back on track and attend some events again.

It even made me frequent the forums and read on cars less
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 05:12:29 PM   #13
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True, I lost a lot of the enthusiasm for car stuff due to work but now I'm in another industry and not being forced to stare at vw/audis all day I'm returning to form. I think I need to get back on track and attend some events again.

It even made me frequent the forums and read on cars less
Right there with you - boring industries FTW
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 05:15:21 PM   #14
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I like wrenching on it as much as driving it. Planning/buying/installing mods is sometimes more fun than feeling what the mod did the car; sometimes, not always.

For those of us long term owners with little left to do to the car, something like DIY detailing can be really rewarding.
I did Rod bearing, got new wheels and tires last month and got my credit card blocked and called from the bank saying that some big expenses were put on your card. Asking if it was me. I said "unfortunately yes". Was pretty funny :-) So sometime buying part is shocking for non m owners :-) On the other hand if I took it a shop would've paid more only for the rod bering :-)
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 06:37:41 PM   #15
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Vert owner. Kills me when I can't drive the car on a sunny day so I try to plan all major maintenance and upgrades during the winter months.

So spring, summer, and fall are for driving and winter for wrenching.

Agree with tbone on detailing. Who has sat in the garage and stared at their freshly detailed car...
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 07:01:03 PM   #16
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Agree with tbone on detailing. Who has sat in the garage and stared at their freshly detailed car...
I look at it in the garage more than drive it, so it better look good at least
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 08:58:44 PM   #17
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Might be an odd question but anyone have a preference on what they enjoy most? I love driving the M3 but I think I like working on them more.

Thoughts?
I like geeking out over new parts, learning all the ins-and-outs of everything, and most importantly, driving. The part I HATE most....When things break. My least favorite thing is fixing things and the tear-down/installation process with adding new parts.

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looking at the finished product is more fun than actually driving. The enjoyment from the drive relates back to my choice of modifications anyway. Whether it’s the attention it commands in the street or performance feedback on the road, I relate it back to my mods.
This rings true to me as well.

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Planning/buying/installing mods is sometimes more fun than feeling what the mod did the car; sometimes, not always.

For those of us long term owners with little left to do to the car, something like DIY detailing can be really rewarding.
Yea I also like the planning process as well. Goes back to what Paulo M described, above.
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i have to say driving because i get zero fulfillment or psychic satisfaction from wrenching. i like the feeling of a vision realized or a job well done, but i'm good even if i subcontracted the work to others.

no judgment on those who like wrenching. but i have to say i'm surprised that pretty much everyone who answered so far said they like wrenching/working more.
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...but i have to say i'm surprised that pretty much everyone who answered so far said they like wrenching/working more.
Majority of old M3 owners are gearheads. Usually curious about how things work, and like to save money on more mods instead of paying somebody to do the job. We like to wrench.
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Been wrenching a lot longer than I've been driving!
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