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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 Tue, May-23-2017, 02:15:32 PM   #1
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I am pretty sure any of us that have at least the convertibles and maybe the coupes have run into this. Many times parking we run up against a cement guards when we park in parallel parking. Our front bumper is so low that is gets damaged each time we hit one because our bumpers are so low. Well mine finally got so damaged that I am replacing it with a new one. What I am going to do so I have no more problems is to put a front camera on the bumper so I can make sure I don't hit the cement blocks anymore, even when parking parallel on a street with sidewalks it is a problem. I am looking at a camera that is wireless and can be used with my cellphone as the display. It costs $129 and does need some 12V hookups. Still need to make sure the focal length is short enough to see 1-2 feet in front of me. I'll post photos when it is installed.

I know this is a problem for many.
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Old Tue, May-23-2017, 02:28:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Front end problems for all...

How long have you had the m3? After a little bit you should start to realize how close and far you should be!! Are you from US? Because when I hear parallel park I think of a way of parking where the only issue would be curbing wheels lol. Maybe reverse into spots and use pdc. I know ive been there hitting my bumper


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No offense, but sounds like you need to learn how to drive better. I don't think any competent individual has this issue.
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Old Tue, May-23-2017, 03:41:58 PM   #4
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Come on, I've done it before. Also, the valet did it once. Ouch!
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Old Tue, May-23-2017, 03:55:18 PM   #5
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I mean there are only two body configurations for the E46 m
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Mine is just high enough to clear most of the common low cement parking curbs. Between PDC and reverse mirror tipdown, BMW already has 90% of parking situations covered. IMO if you commonly hit the curb with your tires you're pulling in way too far.
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IMO you need to learn to judge parking distance by vision - and not by feel. If you are running the lip and wheels up on curbs and parking barriers regularly - then you are doing it by feel.

I have a hard time imagining parking staring at my phone - and not what is around me.
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Default Re: Front end problems for all...

What is this cement guard? Are you driving forward into spots when parallel parking. One nice programmable option is the adjustable mirror tilt for reversing.
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Next time you think you are close enough stop, get out and look. Keep doing this until you are certain of it's location. Now you know where your car is spatially at all times.
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You can get curb feelers. They even have LED-tip ones.


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