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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 Mon, Mar-20-2017, 05:24:36 AM   #21
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Damn, I didn't believe it either but I just searched through '01s for sale and they're literally all manual with piano black trim. Pretty cool
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I have an 01 which is manual but I don't have the piano black trim
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Maybe someone changed the trim before you. My '01 was manual with piano black for what it's worth.
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Piano black here as well!
2001 MY M3s had a option for piano black and titan shadow trim. So if your car is 01 these are the two most common trims.
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Mine is an very early build 2001 been good to me it's at 181k miles.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-2017, 07:38:40 AM   #23
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My only issue with the early models is that people ask A LOT of money for them. I looked for 8 months and the only cars I was seeing at just stupid prices were pre 03.5's...mostly 01's. Near $20k mark for 150k+ miles.

As far as the original question is concerned, I would absolutely pick one up. Like mentioned above, problems are pretty much the same. As long as the price is in line with the car, then why not?
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Old Mon, Mar-20-2017, 11:20:00 AM   #24
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I don't think the early cars are scary, like they are on some platforms.

But, if I were buying one, I'd limit myself to 03.5+ (later better). Not because of the facelift stuff-- because of all the tiny improvements they made each year, of which there were MANY.

That said, it would certainly be a lesser factor than condition/history. But, it would be a bigger factor for me that something that is easily correctable, like, say, interior color.

Things like... no screens from stopping shims down into the engine when doing valve adjustments.

I also wouldn't want a car without MK60 DSC (03.5+), as M track mode is the perfect DSC for street use.
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My 'vert is a very early 2001 build as well (in the first 100 units including pre-production models). Being a code 999 initial dealer allotment car, it's IR with black/piano black. Had pretty extensive history (save for between about 60K and 85K--those records are lost in time), but it's been a fantastic car and I'm enjoying every mile.
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I wanted a Steel Gray car so I was forced to buy an earlier car as the color was phased out in the facelift. All else being equal, I'd want the 03.5+ car for M Track Mode, but color was more important to me.
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I prefer the pre facelift cars for their simplicity and having less gadgetry. They're a bit more raw .
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01 Steel Grey 6sp. Love it to death going through maintenance hell right now to get ready for late spring summer!!!!
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I have a 2001 in the garage ready to go to the track!

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Old Tue, Mar-21-2017, 01:07:26 PM   #30
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2001 M3 6MT with Piano trim here. The 2001 lacks the front strut tower brace from the 2002+

I have had this rock solid car for 15+ years and 160,000 miles/260,000 km. It's been on a flat bed zero times in all these years even with dozens of track days. The subframe reinforcement was just done in the last 6 months as it was finally starting to show some small cracks. The original vanos hubs have been flawless... but I got a Beisan disk installed a few months ago because I keep reading that the S54 is a grenade. I don't believe the 2001's were as impacted.. but my sampling size (1) is small .

I keep a 2007 E60 M5 6MT as a back up car, which sees almost no mileage, as the E46 M3 is that solid. Strongly considering selling the M5 due to how reliable the M3 is.

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