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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, Mar-19-2017, 02:57:35 PM   #11
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If the worst were to happen to my M3, I would go out and buy another one similar to it, and my conditions would be 03.5+ and a fair bit of documentation for service history. Zero interest in taking risks with those earlier cars unless there is some sort of well documented factor that alleviates those risks.
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Yes I would, and I did, with absolutely no regrets.

When I was in the market a couple years ago, I wanted an '03.5+. However, after test driving a few, I quickly realized that I was mistakenly omitting a lot of great cars with no real reason to. Broadening my search to the earlier cars was the best decision I made in my hunt for the right M3.

As others have stated, the overall car's condition, maintenance and history is what you should be focusing on. Look for a car that's been taken care of accordingly, not one that's "affordable".
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Old Sun, Mar-19-2017, 04:46:10 PM   #13
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01, 02, 03 more or less are the same. 03.5+ is ideally better but for the former years just go by best overall condition.

One small caveat for '01's... they are all 6MT and all have the piano black interior trim. Which seem to be favoured by most on these forums.
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Really? I did not know that and I have been around the e46s since 03.
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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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
I have an 01 which is manual but I don't have the piano black trim
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I have an 01 which is manual but I don't have the piano black trim
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!
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Nothing wrong at all with an 01 MY. My first ever M3 was a 01 and was probably one of the best ones I've ever had. And I've owned every MY car 00-06. It all comes down to maintenance.
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Default Re: Would you buy a 2001?

I have an '02, which in terms of "old" is pretty much around the same. With the negative of having the first year with SMG models, mechanically they're about identical (and the same can be said going on to '06).

I think if I was given the option of a clean '01 or a beaten '06 for the same price I'd go for the older one any day. AFAIK in terms of simply worrying about buying an E46 M for being old, the only thing I'd be concerned about is the rather small chance that the rod bearing recall wasn't performed which I'd imagine is next to none at this point considering how big of a deal it was at the time.
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Great feedback guys. Thanks!
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There are a serious number of updates even after 2003, I think Ian has a thread on this somewhere. A lot of this is convenience/little things, so depends on your intentions. Other than that, nowanker is dead on, knows his stuff and works on them for a living.
And the more the miles, the more maint history matters. With the known rod bearing issues, I'd not touch a 100k + car w/o oil change history and hopefully some oil analysis reports - or I'd expect to do rod bearings going in. Then there's the known vanos hub/cam bolt and rear floor problems that can be easily researched. If there was an 01 with the bearing recall done, oil change history, and the above mitigated, it's as good (or better if valve train issues weren't done on a newer model) as any of them all else being equal on maint. then you get to the model year upgrades, if you care about such things.

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