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BMW E46 M3
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dejablu311

SLOW DOWN!

Registered: October 2004
Location: Concord NC
Posts: 3542
Review Date: Fri April 1, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: I have driven all manner of sports cars and this is the most balanced one i have ever driven. You also get a backseat and a trunk.
Cons: Has just a tad of understeer but thats remedied with a set of aftermarket sways.

I\'m in love.
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rhumbline

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Registered: December 2006
Location: Alexandria
Posts: 749
Review Date: Mon April 16, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Power, styling, handling, refinement, brakes
Cons: Notchy shifter, clunky differential, potential glass jaw (rear subframe cracking)

Overall, an excellent driver's car. The refined power, styling, engineering and handling are what the M3 promises and delivers. It's nice having near exotic car performance and handling with room for four and daily livability.

On the negative side, the shifter is a bit notchy, especially when cold and the rear end - M-Diff gear lash presumably - is as clunky as an old pickup truck, which it ought not to be what with only 29K on the clock and on its second diff.

I also wonder/worry about the potential for rear subframe cracking, which seems like a perennial and inexcusable (for the E46 too!) problem for 3-Series models and derivatives.
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drsmith_m3

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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed June 25, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: description of the diff sound. clunk.
Cons:

My 2004 M3 with 44K also has a really clunky differential. VERY careful application of the clutch and gas (at all times) will eliminate this sound. But for example, say you are pulling out of a side road onto a main highway. You are on a slight hill facing upward before you pull out. You ease out the clutch and start moving and suddenly a hidden car comes flying down the highway forcing you to quickly abandon your plans to pull out. You mash in the clutch with one foot and hit the brakes with the other --> Clunkedy clunk goes the differential and driveshaft.
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pushtiulk

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Registered: June 2007
Location: Bucharest
Posts: 143
Review Date: Thu August 14, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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m3 e46 is a piece of history. i bought mine 1 year ago and i swear that i will not sell my car anymore in this life. it's gorgeous, amazing, etc
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DOCTOR 3VIL

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Registered: August 2008
Location: LA
Posts: 6290
Review Date: Thu February 12, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good power, handling and masculine styling!!
Cons: Needs more power, better seats and brakes.

I am keeping this car until the wheels fall off-then I'll be getting a set of new wheels!!
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moe0001
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Registered: March 2009
Location: edmonton,ab
Posts: 581
Review Date: Thu March 19, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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the best car i have ever driven by far
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NVSBMW

NVSBMW

Registered: May 2009
Location: Auckland
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu May 28, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great power, Excellent Handling, Everyday car
Cons: Maintance cost, SMG gearbox issues

Havent actually owned one but have driven many in the past including other generations of M3s and I have to say, if it was my own money, there is no question or doubt that this would be the car for me. The S54 is just bliss, the sound and the feel of the climax building up as the REVs build up is like a process of a man falling in love...

Surely this new love of mine isnt perfect, there are some small thats that have annoyed me and put me off...SMG gearbox are quirky at times and reliablity isnt great, floating brake calipers on a flagship model? excuse me but where are the fixed calipers that I see on mid ranged Mercs and top of the line Japanese?

These are just minor issues that I can deal with...its a bit like having a great gf with just a few bad habits... I still love her!
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cakM3

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Registered: December 2006
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 609
Review Date: Sat August 29, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: classic styling and performance
Cons: there is none!

By far the best car I have ever owned...my dream car! I really love the styling, sound and performance of this car! There's so many things that you can do to this car...I will own this car for the rest of it's life...
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///M loving it
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Registered: April 2009
Posts: 5
Review Date: Tue November 17, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image, performance, styling, daily use, a sportscar with a descent trunk and real seats in the back
Cons: speeding tickets, weak brakes on a track,

this is an icon in the auto-industry. Every sportscoup is benchmarked against it. It has a descent fuel economy and a real boot and rearseats. One moment you go for your groceries and 5 minutes later you rev the hell out of it on a track...without changing anything. Best of both worlds !
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M Powrd

Registered: February 2010
Location: Florence
Posts: 1
Review Date: Thu February 18, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: I feel 10 years younger in it
Cons: Harsh ride and noise part of the experience not always welcom

The E46 M3 is an exciting car to drive and own. Itís a visceral experience from the time to I approach it to the time I get out and beep the door locks. The brilliant looks get my full attention every time I walk up to it. The robust and supported feeling of the seats, shift lever, pedals, and steering wheel are a welcome physical engagement. Turning the key results in a nearly exotic and just loud enough exhaust burble. The driving experience is completely beyond any regular production BMW Iíve owned or driven. The intense forward thrust is balanced by incredible binders and extraordinary road holding and feedback. This is the only car Iíve ever driven where having the windows open makes the experience better for the enthralling engine and exhaust sounds. My 5 series did a good balancing act of giving me a confident connection to the road while isolating me from the noisy world outside. The M3 makes me feel like the road is mine for the taking Ė with this little coupe I can do anything. My other 3s were good balanced cars but I was constantly finding the limits of performance. The M3 can be frustrating because itís only on rare occasion can I find enough open road for it to gobble up Ė and those moments are worth waiting for. Now that Iíve reached the top of this mountain, Iím going to take in the view for a while and keep my little grey M3. However, my gaze continues to be drawn to a distant and higher peak looming in the distance Ė a 993 Turbo might be the next mountain to climb.
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Marknights
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon May 17, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Pound for Pound, Price, Tech., etc... Why BUY EXOTIC???
Cons: Proper insp., Awareness of subframe/chassis wear, Inspect inspect inspect!!!

This generation of BMW M has staying power... One servicing dealership wanted to Relieve me of my old '05 and put me in
something New... Oh No...
This Machine will be worth much more.
A true 4 seat coupe that has it ALL!!!
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FR35H_M3
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Registered: November 2015
Posts: 12
Review Date: Tue November 17, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Engine/exhaust sounds, all motor power, ridiculous handling
Cons: infamous M clunk, notchy gear shifts when cold, High maintenance

I LOVE this car, has been my dream car since before i could even drive. sounds like an exotic machine while revving into high RPMs and drives so smooth while in low RPMs. Best M3 ever made !!!
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