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Old 12th January 2012, 10:47 PM   #21
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niiiiiec ...but the last m3 converitable off the production line is 2003...isn't it the best colour tho
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Old 4th February 2012, 03:11 AM   #22
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Will update the guide with the crackdown (pun intended) on subframe issues etc soon.
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Old 13th February 2012, 05:21 PM   #23
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Good work this is a great reference for anyone looking to buy a good m3 (like myself !!)
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Old 18th February 2012, 08:17 AM   #24
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Oh my way today to hopefully get my dream m3 converible seca blue..fingers crossed with all the info from this thread I now have I'll be driving it home with piece of mind... Thanks
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Old 18th April 2012, 12:07 PM   #25
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thanks for the info - great thread
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Old 8th May 2012, 12:49 PM   #26
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great guide, comprehensive and to the point. great help
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Old 23rd June 2012, 09:25 AM   #27
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Am looking for my first M3, great guide and makes it possible to take a car knowing what the risks are.
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Old 9th July 2012, 03:56 PM   #28
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Brilliant list, thanks. Can anyone recommend either the AA or RAC to inspect a car before purchasing? Thanks again.
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Old 13th August 2012, 09:53 AM   #29
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Test drive a few cars, try not to buy the first one you go to see

Cannot stress this enough from the initial purchase list imho , I viewed 7 to 8 cars before finally going back to a previous view and making the purchase .

Many claim "immaculate" , however you get there and the tyres are slippy chang wang , or kerbed alloys , missing history etc etc ..

View many cars and learn something from each one . Then eventually the right one pops up .
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Old 27th August 2012, 05:42 PM   #30
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Default any one selling m3 e46 smg pump

just the other day my pump has failed on me, first i though it was the relay but changed that and no luck, if anyone can get hold of a pump please let me know,
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Old 28th September 2012, 05:39 PM   #31
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Can you tell me a bit more about the weak spot on the hardtop being easily taken/stolen?

Originally Posted by Lukec4ge View Post
Unfortunately Suraj, one thing you omitted in your buyer's guide was the potential weak spots for potential theft, and how we, as owners can make our cars more secure.
just had my hardtop nicked as I slept. Had no idea that the E46 was susceptible to the same sort of crime that the E36 had succumbed to, otherwise I would've taken the appropriate steps. Are my bumpers next, or are these more secure....?
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Old 3rd October 2012, 10:15 AM   #32
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Collaboration of all the differences from the M3 to the M3 CSL

- Intake plenum (carbon airbox as we like to call it) Air Collector 11617833496 filter 13727838625 The other half of the carbon box: 11617833497 and control unit 11617833498 all the other ducting 11617833646; 11617833645; 11617833648; 13717896774 intake grill 51117895883
- Extractors/Headers (same as post 2005 M3s and Z4) 11627833500; 11627833643
- Cat converter (200 cell) 18307833673
- X pipe, resonators (thinner material - slightly lighter) 18107833503
- Rear muffler - slightly lighter 18107833504
- Different ECU - 25% more capacity 12147837328; 12147834982
- Different SMG control unit program 23607837731
- Pseudo Alpha N engine management (delete of MAF, but still runs a MAP sensor, and air temp sensor 13621739510- debate as to whether this is just for idle control however) MAP sensor part number 13627833561
- Different traction control system with M track mode on steering wheel (much like the DCT mode in new E9X series)
-Different ABS control program
- Shorter steering ratio 14.5:1 (compared with 15.4:1 on M3) 32132282647 (same steering rack as the M3 CS)
- Front bumper (carbon fiber with incorporate bumper support) silver grey 51117896820 Sapphire Black 51117895950
- Roof (carbon fiber) 41007895382;
- Rear diffuser (carbon fiber) - the bumper is the same as M3 so is the carrier silver grey 51127896832 Sapphire Black 51127895985
- Boot lid (Moulded sheet plastic - it's not fiberglass people, it's much harder and more rigid) 41007895884
- Rolled rear fenders to accommodate wider rear rims. Bare Full Body Skeleton for CSL 41007895934 (part numbers for the rear fenders are the same as M3, but the CSL comes from the factory with ROLLED rear fenders)
- Different wheels (NOT magnesium, cast aluminium) made by BBS 36112282650; 36112282999
- Suspension and spring (sachs, shorter spring and different damper and rebound rates) fronts 31312282505; 31312282506 front bump stop 31332282508 rear 33522282507, rear mount disc (CSL specific) 33532282503; bumper stop 33532282509
- different rear lower arm - aluminium with spherical joint 33322283074
- different front king pin (hub) for wider front track 31212282855; 31212282856
- larger front sway bar (hollow) 30.8mm 31352282655
- larger rear sway bar 22.5mm 33552282681
- larger front brakes (345mm) 34112282445; 34112282446 brake carrier 34112282619
- larger rear brake caliper piston 34212282857; 34212282858 (same as M3 CS)
- Pilot sport Cup Tyres 85452536738; 85452536740
- Lighter rear glass 51317895441
- Recaro SPG Type front seats 52100031830; 52100031831; rails 52107895957; 52107895958
- Lighter rear seats (4 seater rather than 5) 52207896809; 52207896800 rear console 52207896297
- Lightweight through load facility 52207896929; 52207896930; 52207896807; 52207896808
- Paper/Honey combe boot floor COVER (yes the infamous cardboard floor) 51477895990
- Carbon door cards and rear panel 51417895581; 51417895582; 51437895579; 51437895580 Door handles 51417896919; 51417896920
- Carbon centre console 51167896359
- Alcantara steering wheel 32342282502
- Alcantara hand brake lever 34412282662
- 4 rather than 6(or 8 if equiped) airbags
- No bonnet heat shield (same aluminium bonnet as M3)
- Optional Radio and aircon
- Lighter battery (same as the Mini Cooper S battery) 61218377139
- Lighter microfilter housing (bottom part 64 31 7 895 937 1.050 kg, housing 64 31 7 895 939 1.630 kg)
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Old 8th December 2012, 10:57 PM   #33
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No one done one for the e92 yet??
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Old 11th April 2013, 07:20 PM   #34
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Great advice for first time buyers
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Old 9th May 2013, 02:32 AM   #35
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Im looking for a M3 on a budget has you said and this is without a doubt a very god post.

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Old 13th May 2013, 07:47 PM   #36
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Great thread! Thank you. Looking for my first E46 M3 and invaluable info.
Just wish I could reply to for sale threads!
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Old 11th August 2013, 02:10 PM   #37
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Very useful guide, will certainly be using it to help find my M3!
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Old 17th October 2013, 07:01 AM   #38
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Old 27th October 2013, 10:43 PM   #39
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Hi all has anyone fitted 3SDMs 0.05s to their M3 E46 ??
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Old 3rd January 2014, 11:40 PM   #40
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