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Old 7th January 2014, 10:43 AM   #41
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Great info, thanks. Learning about mine and I have already bought it!
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Old 11th January 2014, 02:11 AM   #42
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Old 11th January 2014, 02:11 AM   #43
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Old 6th March 2014, 10:45 AM   #44
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No mention of Vanos woes ?
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Old 22nd March 2014, 08:42 PM   #45
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A very useful post.
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Old 22nd April 2014, 01:52 AM   #46
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Not sure if it will make a great difference but if you listen very closely when shutting the door of the car.. Compare it with the door shutting sound of other m3's
Usually if it often has been slammed it could mean that the owner was an arse... If you haven't compared many cars yet try the passenger door
Good door sounds like on new golf should sound kinda damped hard to explain sorry :/
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Old 7th May 2014, 11:15 AM   #47
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Old 20th July 2014, 12:34 PM   #48
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Hie guys hope you can be able to help me with this,recently i purchased a BMW 330CI Club Sport semi automatic 2002 United Kingdom spec,when i bought the guy mentioned the issue with gear changes stupidly i thought its miner thing,as we took it for a driver it worked fine no issues,recently it started not to respond to acceleration,when i come to a stop like traffic light it will be on gear 1 and i press on the gas nothing happens only revs up then press extremely hard it will jump,jump start moving again ,time for gear 2 gas nothing maybe after 10-15 sec gets into gear starts picking up speed but it picks up slowly.This happens with every gear change,took it to a BMW specialist they said it might be a gear box which they put a new one picked it up like 3 days ago and today drove it around 3am problem started again,so went straight to the garage explained to them,guy came with a mechine to check fault codes nothing,jumped into the car for a spin it worked fine.I have already paid 530 pounds to be sorted out.I have seen on some threads that it might be the gearbox oil.Any of you guy had to go through this,please help ,oh the other thing i could smell the gearbox burning after revving it up forcefully on my way to the garage
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Old 12th September 2014, 06:23 PM   #49
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[/B]Generally the SMG II is bulletproof and is not plagued by the horrific problems found on the SMG I system from the E36 M3)
A few years have gone by, time for another update


Also add Vanos and head gasket maybe

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Old 20th October 2014, 03:27 PM   #50
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Just been brushing up on this as about to look for an E46 SMG M3 for one of my friends.

Extra point to add was that there was an additional recall last year (it might have been the year before...?) for the passenger front airbag - only some E46 cars are affected (not just M3s from memory...) - you can call BMW and give them your reg/VIN and they'll confirm if it's needed - I think there was a concern that the passenger airbag could go off at random - so they swapped them out in the affected cars at no cost.

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Old 21st October 2014, 01:00 PM   #51
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Such a useful guide, many thanks
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Old 9th November 2014, 06:30 PM   #52
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Thanks for the guide. Anyone bought an E46 M3 from either cotswold sportscars or hoddesdons in Hertfordshire. I'm Liverpool based and these two garages have been recommended. Any feedback here would be grateful .
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Old 24th December 2014, 02:47 PM   #53
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Found this really useful as someone looking to buy my first E46 M3. Followed most of the advice and have found a car that suits my wants. Cheers
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Old 2nd January 2015, 10:30 AM   #54
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Relly helpful guide - hope to be getting one soon !!
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Old 6th January 2015, 08:38 AM   #55
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Good guide...

I'm off to find recommended service intervals now.
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Old 10th January 2015, 09:48 PM   #56
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Great guide this, really helped me when I bought mine
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Old 30th January 2015, 09:59 PM   #57
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Great guide! Very useful info. I will be using this for when I buy mine.

Nice job
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Old 31st January 2015, 09:45 PM   #58
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Cheers a great guide.
I went armed with some questions sourced from this when I looked at one today.
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Old 31st March 2015, 12:21 PM   #59
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May I suggest adding on to this that buyers should budget at least 2k for putting a car right?

I took this advice from elsewhere in this forum, and so glad I did budget for the extra cash rather than spending it on buying the car.

I purchased a 2004 coupe, FBMWSH, 3 owners, 85k miles not 2 weeks ago. I'm into BMW/specialist/eBay(parts) for over 1700 and taking it to another specialist for subframe crack repair @ 700 - just to get it mechanically right!!

I did all my homework but with out being a mechanic myself I could not have noticed the issues it has/had. Private seller was clearly binning it off before he had to pay the bills.
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Old 31st March 2015, 04:47 PM   #60
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May I suggest adding on to this that buyers should budget at least 2k for putting a car right?

I took this advice from elsewhere in this forum, and so glad I did budget for the extra cash rather than spending it on buying the car.

I purchased a 2004 coupe, FBMWSH, 3 owners, 85k miles not 2 weeks ago. I'm into BMW/specialist/eBay(parts) for over 1700 and taking it to another specialist for subframe crack repair @ 700 - just to get it mechanically right!!

I did all my homework but with out being a mechanic myself I could not have noticed the issues it has/had. Private seller was clearly binning it off before he had to pay the bills.
Good point I had to spend about the same when I bought mine a few months ago. It's very hard to notice everything when you go to view a car.
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