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Old 9th April 2015, 08:33 AM   #61
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Very interesting reading Suraj. I bought my E46 M3 in November 2014. Just signed in on here. Although as from 2 days ago my car has a electrical fault, 40 amp fuse in Ebox has popped twice now. Any ideas please would be much appreciated?
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Old 19th April 2015, 09:35 PM   #62
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Some Good all round Information. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 20th April 2015, 06:41 PM   #63
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I am looking for a convertible and was wondering how much do they go up by in the summer. Am I much better off waiting until winter to buy one or does it not make much difference?
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Old 22nd April 2015, 12:33 AM   #64
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I will give this guide a big update soon to reflect the time that's passed! But hopefully it's still been useful alongside the subsequent comments in the thread which I hope all prospective buyers read after reading the guide.
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Old 4th May 2015, 08:38 PM   #65
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Nice read!
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Old 22nd July 2015, 08:35 AM   #66
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Great info got my check list at the ready to go shopping for my m3
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Old 26th July 2015, 03:30 PM   #67
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Haven't read through this whole thread but I know this isn't mentioned in the first post.. and it definitely should be because its invaluable advice...

Only applies to SMG cars. Golden rule - if you are going to view an SMG m3... do yourself a favour, put in £50 fuel into the tank and take it for an hour long test drive. Either you or the seller can drive.. This will show a pump that is on its way out that only start to show issues after 45 minutes of driving.

^If the seller objects to this then walk away from the car because they are well aware that you will identify the fault as a result of this test. They should have no reason to object if its all genuine, after all, you're paying for the fuel!

If you can spare £20 for a HPI check, you should be able to spare £50 in a bid to save yourself a £2500 bill and heartbreak. If you can't spare £50, maybe you shouldn't be buying an m3
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Old 18th September 2015, 01:15 PM   #68
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Great Write up, but anyone know how you find out how many of each colours were made please? I think that would be very useful information as well.
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Old 13th October 2015, 06:13 PM   #69
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Great Write up, but anyone know how you find out how many of each colours were made please? I think that would be very useful information as well.
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Old 13th March 2016, 12:56 AM   #70
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If you want good advice listen to the experience guys jenks is your man if your new to scene
but there are some very straight chaps to help on this site what would be your ideal car & budget would help your cause
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Old 30th April 2016, 02:21 PM   #71
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Thanks for this guide, invaluable ammunition when inspecting cars. I walked away from the first I saw, bought the second
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:58 PM   #72
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As a newbie sold 911c4 and future m3 owner ,hit some issues whilst trying to buy.
here goes,n process of purchasing an m3 e46 and using a fellow m3 guide which i think is really good.
But hit a bit of a weird one,
in short ,
have shortlisted 4 m3 e46 on ebay,pistonheads and autotrader and using the autotrader sign in value my car have been able to get valuations on all cars that i am viewing using the my car tab .by inputting numberplates autotrader gives you trade in, and private sale values.
all good and running true on m3,s coupes and verts,for example vert on 31000m full bmwsh private sa;le 2003 11500.00, trade in 10500.00.coupe on 39000m full bmwsh 11600 ,trade 10200 2004.this has run true for all m3s i am viewing.

Then i find m3 vert on 39000 in imola red bmwsh 2002 here is the link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1219997802...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

and the valuation is 6500 but i think the car is very similar if not identical.

would be great if you could help me as to explain why the value is so diffferent on the 02 model.

looking to purchase but cannot fathom why the values are so different.
can anybody help?
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Old 23rd September 2016, 02:35 PM   #73
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New member here hi all. Trying to figure out how to use site, start a new thread. Looking to buy a E92 M3, in the next six weeks, white preferably, mods, carbon, tuning etc. DCT Price range between 17-23K, any advice on a new thread. Cheers any help appreciated
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Old 13th October 2016, 07:36 PM   #74
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This is a good read too…
https://www.carthrottle.com/post/7-t...my-own-e46-m3/
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Old 13th October 2016, 07:44 PM   #75
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There's a few more tips here. They mention a second recall for the VANOS solenoid, which I don't think is mentioned in this thread?

http://thegarage.jalopnik.com/the-af...gui-1593133171
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Old 26th December 2016, 10:13 AM   #76
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My car was built in November 2002, but it didn't have LED's, or the wider boot release. Why is that?
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Old 26th December 2016, 10:27 AM   #77
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My car was built in November 2002, but it didn't have LED's, or the wider boot release. Why is that?
Try this link: http://www.madrussian.net/m3/modelchanges.shtml

Also remember there's the difference between build date and registration date.
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Old 26th December 2016, 10:50 AM   #78
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I will give this guide a big update soon to reflect the time that's passed!:
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Old 7th January 2017, 08:20 PM   #79
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Hi,

I recently joined as I am about to take the plunge and buy my first M3!

Given that I am smitten with the car it would be great for a specialist to take a look.

Can anyone recommend a M3 specialist that will be willing to take a look at the car based in Bournemouth?

Fingers crossed there is someone out there who can help.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 7th January 2017, 10:19 PM   #80
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Hi,

I recently joined as I am about to take the plunge and buy my first M3!

Given that I am smitten with the car it would be great for a specialist to take a look.

Can anyone recommend a M3 specialist that will be willing to take a look at the car based in Bournemouth?

Fingers crossed there is someone out there who can help.

Thanks in advance.

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Drop a post in the general section mate or depending on what M3 your getting in the,E46, E92, F8x section.

This section won't get anyone looking at it very much tbh
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