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Old 8th June 2017, 09:12 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I'm in the final stages of hopefully getting the E46 M3 Convertible that I'm after. Been a long time fan of the cars and time is right to get one as the kids are old enough and with recent job change I finally have the opportunity to do so.

Been reading up loads on what to look for and what to avoid and looking forwards to enjoying everything the car has to offer when summer finally gets here.

Looking forwards to being a full on member and being able to draw on the knowledge and insight available.

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Old 8th June 2017, 09:14 PM   #2
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Welcome mate.. lets hope the weather changes soon!!
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Old 9th June 2017, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thanks and I hope so too, my current convertible goes back next week as I'm between jobs so this is the ideal time for me to spend time with the family and my second passion which is cars

I am after a little bit of help / advice - I'm trying to get in touch with SIT who's selling a E46 M3 Convertible on behalf of a mate of his. I've DM'd him as I can't reply to the For Sale thread (which I understand the reasons for - I've been around a number of forums I know what it's like with spammers etc.).

Anyway, I'm interested in the car SIT is selling - hopefully he will get back in touch - if anyone knows him or the car and could help please let him know he has a DM from me please.

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Old 9th June 2017, 04:20 PM   #4
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Good choice Al,
Got mine this year and loving it !!! Pelt
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Old 9th June 2017, 04:36 PM   #5
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Thanks - there's a fair amount of choice out there, it's finding the right one that I've found a challenge. Some of the colour combinations are 'interesting' but the world would be boring if we all liked the same.

Did you get one with a hardtop? I understand that they need a factory prep for it so you can't just buy one later. I've had my current Merc convertible for 3 years and never had any issues, would you recommend?

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Convertible all the way. Roof down, sun out you won't regret it.

Just make sure you check for the common issues and get a car with a decent service history!
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Thanks - also understand the initial running in service is critical? I've read a lot around the subframe issues is this something you can check visually or best to get a dealer / mech engineer to check?
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Thanks - also understand the initial running in service is critical? I've read a lot around the subframe issues is this something you can check visually or best to get a dealer / mech engineer to check?
Yeah I'd make sure the running in service has been done around the 1k mile marker. Regular oil services, inspec 1 & 2 but it all depends on mileage. There is a thread somewhere with the service intervals outlined.

The subframe issue you really need to get the car on a ramp or jack the back up. YouTube "Redish subframe inspection" and it should throw up a video on how/where to check for cracks on the RACP yourself.

Just try to get a well looked after car and enjoy it! Don't get to caught up with all these issues as you'll be scared to take it out ha!
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Thanks - appreciate the advice and insight, much appreciated.

My other car is an 8v Integrale, I've got used to doing a fair amount of maintenance myself (I love that car but it's a never ending job going round fixing stuff that breaks whilst its stood still ).

I'll look up the YouTube links (how did we exist before that came along ).

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Old 10th June 2017, 11:09 AM   #10
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Nice one Tomy.. totally agree.
Mine came with a 12 month BMW warranty but had my local independent BMW star man give it the once over and Inspection 2 check.
Roof down, wind deflector up... jobs a gud en!!!!!!
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Old 10th June 2017, 11:46 AM   #11
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Thanks all will check out the subframe - interesting watch on YouTube as to just how bad that can get

Will also get the Inspection 2 done and check everything over.

Looking forwards to getting behind the wheel!

I take it the wind deflector is a must (unless there's four of you )
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Hi and welcome. No wind deflector is needed even at speeds but it gets blowy if you are in the back, bothered err no! Had the roof off earlier, very pleasant.
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Old 11th June 2017, 09:26 AM   #13
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Thanks - currently have Merc conv and that gets very blowy in the back. They've added all kinds of trickery to reduce it but still needs wind deflector.

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Old 18th June 2017, 06:11 PM   #14
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I bought the E46 M3 Vert that Sit was selling and picked it up today so now the very happy owner of a 2003 facelift E46

Car runs sweet and what a noise at full chat - still not sure about the Milltek back box but going to live with it for a while until I make my mind up.

I'm not sur ehow long the smile on my face will last but I'm a happy man.

Thanks to Sit and also to Phil.

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Congrats, im still waiting for my car to sell so i can start the hunt for the right M3, very jealous!
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Old 18th June 2017, 08:16 PM   #16
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Worth waiting for the right car and what a joy. Good luck with your sale..
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Congrats on the purchase, lovely car

In case you get bored of the Milltek exhaust, there's somebody in the Wanted section looking for one of those right now..... if you're lucky, there may even be a swap deal to be done with the standard exhaust??!
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Old 19th June 2017, 12:33 PM   #18
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Thanks - hardtop off today (only picked car up yesterday) must say the hardtop shape and look is stunning tho'. Soft top up and going for a blast later to Judge the Milltek with hood off, I did see the wanted advert but I want to run with it for a while and also have a listen to a stand unit to compare.
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Perfect vert weather👍 Enjoy
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