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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Little late but here's my new E46M

Hey guys, wanted to introduce myself into the family. I just sold my Estoril blue E36M which I loved and purchased an IMMACULATE 50k mile 02 AW/Imola M3. Stack of records five inches thick. Very clean. Enough talking, here's some pictures I took after a wash and detail. Questions and comments welcome!


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Factory 19's
'04+ LED tail light conversion (OEM BMW parts not aftermarket)
H&R coilovers
Ground Control camber plates
H&R front sway bar
Stainless Steel brake lines
Active Autowerke Gen 3 exhaust
Eurobahn Superchips software
BHS underdrive pullies
Strong front strut brace
UUC short throw shifter
European curved glass in side mirros
painted reflectors
Blacked out front grill and side gills
Clear bra on entire bumper, mirrors, front fenders, headlamps, fogs, and behind each wheel
BMW aluminum pedals
BMW clutch stop
50% tint
BMW I-pod integration (runs ipod through factory radio / steering wheel controls)

Service:
Bearing Recall performed
Valves checked @ 30K miles and no adjustments needed
Valves adjusted @ 45k miles (Inspection II performed at this time)
Oil changes with mandated Castrol TWS 10W-60 at < 2000 mile incriments since I've owned it starting at 29K miles. Current oil change has 350 miles on it
Tires: Hankook V12's have less than 1k miles on them
Brakes brand new front rotors, pleanty of pad life left (Hawk HPS)
Motul 600 brake fluid < 500 miles ago
Redline Transmission and rear end fluid < 500 miles ago
New S-belt when pullies were installed @ 34K miles

Couldn't be happier with my purchase!






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Old 10-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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The car is beautiful. Enjoy it, and welcome to the forum.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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man this car is clean. looks better every time i see it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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Looks great. Do yourself a favor though. Spend more money on quality tires (hankook are not good tires) like Michelin Super Sports, and less money on 2k oil changes (that is too frequent). 5-7k miles is a perfect oil change interval... Half of what BMW suggests.

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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My dream combo... Clean car bud
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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Looks great. Do yourself a favor though. Spend more money on quality tires (hankook are not good tires) like Michelin Super Sports, and less money on 2k oil changes (that is too frequent). 5-7k miles is a perfect oil change interval... Half of what BMW suggests.
I have a lot experience with BMW's. The oil change's were done every 2k by the PO. Quite honestly, the Hankooks are not that bad. Had I been putting tires on it I would have gone the Super Sport route, but any time you buy a car with brand new tires you're ahead.

I appreciate the comment though!
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #7
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The car is beautiful. Enjoy it, and welcome to the forum.
Thank you! yet another forum I'm on haha
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #8
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man this car is clean. looks better every time i see it.
We still need to meet up and do a red, white, blue photo shoot haha
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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Gorgeous & my favorite color combo. My next car for sure! Best of luck with it
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #10
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Beautiful, congrats.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:30 PM   #11
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Gorgeous & my favorite color combo. My next car for sure! Best of luck with it
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Beautiful, congrats.
Thanks guys!
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #12
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We still need to meet up and do a red, white, blue photo shoot haha
Yes, we most definitely do.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #13
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beautiful car + maintenance/mod list. i would go ahead and suggest Vanos solenoid upgrade and you're all set. congrats.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:42 PM   #14
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Vanos solenoid upgrade and you're all set. congrats.
elaborate?
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #15
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elaborate?
http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu...noid_procedure

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=854594
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:03 PM   #16
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Very nice car dude. But Just gonna chip in on tires right quick. For the money V12's are killer good tires. I live here in Germany. 30 minutes from the Nurburgring. I have a set on that has seen at least 20 laps and Daily Driving and are still sticky and great. I got my set for half the price of Super Sports and I will never buy Super Sports again.

But Back to the car. Love the color combo.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:52 PM   #17
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I agree with your comment concerning the Hankooks. I replaced a set of them with Continentals, and would go back to the Hankooks in a heartbeat. While the Michelin Pilots are great tires, they are far too expensive for what you get. They are only marginally better than the V12's yet cost nearly twice as much.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:39 PM   #18
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Clean, and welcome
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:41 PM   #19
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Very clean. Some new shoes would look great and a CSL trunk.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:47 PM   #20
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AWESOME!!! Enjoy, and take care of that beast!!
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