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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 11-21-2012, 09:09 PM   #21
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Lol the biggest challenge I had when I first got mine was learning how to start the car
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:22 AM   #22
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I just purchased an 03 SMG n I love it! I always drove my 330ci in sport mode n shifted..feels awesome! Had a show down with an Audi S6 the other day...smoked him lol!

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:08 AM   #23
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Quick question I'm looking to get an 05-06 m3 with smg. How do you turn it on? I don't want to look like a newb unable to turn it on.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:13 AM   #24
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Quick question I'm looking to get an 05-06 m3 with smg. How do you turn it on? I don't want to look like a newb unable to turn it on.
insert key, turn a bit to turn on battery, put in neutral, press brake and turn key the rest of the way.

Hear the beautiful sound of bmws high revving 330 hp inline 6 S54 engine start up!
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:14 AM   #25
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insert key, turn a bit to turn on battery, put in neutral, press brake and turn key the rest of the way.

Hear the beautiful sound of bmws high revving 330 hp inline 6 S54 engine start up!
That's what I thought but I wasn't sure. One more thing, taking off I just move over the shifter and it'll start me in 1st rite? And how do I engage the "auto" mode since the only person that can go is my mother and she can't drive stick (my current car) or smg (she'll be driving it back)
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:25 AM   #27
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That's what I thought but I wasn't sure. One more thing, taking off I just move over the shifter and it'll start me in 1st rite? And how do I engage the "auto" mode since the only person that can go is my mother and she can't drive stick (my current car) or smg (she'll be driving it back)
Ya or you can push it back and start off in 2nd gear. And just put in it 1st and then push it to the right again and that's auto mode. But personally I hate the auto mode. Its retarded haa
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Ya or you can push it back and start off in 2nd gear. And just put in it 1st and then push it to the right again and that's auto mode. But personally I hate the auto mode. Its retarded haa
Thank you. I don't plan to ever drive it in auto but occasionally I would let my mother use it so I decided I'd go with SMG since I already have a manual car. What's a good shift firmness to set it too?
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:34 AM   #30
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Lol oh yes I love that people can never start my car. That feeling when you hear "ummmm how do we put in neutral?" is the best.
Hahaha so true, happens to me all the time
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totally agree with you,wouldnt have an m3 without smg
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:13 PM   #32
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Thank you. I don't plan to ever drive it in auto but occasionally I would let my mother use it so I decided I'd go with SMG since I already have a manual car. What's a good shift firmness to set it too?
Me and ImSoFreaknWhite leave ours in S4.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #33
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Me and ImSoFreaknWhite leave ours in S4.
Thank you sir. If all goes well ill be buying it Friday and ill post pics
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Thank you sir. If all goes well ill be buying it Friday and ill post pics
Grats! One more think about the starting procedure that took me a little while to figure out. When you put it into neutral wait for the 0 to stop flashing before you crank.

S4 is what I drive in, too. Play with all the modes, though. And do the SMG reset after you get the car so it can learn your driving style. Get up to 40ish, throw it into neutral, hold down both paddles for a few seconds, then put it back into gear. Don't hit the gas until it's back into gear.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:59 PM   #35
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I think everyone has already summarized why smg is awesome.
I like having to explain to people that the car does, in fact, have a clutch and is a full manual car, but just computer controlled, and hydraulically actuated. It blows people's minds. When they see the paddles on the steering wheel when they get in the car, they say they feel like they are in a race car. Whenever someone sits in my front seat, they say they feel like they are in a rocket ship because you're just hands to the wheel as you're blasting through gears. I think once my car gets too tired, I will buy another steel gray smg.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:59 PM   #37
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I really enjoy owning a piece of bmw's racing technology. Yea its got its problems and 6 speed is definitely more connected, but this is what they were winning races with. Love it or hate it, its part of bmw's history.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:08 PM   #38
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So what's the deal on the smg failure? Not trying to bash at all but I haven't seem any easy, cheap fix for this. Is there one? Someone earlier said it was a somewhat simple system.
This thread is making me almost consider one.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:20 PM   #39
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Sometimes the pump fails and it's around 3,000 to fix. But most of the time it's something stupid like a relay or $2 spring.
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Is the pump really hard to fix? $3000 is a heck of a bill.
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