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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 11-19-2012, 07:10 AM   #21
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Great find. I can understand what Mike is saying. Just be sure to keep on top of maintenance and not let the low mileage give you a false sense of security.

Drive the snot out of it. That's what it was built for. Now maybe it'll have a chance to do what it was designed to do. Not sit in a garage for all of eternity.

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #22
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Hi all.....

Well, just wanted to introduce my 'new' 2005 M3 zcp. It's finally home in the driveway. I was incredibly sad when my 325iT was totalled, but am so incredibly happy to move into an M3, and am incredibly blessed to have found a 2005 with 15k miles.

I'm the third owner. First owner had it nine months and drove 9k miles. Second over had it 6 years and drove it approx 1k miles per year (but did the recommended low mileage service). He recently turned it into New Country BMW in Hartford for a new M5. I saw it the same day it was listed, jumped into my car, and signed the papers 30 minutes after I arrived at the dealership. After a week of waiting for loan and insurance paperwork to settle in, I drove it home yesterday.

Holy crap, is it fun to drive. Mild yet persistent power when you module the throttle....and blow your hair back fun when you mash it. I am in love . Now I just need to get a post PPI by my mechanic, a full fluid flush (say that 10 times fast ) including diff and tranny, buy some winter rubber for it, do the steering wheel swap...and here I come!

The specs: 2005 zcp, 15,750 miles, ILB over black nappa, cold weather package, HK stereo, park distance control.

And here are the pics!
Awesome pickup there! I was wondering what interior trim is that in your ///M?
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:29 AM   #23
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I want to see the M track button in the wiper stalk already.

Btw for whoever said that, I was not trying to be a d1ck. A fellow forum member with 20k miles is having a gang of problems from his car sitting for so long. It's bad for a lot of stuff on our cars. BMW's love to be driven. Not sat in a garage. If I was OP, is probably replace all the pulleys and belts, flush out all the fluids, actually I'd just send it out for inspection 2. Again, not trying to be rude, just helpful. That LOW of miles is scary.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:17 PM   #24
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I want to see the M track button in the wiper stalk already.

Btw for whoever said that, I was not trying to be a d1ck. A fellow forum member with 20k miles is having a gang of problems from his car sitting for so long. It's bad for a lot of stuff on our cars. BMW's love to be driven. Not sat in a garage. If I was OP, is probably replace all the pulleys and belts, flush out all the fluids, actually I'd just send it out for inspection 2. Again, not trying to be rude, just helpful. That LOW of miles is scary.
Mike...I appreciate your response. Was already going to flush all the fluids and have all the belts inspected, just because of this same reason. I had considered whether a valve adjustment would be good (just to make sure everything is in spec)..maybe I will do it to be safe. Do you happen to remember where you saw that thread? I would love to talk to that person.

Again, thanks all. Want to make sure this baby works like it should for a very, very long period of time!
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:47 PM   #25
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #26
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+1... And might I add, PLEASE keep up the maintenance on it... Such beautiful low mile car deserves to be pampered...
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:43 PM   #27
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wow that is such a nice find! real beauty in that color, the way a ZCP should be

but...those eyelids have to go
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:53 PM   #28
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i have to agree with the other poster, although yes it is made to be driven. such a well kept car would be a shame to subject it to Boston winters. what the M3 does best or well is not going to come out or be shown in the winter. but I understand its your car now and do as you please. just mentioning to consider possible benefits or not using it as a daily driver in your Boston winter.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #29
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i have to agree with the other poster, although yes it is made to be driven. such a well kept car would be a shame to subject it to Boston winters. what the M3 does best or well is not going to come out or be shown in the winter. but I understand its your car now and do as you please. just mentioning to consider possible benefits or not using it as a daily driver in your Boston winter.
What's this "no winters" thing? You might want to put some snow tires on it and wash it after the roads are salted--like twice a winter. But I see no reason not to daily drive an M3 year round. It's not a Lamborghini Countach or something.

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:40 PM   #30
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What shop are you using for work? I work in Boston and I also DD my Interlagos ZCP, which I just picked up a few months ago. We should compare cars at some point.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:30 PM   #31
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+1... And might I add, PLEASE keep up the maintenance on it... Such beautiful low mile car deserves to be pampered...
Are you kidding? I am so over the top on maintenance that I stand to lose 2k on my totalled touring after my market-rate insurance payout..simply because I proactively maintain my cars to the 'n'th degree

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wow that is such a nice find! real beauty in that color, the way a ZCP should be. but...those eyelids have to go
I agree. They look ridiculous. They will be coming off as soon as I can find the instructions on how they got put on in the first place....

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What shop are you using for work? I work in Boston and I also DD my Interlagos ZCP, which I just picked up a few months ago. We should compare cars at some point.
I admit...I've shopped around a bit on mechanics. I'm on the north side, so I'm using Ace Performance Services. But German Performance Services and Import Auto Works are also good shops (speaking from personal experience)
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:39 PM   #32
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What's this "no winters" thing? You might want to put some snow tires on it and wash it after the roads are salted--like twice a winter. But I see no reason not to daily drive an M3 year round. It's not a Lamborghini Countach or something.
she paid more than most for this ZCP because of the prestine condition and low miles. if that was a factor i was suggesting that perhaps not driving it in winter as a daily would be an investment. but perhaps i have a poor idea of what winter is in Massachusetts. i don't deny that.
i know some states now use magnesium chloride, a type of "salt brine" for the roads. this fills more areas of the underside and crevices of a car and will promote rust where rock salt doesn't get to. unlike rock salt which doesn't splash around, but lays on the ground mostly.
it's her car she can do whatever she likes. just posting a suggestion to retain her investment more towards the reasons she bought it. but i see many of you in that area seem against it. so maybe it was a bad suggestion..
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:01 PM   #33
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she paid more than most for this ZCP because of the prestine condition and low miles. if that was a factor i was suggesting that perhaps not driving it in winter as a daily would be an investment. but perhaps i have a poor idea of what winter is in Massachusetts. i don't deny that.
i know some states now use magnesium chloride, a type of "salt brine" for the roads. this fills more areas of the underside and crevices of a car and will promote rust where rock salt doesn't get to. unlike rock salt which doesn't splash around, but lays on the ground mostly.
it's her car she can do whatever she likes. just posting a suggestion to retain her investment more towards the reasons she bought it. but i see many of you in that area seem against it. so maybe it was a bad suggestion..
I'm sure you meant well, but I guess every climate has its issues. I gather that the sun in California and the Sunbelt can do a job on an interior. (FWIW, the headliner and pillars were perfectly intact on my seven-year old Touring.)

I had an Acura Integra for 17 years, that wasn't garaged and only washed now and again, that was daily driven through a NJ winter and there wasn't a speck of rust on that car when I sold it. My in-laws live in Massachusetts and they had old Mercedes that were similarly rust free.

As both Jen and I can tell you--both of us had Alpine White 5speed/sports package wagons totaled within the last couple months-- there's more risk in driving your car in the summer. I'll take my chances on a little road salt compared to a flying minivan.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:19 PM   #34
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Again, thanks all. Want to make sure this baby works like it should for a very, very long period of time!
NICE ///M !! My favorite color, love that IB. Is your car a bareback, it's tough to tell from the pictures. Going from my 02 to my 06 ZCP I missed the radio buttons and cruise control at first but after a month of so I personally didn't miss them at all (even a drive from Portland, OR to Las Vegas, NV wasn't harsh enough to make me wish I had cruise). When you say steering wheel swap, are you going to leave the outer Alcantara or are you replacing the whole thing for the leather wrapped one? IMO the Alcantara feels so much nicer while driving compared to the leather - just my .02


Again, beautiful car and welcome to the ///M family !
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:20 AM   #35
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:46 AM   #36
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #37
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Are you kidding? I am so over the top on maintenance that I stand to lose 2k on my totalled touring after my market-rate insurance payout..simply because I proactively maintain my cars to the 'n'th degree



I agree. They look ridiculous. They will be coming off as soon as I can find the instructions on how they got put on in the first place....



I admit...I've shopped around a bit on mechanics. I'm on the north side, so I'm using Ace Performance Services. But German Performance Services and Import Auto Works are also good shops (speaking from personal experience)

I've Used Alvin at Import Auotowerks before,I live down the street from his shop.

I went to GPS once before and Marc did a good job.

But my Friend Vik works @ Ace and I've thought about going there as well. Lemme know How ACE is.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:04 PM   #38
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Okay, first off. I am not a bro, or a man, or a guy. I am a girl. A woman. One that likes to drive fast. Isn't that apparent in my signature???

Mini...If this was a 'shoe, or an M3 verte....of course I wouldn't drive it year round. Those are collectibles (or limited season cars). These were meant to be driven. So I will drive it year round, get a clear bra, wash it religiously, and wait 10 years before the rust settles in. Then when it does, I will either get it fixed or move onto another car.

Jersey...Yep, you are right. Low mileage garage queen will likely have rubber that will begin to wear out. I'm ready to pour some money into that in exchange for a chassis, engine and tranny with little wear. To me, that tradeoff is worth it.

Devin...Can you PM me? Interested in pictures on your swap and the stalk that you used. I have the DIYs, but since my mechanic hasn't done this before...I might as well do it myself :-)

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Had to take it out yesterday for a spin (just because) and it was fabulous!
Ha I like where your head's at. Amen! Have fun and be safe
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:43 AM   #39
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I've Used Alvin at Import Auotowerks before,I live down the street from his shop.

I went to GPS once before and Marc did a good job.

But my Friend Vik works @ Ace and I've thought about going there as well. Lemme know How ACE is.
I've had good luck with Alvin at Import Auto Werks in Braintree so far. Granted they've only done a few small things for me, but they seem like a good shop.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:00 AM   #40
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Hey Jen.. Baer told me about your find a few weeks ago.. It looks amazing.. if you have time this weekend.. swing down to Import Autowerks for the Boston Chapter Undercarraige Tech Session we are doing on Sat morning.. BigO1087 will be there - around 11am.. (although he may not know it yet)
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