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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 03-30-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Opinions guys please.

I'm planning on buying myself an E46 M3 soon, and I've found 2 I really like. Ones a 03 steel grey with 68k miles for 19,998 and the other is a 04 steel grey metallic with 72k miles for 19,998. Both in great condition. My deciding factor is really what color I like most. and I can't decide... I plan on doing quite a few mods to it and I wanted to add a carbon fiber trim to the car (CF front lip, CF front grill, CF side grills, CF pillars, CF mirrors, ect.. ect..) so I wanted to get opinions from all you good people on which you think would look the best with a carbon fiber trim and black rims, steel grey? or steel grey metallic?
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Which one has the better documented maintenance record? What are the options on the vehicles? Do they have all / most to the options you want? Is the '03 a 2003 or a 2003.5? Weight your choice based on which vehicle has what you want the go from there.
In order to finish FIRST, you MUST first FINISH !

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Get your "M" on . . .
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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They are both perfect and have everything I want (except the 03 doesn't have LED tail lights, but thats a somewhat cheap fix) I'm mostly just wanting to know what do you guys think would look best steel grey metallic with carbon fiber or steel grey with carbon fiber?
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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If it was me, I would buy the color that "I" like, not the one that a whole bunch of strangers like.

Buy the one "YOU" like better.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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id take either of them lol, thats just cause i dont have an M

but one with the best documented BMW service records would be best IMO

good luck
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:40 PM   #6
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Maybe try a google image search with e46 M3 "paint color" carbon fiber hood and view a bunch of pics of each and see which you like better

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