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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 07-01-2013, 07:33 PM   #21
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Well said, wilsel, as opposed to most of the other "responses" on this thread. Y'all are WAY too defensive. Lighten up!

Just to answer some of the wisecrack remarks. No, I'm not overweight, I actually weigh a buck fifty and am pacific islander. The dude I bought it from was the one and only owner and pampered the crap out of it, yet he still had noticeable wear on the side bolster and center armrest. The car is from sunny SD so yes, that could've contributed to the premature deterioration of the rubber moldings but again, I am comparing this to my "cheap" Nissan and Infiniti that are 5 and 15 yrs older than the M3, respectively. I'm not comparing apples to oranges here. I'm not talking about engines or transmissions, I'm talking about rubber moldings.
So apparently nobody rants about their cars on these forums? I find that hard to believe.

Bolster wear is caused by owners dragging their posterior over the bolster over and over and over again for years. If you see wear - its there for a reason. Its not a bolster problem - its an operator problem. Lots of people do it - as did former owners of your car.

If you get worked up about little stuff like that - wait until you have owned the car for a year or more.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:47 PM   #22
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I am comparing this to my "cheap" Nissan and Infiniti that are 5 and 15 yrs older than the M3, respectively. I'm not comparing apples to oranges here.
Glad you appreciate you're comparing the "ultimate driving machine" to inferior vehicles.

Nissans are not known for reliability.
Infinitis are expensive Nissans with plastic ugly interiors.


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Old 07-01-2013, 10:21 PM   #23
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My rubbers look good.

Your "complaints" are silly and not thread worthy.

Can't wait to see how you react when something expensive needs replacing.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #24
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lol, wouldn't worry about it.

my m3 has a temperamental sunroof, the starter's on the way out, and also have shot window rubber.

to me, its part of its charm. think of it as a more reliable, more capable alfa romeo
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:24 PM   #25
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Its called constructive criticism, guys. Don't get butt hurt over my rants. Again, I love the car. Just pointing out its shortcomings. Carry on.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #26
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Its called constructive criticism, guys. Don't get butt hurt over my rants. Again, I love the car. Just pointing out its shortcomings. Carry on.
There was nothing constructive about it. If you want a luxo-barge, go buy an Infiniti.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:00 PM   #27
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3. Rubber window molding is crap. The exterior of the car was in pristine condition thanks to the previous owner, however, 1 glaring aspect stood out. The rubber molding on the driver's side rear quarter window was almost completed cracked and deteriorated! The passenger side is also on it way out. What gives? My 21+ yo Nissan Sentra's rubber molding looks better than the M3's, so does my wife's weathered G20? I seriously hope BMW changed their supplier cuz whoever supplied the E46 was garbage.
the quarter rear window rubber gets pressed in by the window motors from the owners holding it in too long. this pinches the rubber at that section and cracks it. it's part of the windows moving in/outward instead of the typical up down movement in the window frame. i'm noticing mine now starting to crack having done the "one touch" window mod. the motors pull them in too much before stopping.

now if you want to have a common grip it will be when the lame environmentally conscious glue they use to hold the felt trim on the door frame comes down. now that's a quality issue of adhesive.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:25 PM   #28
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My '06 came with Bluetooth (although not great audio with a vert) and I can open our community gate with the buttons on my rear view (won't accept my garage door, however). Rubber is all good, but left bolster on driver seat is worn (plan to get replaced) as is the armrest on the center console.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #29
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Glad you appreciate you're comparing the "ultimate driving machine" to inferior vehicles.

Nissans are not known for reliability.
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Its called constructive criticism, guys. Don't get butt hurt over my rants. Again, I love the car. Just pointing out its shortcomings. Carry on.
Not a matter of butthurt buddy....you're whining about a few very minor issues compared to VANOS issues, Rod Bearing recalls, rear subframe issues....then you're comparing an M3 to nissans and infinities. The cars you reference are clearly not in the same performance class as your M3. Feel free to rant over at M3 Forum while you're at it

Sure there are some things that aren't perfect but then you're not buying a brand new ///M either. I think you need a check on reality here and look at what you really have and appreciate the car for what it is. If you're really not happy with the ///M then move on and get the infinity or nissan. I think you will be much happier there The ///M isn't for everyone....

One last thing, I find your last comment "Carry on" to be disrespectful towards all of us....if anything, you should stop wining and "carry on"... have a nice day
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OP, you're not a "cup is half empty" kind of guy are you?? You're more of a "this cup is 1/10th empty" arent you!?! LOL

Anyways, for the sake of thread contribution, I remember seeing a mod for homelink application where you flicker your highbeams to open/close garage doors, and another flicker pattern for the gate or security alarm ant etc...Im not sure which sponsor sells them here but Im sure a little google research will deliver your options.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:50 AM   #31
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Its called constructive criticism, guys. Don't get butt hurt over my rants. Again, I love the car. Just pointing out its shortcomings. Carry on.
Is it just me? It does not sound like you are pointing out "shortcomings"...it sounds like you are complaining about something that you willingly decided to buy.
Did you not notice these "shortcomings" prior to purchase? Or did someone force you into buying this particular car?

If i find something that is not to my liking, I don't buy it. If I do, I have ZERO right to complain about it. Now, if I notice these things after the purchase...I still have no right to complain to anyone except myself...for not being thorough in "MY" inspection "PRIOR" to my purchase.

Anyway, enjoy what you can with your new ride... It is a love-hate relationship as most will tell you.

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Old 07-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #32
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If those are your greatest complaints - you are looking for nits to complain about.

Check back with us when your VANOS fails, SMG pump goes south or you find your subframe has failed..
Preach!
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What I don't understand is how the OP is so baffled that homelink and bluetooth weren't standard.

It's a German luxury car brand. Be grateful having a steering wheel isn't an optional package.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:11 PM   #34
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What I don't understand is how the OP is so baffled that homelink and bluetooth weren't standard.

It's a German luxury car brand. Be grateful having a steering wheel isn't an optional package.


Hmm, now I'm confused. You just said BMW was a German luxury brand. So of course you'd expect those features to be standard! I've owned 3 Audis(German) and a few family members own Mercs, which all had at least homelink, if not bluetooth on 2003+ MYs.

Anyways, I'm done with this topic and won't express my "nit picking" anymore and just go back to enjoying my M3 since there seems to be a lot of sensitive ppl on this forum. I merely was pointing out the little things that I noticed AFTER owning the car for a couple of weeks but some of you took it as attacking the shortcomings of this car. Thanks to those few who had something constructive to say about my "ultimate driving machine" that apparently should only come standard with a steering wheel, 4 wheels, and many faults, according to the majority of the respondents!
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Hmm, now I'm confused. You just said BMW was a German luxury brand. So of course you'd expect those features to be standard! I've owned 3 Audis(German) and a few family members own Mercs, which all had at least homelink, if not bluetooth on 2003+ MYs.

Anyways, I'm done with this topic and won't express my "nit picking" anymore and just go back to enjoying my M3 since there seems to be a lot of sensitive ppl on this forum. I merely was pointing out the little things that I noticed AFTER owning the car for a couple of weeks but some of you took it as attacking the shortcomings of this car. Thanks to those few who had something constructive to say about my "ultimate driving machine" that apparently should only come standard with a steering wheel, 4 wheels, and many faults, according to the majority of the respondents!
Honestly man, I'm not really sure why everyone jumped on your ass to begin with.. This IS a section of the forum for posting thoughts/topics/questions about the E46 M3 is it not?

The guy wanted to post his thoughts about his car, give him a break.. not everyone has to experience a $3000 fix to have an issue with this vehicle.

Enjoy your M3 OP, it will be a long road, especially when the big fixes DO come, but a long road in the ultimate driving machine
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Honestly man, I'm not really sure why everyone jumped on your ass to begin with.. This IS a section of the forum for posting thoughts/topics/questions about the E46 M3 is it not?

The guy wanted to post his thoughts about his car, give him a break.. not everyone has to experience a $3000 fix to have an issue with this vehicle.

Enjoy your M3 OP, it will be a long road, especially when the big fixes DO come, but a long road in the ultimate driving machine
Thanks man. Finally a fellow member with some class! I appreciate the luv!

I very much enjoy being an M3 owner and don't regret buying it one bit. Those little nuances I pointed out are minor annoyances that are just that, minor annoyances, not meant to attack its shortcomings at all. And I don't feel entitled that my car is superior to a Honda or Infiniti or Nissan just because I now drive a car thats faster or has an M badge emblazoned on its trunk lid. One.
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I think you need to look at your geographical location as far as the rubber goes. I picked my M3 up about 3 years ago from California (It's a 2001) and SO many pieces were UV "burnt" or damaged, cowl was cracked, rubber pieces showing a lot of wear.

Now, I compare to the local E46's here in Winnipeg, Manitoba - Rubber and plastic pieces look fresh.

Afterwards many of people told me, when you go down to the hot states to buy a car - No you don't have to worry at all about salted roads deteriorating your car, but expect to be replacing moldings/plastics if the car is 10+ years old. Seems logical to me.

Anyway, glad you like the car! They are a lot of fun, keep preventive maintenance ongoing and you shouldn't have to many issues.
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Honestly man, I'm not really sure why everyone jumped on your ass to begin with.. This IS a section of the forum for posting thoughts/topics/questions about the E46 M3 is it not?
Cause he's being dumb and the post your quoted shows it. BMW options a lot of equipment unlike Mercedes and Audi, so that purists can buy a car with features they don't need or want. It's been explained several times yet he keeps going on the same stupid rant.

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Old 07-08-2013, 05:35 PM   #39
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Hmm, now I'm confused. You just said BMW was a German luxury brand. So of course you'd expect those features to be standard! I've owned 3 Audis(German) and a few family members own Mercs, which all had at least homelink, if not bluetooth on 2003+ MYs.

Anyways, I'm done with this topic and won't express my "nit picking" anymore and just go back to enjoying my M3 since there seems to be a lot of sensitive ppl on this forum. I merely was pointing out the little things that I noticed AFTER owning the car for a couple of weeks but some of you took it as attacking the shortcomings of this car. Thanks to those few who had something constructive to say about my "ultimate driving machine" that apparently should only come standard with a steering wheel, 4 wheels, and many faults, according to the majority of the respondents!
Dude....you are not getting it.

It was not called the ultimate driving machine for bluetooth or homelink. Those are complete detractors from the experience of driving.

Honestly, most of us hate too much tech in our cars. We want to be involved in driving, not all up in bluetooth's anus. If I wanted tech, I'd go buy a loaded nissan maxima. I hate backup cameras, bluetooth, electronic steering, homelink, HUD, or any other interfering electronic that is distracting me from the pure experience of driving my car. To be perfectly honest, the E46 has even a bit too much tech for my taste. I want a man's car that likes to be manhandled and flogged to death on the road, not a soft infiniti.

You have to understand that this is BMW's roots. I simply won't buy a new BMW because it has all that BS technology, so many of us buy these cars for the experience of driving and not convenience luxury features.

A good weekend is when I am knee deep up my M3's skirt. I feel like you should have gotten a mercedes under warranty...
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #40
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