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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 07-21-2013, 10:34 PM   #41
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I will have to go outside now that the car has been siting for a few hours and check because mine has never lit up all the way how can i do the insturment cluster test?
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #42
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I will have to go outside now that the car has been siting for a few hours and check because mine has never lit up all the way how can i do the insturment cluster test?
Not sure about that. How hot is it where you are? Most likely you will still have 1 orange light... wait overnight and you'll probably see all of those orange lights lit.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #43
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dude I'm lost we gave you all that advice and you just bought the car becuas eit was clean, and now you have all these issues. This is why You never rush anything like this. Do the research and use the search button. alot of what you have descibe is in multiple threads on how to fix and what to look for.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #44
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This was the absolutely wrong way to by an M3.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:51 PM   #45
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Be extremely cautious when buying a m3 with high milage. I bought my 06 with 29k miles on it and first thing I checked for was rear subframe problems. Everything looked perfect but I did have a Turner reinforcement kit put on it, first thing I did after driving off the lot. It's a preventative action. If you do encounter a subframe issue, which is a known problem with the e46, the repair ranges from 7-9 grand, and a car with that high of milage could be classified as totaled if this occurs.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:54 PM   #46
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I purchased the relay at my local bmw dealer for 17$ and will have it put in tommorow.
Car was off all night yet in the morning my lights started yellow at 6k rpm why not at 4k?
This was the ONLY way for me to get an m3 I took a few more pics (needs to be detailed)

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:06 PM   #47
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I purchased the relay at my local bmw dealer for 17$ and will have it put in tommorow.
Car was off all night yet in the morning my lights started yellow at 6k rpm why not at 4k?
This was the ONLY way for me to get an m3 I took a few more pics (needs to be detailed)
Maybe it wasn't cold enough. Don't worry too much about it... also, put that in yourself. It takes two seconds. Look up how to replace a salmon relay
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:19 PM   #48
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thanks for the tip I was wondering if anyone that has purchased theirs at their local bmw dealer did it come in some sort of packaging?
Im guessing they buy these in bulk? mine was just the relay (looks new) itself and a reciept nothing else seemed odd to me?
Part number I referenced per salmon diy was : 12631742690
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #49
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Yes. Should look like this. http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...Relay/ES31912/
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:48 AM   #50
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its clean title how do i go upon having the sub-frame checked is that part of a PPI or seperate?
Often times damage occurs and is never reported to the insurance company - the PO just eats it and repairs it and then sells it as clean. FULL PPI!
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:33 AM   #51
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To purchase this m3 or not help please!

This thread is stressing me out.


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Old 07-23-2013, 03:39 AM   #52
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i hate you Americans (read: jealous). A second hand M3 for $10k? In Australia, the only way you'd get an e46 M3 for $10k is from a wreckers yard and you'd still only get a half cut for that money.
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i hate you Americans (read: jealous). A second hand M3 for $10k? In Australia, the only way you'd get an e46 M3 for $10k is from a wreckers yard and you'd still only get a half cut for that money.
Yeah, buy that second-hand M3 for 10k and you'll be making posts like the OP. They're bait for people who want an M3, but can't afford a decent one. If your goal is to repair one and you have the funds to do so and you can DIY then fine. That's obviously not the case here.


OP, that isn't oil pressure it's oil temp. If you're relying on the dealership to install a simple relay after buying an M3 with problems and no PPI then you're going to be in for one hell of a ride. Hope you didn't finance that thing.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:58 AM   #54
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i hate you Americans (read: jealous). A second hand M3 for $10k? In Australia, the only way you'd get an e46 M3 for $10k is from a wreckers yard and you'd still only get a half cut for that money.
Well thats because it cost 2,3 time what it does to live in america to live in aussie. what the cost of a new m3 120k?
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Yeah, buy that second-hand M3 for 10k and you'll be making posts like the OP. They're bait for people who want an M3, but can't afford a decent one. If your goal is to repair one and you have the funds to do so and you can DIY then fine. That's obviously not the case here.


OP, that isn't oil pressure it's oil temp. If you're relying on the dealership to install a simple relay after buying an M3 with problems and no PPI then you're going to be in for one hell of a ride. Hope you didn't finance that thing.
They are only a problem for people who confuse a clearly marked Oil Temperature gauge with Oil Pressure and have to be told twice to buy a part (relay). Ignorance makes for the worst M3 owner regardless of mileage.

Anyone who can DIY and has been around these cars enough can turn around most E46 M3. So agreed there.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:42 PM   #56
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Well thats because it cost 2,3 time what it does to live in america to live in aussie. what the cost of a new m3 120k?

The e92 starts at $170k drive away. There's a huge tax on luxury cars here.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:47 PM   #57
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Re: To purchase this m3 or not help please!

Subframe, subframe, subframe. PPI from someone who KNOWS bmw 3ers. if u end up getting it, and ur a spirited driver get the subframe reinforced. B
great price

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Old 07-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #58
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The e92 starts at $170k drive away. There's a huge tax on luxury cars here.

HOLY CHIT!
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:18 PM   #59
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They are only a problem for people who confuse a clearly marked Oil Temperature gauge with Oil Pressure and have to be told twice to buy a part (relay). Ignorance makes for the worst M3 owner regardless of mileage.

Anyone who can DIY and has been around these cars enough can turn around most E46 M3. So agreed there.
first thing I did without question when I was told was run over to the dealer to buy the relay I am in love with the car still getting used to it just wish I could drive it already.
Cheapest around for a pump (if relay/resistor mod dont work) that i can find 2.5k plus labor and cheapest labor is about 75hr @ 5hrs job time need to keep shopping around =\

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Old 07-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #60
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first thing I did without question when I was told was run over to the dealer to buy the relay I am in love with the car still getting used to it just wish I could drive it already.
Cheapest around for a pump (if relay/resistor mod dont work) that i can find 2.5k plus labor and cheapest labor is about 75hr @ 5hrs job time need to keep shopping around =\
Did you swap your relay yet? It took me about 3 minutes, swapped mine today.
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