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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 08-31-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Back into E46 M3! Imola

I just scored on a nice clean 2003.5 imola red M3 on red int.
Only 54,xxx kms (33,500 miles)
SMG trans. My previous m3 was 6mt this one was just a good deal. I'm not too crazy about the red but sure it will grow on me.
This trans. is all new to me, so far its way rougher than a manual trans...
It has stage 2 Dinan.

Problems pass. door doesn't unlock by remote only manually it closes tho, some seals are coming off..needs fluids flushed.

Planing to do a red and black theme, no tinting of lights tho. grilles, splitters..

Last pic is my last sg m3.

03.5 e46 m3>08 x6 35i>back to 03.5 M3 ir...
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:43 AM   #2
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Back into E46 M3! Imola

Congrats
Typically I don't like red cars, the only exception is the Porsche 911, in my opinion, it only belongs in red. But the ///M Imola/Imola combo is the close exception.

I've only seen one in person, and I was pretty impressed. Most 'red' cars look cheap...yes...even BMWs (in my ever so humble opinion) but, again...combined with the interior, it is special...but maybe I'm a bit biased on that....lol. Imola interiors are sexy sexy sexy.



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Old 08-31-2013, 07:57 AM   #3
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sounds like you need a new latch assembly for the passenger door, the actuator is built into it. i had the same issue when i got mine. i love that red on red. black wheels too or staying chrome?
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, it looks much better in person. Like hot Ferrari red! Yea black wheels would look good. Have to look into fixing that door.
The dinan exhaust is pretty loud actually compared to stock, not overdone but still.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:06 PM   #5
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IR/IR is a sweet combo but I think I prefer your old one.

How does the Dinan package compare to your last M3?
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:30 PM   #6
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Nice Pick Up!
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:17 PM   #7
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Its more responsive for sure but haven't had the chance to really drive it hard yet.
16k worth of stuff its nuts how expensive dinan is...glad I didn't pay for it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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Some more pics with my dslr...
lol the dinan exhaust has only one outlet the other side is a fake.. never knew.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:38 AM   #9
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thats a beauty, how much did you pay>?
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #10
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E46 m3's are going down on price a bit plus end of summer I think I got a good deal. mid 20s
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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Imola looks soo good.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:41 AM   #12
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Awesome find Let me know if you ever decide to trade your interior for Black mint condition interior with only 49,000 miles
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:47 AM   #13
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So beautiful. I actually have an sg that i picked up a few months ago.
Wish we could trade interiors haha.

I was so mad when i realized my dinan was fake on one side lol

but you have a beautiful car man
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #14
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Nice M, man.
Imola on imola is my favorite. Same combo as mine. haha
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #15
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Re: Back into E46 M3! Imola

What u guys think of a tint 50% all around? would go nice with the red but will hide the nice interior..

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Old 09-09-2013, 11:32 AM   #16
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I say go for it.
Would look sick on the outside, and make the interior that much more unique when you open the door.

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Old 09-09-2013, 08:01 PM   #17
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Love that combo. Nice M man!
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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Beautiful! Congrats!
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #19
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Re: Back into E46 M3! Imola

Thx
Just did an oil change on it, replaced ac belt too it was slightly cracking. Same belt broke on my other M3. Had to remove fan to do this, pita . So close to doing it from bottom but there just isnt any room. Reset the insp. but coulndt get the oil service to reset.. Now waiting for some ext. parts to come in black grilles, ae's, splitters.. will tint soon. I had to remove the dinan cai stuff and the dinan filter is filthy, gona try to clean or buy new one for ~$90.

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Old 10-15-2013, 08:52 PM   #20
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SMG problem already!
I was driving thru a construction zone and after few bumps and sped up i heard some noise from the engine i thought it was some construction equipment but no.

At the next stop the car turns off by it self. I turn the key to 0 and wait few seconds and the car starts but with a whine. Now its running and gear selector is flashing. I stop again on the side of the road open the hood and check around the engine nothing there. Shut the hood hard to make sure its not the switch.

I drive to where i was going slowly everything is fine gear selector is still flashing. I disconnect the battery nothing changes.

The one thing is on R the mirror is not tilting down! At this point i head back home scared that its gona shut off at any moment but with gear selector flashing and beeping i make it home driving less than 60kmh and going up to 4 th gear manually. I didnt want to.push it but it was going.

Now to find the problem...
Hood switch
Salmon relay
Fuel door (haven't checked yet)
Any other switches...
The aftermarket battery..

Any help..

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