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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 05-24-2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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Road trip to new job plus daily commute

Finally scored an internship in my field of engineering. And I will be leaving to my job in less than a week. Its about a 9 hour drive that I plan on breaking up in half. And from there I will have a daily commute of 45 minutes each way, its in the country to that relatively translates to 45 miles lets say. Praying for decent roads...


Anyway what should I prepare to brake/bring on my trip. 2002 M3 Vert. 75k (lets see how many I end the internship with?) miles. Fresh oil, no coolant leaks, belt doest squeak, some power steering noise at either full turn. Fluid level seems fine though. Assume SMG/Vanos does take a dump.

Current list to bring:
A few quarts of TWS (I burn a little), Tools, TBD

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-24-2017, 04:04 PM   #2
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I added 15k miles in a year (60k to 75k) when my job switched buildings and cities before I had a daily driver. I never had a major issue. Well, I did have issues, but they were track related as I was still heavily tracking it.

I'd recommend having a good air pump in case of a flat. Otherwise it sounds like you are all set. I regret adding all those miles now so if you think you will, too, then it might be time to shop for a DD.
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Old 05-24-2017, 04:18 PM   #3
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I added 15k miles in a year (60k to 75k) when my job switched buildings and cities before I had a daily driver. I never had a major issue. Well, I did have issues, but they were track related as I was still heavily tracking it.

I'd recommend having a good air pump in case of a flat. Otherwise it sounds like you are all set. I regret adding all those miles now so if you think you will, too, then it might be time to shop for a DD.
Much appreciated! Ive been taking her in the hills (wanna be canyons), and will try to find some out there so I can relate to you on that one.

Thats a good idea, since no spare haha.

I don't have any intention of letting go of this car, I'm enthusiast and I'm looking forward to enjoying every extra mile I can add
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Old 05-24-2017, 04:52 PM   #4
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Get it up on the lift at a good Indy and see what the car needs.

This car isn't one to blind-guess what it needs.
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If I were to ever need to rely on my car and/or travel longer distance from home I would seriously consider a proper spare wheel.

For your long trip check your screen wash is full, if you haven't already.

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Old 06-06-2017, 11:38 PM   #6
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M3 doesn't have fuel capacity for 9 hours straight so you have to make a fuel/lunch/bathroom stop. No special prep required, 5-600 miles is nothing to the car.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys, sorry I haven't updated I've been busy getting unpacked and adjusted at the new job. The car handled the drive wonderfully, didn't burn nearly as much oil as i feared, this has given me the confidence to go on more trips in the future (who needs low milage?). Now onto the next challenge...conquering these country back roads...damn potholes
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