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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!

View Poll Results: How did you get an E46 M3?
Paid cash 81 71.05%
Finanacing 33 28.95%
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:48 PM   #61
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Abundance of E46 M3s (If you're under 30 enter here)

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what color is that!?? i really like it!
Sienna red. Thanks!


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A driving POS is better than a beauty stuck idle in your garage. A beauty stuck on your shifter is entirely different.
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If you want to have sex, do your belts before your lip.


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Old 09-30-2013, 11:09 PM   #62
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Interesting thought.. As kids wreck em value will go up faster so sooner or later they won't afford em anymore

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Old 09-30-2013, 11:48 PM   #63
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Bad stereotype. I'm a reasonably responsible driver.

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Old 10-01-2013, 12:33 PM   #64
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This whole thread is a bad stereotype. Of course the only people posting on it are the ones who baught their M3 with cash. I am willing to bet my arm that a huge number of M3s are still financed. The people financing them will not post here because they would be judged.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #65
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #66
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Im 16 with an 01 E46 M3, 6MT (silver) with 134k miles on it. I had a 04 330Ci ZHP (high mileage) that was totaled as a result of a lady deciding to pull out directly in front of me going 45mph, RIP my first E46 :'( . Being how the wreck wasn't my fault, their insurance company ended up paying back aittle over what my parents had paid for it, and i had put into the car. (About 10-11k total)
After i lost my first car, I was determined to somehow work and earn my dream car, which wasn't entirely out of my reach, an E46 M3 6 Speed. A few months after, I found a M3 for a pretty good deal considering it had **over 130,000 miles**. Thats how i drive my dream car today and i never plan on giving it up. This bone stock S54 still runs like a dream.

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Old 10-08-2013, 03:29 PM   #67
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:44 PM   #68
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whether or not you finance is not my concern, its whether or not your putting your life on hold to make it happen... single biggest regret of mine. I bought mine and am now stuck living at home.. had to prioritize and forgo a lot of other luxuries.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:07 AM   #69
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Im 20 years old, I bought my M3 e46 vert SMG paid 160.000 SEK = 25.000 (dollar) In cash just about to Prioritize what u wanna spend your money on and save for it (Live in Sweden idk but I heard cars is more expencive here)..
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:26 AM   #70
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This. A young person can own an m3 just like they can own a new civic. Although even at 20, $20k is a lot for a car. But most people have their priorities screwed so if you put all your money towards a car (a lot of kids do) they can afford an m3, or a new hyundia/Kia/Honda
Good point. I have a lot of less educated friends who have gotten 2013 BRZs or 2013 Civics for 20-24k and I just ask "why on earth did you do that?" for the same price they could have gotten a gorgeous AW on C 6 speed M3 or even an Imola on Caramel E39 M5

they are

Edit: Oh and to stay on topic I paid cash for my M3 at 17

83k on the clock and got it for 18.5 last September. Sold it two months later for 28.5

I dont even care if someone here wants to challenge my sale price being legit, because it is and I wont argue about it. Upset much? Learn to upsell

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Old 10-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #71
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Good point. I have a lot of less educated friends

I dont even care if someone here wants to challenge my sale price being legit, because it is and I wont argue about it. Upset much? Learn to upsell
Sounds like you're always around less educated people. They just have money to blow.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #72
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Sounds like you're always around less educated people. They just have money to blow.
Perhaps the word I should have used was "aquaintenace" instead of friend. I know a few people who have insisted on newer cars instead of a mid mileage used M
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:59 PM   #73
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Perhaps the word I should have used was "aquaintenace" instead of friend. I know a few people who have insisted on newer cars instead of a mid mileage used M
Sounds like you are the ignorant one for not understanding the value of factory warranty and a brand new car with no previous history.

They are not ignorant for wanting a brand new BRZ. Perhaps they just don't want to deal with the trouble that comes along with a 7-12 year old german high performance car that does not have the greatest reliability records?

And no one cares if your sale price is legit. Get over yourself.

I won't even get started with your sig...

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Old 10-11-2013, 07:48 PM   #74
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Factory warranty will never overcome depreciation. Ever ever

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:09 PM   #75
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$20-25k isn't a lot... Basically anyone, or anyone with a co-signer (mommy/daddy), can get a car loan for that amount. And I bet over half of the people who posted here that they paid "cash" did not. People lie.


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Old 10-11-2013, 08:59 PM   #76
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Sounds like you are the ignorant one for not understanding the value of factory warranty and a brand new car with no previous history.

They are not ignorant for wanting a brand new BRZ. Perhaps they just don't want to deal with the trouble that comes along with a 7-12 year old german high performance car that does not have the greatest reliability records?

And no one cares if your sale price is legit. Get over yourself.

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First off my M was not expensive at all. I did the entire cooling system and suspension refresh and I didnt bat an eye at it, but I suppose that is perspective. Was it more expensive than a BRZ or Civic? Sure, but I bought the car to have a level of performance unrivaled by a new car for the same money.

And as far as reliability goes if you do preventative maintenance BMWs are way more reliable. I have owned 8 and 4 have been E46s so I know about reliability. I have never had a maintenance issue other than ones that I created by having too much power or putting a high amount of stress on the car.
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First off my M was not expensive at all. I did the entire cooling system and suspension refresh and I didnt bat an eye at it, but I suppose that is perspective. Was it more expensive than a BRZ or Civic? Sure, but I bought the car to have a level of performance unrivaled by a new car for the same money.

And as far as reliability goes if you do preventative maintenance BMWs are way more reliable. I have owned 8 and 4 have been E46s so I know about reliability. I have never had a maintenance issue other than ones that I created by having too much power or putting a high amount of stress on the car.
Technically if you went through eight BMWs you don't know about reliability as you havnt kept one for long enough to find out . And did you pay 18.5 for your m or was it more expensive then a new brz Because it cannot be both.
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Technically if you went through eight BMWs you don't know about reliability as you havnt kept one for long enough to find out . And did you pay 18.5 for your m or was it more expensive then a new brz Because it cannot be both.
It isnt more expensive than a new BRZ, but its a more worthwhile car to own and when you realize the amount of daily stress put on my M3 you would understand that yes, I have had it long enough to understand its reliability. I put 500 miles a day on that car and they were not easy miles
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It isnt more expensive than a new BRZ, but its a more worthwhile car to own and when you realize the amount of daily stress put on my M3 you would understand that yes, I have had it long enough to understand its reliability. I put 500 miles a day on that car and they were not easy miles
Maybe you should understand that beating on a car for a short period of time has nothing to do with reliability.
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Maybe you should understand that beating on a car for a short period of time has nothing to do with reliability.
Sure it does. Compress thousands of miles of driving over several months and compress that into a couple months. I drove what most people do a year in two months. I subjected my M to extreme road abuse as any purpose built car gets subjected. The car held up incredibly well given the circumstances, so I will say that time has nothing to do with reliability in this case. Mileage and driving factor has more to do with it.
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