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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 01-19-2014, 08:14 PM   #1
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Talking Just purchased an M3! TEACH ME!!!

I AM NOT NEW TO BMW's .

This is my third e46 actually.

First I had 323i sedan for a few years.
Next I bought a 330ci for another few years.

Now finally! My dream car!


2004 TiAg M3 with 77k miles.

Needs control arms, alignment, a shift knob, clutch fan, and your typical cooling issues. The usual crap an e46 throws at you.

I don't have pics right now but the first thing I'll do is replace the entire cooling system.
Every single little hose and cap and anything related to that stupid cooling system.
Next I'll replace the oil and the belts for good measure.
Control arms with the bushings.
Maybe I'll check out the the rtabs.
Needs an alignment which also leads me to think maybe I should change the steering guibo too.


What ya think? Anything else?


I don't have pics now but I want to get rid of anything chrome and tacky on the car. Although I'm approaching thirty rather quickly, I feel as excited as a teen, eager to throw on a bunch of silly mods!
Wheels, Suspension, ShortShiftKit, Carbon Fiber rear diffuser (Already has CSL Trunk). Maybe a good solid CAI and headers. Are pulleys worth it for the S54?

Lastly, I know these cars have a raspy sounding exhaust.

What is the best sounding exhaust for these cars?

(Yes Yes I know I will search on my own, trust me. I'm just excited and trying to organize my thoughts, desires, and questions).


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Old 01-19-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:33 PM   #3
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If you really want to be technical, I want the new M4 or a slightly used 360 modena. And if I was rich I'd want the Koenigsegg CCXR.....but yeah my dream car for right now lol.

Thanks!!!!
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:37 PM   #4
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Congrats on the car! Pretty sure it doesn't need a fan clutch though.

Update your profile. Post pics, or ban.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:40 PM   #5
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I wasn't aware that the ///M has the same cooling sensitivity issues as the non-m e46s.

Congrats on the purchase! Hope it gives you many miles of joy!
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:49 PM   #6
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I wasn't aware that the ///M has the same cooling sensitivity issues as the non-m e46s.

Congrats on the purchase! Hope it gives you many miles of joy!
I actually may be mistaken, I'll have to delve into the world of S54 and learn but I'd assume so. If all else, it'd be good precautionary measures to start fresh.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:59 PM   #7
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #8
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Talking Just purchased an M3!!! TEACH ME A THING OR 2!!!

I AM NOT NEW TO BMW's .

This is my third e46 actually.

First I had 323i sedan for a few years.
Next I bought a 330ci for another few years.

Now finally! My dream car!


2004 TiAg M3 with 77k miles.

Needs control arms, alignment, a shift knob, clutch fan, and your typical cooling issues. The usual crap an e46 throws at you.

I don't have pics right now but the first thing I'll do is replace the entire cooling system.
Every single little hose and cap and anything related to that stupid cooling system.
Next I'll replace the oil and the belts for good measure.
Control arms with the bushings.
Maybe I'll check out the the rtabs.
Needs an alignment which also leads me to think maybe I should change the steering guibo too.


What ya think? Anything else?


I don't have pics now but I want to get rid of anything chrome and tacky on the car. Although I'm approaching thirty rather quickly, I feel as excited as a teen, eager to throw on a bunch of silly mods!
Wheels, Suspension, ShortShiftKit, Carbon Fiber rear diffuser (Already has CSL Trunk). Maybe a good solid CAI and headers. Are pulleys worth it for the S54?

Lastly, I know these cars have a raspy sounding exhaust.

What is the best sounding exhaust for these cars?

(Yes Yes I know I will search on my own, trust me. I'm just excited and trying to organize my thoughts, desires, and questions).


:excit ed:
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:12 PM   #9
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Congrats on the car! Pretty sure it doesn't need a fan clutch though.

Update your profile. Post pics, or ban.
Why's that? The E46 M3 has fan clutch.

The M cooling components seem generally less failure-prone than the non-M ones (expansion tank especially) but when they fail they're more expensive.

Congratulations on the pickup!
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:13 PM   #10
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I actually may be mistaken, I'll have to delve into the world of S54 and learn but I'd assume so. If all else, it'd be good precautionary measures to start fresh.
Congrats!
You've been non-M brainwashed, you are correct about being mistaken.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:36 PM   #11
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With everything you mentioned there (including mods) you're probably looking at $10k or so. I would say take care of the maintenance items first before mods but it's easier said then done.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:59 PM   #12
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:31 PM   #13
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Having had two e46's before, trust me when I say...YES I KNOW!


I'm not even registering the car until I bang out all the maintenance stuff first, that just goes with out saying. I'll probably just leave it at my bmw indy shop for a week and pick it up when ready.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:39 PM   #14
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Cooling system is not where you need to start. VANOS is. Go to m3forum and read the stickies.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #16
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If you really want to be technical, I want the new M4 or a slightly used 360 modena. And if I was rich I'd want the Koenigsegg CCXR.....but yeah my dream car for right now lol.

Thanks!!!!
Wow. My dream cars would be listed as the M3/M4 and 360 Challenge Stradale. I also want an E46 M3 (Not Modded at all, Manual, from the South, never used in the North, 2004+, LSB, Dark Grey, Phoenix Yellow, Alpine White) if I could find the perfect one. I hope you enjoy the M3, definitely envy you a little bit for it.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:35 AM   #17
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Cooling system is not where you need to start. VANOS is. Go to m3forum and read the stickies.
Thanks for the words. The vanos should be checked for wear and damage or should be replaced anyway?


The car seems to have "cooling issues" , is it not safe to assume to replace necessary negligent or failing components?

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Thanks for the words. The vanos should be checked for wear and damage or should be replaced anyway?


The car seems to have "cooling issues" , is it not safe to assume to replace necessary negligent or failing components?

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Replacing cooling system parts if they've failed or are failing. At 150k+ if they haven't failed yet do the Water Pump and Radiator.

Vanos is WAY expensive on the M3 to talk about "just replacing it." You're gonna want to check the Vanos bolts and the Vanos Hub. If you have extra cash and want piece of mind, install the full Beisan setup. Lots of money, but worth it if you can't afford to have your car let you down.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=448252

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inspection II, RTABs, FCABs, flush/fill all fluids, vanos maintenance.
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inspection II, RTABs, FCABs, flush/fill all fluids, vanos maintenance.
This is exactly what I wanted to hear. Concise and to the point.

Thanks so much!
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