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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 06-18-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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Need some exhaust advice ! Please help

Hello everyone, I'm thinking about getting a good exhaust. I hate rattling exhaust sound I want a deep loud, I drive a 2003 bmw m3, I'm thinking about getting an axle back, and deleting the resonators and put custom piping. I'm trying to spend no more then like 400 to 500$.
-what are some good exhaust set ups? Thanks


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Old 07-02-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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Others may have better advice but I have the resonators removed on my car and the rasp is louder. The only "deep sounding" exhaust I have heard is my friend's Meisterschaft exhaust. I think you are going to spend much more for that unless you can find it used.

Not sure what you are considering "deep sounding" but since this is an inline 6, I am not sure how "deep" of a sound you are going to get. Youtube e46 M3 exhaust and see what you like.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:06 AM   #3
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For 400-500, you're going to have some issues finding anything, much less achieving the sound you want. You may be better off adding a set of resonators on the section one, or getting a rasp terminator in there. Not sure what cost would be on that, but any decent axle back is going to break your budget and won't get the result you want without other modifications.

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Old 07-02-2014, 05:40 PM   #4
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Read through this thread, there's a couple variations that people have claimed got rid of rasp and ended up with a deep sound. Even if you have to pay someone to do all of it you'd still be under $500.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...ht=muffler+gut
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:39 PM   #5
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Anyone know anything about Magna flow for BMW's I heard they are the less rattly


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Anyone know anything about Magna flow for BMW's I heard they are the less rattly


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Less raspy then the one you have for sure.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:45 PM   #7
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Catless headers and a cheap topspeed replica exhaust. The drone sucks but it sounds amazing. That's what I have on my car and everyone loves the sound. By everyone I mean Mustang guys, Porsche guys, Ferrari and corvette guys from my country club and even the ricers. I only spent $350 for the entire set up from a guy on the forum. Like I said, the drone isn't my favorite part but I'm only 20 years old so it doesn't bother me at all since I still have some growing up to do. So if you can tolerate the drone then I would recommend that. If not, there aren't many other options aside from just an axle back which almost never gives you a deep tone. Unless you spend some serious money on a real muffler, all you'll get out of a cheap axle back is an annoying fart can noise. That's how my topspeed muffler sounded with stock headers. Catless headers with the stock muffler will give you a deep tone but it's still too quiet in my opinion. If you want loud you'll have to sacrifice the peace and quiet in the cabin. I've honestly never been in an e46 m3 with loud exhaust that doesn't drone in the cabin. I'm sure there's plenty out there but it's all about how much you're willing to spend. And for $500 I don't think you'll find one.

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Old 07-05-2014, 04:01 PM   #8
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If you tell me your email I can send you a short video of what my exhaust sounds like. I can't upload it on here from my phone. It's not the best quality but it'll at least give you an idea of what it sounds like.

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Old 07-05-2014, 06:33 PM   #9
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:01 AM   #10
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Look into the scorpion exhaust. I have it on my car not to raspy very little drone and it sounds Absolutley incredible in my opinion. It's going to be very hard to find anything in that budget like others have been saying. It is an M3 after all.

If I get around to posting a video I will but otherwise there are plenty of videos on YouTube. Just look for the e46 m3 scorpion exhaust it gives it a nice deep tone and really doesn't break the bank too much.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:51 PM   #11
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I like the scorpion exhuast start up but once it hits like 3rpm it gets extremely raspy ?


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not on that budget unless you find used.
Rogue El Diablo and Scorpion are deeper toned and less raspy than most. I had the Rogue but sold it for something less head turning sound.
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #13
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I like the scorpion exhuast start up but once it hits like 3rpm it gets extremely raspy ?


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So for me it was between the rogue and the scorpion because they are both deep sounding. Yes some rasp comes through the scorpion but for the most part it's nice and deep. If your really against the rasp you can always remove your resonator and replace it with a CPI rasp terminator.
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:56 PM   #14
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I've tried to post the video and email it but for some reason my phone just isn't cooperating. I'll try and figure out a way to send it somehow.

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Old 07-07-2014, 10:31 AM   #16
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Dame that sounds pretty good, what's your set up ^^^


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Btw thanks everyone for the input.


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Status gruppe muffler with their rasp pipe. Gives it a Tone that can be described as a mix between a Ferrari 360 when low and a Porsche gt3rs when high rpm.
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I got 2 AR20s one the section 1, side by side. I took off the stock ones and just a Top Speed Section 3.
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Sweet, thanks for the input


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