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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 10-08-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Ok so i was driving the other night and my friend passes me in a 2011 v6 camaro, and i had to drop from 6th to 3rd to proceed to catch and pass them. I wasnt happy at the time it took to catch them, so give me some ideas on smaller power upgrades. Like are those plug in things for like $350 of any worth? i have a cold air intake thats it. Stock 02 M3. I dont want to completely destroy my mpg, since i drive this to school everyday 45 min away. By the way new to BMWs all together went from a 1966 Mustang to this over the summer.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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M3 upgrades?

Are you up to date on ur maintenance?


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Old 10-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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FI or 4.10 diff


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Old 10-08-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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What ever comes in the car when its purchased is all i would know at this current moment.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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Do you know if they did the inspection 2?


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Old 10-08-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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The most recent visit to the Dealership did the free i think 12 point vehicle inspection. What is the total maintenance needed? I do work myself because i am mechanically inclined.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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Check subframe damage, valve adjustment & vanos


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Old 10-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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Here
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=190111


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Old 10-08-2013, 08:12 PM   #10
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Ok great thanks! So in your opinion does a plug and play chip upgrade actually do anything useful? ive heard the name sharkflash thrown around i believe.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:13 PM   #11
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well first off lets go on how high is your budget?
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #12
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I don't think so. Headers/exhaust system. 4.10 gears or force induction would be the best


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Old 10-08-2013, 08:21 PM   #13
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Well before i finish my BA degree small budget. I guess im looking a suggestions more than anything.

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Old 10-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #14
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Everything is expensive on the M


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Old 10-08-2013, 10:04 PM   #16
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I would suggest going back to the stock intake. They are pretty cheap I have 2 extra.

Also another mod is relocating the IAT out of the MAF and somewhere in the stream of air flow.

Check out this thread:
http://www.m3support.net/thread/68/i...ensor-relocate
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:16 PM   #17
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gearing ($1000-$3000)
Headers + Exhaust ($2000-$4000) and you need a tune for them to be fully effective
FI ($5500 - $10000+)
Stock tune ($1200~)
Weight Reduction (Free!)
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:56 AM   #18
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$350 bucks will get you caught up on a couple of maintenance items only. There's really no performance upgrade within your budget at this point.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:38 AM   #19
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:52 AM   #20
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why do you suggest going back to the stock air filter?
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