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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 12-16-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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looking to buy a e46 m3 or 335i.

well im really wanting to purchase one or the other but i really dont know what packages are offered with the e46 m3. can anyone tell me what all packages are offered for the m3?
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:52 PM   #2
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Just find a clean one with decent miles and service history. As for the 335i don't, you'll regret not getting the M. Trust me.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:04 PM   #3
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A stock 2012 335i will typically be faster then a stock E46 M3. HOWEVER, IMHO, the E9x's are ugly cars and the E46 M3 was my dream car, so it was a no brainer. If you can go either way on looks, then it depends what you are looking for.

Not many packages you can get on an M3... just different styles of trim, vert / no vert, nav/no nav, bluetooth, etc. The only package there is really is the sports package. Personally, I'd stay away from that package as it does nothing performance wise and you lose the steering wheel controls.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:24 PM   #4
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A stock 2012 335i will typically be faster in a straight line then a stock E46 M3
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:54 PM   #5
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I got the same dilema for a few months.
ended up with an ///M

does it help?
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #6
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after driving a 335i with jb4, im pretty set on getting a n54 with jb4.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:55 PM   #7
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after driving a 335i with jb4, im pretty set on getting a n54 with jb4.
Hope your set on buying fuel pumps.

If your just looking for light to light or straight line speed. Then get the 335i. I have a friend with a fully bolted on and tuned 135i. Let him drive my car and he is set on selling his 135 and getting an m3 now.

M3 has a huge fun factor over the N54/55 based 1 and 3 series.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:19 PM   #8
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I own a 2002 M3 w/ the sport package and i still have the steering controls. i generally don't use them too much though.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:22 PM   #9
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Hope your set on buying fuel pumps.

If your just looking for light to light or straight line speed. Then get the 335i. I have a friend with a fully bolted on and tuned 135i. Let him drive my car and he is set on selling his 135 and getting an m3 now.

M3 has a huge fun factor over the N54/55 based 1 and 3 series.
Not so fast.

N55 cars don't have that issue.
I would get an M3.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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I own a 2002 M3 w/ the sport package and i still have the steering controls. i generally don't use them too much though.
I belive he was talking about the competition package they offered in 05 and 06. As far as I know thats the only model that does not have cruise and radio controls on the steering wheel. Hey I could be wrong though.

Personaly I would get the M. I think it looks so much better with its flared fenders and more agressive stance and the performance is fantastic . I am a little bias thought. My rides an 06 zcp

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Not so fast.

N55 cars don't have that issue.
I would get an M3.
Oh Yes they do!

Check the forums. Im on e90post and 1addicts. Ive seen multiple threads on fuel pump failures on N55's
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:09 PM   #12
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OP - drive them both as it really depends upon exactly what you are looking for. Personal preference rules with these cars, i.e. comfort, style, track performance, daily drive-ability, style, etc.

But, your original question was really about the optional packages offered for the e46 M3, correct? If so, then it's simple:

1. Cold Weather
2. Premium
3. Competition

Obviously, there were many other options available, but to my knowledge there were only three "packages" offered in the US.

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Old 12-17-2011, 05:25 PM   #13
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a stock 335i isnt faster than a stock e46 M3, in a straight line or otherwise. but it can very easily be much faster with a few simple mods.

the 335i is just another 3 series. yes its turbo, its pretty quick and can easily be made fast. but its still just a 3 series. i see 100 e9x 3 series a day, many of them are 335's but its not like i would even notice. i dont see an M3 of any chassis every day. plus i bet there will come a point in some years that the e46 M3 will be worth more than the e9x 335.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:27 AM   #14
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Well, the 335i is a great car and with a remap, intake and exhaust it would walk a standard e46 m3 on a straight . Sayin that its not an m car and personally i think the e46 m3 is the best looking m3, its not as comfortable as the 335i but once you test drive them back to back you"ll see!! 335 is nice to drive but the e46 m3 is a totally different level,raw n/a power, an amazing chassis, beautiful looks and extremely comfortable!!! Go with the m3 e46!!!
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DONT"T GET A 335!

Your gonna to regret it!!
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:40 PM   #16
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My GF's got a 335i.. It's a comfortable ride but just doesn't feel nearly as fun as my M3. The 335i doesn't really have that "wow" factor either. I see so many of them everyday whereas I only see an E46 M3 once in a long while. The M3 also turns more heads than the 335i... a lot more heads. Go M3 and you'll be glad you did!
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:37 AM   #17
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My usual response to this question:

If you have to ask, get the 335
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Speed may be similar, but feel and ultimate handling is a bit less in the 335.

I was following a 335 last year a real good clip through some hairy corners, him in the lead. He almost bit it, like the rear of his car kicked out to 8 o'clock(6 o'clock being normal). My car was dead planted, and he was even holding me up. After we got through the twisties, he signaled he was taking a right, I went by him, he immediately got back on the road behind me. Undoubtebly he was checking at what just owned him. lol
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a stock 335i isnt faster than a stock e46 M3, in a straight line or otherwise. but it can very easily be much faster with a few simple mods.

the 335i is just another 3 series. yes its turbo, its pretty quick and can easily be made fast. but its still just a 3 series. i see 100 e9x 3 series a day, many of them are 335's but its not like i would even notice. i dont see an M3 of any chassis every day. plus i bet there will come a point in some years that the e46 M3 will be worth more than the e9x 335.
^^ Very true. The M3 is just a much better and stronger starting platform. Holds value longer and is more sought after. I went from the ZHP to a Z4M and think it was the best move ever. If you don't need the extra seats which sit empty 90% of the time anyways or that much trunk space the Z4M is fantastic. But I digress. I would pick the M3 over the 335i(s).
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Well remember, the M3 is just a 3 series with a different suspension, but the foundation of the car is still only a 3 series. Which is to say, a perenial top 10 car of the year.
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