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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 11-17-2016, 02:27 PM   #1
stmotorsports
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Just how troublesome ARE E46 M3s?

I still have my first E46 which is a 2005 330Ci, I love the car but I'm constantly plagued by the itch to upgrade. I love the idea of an M for all the obvious reasons, but very leery about all the countless negative things and horror stories I've heard over the years.

So I guess my question is this- can I have realistic expectations of obtaining a well maintained M at a price point that is not ridiculous, and have it last me for any reasonable length of time without having to do some sort of major overhaul (read: engine)? Or should I just plan on doing some sort of swap right off the bat like to an M5 V8 or a boosted M54 or something?
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