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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 04-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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the best mods for e46 m3

im looking to buy an m3 and wondering what are some mods that i could do to my m3 to dress it up a lil bit and still have it look classy i just wanted some ideas on diffrent looks i guess thanks guys
and anyone that has any info on an stick e46 m3 for around 14.5k plz let me know
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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I moved your thread over to the M3 forum. There are endless thinks you could do to an M3, you'll have to be more specific or as suggested start by searching around to see what you like.

Post a WTB (want to buy) thread in the classifieds to see what members have for used M3s.

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Old 04-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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Who is going to tell him about the maintenance? Where's dmax?
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:47 AM   #5
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Read this thread

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=190111

Then maybe you'll get an idea of what it's going to cost to actually OWN an M3 let alone modify it. Especially since you're looking for a "cheap" one as it seems.
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I'm sure if you get an e46 M that it won't need any maintenance. The guys seem to be liking the 'painting tires body color' mod, so make sure you don't get black, otherwise that mod is sort of useless.

The non-Ms need a lot of maintenance, but the M, being the pinnacle of the e46 fleet, really can go for tens of thousands of miles without doing anything. Also, the oil is so thick, that you hardly need to change it as the car can't tell the difference between it and sludge.

Drop, stagger, hellaflush, lose sap, lose ccv, chip, exhaust, headers, argon in the tires and you should be all good.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #8
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Search search search. I just personally just purchased a m3 last week and I have been on this fourm for almost a year. Find pictures. Search. Read members journals if they have made any. Dressing up your m3 comes down to personal preferences. Modifying it to what suites you n your style is what makes the automotive industry so vast n diverse. You could throw some 22 inch spinners if you wanted. All on how you want your car to look.

That being said. I would worry on buying the m3 first then do all prevenative maitenence first before you do a list of mods.

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If you don't care about if it's legal or illegal, getting rid of the cat infested headers is a musttt
Followed up by some intake and a conforti chip
That is like atleast 50+ hp and torque by those 3 mods...
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Who is going to tell him about the maintenance? Where's dmax?
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If you don't care about if it's legal or illegal, getting rid of the cat infested headers is a musttt
Followed up by some intake and a conforti chip
That is like atleast 50+ hp and torque by those 3 mods...

Yea? Really? Ya think so? Show me a dyno run to prove that number. You will NOT get 50Hp from those 3 simple mods.
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Yea? Really? Ya think so? Show me a dyno run to prove that number. You will NOT get 50Hp from those 3 simple mods.
I mean, it's no dyno, but it's an approximation from a company I trust
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Hi, I fitted a k&n typhoon 69 last weekend to my e46 m3 and this weekend it's coming off, as no more power and no better sound, back to original air box, has anyone else found this?
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Bro, the only MODs you need to do this car is this.. Koni Shocks, AP headers (or the like), catted section 1, Evolve Tune, and Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The section 1 is debatable now with Evolve's tune that can leave your post O2's on, but no CEL, and the post O2's will be in a "ready" state for inspection. No cats, you will have more rasp, and smell.

As far as looks go, good set of 19's and clay/polish/wax.

This is ALL assuming maintenance work has been done, including the RTAB's, and FCAB's.

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Yea? Really? Ya think so? Show me a dyno run to prove that number. You will NOT get 50Hp from those 3 simple mods.
30 to 40HP.
I dont know my baseline, but i was at 301rwhp with those mods plus a RE EL DIablo exhaust. Did we say Panel filter too?
The one single mod that did 80% was the cat extermination plus Ebay headers.
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Yea? Really? Ya think so? Show me a dyno run to prove that number. You will NOT get 50Hp from those 3 simple mods.
30 to 40HP.
I dont know my baseline, but i was at 301rwhp with those mods plus a RE EL DIablo exhaust. Did we say Panel filter too?
The one single mod that did 80% was the cat extermination plus Ebay headers.
The 301HP that you end up with feels worth the money spent. Definitely. Its something you really feel.
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I've done about everything possibly performance wise (minus BBK) and I would say that gears (3.91 or 4.10), headers, and tune are the best go fast mods you can do. Other than those, coilovers are a great mod and a good brake pad and good fluid can make a big difference.

As for buying an m3 for 14.5k, if I were in the market today I wouldn't pay anything less than 20k for a well maintained and documented car. You get what you pay for and the maintenence on these cars isn't cheap especailly if you have a vanos or smg failure.
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