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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 02-23-2015, 03:16 PM   #1
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Just bought my first M3...

I've owned LOTS of BMW's over the years but never an M3. Just bought a salvaged '01 coupe with left side suspension damage. The car is very nice otherwise, looks like it was garaged and the interior is like new. Maybe the previous owner is/was on this forum? ;-)

I'll post some photos when I get it on the road...

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Old 02-23-2015, 04:28 PM   #2
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Nice, congrats!
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:13 PM   #3
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gratz!!!! got mine not to long ago!!!! enjoy, alos please repair using OEM or better dont buy cheap stuff you will regret it in the future. :-)
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:18 PM   #4
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Congrats! Are you doing the repair work yourself? If so you should post pics on your progress.
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:27 AM   #5
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Congrats! Are you doing the repair work yourself? If so you should post pics on your progress.
Yeah, the basic damage is.... front bumper came off but is usable/fixable, left side front and rear wheels are damaged, all of the rear suspension pieces were damaged, front tie rod broken but the rest of the components look good, won't know until it gets aligned and the left rocker cover bent but is repairable. Here's some pics... as it arrived and some in progress. The yard that I got the axle from sent me the wrong side so the photo is without an axle and not rolled forward after setting it down from the lift (positive camber).

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Old 02-26-2015, 11:15 PM   #6
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Nice!............ How much did you pick this one up for and how many miles?
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:55 AM   #7
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Nice!............ How much did you pick this one up for and how many miles?
I'll be in it $7500 but I need tires, so another $1k. It has 121k on the clock.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:59 PM   #8
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Is it a clear title? What color is that? It's so beautiful. I want to say Steel grey but I might be wrong
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:51 AM   #9
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Cool mine has 126k on the clock but still drives like a champ, burns oil though............ are you almost done with all the repairs? POST PICTURES when you done!
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Old 02-28-2015, 05:01 AM   #10
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Congrats on the purchase and good luck fixing it up
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:52 PM   #11
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I'll be in it $7500 but I need tires, so another $1k. It has 121k on the clock.
Very Nice, I just bought a salvage 03 from iaa is past monday.
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Very Nice, I just bought a salvage 03 from iaa is past monday.
iaai fees are getting beyond ridiculous. I forgot what I bought but I remember I won the bid for 500 dollars and everything came out to 800 dollars with the fees +tow.

How bad was the damage on your M3? I can't touch them for more than that. I recently went up to $5,500 on one and that was good money. I wish they weren't so popular
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:50 AM   #13
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iaai fees are getting beyond ridiculous. I forgot what I bought but I remember I won the bid for 500 dollars and everything came out to 800 dollars with the fees +tow.

How bad was the damage on your M3? I can't touch them for more than that. I recently went up to $5,500 on one and that was good money. I wish they weren't so popular
Yeah i paid $600 is fees!!! Its ridiculous! Yeah i noticed the average price range is around $5,000.

I got it from your area, Carteret NJ. 2003 convertible with only 43,000 miles.
The frame is actually straight, the suspension took all of the damage. Only thing i am not happy about is the side damage. Guy scrapped the guard rail also.
I seen the side damage is the auction pictures but in real life the side damage is more then id like it to be. I hate bondo! The less the better. LOL

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Old 03-02-2015, 03:58 PM   #14
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Yeah i paid $600 is fees!!! Its ridiculous! Yeah i noticed the average price range is around $5,000.

I got it from your area, Carteret NJ. 2003 convertible with only 43,000 miles.
The frame is actually straight, the suspension took all of the damage. Only thing i am not happy about is the side damage. Guy scrapped the guard rail also.
I seen the side damage is the auction pictures but in real life the side damage is more then id like it to be. I hate bondo! The less the better. LOL
The good thing about e46's is that a LOT of the parts are common on the other models. You can find a good door for cheap. I think we sell ours for less than $200 complete. If you need quarter panel work its a different story. That sucks.
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... I recently went up to $5,500 on one and that was good money. I wish they weren't so popular
That's what I paid for mine at auction, then after fees, towing and some margin for the company I work for I paid $6500 plus tax. After seeing the car in person I realized why it went for so much though. I drove the car yesterday after spending a whopping $210 to fix the car! lol. It got totaled because the shop has to account for everything... small dent in exhaust pipe (replace), scratches on the bottom of the muffler (replace! and they're not cheap!), etc. etc...

Oh yeah, it also has two massive amps, crossovers, kickers, Pioneer Nav unit. Added bonus. 8-)

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That's what I paid for mine at auction, then after fees, towing and some margin for the company I work for I paid $6500 plus tax. After seeing the car in person I realized why it went for so much though. I drove the car yesterday after spending a whopping $210 to fix the car! lol. It got totaled because the shop has to account for everything... small dent in exhaust pipe (replace), scratches on the bottom of the muffler (replace! and they're not cheap!), etc. etc...

Oh yeah, it also has two massive amps, crossovers, kickers, Pioneer Nav unit. Added bonus. 8-)

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Dan, Sounds like you got a steal of a deal!!
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:59 PM   #17
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:27 PM   #18
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I can already tell I'm going to have to change the springs. Under hard acceleration it feels like the front of the car lifts up six inches! LOL. I'm sure its not that bad, but I have to do something about it. The yard next door had a set of H&R's that I was going to buy, then they figured out that they sold one strut and didn't take the spring off. Nice. Also grabbed a set of rear H&R spring adjusters off of an 04 M3 we had going to the scrap pile. Maybe those will come in handy.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:30 PM   #19
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Work in progress. On the road (pretty much) with a few things left to sort out. Couple things right off the bat... the height bugs me so I'll end up lowering it, and I'm not real thrilled about the wheel color. I'll see if it grows on me. Photo is while it was covered with dirt, rocker cover needs repair and there's some work needed in front of the sunroof after it was damaged while loading it on a transport. 8-(
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