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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 12-11-2012, 11:20 AM   #61
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Originally Posted by E86 FTW View Post

That thing will cost some BIG bucks someday. I sold my '04 R32 years ago to a dude who was unloading his M3 due to frustrations with the SMG. It's a bad gearbox, sorry dude.
It's the same gearbox as the manual - just the electronic unit that attaches to it makes it different. And SMG's are not nearly as bad as people make them out to be - most of the 'issue' is misinformation and misuse that leads to the problems.

If you don't maintain the engine, it can lead to an early failure correct? The same can be said about RTABs, diffs, vanos, etc. The same applies to the SMG and manual transmissions.

Nice pickup OP - Over 90,000 miles logged with an SMG and zero issues here, enjoy it !!!!!

Oh ya, make sure you read up on the manual - these cars (manual and SMG) have some pretty cool features and there are some good words of advice in there, like don't let the car idle to warm up.. Enjoy and welcome to the fun world of owning an M3 !
"! First rule of Italian driving, that which is in your mirror is not important !"
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:53 PM   #62
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Just bought my 04 m3 with nav last june with 22,000 miles in very good condition 1 owner for 22k
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:06 AM   #63
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Cool.... Be ready to drop another $10K soon!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:44 PM   #64
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smg is a hit or miss dont let them scare you not all smg are bad some are maintained and last long
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