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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 04-10-2013, 06:34 PM   #21
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The matte ones look cheap, the piano black ones from Khoalty look great!
Haters gonna hate
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:15 PM   #22
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If the 333hp stock isn't enough for you, the M3 is not the car you want to be driving. The ROI just isn't there for things like stage 1 turbo etc etc. in my opinion, though lots of guys have that kind of cash to throw into it (which makes the car undeniably unreal).
To be clear, it isn't that the car "isn't enough".. for pure OMFG power, I have the GSXR 1000 in the garage right next too it.

Honestly its more just the approach of keeping upgrades and move forward ideas available. As I do maintenance to service X, will if I do a little more here or there, it will make improvements and so on.

I see that I could hit HPF, through $15k and them and end up north of 700hp easy.. not only do I not have that kinda cash (wish I did) but more just looking for thoughtful and tasteful mods moving forward on a car I plan to own and love for a long time.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:17 PM   #23
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Haters gonna hate
Are you running with the matte? If so, any chance of a pic?
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:12 PM   #24
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Haters gonna hate
LOL

Your car would so much better with them painted black, or the real CF versions!
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #25
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LOL

Your car would so much better with them painted black, or the real CF versions!
Yea I'll upgrade to the CF ones at some point. It's on the Mod list which continues to grow instead of shrink somehow...
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:21 PM   #26
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Matte grills and gills, with the rare Black/White/Grey ///M side badge
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #27
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I assume the car has already had its inspection 2.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #28
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Cheapo plastic on the left, awesome shiny goodness on the right. Not that I'm biased...

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Old 04-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #29
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Matte grills and gills, with the rare Black/White/Grey ///M side badge
Looks like the LED side markers too. 8)
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #30
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Looks like the LED side markers too. 8)
Yea these are the DEPO smoked yellow LED turnsignals and side markers. I feel it modernizes the car and ties in nicely with the OEM LED tail lights.

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Yea these are the DEPO smoked yellow LED turnsignals and side markers. I feel it modernizes the car and ties in nicely with the OEM LED brake lights/turn signals.
I helped install these and must say they are the only mod I don't like on your car. I think the smoked looks better than the LEDs:

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:17 PM   #32
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One of my front markers is slightly broken already, with a broken clip that some previous asshat secured with this big wad of putty. -facepalm- I have it back in and secure, but while looking at reasonable fixit, might as well upgrade along the way! *grin* Smoked for sure, now bulb or LED is the question.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #33
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I helped install these and must say they are the only mod I don't like on your car. I think the smoked looks better than the LEDs:

The only mod other than the matte grills/gills

In all seriousness OP, I think this illustrates the subjective nature of mods.

No one can tell you what to do with your car. I would say have a vision of how you want it to look and then assemble it piece by piece making sure that you keep your maintenance up and spend within your means.

I think my favorite part of modding is improving my technical skills without working on something that may ruin my car if i mess it up (ie valve adjustment).

My least favorite part of modding is that no matter how good the product, nothing fits 100%.

Have fun
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No one can tell you what to do with your car.
I can... and do!
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:50 PM   #35
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I can... and do!
That's true.

OP just don't put 20's on your car or else Taylor192 here will run you right out of E49F
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:22 AM   #36
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not a fan of the LED's myself, but definitely agree each to their own.

M Powerd I have a similar car to yours (except I kept my grill/side grills chrome). Smoked corners, CF blacked out roundels etc.

Keep an eye out for my post, I'm waiting on some parts to clear customs and then I will have 19" hyper black VMR VB3's, tinted LED taillights (just tinting the red), new exhaust to complete the "blackout". Can't wait to see the hyperblacks on carbon black.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:13 PM   #37
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While a visually minor change, I got my AUX cable installed over the weekend! Routed to the bottom of the ashtray, under where that pen holder thingy is? I put it there so the light will shine at night where the port plug sits. Looks and works great!

Oh and as a tease.. saw a silver e46 m3, fully blacked out gills and grills, matte for sure. Looked sharp!

for the other cabrio owners, rear shock tower reinforcement plates? Reading other threads on this and wondering if this is a must do kinda thing?

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Old 04-15-2013, 04:53 PM   #38
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for the other cabrio owners, rear shock tower reinforcement plates? Reading other threads on this and wondering if this is a must do kinda thing?
I did it, wouldn't say it is a must as my towers looked fine. Wish I had seen the install by removing the storage compartment... I hacked a section out of mine to feed them in via the holes.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:46 PM   #39
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Definitely something I will check out though.. thanks!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:55 PM   #40
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Great suggestions.. short shift kit, meant to have that on the list. Never HAD one, but certainly read about them. Any brand suggestions?
One of the first mods I installed was a SSK and couldn't be happier with a much improved driving/shifting experience over the stock broom handle.

I would recommend the kit from Rogue Engineering. Their quality is excellent. After having it on my M3 Vert for 5 years, the shifting is as solid as day 1 install.

http://www.rogueengineering.com/bmw/SSK.html
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