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Old 09-18-2017, 10:43 PM   #1
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2003 (E46) BMW M3; Oxford Green over Cinnamon.

Car has SMG, Xenons, Park assist, Harmon Kardon, and some other options that I'm still figuring out from the VIN decoder.

69,000 miles, has been sitting for nearly 6 years.

I tossed a fresh battery in it, changed the oil ($13 a quart, 10W60 full synth only), put some stabil in the tank, and topped it with fresh premium, and put some miles on it over the past few days.

This is my first time every driving an M car, and I'm thoroughly impressed.

Total split personality car:

Tooling around it feels bank-vault like, everything from the sound the door makes closing, to the quality of the materials being 14 years old dramatically surpassing my 4 year old 'premium' ford..... Everything works, Everything feels solid, nothing acts slow or weak (like window regulators or A/C).

Knock the SMG over to M mode, press the sport button, and it becomes completely unhinged. Despite the power figure (333 hp), it feels as fast as my mustang, which is intense given the power deficit, and taking a look online confirms it IS just as fast.

The only 'downside' so far I've found is that the SMG in its softest setting in full auto mode feels like a drunk 16 year old is shifting at times.

So what does everything think, this something I should kick around in?
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Say whaaattttt?


P. S. Check that rear subframe.
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P. S. Check that rear subframe.
I did, and took pics, the car is so clean underneath I'd eat off of it, didn't see any rust or stress cracks.
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Meh, see one BMW, you've seen them all. I'd bet you get rid of it out of boredom and fear of maintenance costs. Truth.
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Im of a certain age where ive always been more enticed by a nice e36 M3, but the e46 is definitely emerging as the M car of old. I dont know what you picked it up for, mileage is a little high but as long as that car is mechanically sound, and if you can maintain it, it could be quite desirable to the right buyer in a few more years.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:36 PM   #7
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Im of a certain age where ive always been more enticed by a nice e36 M3, but the e46 is definitely emerging as the M car of old. I dont know what you picked it up for, mileage is a little high but as long as that car is mechanically sound, and if you can maintain it, it could be quite desirable to the right buyer in a few more years.
I never really got into the E36 M3's, and even the E36 that I V-8 swapped I never became especially fond of.

The E46 is definitely heads above the E36 as far as evolution goes, and I agree that it seems to be a definite 'up and coming' type car. I'm debating if I want to just unload it for a few bucks or sit on it for a little bit as a casual driver if I can keep the space since its not likely to really depreciate any further.
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:10 AM   #9
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Side Note:

Explorer towed this thing from Wriglyville to Wheaton on the highway.

Felt dead stable, and dropped anchor excellently despite the weight.

Would benefit from a wee bit more power though on some of the highway ramps and grades.
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Why had it sat for 6 years?
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:26 AM   #11
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Why had it sat for 6 years?
Both POs are/were co workers, and close friends.

The first PO left the country, and the second PO (friend) bought it when he moved away really as a favor to the first PO.

Second PO isn't really a car guy (lives in the city), put less than 3,000 miles on it in 6 years of ownership.

He wants to get something more 'appliance' like and more city friendly, and I offered to help him get rid of the car, or just buy it off him full stop.

It has a small laundry list of work it needs, but nothing crippling.
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I a like it, looks fun to drive!
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I have wanted one of those for a while. Keep it.
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As a general statement, they're simply great all around cars for an every day driver. They do it all, very well. Of all the cars I've owned, the two BMWs have been my favorite.
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I like it..congrats! The color is awesome and isn't the usual you see.
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Knock the SMG over to M mode, press the sport button, and it becomes completely unhinged. Despite the power figure (333 hp), it feels as fast as my mustang, which is intense given the power deficit, and taking a look online confirms it IS just as fast.

The only 'downside' so far I've found is that the SMG in its softest setting in full auto mode feels like a drunk 16 year old is shifting at times.

So what does everything think, this something I should kick around in?
bcuz powercurve & inline 6.
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i dont think baby seats fit in those though das
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As a general statement, they're simply great all around cars for an every day driver. They do it all, very well. Of all the cars I've owned, the two BMWs have been my favorite.
Just an excellent stepping stone to the ultimate experience of an Audi
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Love that style of M3. What a fantastic find!
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If it were stick I would say keep it for a while. But IDK if I'd like it being SMG. Guess I should drive one.
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bcuz powercurve & inline 6.
The sound reminds me of my SHOs (high reving smooth 6).

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Amusingly it does, and this one was factory ordered with the rear side airbags disabled to allow for the use of baby seats.
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