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Brads BMW E46 M3

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Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:06 pm

So I've finally been building myself up to the inevitable. I've had an e46 compact 316ti and my recent E46 330ci, so I've always been wanting to try the M3. I had thought of an E92 335i, but Ever since getting my 330 I've wanted to try an m3 and yes to some people it's may look like the same car but to me it's a totally different animal. And your only young once right.... so I've heard all the great reviews on them, and when I went out in my first one I was instantly determined to get one, the speed, the way it handles and of course so noise.

So I'd been searching for roughly just over 2 weeks, missed out on a few, went to look at a few which were just frankly not as advertised and were rubbish.

Was searching eBay just by chance due to being on nights and come across this one. Had only been up two hours ! Spoke to the guy, it's had 2 owners one was a bmw technician and the final one was a 40 year old who has clearly looked after it. The guy selling it had took it in px for a Porsche convertible...lucky guy. Spoke to the guy on the phone, and everything added up. FSH by dealer and specialists. Its had the dreaded subframe replaced by bmw. So I thought it was perfect. The paints looks inaccurate, no signs of rust he just said the wheels could do with a refurb. Guy seems like a genuine guy as he sells classic cars for a living, and just doesn't want this sitting around as he doesn't deal with them.

So the ad read as:

I have just taken this in PX today against one of my Classic Porsches.

Absolutely immaculate coachwork & equally pristine rare M-Texture Alcantara & Leather interior, seeing is believing

Specification;

. E46 M3 3.2
. 2004 (54 Plate)
. Only 2 owners
. SMG
. Silver Grey
. M -Texture Alcantara and half leather Interior with Gloss Black Trim
. 117k miles
. Full Service History (BMW & Specialist)
. MOT until May 17
. Electric Memory Seats with inflatable bolsters
. Aftermarket Sat Nav
. Bluetooth
. Polybushed Rear Suspension
. Upgraded JBL Speakers
. OEM Cupholders
. New Bonnet and Boot Badges
. Xenon Auto Lights and Auto Wipers


. The car is rust free.

. The car has very recently had a full oil change (including diff) and new spark plugs and filters at a BMW specialist.

. The car also has a pair of new rear coil springs and a brand new sub frame.

. The boot floor was replaced by BMW and inspected when the new subframe was installed.

. No problems with the SMG 'box

Points of interest :

. Front wheels need a refurb - lacquer bubbling and some kerbing marks

All seems perfect to me, I didn't ideally want alcantara seats but then I've not seen them very often and now I quite like the look of them. As there's no heated seats my bum won't be roasting or freezing cold. The seats don't look as though they've even been sat in. In fact the guy said someone had offered him £1000 plus his black leather.

He said he'd had 3 people message and I just knew as the price he had it up for to me its easily worth £10,000 so with that I left a £500 deposit and he's going to be delivering it to me in his race shuttle on Wednesday...going to be a very long day for me tomorrow.

Anyway pictures, only ones of his advert for now will update with more when it arrives Wednesday.

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My plans at the minute is just to keep it absolutely mint. Don't think I'm going to make many changes on this, just keep it as it is. I say that now.... but I'd like to get an alcantara steering wheel with matching gaitors. A wheel Refurb. Then probably leave it at that just thoroughly enjoy every minute of being in an m3.

Hope you like.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Jamie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:42 am

just seen how much it was up for - looks a bargain! You must be chuffed! be a painful wait today haha
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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:39 am

Yeah I am over the moon easily a £10k car in my eyes. Guy just wants rid as was a part ex and he only deals in classic cars. Yeah will be a long day today started taking mine apart. To sell a few bits.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Johal » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:42 am

So you've built yourself up from a compact to a coupe to an ///M proper BMW journey loll

Glad you went for an e46 m3 opposed to an e92 335i, congratulations buddy.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:47 am

So you've built yourself up from a compact to a coupe to an ///M proper BMW journey loll

Glad you went for an e46 m3 opposed to an e92 335i, congratulations buddy.
Yeah pretty much lol been a slow journey but each time has been a big step up for me.

Yeah I'm over the moon with my purchase just a long wait till tomorrow.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:00 am

I'm thinking my bilstein Coilovers will fit on this, now what do people think should I put them on the m3?

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Jamie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:53 am

I'm thinking my bilstein Coilovers will fit on this, now what do people think should I put them on the m3?
they will fit. Me & rich bergh put some joms on his m3 :lol: off a normal e46 - defo swap them over
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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:09 am

That's what I'm thinking but with the original wheels on

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Jamie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:15 am

That's what I'm thinking but with the original wheels on
Its a no brainer. your gonna want to put them on when your a bit bored in a few months n feel the need to tinker :D
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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:20 am

Yeah that's what I'm thinking Thinking. Will also look much better.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:15 pm

Doubt Coilovers will be going on anytime soon as will cost me an extra £400 on insurance. So do I sell them or keep them for next year ? Thinking of selling to get the cash...bit gutted but will be happy to enjoy an m3 as it was made.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby bennn » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:40 pm

What coilovers? Suspension is next on the list for my car....

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:47 pm

Bilstein Coilovers

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby 748adam » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:29 pm

Looks great buddy, would love an E46 M3 as a Sunday car :D , its up there on my lottery win list!
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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:18 pm

Looks great buddy, would love an E46 M3 as a Sunday car :D , its up there on my lottery win list!
Thanks mate. Was tempted to get a 335i like yourself. But really just wanted to try an m3 and know I'm so excited for tomorrow. Nothing like getting a new car.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Josh Mannion » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:27 pm

Stunning looking motor mate! My aim is to have an E46 M3 aswel! Hopefully another year or two

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:05 pm

Stunning looking motor mate! My aim is to have an E46 M3 aswel! Hopefully another year or two

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Thanks mate. Yeah always wanted one so I'm over the moon with it.

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:15 pm

So got delivered today, wow is all I can say. A massive step up from my 330 obviously. Only been out in it for about half an hour due to having to work tonight. But I'm over the moon with it so far. Interior is really nice ! Will be giving it a clean tomorrow then will take some more pictures. Thinking I just need the csl software update. Which might be getting done Saturday. Guy was a genuinely nice guy glad to have purchased from him.

Just a comparison pic between my old 330

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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby 748adam » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:40 pm

That does look an awesome bit of kit, not gunna lie...............I am quite jealous
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Re: Brads BMW E46 M3

Postby Brad Smith » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:46 pm

Looks amazing such a presence ! Really happy with it just wish I had more time to play lol

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