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BMW E46 M3 Reviews

M3 E46 Reviews

EVO Magazine, E46 M3 CS
The CS is essentially an M3 that’s borrowed a few tasty bits from its exotic, expensive and now out-of-production CSL sibling. Bigger brake discs, the quicker steering rack, revised springs and those gorgeous 19in forged alloys.

Okay, they’re not quite as light as the genuine CSL rims but they still look great, and if the newfound composure and ride quality are anything to go by they’re definitely a whole heap lighter than the ubiquitous 19-inchers that regular M3s roll on. As well as the mechanical changes, the……

AutoCar Forum
I was wondering whether i should buy from an authorised BMW dealer or an M3 specialist dealer ? The specialists seem a bit cheaper but are the warranties they offer as comprehensive as the authorised BMW dealer? or is there any difference at all? I dont want to get stuck with a bill for an engine rebuild or something like that!!

I’ve just sold my M3 after around 40 months of ownership and I thought I’d write review of the car with my honest findings (good and bad). For the longest time I’ve always loved M3s, from the E30 to the E36, the E46 I’ve owned and now I’m dribbling at the sight of the E90s.

The E46 M3, first introduced in October, 2000, appeared worldwide with the new 3.2 L S54 M-tuned engine. At the time of the car’s introduction, this engine had the highest specific output naturally aspirated engine ever made by BMW, producing 333 horsepower (248 kW) and 365 N·m (269 lb·ft).

BMW M3 ConvertibleThe E46 M3 was offered with a standard 6-speed GETRAG transmission, but optionally came with a SMG drivelogic transmission (also known as the SMG II). This is the standard 6-speed GETRAG transmission with an electrohydraulically actuated clutch pedal. Shifts are made via the SMG gear knob or the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

TimesOnline – Clarkson
But then, last week, guess what rocked up at my house? One of the very last of the old M3s. They call it the CS because it has slightly faster steering than the ordinary model, along with slightly larger brakes and bigger wheels. But other than this it was standard. There was a proper manual gearbox, a roof, no iDrive, no sauce and no garnish. Finally, then, I was going to have to drive in the pie, sans phlegm.

Ooh, it’s a handsome thing. The body seems to have been stretched over the wheels, in the same way that bodybuilders’ skin appears to have been stretched over their muscles.

And inside everything is just so. Oh sure, the sat nav system is from the generation before BMW had even the first inkling how to make such a thing work, but the driving position, the moleskin steering wheel. It was all . . . just so right.

 see also:
E46 M3 CSL Buying Guide
BMW Tuners & Garages
BMW Body Kit Manufacturers
General Buying Guide
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