2002 BMW M3 Cabrio in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, July 2019 2002 BMW E46 M3 cabrio engine bay with mods

I purchased this car in 2016 with 157000km and a lot of TLC needed. At first I focused on basic maintenance and fixing a few things – mostly leftovers from previous accident damage.  Then in 2017 I had a major mechanical overhaul/upgrade project done on it at 164000km, which completely transformed the car and made it feel more like the ideal spiritual successor to my old E36.  After the most recently completed mechanical upgrades I’m now looking ahead to a cosmetic refresh, using a CSL bumper to feed more air to the Karbonius CSL intake manifold, and also some further weight reduction by way of a CF GTR style hood & CSL style trunk and new rear diffuser setup, along with a cleaning up the body’s imperfections and giving it a full respray. 🙂 Stay tuned….

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The Basics

  • 2002 BMW (E46) M3 Convertible
  • S54B32 3.2L L-6 Engine
  • 6-Speed Manual Gearbox
  • Original Carbon Black Metallic Exterior
  • Fully Automatic Black Softtop
  • Black Leather Interior
  • Silver Carbon Interior Trim
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS, CBC, DSC, SRS
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power Group/Central Locking/Heated Mirrors/Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror/Seat Memory

Upgrades

  • Karbonius CF CSL Intake & Snorkel with ITG Filter
  • PS Designs CF Intake Scoop
  • Dinan Throttle Bodies
  • Schrick 288/280 Cams (12.5mm lift)
  • Schrick DLC Coated Cam Followers
  • Turner Motorsport Power Pulley Kit (2 pulleys)
  • HTE Performance Tuning Custom Alpha N ECU Tune
    (also added launch control, shift lights, sport mode memory, dyno mode, raised rev limit to 8300rpm, removed top speed limiter)
  • Beisan Vanos Upgrades
  • ECS SS Vanos Oil Line
  • CSF Oil Cooler
  • Radium Engineering Oil Catch Can
  • Radium Engineering Fuel Filter (Micro Fiberglass)
  • Mishimoto Radiator, E-Fan & Silicone Hoses
  • Moroso Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank
  • WPC Treated Rod Bearings (installed at 164000km)
  • aFe Twisted Steel Long Tube Headers (Street Series)
  • Exhaust Section 1: Bimmerworld/CPI Rasp Terminator
  • Exhaust Section 2: Supersprint (resonated)
  • Exhaust Section 3: Agency Power SS with Titanium Tips
  • Hack Engineering Exhaust Hangers
  • MP Racing Exhaust Hanger Plate
  • Motion Motorsport Aluminum Underpanel
  • MP Racing Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • Skyer Motorsport Vented CF Engine Cover
  • Rogue Engineering Octane Short Shifter
  • OEM Weighted Illuminated Shift Knob
  • Clutch replaced with OE spec (Luk) at 164000km
  • JB Racing Aluminum Flywheel
  • ECS SS Clutch Line
  • UUC CDV Delete
  • Redline Synchromax Trans Fluid
  • J Fiber CF Driveshaft
  • DiffsOnline 4.10 LSD
  • ST XTA Coilover Suspension
  • ST Front & Rear Swaybars
  • ECS Rear Camber Arms
  • ECS Ultimate Performance Rear Shock Mounts
  • UUC Poly Engine Mounts (Street/Track)
  • ECS Poly Transmission Mounts (Street, 70A)
  • Whiteline Poly Front Control Arm Bushings & Mounts
  • AKG Motorsport Poly Rear Trailing Arm Bushings (Street, 90A)
  • AKG Motorsport Poly Subframe Bushings (Street/Track, 95A)
  • ECS Poly Differential Bushings
  • BMW Yellow Tag Steering Rack
  • BMW Strut Tower Reinforcement Plates
  • Turner Subframe Reinforcement Plates
  • CMP Auto Engineering Subframe Solution
  • ECS Rear Shock Mount Reinforcement Plates
  • Rogue Engineering Racebrace
  • ECS Drilled & Slotted 2-Piece Brake Rotors (345mm front, 328mm rear)
  • ECS Performance Caliper Guide Bushings
  • ECS SS Brake Lines
  • Hawk HPS Brake Pads
  • Castrol React SRF Brake Fluid
  • Apex ARC-8 18×9.5et35 Wheels (squared) on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (265/35/18)
  • ECS 17.5mm Wheel Spacers (rear)
  • Aeuroplug CF GTR Hood, CSL Front Bumper + 1-Piece CF Lip
  • ECS CF CSL style trunk
  • CF Kidney Grilles
  • CF Side Grilles
  • Streamline CF Rear Diffuser
  • Never Done Design Rear Centre Diffuser
  • CF Roundel Overlays
  • Depo Smoked Front Corner Lights
  • Depo Smoked Side Marker Lights
  • Eagle Eyes Smoked LED Taillights
  • OEM Red Centre Brake Light
  • BMW Rear Wind Deflector
  • Pioneer AVIC-Z2 7″ Touchscreen Head Unit with GPS Navigation & Vehicle Dynamics (upgraded to 2012 software & 80GB HDD)
  • Pioneer ND-BT1 Bluetooth Adapter
  • Pioneer CD-RB10 Aux Input Adapter
  • Rear View Camera
  • Pioneer TS-A1606C Component Speakers
  • Pioneer PRS-D800 Amplifier
  • Pioneer TS-W261S4 Subwoofer
  • Wicked CAS Subwoofer Enclosure
  • PAC Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface