I purchased this car in 2016 with 157000km and a lot of TLC needed. It had been in a front end accident, been hastily repaired, and had a rebuilt title.  Since I intended to gut whatever car I bought anyway, for the price I paid, this was the right car for me at the time.  I bought it to replace my sadly written off custom E36 328i convertible which had similar mods to what I now have on this E46 M3.  At first I focused on the M3’s basic maintenance and fixing a few things – mostly leftovers from the previous accident damage.  Then in 2017 I had a major mechanical overhaul/upgrade project done on it at 164000km.

UPDATE Oct 2017: She is up and running with a few tweaks needed to smooth out idling/stalling and throttle response issues, but other than that, WOW!  Will update again soon with more pics, vids & dyno results!

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The Basics

  • 2002 BMW (E46) M3 Convertible
  • 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 & Maintenance

  • Karbonius CF Intake & Snorkel with ITG Filter
  • aFe Intake Scoop
  • Mishimoto Radiator, E-Fan & Silicon Hoses
  • Turner Motorsport Power Pulley Kit (2 pulleys)
  • Turner Motorsport IAT Relocation Kit*
  • WPC Treated Rod Bearings (164000km)
  • Schrick 288/280 Cams (12.5mm lift)
  • Schrick DLC-coated Rocker Arms
  • MP Racing Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • aFe Twisted Steel Long Tube Headers; Street Series
  • aFe Mach Force XP Catback Exhaust
  • Motion Motorsport Aluminum Underpanel
  • MP Racing Exhaust Hanger Plate
  • Rogue Engineering Octane Short Shifter
  • Clutch replaced with OEM (164000km)
  • JB Racing Aluminum Flywheel
  • ECS SS Clutch Line
  • ECS Clutch Fork Pivot Pin
  • UUC CDV Delete
  • TTFS Alpha-N Custom ECU Tune
  • 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)
  • AKG Motorsport Poly Front Control Arm Bushings (Street, 95A)
  • AKG Motorsport Poly Rear Trailing Arm Bushings (Street, 90A)
  • AKG Motorsport Poly Subframe Bushings (Street/Track, 95A)
  • ECS Poly Differential Bushings
  • 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 Brake Rotors (345mm front, 328mm rear)
  • ECS Performance Caliper Guide Bushings
  • ECS SS Brake Lines
  • Replica BMW Style 437 19″ Wheels (staggered 8.5″ front, 9.5″ rear)
  • Kumho Ecsta LE Sport KU39 Tires (225/40/19 front, 255/35/19 rear)
  • ECS Tuning 12.5mm Wheel Spacers (rear)
  • CSL-style Carbon Fiber Front Lip*
  • Carbon Fiber Kidney Grilles
  • Carbon Fiber Side Grilles*
  • Carbon Fiber Washer Jet Cover*
  • CSL-style Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
  • Depo Smoked Front Corner Lights
  • Depo Smoked Side Marker Lights
  • BMW Rear Wind Deflector
  • Pioneer AVIC-Z2 7″ Touchscreen Head Unit with GPS Navigation & Vehicle Dynamics (upgraded to 2012 software & 80GB HDD)
  • Pioneer GEX-P920XM XM Radio Tuner
  • Pioneer ND-BT1 Bluetooth Adapter
  • Pioneer CD-RB10 Aux Input Adapter
  • Pioneer PRS-D800 Amplifier
  • JL Audio 10W1V3-4 Subwoofer
  • Wicked CAS Subwoofer Enclosure
  • PAC Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface

* not yet installed