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.  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

My Build

  • 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
  • AFD ProFlex Commander Flex Fuel Kit
  • Bimmerworld E46 Fuel Starvation Kit
  • 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 & Overflow Tank
  • WPC Treated Rod Bearings (installed at 164000km)
  • MP Racing Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • Skyer Motorsport Vented CF Engine Cover
  • Motion Motorsport Aluminum Underpanel
  • Liqui Moly 10W60 Engine Oil
  • Exhaust Headers: aFe Twisted Steel Long Tube (Street Series)
  • Exhaust Section 1: Bimmerworld/CPI Rasp Terminator
  • Exhaust Section 2: Supersprint 2×63.5mm (resonated)
  • Exhaust Section 3: Agency Power SS with Titanium Tips
  • Hack Engineering Exhaust Hangers
  • MP Racing Exhaust Hanger Plate
  • 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
  • J Fiber CF Driveshaft
  • DiffsOnline 4.10 LSD
  • Redline Synchromax Trans Fluid
  • 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 Brace
  • 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
  • *ECS CSL Front Bumper, 1-Piece CF Lip, CSL CF 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
  • PAC Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface