I purchased this car in 2016 with 157000km and a lot of TLC needed. It had been in a front end accident, hastily repaired, and had a rebuilt title.  Since I intended to mostly 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 modded 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, which completely transformed the car and made it feel like the ideal spiritual successor to my E36.  After the most recently completed mechanical upgrades I’m now looking ahead to a cosmetic refresh in 2020, 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 and CSL style trunk.  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 & Maintenance

  • Karbonius CF CSL Intake & Snorkel with ITG Filter
  • PS Designs CF Intake Scoop
  • Mishimoto Radiator, E-Fan & Silicone Hoses
  • Moroso Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank
  • Turner Motorsport Power Pulley Kit (2 pulleys)
  • WPC Treated Rod Bearings (installed at 164000km)
  • Schrick 288/280 Cams (12.5mm lift)
  • Schrick DLC Coated Cam Followers
  • 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
  • OEM Weighted Illuminated Shift Knob
  • Clutch replaced with OE spec (Luk) at 164000km
  • JB Racing Aluminum Flywheel
  • J Fiber CF Driveshaft
  • DiffsOnline 4.10 LSD
  • ECS SS Clutch Line
  • ECS Clutch Fork Pivot Pin
  • UUC CDV Delete
  • TTFS Alpha N Custom ECU Tune (also added launch control, raised rev limit to 8100rpm, removed top speed limiter)
  • 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
  • Apex ARC-8 18×9.5et35 Wheels (squared) on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (265/35/18)
  • ECS 12.5mm Wheel Spacers (rear)
  • Aeuroplug CSL Front Bumper + 1-Piece CF Lip
  • CF Kidney Grilles
  • CF Side Grilles
  • Streamline Autosport CF Rear Diffuser
  • Never Done 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