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2003 BMW M3

condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 131150
paint color: grey
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe


Regretfully, my 2003.5 E46 M3 is for sale. I will likely regret this decision in the future, however, the vehicle does not suit my current lifestyle.

As the fourth owner, I've had the vehicle for just over 3 years and accrued approximately 45k miles. The odometer now reads 131,150. As a BMW enthusiast and Automotive Engineer, I've spent a lot of time and money to ensure that car runs/ drives/ and looks as BMW originally intended, despite the rapid accumulation of mileage.

If you're looking at this ad, you probably know that the E46 M3 suffers from some common issues, namely: subframe cracks, VANOS issues, and worn rod bearings. Fortunately, these major issues have been addressed on this vehicle with the following parts / services:

- Replacement OEM Rod Bearings and Rod Cap Bolts @ 100k miles
- Besian Systems Dual Drilled Vanos Hub, seals / o-rings, upgraded bolts, etc. @ 80k
- BMW Subframe Structural Reinforcement foam @ 80k

Other, smaller services have been performed as well, including:

- Rear Subframe & Trailing arm bushings @ 120k
- Inspection II services @ 100k and 125k

In addition to the preventative maintenance above, I've also added some minor, tasteful upgrades during my ownership which include:

- AST 4100 Coilovers with Vorshlag Camber Plates (450F/650R)
- 4x OEM CSL Rear Wheels (19x9.5) w/ 255.35.19 Michelin Pilot Supersport Tires (about 8k miles on current set)

Pictures and receipts are available to prove all work! Absolutely no subframe cracks! See flickr album for spread of receipts.

With 131k miles, the vehicle is not without minor imperfections. See below for details.

Interior: 8/10 - Seats have received a full treatment of Leatherique every six months. Overall, very presentable. Items of note:
- Steering Wheel: The original leather grain is worn
- Titan Shadow Trim: Bubbling / crows feet showing on console trim, left door handle, rear arm rests. This is a common issue with the paint BMW specified for these parts.

Exterior 8/10 - Again, very presentable. Paint received a 2-stage correction last spring, and the shine and luster of the finish is overall excellent. (I get many compliments) Items of note:

- Front Bumper: The valets at my office repeatedly parked the vehicle carelessly, resulting in scuffs and scrapes underneath the front bumper apron. The bumper would need to be repainted to take care of these defects.
- Wheel Rash: Again, careless valets - Most of the curb rash is fixable, and if this is a major detractor for a prospective buyer, I can have it taken care of.
- Minor Stonechips: E46's have hard paint. As such, there are a fair amount of stone chips on the leading edge of the hood and rear fender bulges. I have touched some of the chips up, and wet sanded then polished some smooth, however some still remain. Please see the Flickr album below to get an idea of the severity; I've documented them as well as I can capture on my camera.
- The vehicle was bumped by another driver when he was parallel parking. His license plate bracket chipped the paint on the rear bumper, resulting in superficial damage. The original rear bumper cover has been repainted, and there is a minor imperfection still visible. Again, please reference the Flickr album.

I've tried to represent the vehicle as transparently as possible in order to save time for both parties. After researching comparable vehicles, I believe $20,000 is a fair price, and I will stay firm around that number. KBB and NADA are woefully inaccurate in price estimations of these cars, so please align your expectations with the private market.

Additional high resolutions photos are located in a Flikr album here:

PPI's are welcomed at the buyer's expense. The vehicle is available to be shown most evenings between SF and Palo Alto,

I do not need help selling this vehicle.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

post id: 6887522387


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