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Old 29-09-2018, 09:28 PM   #1
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2009 E92 M3 Monte Carlo Edition

It's been a few years since I sold my last M3, I loved it and I was sad to see it go at the time. It was the right thing to do at the time but since it went I've been stuck in an Insignia estate which has done it's job well but I have no love for it. Even with the wife having a couple of Golf R's over the period they were leases and not mine, despite how capable they were. In truth, I've been looking for a new car for me on and off for a while but recently it got a lot more serious. Heres a couple of snaps of my old M3:

front 3 qtr by Matt Bly, on Flickr

shiny rear qtr by Matt Bly, on Flickr

So, after an actual purchase following a 'what car' thread over in 'car buying' on Pistonheads I picked up this lovely M3 yesterday from a great bloke who had owned and looked after it for the last 18 months or so. He didn't want to sell but to secure a house move it had to go and I was in the right place at the right time asking him about similar cars when he suggested it might be for sale. It was originally a keeper but the above forced his hand and I feel a little lucky to be the beneficiary, despite feeling a little like I've taken sweets off a child! If you frequent M3Cutters, you'll recognise the car immediately.

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- 2009 '59' E92 M3 S65 V8
- 36k miles, FBMWSH
- EDC
- DCT
- Logic 7 Hifi
- Adaptive Xenons
- Heated Seats
- Factory Privacy Glass
- Front & Rear Visual PDC

With it being a Monte Carlo Edition, it's identified by the following differences over the standard version:
- Individual Black Nappa leather with Tobago Blue stitching/stripe detail
- -10mm Springs and Dampers (comp pack in all but name to you and me)
- Black chrome grills and side gills
- Black 220M forged wheels
- Black exhaust tips
- Black bonnet vents
- Carbon Structure leather interior trims
- Unique M3 Chequered flag sill kick plates
- Factory-Spec Continental Sport Contact 3 Tyres

There were two other 'edition' versions released at the same time in a choice of Dakar Yellow or Alpine White flavours. I fell in love with the Monte version after seeing the M3 World project car on YouTube:


The car currently has a few minor modifications fitted by the previous owner which were exactly what I wanted anyway so when discussing the deal, I was happy to take everything. These are:

- OEM Carbon Front Splitters
- OEM Carbon Boot Spoiler
- OEM/ULO LCI Lights
- 12mm rear. Spacers
- White LED Halo Lamps
- M359 style alloys in hyper silver
- OEM 2 pipe modded back box with chrome tailpipes (what a sound!)

The original parts, including the alloys and exhaust came with the car if I ever wanted to return it to full oem 'edition' spec. The original wheels have just been refurbished too.

I've managed to get through about half a tank of fuel so far at about 20mpg which I'm happy with but I didn't buy it to watch the economy. It's a lovely thing to drive and feels both lighter on its feet and less jarring than the M140i I drove a few days ago. The only issue so far is that the angel eyes have a fault. It's still under AUC warranty until December so it's booked in to BMW locally to get looked at. I was happy to take it with the fault due to the warranty etc as I believe it's a hardware issue rather than a bulb etc (they were checked!). As for plans, there are a few things I want to do asap to make it my own, these are:

- Comp pack coding for edc / dct
- Mirror fold on door lock (and a couple of other coding items)
- Bluetooth audio upgrade (I don't have the combox but don't want a cabled solution)
- full detail and paint correction / wheel seal / engine bay detail (my old m3 was almost flawless paint-wise)
- possible intake / remap
- Get my private plate fitted

I'm also hoping the neighbours don't mind the cold start sequence at 0615hrs tomorrow! Here are some pics:

20180928_163833 by Matt, on Flickr

20180928_163852 by Matt, on Flickr

20180928_163931 by Matt Bly, on Flickr

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Old 29-09-2018, 09:32 PM   #2
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Looks very nice indeed - pity the photos don't do it justice sound wise
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I love that. Great choice of car mate.
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Looks very smart.

Fingers crossed you know a friendly dealer that will fix the issue.
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That's a seriously good looking car

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Old 29-09-2018, 09:57 PM   #6
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The blue one is nice, but the silver one was a cracker!
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stunning car
Great find with such low miles and all the goodies already done.

Lucky man.

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That, is a seriously good looking car with just as good a spec....
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I too am a big fan of the silver E46 M3. Looked like it was immaculate! Well done on finding such a mint E92 though.
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Nice motor. One of 135 MC Editions built for the UK market.
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