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Old 06-03-2017, 11:54 PM   #1
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Brads E46 M3

So I've finally been building myself up to the inevitable. I've had an e46 compact 316ti and my recent E46 330ci, so I've always been wanting to try the M3. I had thought of an E92 335i, but Ever since getting my 330 I've wanted to try an m3 and yes to some people it's may look like the same car but to me it's a totally different animal. And your only young once right.... so I've heard all the great reviews on them, and when I went out in my first one I was instantly determined to get one, the speed, the way it handles and of course so noise.

So I'd been searching for roughly just over 2 weeks, missed out on a few, went to look at a few which were just frankly not as advertised and were rubbish.

Was searching eBay just by chance due to being on nights and come across this one. Had only been up two hours ! Spoke to the guy, it's had 2 owners one was a bmw technician and the final one was a 40 year old who has clearly looked after it. The guy selling it had took it in px for a Porsche convertible...lucky guy. Spoke to the guy on the phone, and everything added up. FSH by dealer and specialists. Its had the dreaded subframe replaced by bmw. So I thought it was perfect. The paints looks inaccurate, no signs of rust he just said the wheels could do with a refurb. Guy seems like a genuine guy as he sells classic cars for a living, and just doesn't want this sitting around as he doesn't deal with them.

So the ad read as:

I have just taken this in PX today against one of my Classic Porsches.

Absolutely immaculate coachwork & equally pristine rare M-Texture Alcantara & Leather interior, seeing is believing

Specification;

. E46 M3 3.2
. 2004 (54 Plate)
. Only 2 owners
. SMG
. Silver Grey
. M -Texture Alcantara and half leather Interior with Gloss Black Trim
. 117k miles
. Full Service History (BMW & Specialist)
. MOT until May 17
. Electric Memory Seats with inflatable bolsters
. Aftermarket Sat Nav
. Bluetooth
. Polybushed Rear Suspension
. Upgraded JBL Speakers
. OEM Cupholders
. New Bonnet and Boot Badges
. Xenon Auto Lights and Auto Wipers


. The car is rust free.

. The car has very recently had a full oil change (including diff) and new spark plugs and filters at a BMW specialist.

. The car also has a pair of new rear coil springs and a brand new sub frame.

. The boot floor was replaced by BMW and inspected when the new subframe was installed.

. No problems with the SMG 'box

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. Front wheels need a refurb - lacquer bubbling and some kerbing marks

All seems perfect to me, I didn't ideally want alcantara seats but then I've not seen them very often and now I quite like the look of them. As there's no heated seats my bum won't be roasting or freezing cold. The seats don't look as though they've even been sat in. In fact the guy said someone had offered him £1000 plus his black leather.

He said he'd had 3 people message and I just knew as the price he had it up for to me its easily worth £10,000 so with that I left a £500 deposit and he's going to be delivering it to me in his race shuttle on Wednesday...going to be a very long day for me tomorrow.

Anyway pictures, only ones of his advert for now will update with more when it arrives Wednesday.























My plans at the minute is just to keep it absolutely mint. Don't think I'm going to make many changes on this, just keep it as it is. I say that now.... but I'd like to get an alcantara steering wheel with matching gaitors. A wheel Refurb. Then probably leave it at that just thoroughly enjoy every minute of being in an m3.

Hope you like.

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Old 07-03-2017, 06:14 AM   #2
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Looks like a cracking car there for the money. I think that you have got a minter in pretty much OEM spec.
Will look forward to seeing the pictures when it arrives!
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:50 AM   #3
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Thanks mate. Yeah looks amazing just looking forward to it arriving tomorrow. Yeah I'm debating just leaving it as it is and enjoying.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:55 AM   #4
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Lovely! I'm desperately trying to justify buying on of these, just trying to talk the wife round!

Leave it OEM buddy, just get it in even better shape than it is, it will be worth a bit more on a few years.
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:10 AM   #5
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It's the perfect all round car is how I'd justify it lol.

Yeah that's what I'm thinking just make it as mint as I can.
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:56 AM   #6
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Beautiful car, very jealous!

They look like half leather seats (cloth and leather), not alcantara though. You can get full leather interiors (seats, door cards, etc...) from about £300 from ebay depending on colour. Alcantara seats are about £100 for both.
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Thanks mate.

Yeah this interior is unmarked so might keep it for now.
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Agreed. Looks pristine. Great find. I love silver grey with black interior!
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:27 AM   #10
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Looks a real beauty in a good colour too. E46 M3 just looks so right.
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