So much has already been written about the E46 M3 that there is little more we can add. The award-winning six-in-line with its metallic howl at over 8,000 rpm delivers 343 hp. A perfect combination with an SMG-II gearbox. This example is beautifully finished in Carbonschwarz Metallic, Dutch delivered with fully demonstrable history.
The E46 M3 is well on its way becoming a classic. A timeless car in terms of design, both exterior and interior. The connoisseur immediately recognises this car as an M3. A glance at the small grilles on the front wings says it all. At the back, the four exhaust pipes point to the special six-in-line located under the bonnet. This M3's award-winning S54 six-in-line (repeatedly named 'Engine of the Year') is mated to the rear wheels via the SMG-II gearbox. A tasty combination, befitting this model.
The E46 M3 is widely regarded as one of the best-driving generations of the M3. At the same time, in terms of looks, it is one of the most civilised generations.
This particular example is stylishly finished in Carbonschwarz Metallic. An almost black colour, which gets a beautiful blue glow when the sun shines on it. The car was delivered in the Netherlands and was still owned by the first owner until this March.
This M3 is also still mostly original. It does have the SMG gearbox fitted with the CSL software, but that is of course a useful upgrade. The car is equipped with Harman Kardon audio and Park Distance Control, among other things.
The E46 M3 is starting to become an esteemed modern classic. This is a BMW as tradition dictates: six-in-line, rear-wheel drive. In original condition and the biggest drawback of the SMG gearbox (slow shifts) has been remedied through the M3 CSL software update.
Moreover, excellent everyday usability, tastefully finished in Carbonschwarz Metallic. This E46 M3 is actually a responsible daily driver, because they no longer depreciate.
This BMW is factory-equipped with features including:
Carbonschwarz M & Leather Nappa Sp
Alarm class 3
Exterior mirror package
Heated front seats
Park Distance Control
On-board monitor with nav system
Preparation for CD changer
SMG sequential M gearbox
BMW Dealer Guide Europe
On-board literature in Dutch
Preparation for BMW Handy (Motorola)
Harman Kardon sound system
The SMG-II gearbox features a CSL software upgrade. This makes the automatic shift faster and gives intermediate throttle when downshifting. There is also a cup holder fitted in the place of the (Motorola) car phone (Motorola phone is included with the sale). Otherwise, this BMW is still original.
There are only some small signs of use, documented on the photos:
Right wing mirror does not fold electrically (new one is included)
Left front mudguard has a small spot of rust on the wheel arch rim
Rear bumper was once re-sprayed by BMW Dusseldorp Den Haag
The most important points from the recent service history are (see photos for complete service history with invoices):
6 October 2022 - 145,509 km - ProCar BMW Specialist: replaced bearing shells, replaced Vanos and reinforced subframe/rear axle
13 August 2021 - 140,800 km - BMW dealer Dusseldorp Den Haag: both rear coil springs replaced
10 August 2020 - 137,790 km - BMW dealer Dusseldorp Den Haag: MOT including inspection of alarm system
11 June 2020 - 136,990 km - BMW dealer Dusseldorp Den Haag: Vanos adjustment mechanism replaced and valve covers sealed
08 November 2019 - 135280 km - BMW dealer Dusseldorp Den Haag: oil service
08 August 2018 - 132,715 km - BMW dealer Dusseldorp Den Haag: rear brake discs and blocks replaced and oil service
Included with sale
Filled out service booklet + invoices
Motorola car phone
About the seller
The first owner owned this BMW for 20 years and decided to transfer the M to a new enthusiast at the age of 77. The current owner bought this M3 last summer as an addition to his Porsche collection. Despite its now iconic status, he still found this M3 less enjoyable to drive than his Porsches. As a result, this BMW mainly stayed in the garage and was hardly ever driven. He found this such a shame that the car may now go to a new enthusiast who will enjoy it.
Seller - Marc Seller type - Private Location - Netherlands VIN - WBSBL91010JP82511 Year/date of production - May 6th 2002 First registration - May 21st 2002 Mileage - 146.100 Verifiable - Yes Warranty - No Body type - Coupe Engine - 3.2 six-in-line 3,2 - 343 hp Lay-out - RWD Transmission - 6 speed SMG II Exteriorcolour - Carbonschwarz Metallic (416) Interior colour - Black Upholstery - Leather Smoker's car - No Owners - 3 Owned since - August '22 Tires - Michelin Pilot Sport 4 - June 2020 - +/- 8.500km
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