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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 04-19-2005, 07:49 PM
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330ci morph into m3 ? can I do it

I currently have a 330ci cab 01 but have wanted the performance of the m3 although not quiet in love with the harsh ride every day. In your collective wisdom what might it cost me to turn the 330 into a reasonable m3 type car versus selling it a getting a 01 m3 cab or 02. the cost of a m3 cab here in milwaukee if i can find one is aroung 38k and a 02 around 42k which is 6k over my 330 for a 01 or 10k or so for the 02. Is there a reason to pick a 01 vs. 02 m3 or are they the same. thanks David
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:50 PM
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if all you want is the straightline speed, you can spend $6-8K and get a supercharger installed. if you're lucky, your engine will even survive for a while.
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:53 PM
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not just speed

interested in car which will not self destroy will still be derirable on resale in future and will have similar handling charasterics more that speed per say thanks
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:57 PM
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m3 engine swap, m3 suspension, front tower brace, m3 transmission, diff, rear subframe, rear suspension, brakes/spindles...

If you want somewhat sharper handling, just put a set of swaybars on, though.
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Call Rogue Engineering. They'll hook you up. They already did an E46 S54 conversion and are willing to do other conversions. Have been thinking about the E46 sedan S54 conversion. We'll see... thinking about kjust waiting for the E90 4dr M3 and S/C my car at some point after a few Drivers Ed courses and some racing wheel time.

And Nick, companies like Technik/Infinitas have been S/C cars without any problems after 5yrs.
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Old 04-19-2005, 08:10 PM
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Call Rogue Engineering. They'll hook you up. They already did an E46 S54 conversion and are willing to do other conversions. Have been thinking about the E46 sedan S54 conversion. We'll see... thinking about kjust waiting for the E90 4dr M3 and S/C my car at some point after a few Drivers Ed courses and some racing wheel time.

And Nick, companies like Technik/Infinitas have been S/C cars without any problems after 5yrs.
*shrug* You still have an open diff, which must get replaced. The whole notion of spending 10-12K on a street car just so it goes faster in a fairly useless way seems odd to me.
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if all you want is the straightline speed, you can spend $6-8K and get a supercharger installed. if you're lucky, your engine will even survive for a while.
Doesn't Dave (RKT BMR) have a supercharger? Haven't heard any complaints from him.

I wouldn't mind FI on my car when I turn it into a track car in 5 or so years.
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I currently have a 330ci cab 01 but have wanted the performance of the m3 although not quiet in love with the harsh ride every day. In your collective wisdom what might it cost me to turn the 330 into a reasonable m3 type car versus selling it a getting a 01 m3 cab or 02. the cost of a m3 cab here in milwaukee if i can find one is aroung 38k and a 02 around 42k which is 6k over my 330 for a 01 or 10k or so for the 02. Is there a reason to pick a 01 vs. 02 m3 or are they the same. thanks David
Are you just trying to save money or do you really not want the M3 because of the ride?

The first won't save you any money and as was pointed out earlier is not really feasible.

If it's the latter, then I would ask could you get the used M3 and do something to the suspension or wheel set up to make it less harsh? That would seem easier to do than upgrading engine, clutch, etc, etc...
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