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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-09-2005, 10:56 AM
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When did E46's start production?

Hi,

What month/year did the following cars become available:

E46 Sedan
E46 Coupe
E46 Cabrio
E46 M3

Also, when did they go from 2.8L to 3.0L engines in the non M?

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Old 03-09-2005, 11:03 AM
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Hi,

What month/year did the following cars become available:

E46 Sedan
E46 Coupe
E46 Cabrio
E46 M3
April 1998, April 1999, June 1999 (I think), December 2000.
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Also, when did they go from 2.8L to 3.0L engines in the non M?
Summer 2000. Certainly by July 2000 they were being delivered in the UK.
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Old 03-09-2005, 12:57 PM
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Are you talking in general or for a certain market?

US debuts are all later than in Europe.
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Are you talking in general or for a certain market?

US debuts are all later than in Europe.
Do you know what the US debut's were?
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I can tell you the E46 Coupe did not debut April '99 in the U.S. I know this because I bought a E46 323i in June '99. I wanted a Coupe but they weren't available yet. I'm pretty sure they were first available July '99.
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Production - independent of any market. I believe the first E46s were almost as troublesome as the early E46s, so (speaking entirely selfishly) it is probably a good thing that some unfortunate souls got to beta-test the car before it starting shipping in big volumes to all markets. Having said that, my March 2003-build E46 is full of bugs and manufacturing defects .

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Do you know what the US debut's were?
E46 Sedan: September 1998
E46 Coupe: September 1999
E46 Convertible and Wagon: March 2000
E46 M3: September 2001

Those are the dates that they're officially "on sale", but each vehicle debuted at Detroit or NY autoshow earlier in those years.
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