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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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Whats this limiter every one keeps speaking of....
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:26 PM
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:52 PM
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:12 PM
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145mph on a US freeway but I was scared ****less that if I hit any of the crappy undulations or unexpected potholes that I would fly off the road and be dead. Good thing I memorized all of the freeway issues going and coming back from work since I have to take em 5 days a week so no such bad luck. Was 3AM in the morning so the only other car was myself and a Magnum who was going about 120. I was more scared of the road and cops on a 4-5 lane highway than other cars.

Getting to 120-130 was pretty easy, then after that it was like hitting a wall and it took a while to get to 145, wanted to get to 155 but it seemed like it would take another 1/2-1 mile to get there. Seemed like air is your biggest problem at those speeds. Our 0.31 COD on the E46 isn't the most svelt.

As for the thrill or fun of top speed; it's over-rated. Gets rather dull and boring, kinda like flying in a 747 going 400 mph. I'd rather go 120 on a long sweeper holding the line while you watch everybody else start to fall off or not keep pace. It's even more perplexing (to others) and fun to see when you can still pass at those speeds and go around traffic (Our E46's dance rather well when the suspension & brakes are sorted out then combined with partial engine braking and partial rotor braking [best way to scrub speed w/o losing too much momentum]. There's also the very non-racing like technique of hitting the reflector dividers to slow down but it upsets the balance of the car. Another fun thing to do is to put your inside tire right on the outside part of each reflector during a turn getting a little bit of extra grip. However, it requires that your acceleration and line is percise that you hit each spaced out reflector everytime to hold that grip. Fun stuff, ala Initial D curb drop in advanced mode)

I think that's when people figure out your stock looking car doesn't have stock suspension or brakes.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:17 PM
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i've had it up to 105 mph but honestly i hate driving fast. normally i never go any faster then 75mph on the interstate.
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Been upside down and backwards (broken rim on uneven pavement cut) watching sparks going away from me through the windshield in a 86' 944S at 90+ thinking "I hope death doesn't hurt" (seriously) about 12 yrs ago.

Cruise control, and self control in a nice sweeper is orgasmic.....ish.

Live long and drive a E46. And KNOW you can. age/experience helps .....

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:17 PM
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:32 AM
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130 was high enough for me before it got a bit scary to say the least.

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Old 04-03-2012, 04:27 AM
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Hit 130mph in my old '95 325i, but don't think I've hit that high with my E46, maybe 120 mph. Testosterone levels drop when you hit 40.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:15 AM
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134 MPH indicated, but there is a speedo error inherent to the E46. There was more rev's left, but the brain wouldn't let it go any faster.

As for going that fast, just habit. Every vehicle I've had I found out what it would do, and yes it was always on the track. ...well maybe.
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Every vehicle I've had I found out what it would do, and yes it was always on the track. ...well maybe.
Yeah...that's it

Actually, for me, it WAS on track, in the car below. 153mph (gps indicated) and I could have found more if it weren't for that pesky turn one:

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135ish and shut down. So actual speed was probably 127. Seemed like it had some left in of too

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135ish and shut down. So actual speed was probably 127. Seemed like it had some left in of too

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Did it actually shut down or did the engine just cut in and out? Usually, at least in other cars, when the limiter kicks in the engine just 'jerks' and won't let you go any faster but it doesn't shut down.
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Yeah...that's it

Actually, for me, it WAS on track, in the car below. 153mph (gps indicated) and I could have found more if it weren't for that pesky turn one:

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:28 PM
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Good 1 FFEJ! Nice M3.
It's my friend Martin's. It feels like you're cheating in high speed corners with that thing.
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Did it actually shut down or did the engine just cut in and out? Usually, at least in other cars, when the limiter kicks in the engine just 'jerks' and won't let you go any faster but it doesn't shut down.
It "burps" when the limiter kicks in....
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My 2002 330ci hit 140 mph with no sweat last summer. Hard to find room to go faster!
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It's my friend Martin's. It feels like you're cheating in high speed corners with that thing.
I bet, love all the downforce enhancers with the front splitter and rear functional wing. Does it also have a rear splitter/diffuser? Must also be really light as a stripped out racecar.

BTW, which track were you at? The most I could squeeze out of my ZHP at THill was about 125mph after turn 15 then before turn one.

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My 2002 330ci hit 140 mph with no sweat last summer. Hard to find room to go faster!
Unless you have some type of de-limiting device installed, you hit *128* mph, which is the limited speed for most E46s. (Speedometere lie their ass off on the big end)
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Unless you have some type of de-limiting device installed, you hit *128* mph, which is the limited speed for most E46s. (Speedometere lie their ass off on the big end)
It bases it off the speedometer right? So fuel cutoff should be around 128 mph. It seemed to happen at 130 mph in my E36 325i. He's probably got a chip.

Haven't tried to see if the ZHP cuts out at 155 mph.
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It bases it off the speedometer right? So fuel cutoff should be around 128 mph. It seemed to happen at 130 mph in my E36 325i. He's probably got a chip.

Haven't tried to see if the ZHP cuts out at 155 mph.
Not at all unusual to see BMW speedos reading 10 mph fast on the max side of the dial....

As far as ZHP top speeds go, suffice it to say that that last five or seven mph takes a LOT of road to get up to....
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