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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 04-06-2012, 03:03 PM
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Ow Jonathan, it's New Jersey, stop the Bull Sh!t.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:25 PM
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I-95 on my way to DC I did 110..why, because I have a BMW and it was effortless BUT I do agree that it takes a ton of attention and with the wave of texters and drivers It was just a moment of opportuiny and not my normal speed..

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Old 04-06-2012, 03:40 PM
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Ow Jonathan, it's New Jersey, stop the Bull Sh!t.
A true NYer reply.

p.s. My fathes side of my family is from Manhattan and Montgomery NY.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:14 PM
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I don't think I drove more than 160kmh. I'm not a big fan of speed, but a fan of acceleration for sure.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:19 PM
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Ow Jonathan, it's New Jersey, stop the Bull Sh!t.
Ya know, I don`t think I`ve *ever* seen a speed limit sign in Manhattan....do they actually exist ?
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:44 PM
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:25 PM
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Ow Jonathan, it's New Jersey, stop the Bull Sh!t.
You'll have to come out next time we have a get together to see what good back roads are all about.

On second thought, all NJ roads are exactly like the I-95 corridor. Nothing to see here. Might as well keep out...
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:27 PM
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A true NYer reply.

p.s. My fathes side of my family is from Manhattan and Montgomery NY.
I was born in manhattan. I can state unequivocally that the driving in NJ is about a zillion times better.
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You'll have to come out next time we have a get together to see what good back roads are all about.

On second thought, all NJ roads are exactly like the I-95 corridor. Nothing to see here. Might as well keep out...
NJ has nice back roads?

I picture Jersey as a mile-wide stretch of highway and refineries.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:48 PM
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Realistically, for you guys who aren't from the area, pull our an atlas, see Rt.78 West our of Newark? West of 287 it opens up a bit, and once you get into the western part of the state, when the mountains exert themselves, it's pretty rural and the roads get decent. Southern Jerzee is shotgun rural. All the BS around NYC is, well, BS from a driving perspective. But it's one goddamn populated state - and not populated in a good way.

Anyway, I was in no way touting f'n Manhattan as a driver's paradise. Think streets from Beirut with drivers from Karachi - and I'm not ****t!ing you.

BTW, what kind of oil do you guys use? Mobil 1?
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:07 PM
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Realistically, for you guys who aren't from the area, pull our an atlas, see Rt.78 West our of Newark? West of 287 it opens up a bit, and once you get into the western part of the state, when the mountains exert themselves, it's pretty rural and the roads get decent. Southern Jerzee is shotgun rural. All the BS around NYC is, well, BS from a driving perspective. But it's one goddamn populated state - and not populated in a good way.

Anyway, I was in no way touting f'n Manhattan as a driver's paradise. Think streets from Beirut with drivers from Karachi - and I'm not ****t!ing you.

BTW, what kind of oil do you guys use? Mobil 1?
I heard Jersey has more state park area than any other state, or something like that.

Mobil 1, since my wife used to work in Mobile's R&D division testing oils.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:37 AM
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Exactly correct about NJ. I live right at the corner of 287 and 78. The roads west of here are great twisty roads that follow small rivers and hillsides through the woods. Once you learn where the popo like to sit, it opens up a great playground.
Southern Jersey is a whole different world. Flat and straight. Think "Midwest". The northeast corner of the state gets worse the closer you get to manhattan. Traffic gets very congested and whenever I'm there, which I try to avoid, I find myself driving really aggressively , just trying to get ahead of the next guy.
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That 287 & 78 area is just an extension of the City, north western Jersey is actually beautiful ...but watch out in southern Jersey for the Jersey Devil that has been prowling around for generations
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:37 AM
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I've topped my 323i at a little over 100. Was too scared to go faster with this car but i had a 93 dodge Dakota i actually topped at 120 no problem

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Old 04-07-2012, 05:56 PM
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I've topped my 323i at a little over 100. Was too scared to go faster with this car but i had a 93 dodge Dakota i actually topped at 120 no problem

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Why would you be afraid of going that fast in your 323i and not a dodge Dakota? Is it a size issue? I guess that in a Dodge Dakota, you wouldn't be able to "feel the speed" so you would just be hurling down the highway in a giant metal box.

The 323i, although the engine is not as powerfully as its siblings, the handling and suspension is just as good. I've taken my 323i over a 100 mph with no ill effects.

Whenever I've driven my rental cars that fast, either the engine sounds like its about to have a coronary or they start shaking so much I'm afraid the tires might fall off.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:55 PM
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Well that reason is cuz i love my bimmer too to f**k it up or crash it also have too many speeding tickets so i was afraid of that. I topped out the Dakota about 5 years ago my bimmer just a month ago

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:08 PM
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Fastest in E46: 133 mph (GPS) 134 mph speedo, still some left. 1999 323i in with sports package. (Specs say 149 max)
Purpose was to test if there was a speed limiter on the car. Accomplished on a raised portion of the Autobahn (straight, flat, no traffic, animals or debris).
The car is an US spec with the delivery in Germany (military deal). We had been discussing whether there was a speed limiter installed in the US spec cars. Mine clearly does not have one. The car was only a few months old and well broken in on the Autobahn. My normal comfortable driving speed on the autobahns was 80, although cruising at 100 was comfortable enough.

I later read somewhere that when E46 was ordered with the factory Sports Package there was no speed limiter (better suspension/tires???). I still own the car.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:34 PM
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I got my rental Audi A3 1.6L up to 199 kph on the Autobahn (the unlimited stretch near Munich). That was awesome, car sounded like a little toy F1 car.

That little Audi engine revved so fast and sounded awesome, pity they don't sell cars like that here. The entry level cars here like a Golf get larger, boring 4 cylinders.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:51 AM
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you speed fans need to come down to south florida.... the "speed limit" is 65 mph on I-95, but i have gone by cops (with radar guns out) constantly at 80, and around 90 a couple times. im not saying you wont get a ticket, but they seem to wait for the 95+ oppurtunities....basically you have plenty of chances to get over 100 and run
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Hard to know with our speedos, but it was over 110 for sure. Just glanced at the speedo. those speeds are definitely scary
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:58 PM
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Hard to know with our speedos, but it was over 110 for sure. Just glanced at the speedo. those speeds are definitely scary
Anything below 120 with Koni Yellows + Hotchkis sways + a great alignment = very good and controllable handling in all situations. Above 120 it requires so much forward thinking because things come in really fast.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:19 PM
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:51 AM
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Cool 125

I got mine to 125 on a bridge. And I took my bmw in germany to 235kph. Or at least thats what my spedometer read. Haha even took a pic of that one to prove it. It was a 93 318is germ specs.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:06 AM
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Man this **** is too funny. I agree with the guy at the top who was saying unless your in a high speed chase you wont need to take the limiter off. As for taking it off and that adding extras to other portions of the car, never heard of that. I was told by my mechanic the limiter is strictly for controlling the top end speed.
As for the guy saying 150-160mph on the autobahn, I call bull ****. I lived in Germany for 6 years. Drove the autobahn on a weekly basis in my little 318is. There are in fact speed limits, and if you go that fast you will go straight to jail. I got pulled over once on the autobahn for going 200kph in a 120kph zone. I told him "I thought there was no speedlimit" he continued to explain there is a reccomended speed limit. So all this **** people talk about the autobahn, it is true you can drive fast. But its not a nascar road people!!!!!
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