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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 07-01-2015, 07:33 AM
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Maybe I should add an e46?

Hi all,
I've been an e39 guy for a while now - love my 2000 540i Sport. While on my way to work yesterday and saw a Titanium Silver e46. Looked to be a 2000 323i? What a beautiful car. I was looking at adding another (slightly smaller) BMW to my line-up. Haven't researched this particular model much, but that vintage Bimmer seems to be the heyday of construction and user maintainability.

I wish I could have had the opportunity to talk to the driver. The car was nearly flawless, so obviously well maintained and in beautiful original condition (amber corners and all). Driving south into Milwaukee on hwy 45... just in case you happen to be on here.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:35 AM
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Welcome to the E46 side. Love the E39, particularly the 6 speed.

Suggest a read through the E46 wiki as the best way to learn about the platform: http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/BMW_E46

Let us know if you end up purchasing it.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:01 AM
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Well, I happen to have a titanium silver E46 and I love it (see below). You might want to look around for one with a larger engine than the 323. I'm not a horsepower fetishist, but I like the larger engine in the 330. Also, stick to E46s made in 2002 or later; the earlier ones are more prone to subframe problems, and one of the earlier years has some steering issue (I forget which year).
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:06 AM
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Anymore talk of getting E46's and I might cave soon....
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:34 PM
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:52 PM
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Anymore talk of getting E46's and I might cave soon....
Somewhere out there there's a ZHP or E46 M3 with your name on it. You know it's true...
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:18 PM
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Anymore talk of getting E46's and I might cave soon....
I could see you in a nice ZHP....
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I could see you in a nice ZHP....
I'd have to turbo or supercharge it though. It would only be the MalibuMafiaV way

If I sell my S4 I'm definitely getting another E46.
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You're in good company here, yuuts!

Advice to Mal should apply to you too. M3 or ZHP.

Not that anyone asked but, personally, I think the coupe is the best looking e46 body style... except, of course, for a convertible WITH the top down (probably not a yecksulant choice for Wisc). Sedans are great if you need 4-doors, but the e39 (which I love, BTW) takes care of that (no M3 sedan in the e46, BTW. ZHP is next best thing w/ back doors though I still prefer the Ci's in the ZHP too). That only leaves the Touring. e46 actually makes for a darn fine looking estate wagon, but alas, only available in the US with the smaller L6 (I lust after some of the Touring engine swap projects I've seen, tho).

To sum up the e46:
  1. A style for everyone, but not a car for everybody!
  2. Plenty to go wrong, but everything's right!
  3. You want it, and you know it!


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You know what's funny Bird? I've always wanted to do a S54 swap into a E46 sedan. So that may just be what I do next instead of a turbo on a 330. It's cheaper and easy for me to come by those swaps.
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You know what's funny Bird? I've always wanted to do a S54 swap into a E46 sedan. So that may just be what I do next instead of a turbo on a 330. It's cheaper and easy for me to come by those swaps.
And if you`re really feeling that wild hair up your ass, how about a twin-screw blower on that S54 ? That would shorten your eyeballs up by a diopter or three when you hit it !
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You know what's funny Bird? I've always wanted to do a S54 swap into a E46 sedan. So that may just be what I do next instead of a turbo on a 330. It's cheaper and easy for me to come by those swaps.
I'll take two ringside seats please. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

But, I still say the winner for a custom install is a Touring with gobs of get-up-and-go!
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