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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-30-2004, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Ok first off if this is a repeat I am sorry and will personally use the do-it-yourself home castration kit to deal with my stupidity. That being said if it is a repeat just point me in the right direction because I try to run a search.


My buddy owns a 03 m3 SMG. I really like it. I just took a big job offer and I am shopping. My friend said if I want an M3, get it soon since they won't be around for a few years and the price might go up on whats left.

He also said avoid the 00-01 models due to some voluntary recall. Aside from that and the LED taillights whats are some of the other year diffrences? Are they major? Or is it even worth messing around with?

Thanks guys and sorry if it I am n00b #454566 to ask this..
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I copied this from another site where I asked the same question. Here's what was said:
*The DSC/ABS modules are stored in the passenger-side open space under the hood in the 2001 model. That forced the wires to go right under the engine from the brake master cylinder to the modules, causing some failures. BMW changed the locations of the modules from 2003 to prevent the problem.

*The 2002.5 and later cars have a front strut tower brace, rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming rearview mirror as standard equipment.

*Then as others said the 2004 cars have a slightly longer trunk handle (coupe only) and LED brake lights (2003.5), which come on brighter under hard braking.

*In the '01 you get the narrower nav screen and no available Homelink. In the '04 you get wider nav screen and an available homelink option. Plus the rear trunk handle is slightly wider. Overall there were very little changes throughout the years.

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