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Old 09-25-2004, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I might be getting a 2002 or 2003 e46 M3 SMG. I have some question that I need help with.

Is there anything major that you guys recomend for me to look out for on the car.?

What are some good websites where I can find some good deal on some parts for the M3.?(exhaust, suspension..)

Does anyone have a pic of a M3 with the factory 19" lowered.?

What is the best sounding exhaust?

When I get it the only thing that Im going to do to the car is lower it and put a bad-ass sounding exhaust and does cool looking eyelids on the headlights.


I did a search for pics. And all I found where pics of stock M3.. where can I look at some pics of some nice ones.?


If you think of anything else you can recomend me please let me know.
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The Dinan exhaust delivers exactly what the M3 owner demands in a performance muffler; increased power, reduced weight, a look that means business and the throaty exhaust note youíd expect from an M3. And to ensure that the power gains are optimized, fully matched Stage 2 Performance Engine Software brings the engine management system up to speed, making sure that the M3 is getting just the right amount of fuel and ignition timing right up to the revised 8150 rpm rev-limit.

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Old 09-27-2004, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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also for pics of the e46 m3 if you cant find them on google images just go to cardomain search for m3s and then search by year, and you will be able to find one lowered probably!

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yeah, dont get the smg. although a nice "toy" to play around with, everyone i have talked to about it told me it takes all the fun out of driving the car. get the regular manual gearbox. go to dtmpower.net , and search for smg, there's a good post on there about it. just dont want you to make a pricey decision you may regret. i would do a lot of research on the smg v.s manual, and a lot of driving on both before i made a decision. my 2c
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I agree - while I don't know anyone who personally has a BMW equipped with SMG, every respectable auto magazine I read say it's nothing but trouble and really ruins the driving experience. Go with a manual, so you know it's fun and you know exactly what you're getting.
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yeah, i dont' care how fast the smg shifts gears, if it ain't got a clutch, toss it.
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I have yet to be really impressed with SMG (I or II) the sifts seem slow and sluggish and more of a hassle than anything else...I would much rather have a full on manual gear box than the SMG. As driven in the M3, Z4, E60, as well as 6. (even though from what I have been told, the SMG tranny coming out in the New M5 is TO DIE for)
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yeah, i dont' care how fast the smg shifts gears, if it ain't got a clutch, toss it.
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Uh, the SMG uses the same clutch as the manual 6 does.
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I'm pretty sure he meant clutch PEDAL, in any event, I have a '03 M3 with the manual and have driven other '03's with the SMG and I can tell you the stick is a much better option, assuming you already know how to drive one. The SMG shifts are rough and jerky and it slips and burns the clutch badly in stop and go traffic. Go for the stick, thats my two big-ole cents
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Geez, all the hate-on for SMG. Yes. SMG Shifts are rough and jerky.. the first week or two you drive it. Then you realize that if you just let off the gas for a millisecond after the shift, this is no longer the problem, even with sport mode turned on and S5/6 mode on the shifter. If you have it lower then 1->2 is a little rough, but beyond this, the lower shift modes are pretty timid.

But, as I said before, not a problem if you ease off the gas for a millisecond.

Don't get an SMG if you enjoy driving stick and could not give it up for anything. There have been many posts about the SMG versus manual. Best bet is to test drive both.

Note, that if you have to use a cellphone or are having your morning coffee while commuting, then SMG in the auto mode is pretty darn convenient. But, this does not detract from the fun factor in manual modes.

But, to each their own I guess.
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Geez, all the hate-on for SMG. Yes. SMG Shifts are rough and jerky.. the first week or two you drive it. Then you realize that if you just let off the gas for a millisecond after the shift, this is no longer the problem, even with sport mode turned on and S5/6 mode on the shifter. If you have it lower then 1->2 is a little rough, but beyond this, the lower shift modes are pretty timid.

But, as I said before, not a problem if you ease off the gas for a millisecond.

Don't get an SMG if you enjoy driving stick and could not give it up for anything. There have been many posts about the SMG versus manual. Best bet is to test drive both.

Note, that if you have to use a cellphone or are having your morning coffee while commuting, then SMG in the auto mode is pretty darn convenient. But, this does not detract from the fun factor in manual modes.

But, to each their own I guess.
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Pretty much what he said. I loved the smg when I drove it. Look for the normal stuff, and Carfax it. If its been in any major accidents look for the BMW PArt Number to make sure its legit.
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