Tastefully Modified: 65k-Mile 2002 BMW E46 M3 Coupe 6-Speed

  • March 15, 2021
The Rundown
  • Equipped with an ESS Supercharger
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Titanium Silver on Dove
  • Rod Bearing Recall Completed
  • Well Modified
  • 450hp at the Wheels
Why We Like It

Produced from 1997 to 2006, the E46 3-Series BMW was one of the most popular of the model. Of course, the M3 is everyone’s darling – introduced in 2000, it used a 3.2L inline 6-cylinder that’s good for 333hp, enough to spirit the roughly 3,000-pound car from 0-60 in under 5-seconds. It would be a bit of a hallmark for the model, as it would be the last of the naturally aspirated inline 6-cylinders, with subsequent generations using V8s and turbos.

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tastefully-modified-65k-mile-2002-bmw-e46-m3-coupe-6-speed00707 9GXpKdFyQeEz 0CI0t2 1200x900This one seems to have been tuned and prepped nicely with a multitude of performance and handling modifications resulting in an M3 with 450hp at the rear wheels. The seller says the car has also been treated to various preventative maintenance exercises too, such as the rod bearing recall and vanos inspection, which showed no issues, thus it retains the originals. The chassis has been treated to ST coilovers, CSL cross-drilled rotors, and Michelin PSS tires, and the seller says the goal was to build a complete CSL conversion but has new plans and therefore needs to let the car go. The owner is willing to remove the supercharger kit from the car if the buyer is interested and thus lowering the price accordingly – but why would anyone do that?! By the post and pictures, the car looks fabulous with a straight body and clean paint without defects worth mentioning. All things told this would be a really fun car to enjoy!

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Valuation Verdict

At this price, it’s not cheap, but it appears to be in great condition, has seemingly been well maintained, and has apparently been very nicely modified. With that many horsepower this thing has to be a rocket ship – as if the normal M3 were anything less! We see higher mileage E46s sell at auction in the $25k-$35k range, and with everything it’s got going for it, we’d like to think this one is fairly well bought at or below the advertised price.

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