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Friday, March 1, 2024

Discuss Me Out Of It: E-4-6 version

Shocked? Not likely. 58% of you chose the Ford GEE-TEE because the trip you’d take. This week, we prep for the massive E46 M3 evaluate by providing you with an actual M3, and one that nearly was.

2003 BMW E46 M3 vs the 2004 330i ZHP

See the E46 M3 itemizing right here

See the 330i itemizing right here

Gary Gordon, should you’re studying this – I blame you. All of this *factors to all of the BMW in my life* is since you needed to get a 330i with the “PP”, or Efficiency Package deal. Black. Tan inside. Handbook.

I by no means drove that automobile, I used to be solely 15 or so. Think about how good it was then, that it left an impression all these years later from the again seat. So pure. So clear. And should you needed a four-door M3, this was as shut as you had been going to get.

I’m a giant boy now, all grown up. Do you assume the 330i nonetheless provides me the fizz? Let’s see…

2003 BMW E46 M3

Good from far, removed from good. Picture: Vehicles & Bids

A mint E46 can nearly hit the $100,000 mark, which is loopy for a automobile that is likely to be particular, however not uncommon. Might I as an alternative direct your consideration to this instance:

  • 123,400 miles
  • Lives in Canada, however is a US mannequin, however you’d nonetheless have to import it…this all appears like a headache.
  • Prepare…SMG.
  • A carbon fiber CSL trunklid – meh
  • An inside that’s seen issues
  • At the moment bid to $15,000
  • Subframe and rod bearings have been accomplished.
  • Chips, cracks, corrosion, an accident, curb rash…

I say meh to the trunklid, however in actuality, this can be a meh M3. Doesn’t should be – swap the SMG for a handbook, take it to J&B for an overhaul exterior, and reupholster it. Ta-da! $15,000 later, you’ve gotten an E46 that’s had botox in all the proper locations. That’s supplied the bidding doesn’t get too excessive. If it does – cease overbidding for subpar examples.

However hey, it doesn’t matter what, you’ll be able to’t get 4 doorways. Deliver within the PP!

2004 BMW E46 330i ZHP

Refined however clear. Picture: Vehicles & Bids

No M3, no care?

Cease it – look how low-cost you will get considered one of these now! $13,450?! Earlier than we get into this particular instance, recall that the Efficiency Package deal for the 330i included an M Sport Suspension, M physique equipment, hotter cams that moved the redline from 6,500 to six,800 RPM and added 10 additional horsepower (235), an M Sport steering wheel, 18-inch wheels and different beauty goodies.

This automobile was deal.

Sure sure, an M3 was sooner. Was it higher? For a present bid of $14,000, this 330i has:

  • 103,900 miles
  • Rock chips
  • Fogged over headlights
  • Tires which might be seven years outdated
  • An extended historical past with simply two homeowners
  • Accident-free

This automobile will promote for lower than the M3, however there’s no “wants works” – it simply is. I occur to love the pre-LCI styling on the E46 sedan higher, however there was no such factor with a ZHP – that got here later.

I’m going to be sincere – I feel you actually have to really discuss me out of this one. What a every day the 330i would make. The place’s that BID button…

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