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2003 BMW E46 M3 - Alpine White

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For many performance car manufacturers, there is one style of engine that they are most closely tied to; for Porsche, it is a Flat-6, with Ferrari a V12, and for BMW, since the 1930s, that motor has been the Inline-6. As technology advanced, the engine was improved and refined with every subsequent generation, and at numerous points, an inline-6 powered nearly every car in the brand’s lineup. When people talk about the peak of BMW’s inline-6 development, the S54 developed for the E46 M3 comes up frequently. A supremely flexible engine, the S54 offers fantastic in-town usability, but when you get on it, it will rev to the stratosphere and both sound and feel like a race car while you’re doing it.

Built in June 2003, this E46 M3 is finished in Alpine White III over a black leather interior and shows just 25,655 miles from new. This marks the first trip through Enthusiast Auto Group for this M3, and just like all of our cars, it was subject to a thorough rejuvenation through our shop, with a bill totaling over $7,500. When this car arrived at our workshop, it was already in very good condition, with the majority of the exterior work consisting of a thorough detailing and replacing some faded badges. Although this is not a Competition package car, it sits on a set of BMW’s coveted 19” Competition pack wheels, which perfectly complement this extraordinary vehicle.

The interior of this M3 is in very good condition, consisting of black leather paired with brushed aluminum trim throughout the cabin. When you open the door to this M3, it is like being transported back to 2002, with the seats showing just a small amount of creasing, but all of the surfaces retain a factory-like sheen. The only modification to note on the inside is a set of AC Schnitzer aluminum pedals, which look great in the foot well and, with a slightly larger gas pedal, make heel and toe downshifting a joy. This car was pretty fully loaded from the factory and is fitted with power seats, the Cold Weather Package with heated seats, and the upgraded Harman Kardon sound system.

Without a doubt, the S54 found in the E46 M3 is one of the best inline-6s ever produced by BMW. With dual overhead cams, individual throttle bodies, and VANOS on the intake and exhaust cams, the S54 feels like a proper motorsport engine in the high revs, but that maintains the ability to be happily used around town as well. In this example, this is paired with a solid feeling 6-speed manual gearbox, which offers great shift action and is really the ultimate way to enjoy the sublime powerplant. While under our care, we performed our standard list of checks, including inspecting the VANOS, rear subframe, and multi-point mechanical inspection during the course of carrying out a II Service. We noticed a few minor leaks, which led to replacing a radiator hose, the constant pressure valve, and a timing chain sealing ring, and we also carried out a 4-wheel alignment. After our rejuvenation process, this 22-year-old M3 feels showroom fresh and runs and drives as it should.

At Enthusiast Auto Group, we have handled hundreds of E46 M3s over our 20 years in business and have quite an affinity for them. The timeless design, paired with an engine that is quintessentially BMW Motorsport, the E46 M3 transcends being considered one of the great BMWs, and should instead be seen as one of the great performance cars from any brand. Period.

Our price $74,980
Mileage 25655 miles
Body Coupe
Exterior Color Alpine White
Interior Color Black
Engine 6cyl 3.2L S54
Drive 2 wheel drive
Transmission Manual

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