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      05-02-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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2005 BMW M3 Vs 2006 BMW M3 or any other year

Are there any differences in M3's since 2001. Are all M3's since 2001 the same.

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      05-02-2007, 12:40 PM   #2
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i know they gave it LEDs for 2005 & 2006
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      05-02-2007, 12:42 PM   #3
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i know they gave it LEDs for 2005 & 2006
that's about it. I think their was a color change or two but nothing from a performance standpoint.
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      05-02-2007, 01:09 PM   #4
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Cool Thanks, so any year of the M3's is the same.
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      05-02-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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2006 has competition Rims

2003.5 started putting strut bar over engine (i doubt it was over the engine from 2001-2003.

so with the better rims and breaks the 2006 M3 with competition package out performs other E46 M3's
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I heard a rumor once that there was a suspension bushing upgrade or something after the first couple years to correct some mild handling quirks in the early models. Of course I only remember reading this once and it was on forum so who knows if it is accurate info.

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Are there any differences in M3's since 2001. Are all M3's since 2001 the same.
You probably have some of the same concerns I have about being the first on the boat to buy a first year M3. It would suck to put all your eggs in one basket and go for a 2008 or 2009 and then in 2010 a huge upgrade in announced. However, I kinda doubt BMW would do that. At least history doesnt show any reason they would.

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      05-02-2007, 07:31 PM   #7
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Suspension

I heard more rumors as well about suspension upgrades to sort out the terrible understeer on early cars. I think enigma has the details on this. Of course they did not get SMG until year 2 as well.
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I heard more rumors as well about suspension upgrades to sort out the terrible understeer on early cars. I think enigma has the details on this. Of course they did not get SMG until year 2 as well.
I wonder how many recalls were gonna get next year lol
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      05-03-2007, 11:51 AM   #9
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I think Im going to Buy a 05 M3
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Are there any differences in M3's since 2001. Are all M3's since 2001 the same.
actually 2003.5 on up the LEDs were std
and along with the strut bar

2005 on up the Competion Package made available with those ZCP wheels
but the year model difference are:

2001 to 2002

SMGII available
In-Dash CD Player replaces In-Dash Tape Player (non-Nav cars)
Bi-Xenon option replaces single Xenon
Titan Shadow Trim replaces Gloss Black Trim
Navigation Screen changes from 4:3 to 16:9
Topaz Blue Metallic added as standard color
Automatic Headlight option
19" Wheels option added (mid year)
Strut Bar added as standard equipment (mid year)

2002 to 2003

Basic Scheduled Maintenance Plan extended from 3/36 to 4/50
DSC/ABS unit moved from rear left of engine compartment under the brake fluid reservoir (leaving large empty *******.
Aluminum Trim added as an option
DVD Navigation replaces CD-ROM Navigation
In-Dash CD Player available for Navigation equipped cars
Revised HVAC controls
Topaz Blue Metallic & Steel Gray Metallic dropped from standard colors
Mystic Blue Metallic & Silver Gray Metallic added as standard colors
LED Tail Lights (mid year)
Trunk Handle extended (mid year)

2003 to 2004

BMW Assist (BMW version of OnStar)
Square rear view mirror with BMW Assist and Fin at the back of the roof



2004 to 2005

Laguna Seca Blue and Oxford Green Metallic discontinued
Alcantara available as a standard option
Eucalyptus Malt Wood Trim available as a standard option
Competition (try not to laugh) package (ZCP) added including 19" CSL "style wheels", Alcantara steering wheel and hand brake, aluminum interior trim, slightly larger (front) cross drilled rotors, M track mode for DSC, modified suspension and steering ratio, cruise control deleted. Available starting with 12/04 production.
Interlagos Blue Metallic added for ZCP equipped cars only

thats about what all I can think of

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but yeah for the most part all specs remained the same

General
Designation: E46, M3 Coupe E46, M3 Convertible
Production: 2001 on

Weight
Dry Weight: 3415 lbs 3781 lbs
Weight Distribution front / rear: 50.1 % - 49.9 % 49.9 % - 50.1 %

Engine
Displacement: 3.246 cu. lt.
Bore / Stroke: 3.43 / 3.58 in
Max Horsepower / RPM: 333hp @ 7900
Max Torque / RPM: 262ft-lb @ 4200

Transmission
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive
Types: 6 sp Manual / SMGII
Gear Ratios: 1 - 4.23, 2 - 2.53, 3 - 1.67, 4 - 1.23, 5 - 1.00, 6 - 0.83, R - 3.75
Final Drive Ratio: 3.64

Brakes
Type: Disk Anti-Lock
Front / Rear 12.8" / 12.9"

Wheels
Wheels Front: 18 X 8" Cast Alloy
Wheels Rear: 18 X 9" Cast Alloy
Tires Front: 225/45ZR - 18
Tires Rear: 255/40ZR - 18

Performance
0-50 MPH: 3.70 seconds N/A
0-60 MPH: 4.65 seconds 5.02 seconds
0-70 MPH 6.11 seconds N/A
1/4 Mile: 13.18 seconds 13.63 seconds
Top Speed 155 MPH - Electronically Limited 155 MPH - Electronically Limited
Skidpad: 0.91g 0.86g
Breaking 60-0: 111 ft. 114 ft.
Drag Coefficient: 0.32 0.35
Fuel Consumption City/Hwy: 16/24 16/23

Dimensions
Wheelbase: 107.5"
Length: 176.8"
Width: 70.1"
Height: 54"
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      05-04-2007, 05:47 PM   #12
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Cool thanks for all the information, thats great
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