I have a lot of history and passion for this car, so I wanted to create a dedicated page to document the history of this machine. The E46 sedan was unveiled via press release on November 11, 1997 and was launched on the market at the end of April 1998 with customer deliveries. But almost all suspension components are unique to the M3, and stronger than those of the regular coupe or convertible to safely handle the increased loads generated by the M3's greater capabilities. Archived from on 8 June 2003. As expected in a high-priced luxury car, the top is fully automatic, with no manual latching necessary. The screen itself is usually easily visible, although glare in some light can make it difficult.
I know how to maintain and operate these vehicles for maximum longevity. It included various aesthetic changes over the regular 3 series, as well as functional and mechanical enhancements. This is the standard 6-speed Getrag transmission with an electro-hydraulically actuated clutch no clutch pedal. The result is an engine that makes 333 horsepower at 7900 rpm - just below its 8000 redline - and 262 lb-ft of torque at 4900 rpm. Garage stored all times Maintenance Believe it or not, this car has never needed a tow or had an unplanned trip into the dealership for repair. I have been given a trade in price for a car I am near to purchasing.
Five years after its introduction, even with some much newer competitors, it's still the benchmark in the premium sports coupe and convertible class. With the top up, you can fold a panel out of the way and fit another duffel bag or two. The engine has a redline of 8,000 rpm. Accompanied by the determined metallic rasp from the rev-happy 3. Don't look to this car for fuel economy or ultralow emissions.
In late 1993, design work began under chief designer and continued into 1995. The outside mirrors help a bit, but care is necessary in parking lots. Production development of the sedan took 24 months following design freeze and was 31 months from executive board styling approval in 1995 to its start of production in 1997. Wick it up higher, and the mileage looks even worse. There is no clutch pedal.
Droptop 3-series models have never been paragons of structural rigidity, and this latest M3 still can't match a Corvette convertible in twist resistance. Even with the loss of the coupe's structural top, the convertible exhibited only insignificant cowl shake, and then only on the poorest and roughest of roads. There is no clutch pedal. On California roads, however, we rarely noticed any sheetmetal jitters. Despite the high specific output, the engine is quite flexible. Yes it is, but only relative to the serious, take-no-prisoners M3 coupe.
No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. There are no modifications to your car and the product is designed to not harm the car in any way. Top up, the convertible has the usual large rear quarter panel blind spots, but judicious use of the mirrors helps considerably. This is a huge upgrade and looks factory perfect. Top up, the convertible has the usual large rear quarter panel blind spots, but judicious use of the mirrors helps considerably. I called and spoke with Ray; told him my friends were en route from Marin to test drive 2. And in coupe or convertible form, an M3 is a near-perfect office from which to conduct serious high-performance driving exercises.
Driver seat is immaculate 9. I'd rather have this car sell to someone below retail. As such, this vehicle was given every option that was available, even parts from the M3 Coupe Competition Edition such as the shortened steering rack ratio and stiffer suspension. But nearly every part of the M3 engine was designed with the highest performance in mind. Archived from on 2 April 2013. Very nice and fun to drive in a racetrack, has a lot of grip, fun when traction control is turned off.
Both the coupe and convertible have the basic lines of their E46 3-Series counterparts - which are also unchanged for 2006. System controls are marked hard buttons to the sides of the screen and a master rotary control to its lower right. Even in fast corners, midcourse corrections are always an option because there's invariably sufficient bite to tighten your line. Firm leather covers both the power-adjustable front seats and the rear bench. The paddles perform optimally when the steering wheel is turned less than 60 degrees, with the lever best for tighter corners. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright.