BMW E46 M3 Cabriolet
- Mileage: 51,052
- Year: 2004
- MOT Expiry: May 2019
- Exterior Colour: Carbon Black Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Nappa Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 5.5
- BHP: 338
- Transmission: 6-Speed SMG
- Engine Capacity: 3246cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
First introduced in October 2000 the E46 M3 featured an all-new 3.2-litre M-tuned engine, the S54. The engine had the highest specific naturally aspirated output ever made by BMW at the time producing 338bhp. Praised by press, the S54 engine redlines at a high 8000rpm and breaths its oxygen through six independent throttle bodies electronically operated resulting in immediate responsive from the high revving power unit.
Available as a coupe or convertible the E46 was offered with a six-speed manual Getrag gearbox or an optional SMG Drivelogic gearbox, which was a standard six-speed gearbox with an electro-hydraulically actuated clutch pedal. This example is a post 2003 facelift version, benefiting from LED rear lights and the SMG II gearbox amongst other minor cosmetic improvements.
Sequential M gearbox (SMG II) with Drivelogic, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, Electrically folding soft-top in black, Heated and electrically adjustable front sports seats with memory, Front armrest, Park Distance Control (PDC), Automatic Xenon headlights, Rain-sensitive wipers, Air conditioning, BMW Professional satellite navigation, Harman/Kardon sound system, 6CD changer, Dynamic stability control (DSC), Headlight cleaning system, Multifunction M leather steering wheel, Interior mirror with automatic-dip Alarm system, Warning triangle and first aid kit, Wind deflector with storage case, BMW carpet mats, Tracker, Spare key.
The gleaming metallic Carbonschwarz finish looks magnificent paired with those gorgeous 19-inch wheels. The paintwork presents to an excellent standard all round and remains remarkably original on every panel. The car is entirely free from any scuffs or scratches, with only a light dusting of chips low down on the front end as evidence of use. There are no unsightly car park dings, even on close inspection, and all items of trim still present in fine fettle. The electric folding soft-top operates swiftly and retains a fresh appearance.
The black Nappa upholstery is in wonderful order throughout. The leather retains a great factory texture and feel, with no shininess or wear to report. The driver’s bolster is pleasingly scuff-free and the central armrest is like new; the rear seats appear to have been seldom used. Commonly scratch-prone items such as the satnav screen, console switchgear and plastic trims all present exceptionally well. At the rear of the car you’ll find a pristine boot area housing the CD changer, tool kit, and wind deflector with storage case.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This cherished M3 was most recently serviced just 600 miles ago by marque specialist, Munich Legends; the service was an Inspection I. Prior to this all stamps in the book are from BMW main dealers. Having seen just 51k miles of use it is no surprise that the engine bay of this example is still perfectly clean. The glorious S54 performs without fault on test and the SMG transmission handles the engine’s power perfectly.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The forged 19-inch rims are unmarked all round. The striking polished faces are unblemished by any curb marking or lacquer damage, with only the original centre badges displaying a little patina. The wheels are wrapped in a matching set of Michelin tyres with plenty of tread remaining, and the brake fluid was changed 600 miles ago.
The M3 was first registered in March 2004; it was supplied new by Chelsea BMW. Following on from the Running-in check at 1,352 miles, services have been carried out at the following mileages: 4k, 13k, 26k, 39k, 43k, and 50k. The most recent service was an Inspection I carried out by Munich Legends; all previous service work was carried out at BMW main dealers. The MOT is valid until May 2019.
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