The Details

BMW E46 M3 Convertible




  • Mileage: 42,518
  • Year: 2005
  • MOT Expiry: August 2024
  • Exterior Colour: Carbon Black Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Black Nappa Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 5.5
  • BHP: 338
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 3246cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6


Carbon Black Metallic paintwork, Black Nappa leather, Electric folding soft-top in black, 19-inch M forge alloy wheels, 6-speed manual transmission, Heated and electric front sports seats, DVD Satellite navigation, Park Distance Control (PDC), BMW CD player, CD changer, Front central armrest, Automatic air conditioning, Self-dimming rear-view mirror, Multifunction M Sports steering wheel, Cruise control, Automatic Xenon lights, Rain-sensitive wipers, Electric folding door mirrors, Headlight cleaning system, M front strut brace, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Alarm system, LED adaptive rear lights, White front indicator lights, Front fog lights, Warning triangle, BMW toolkit, BMW carpet mats, Spare remote key, Valet key.


Finished in sought-after black over black and equipped with that all-important third pedal, this low mileage 2005 M3 is a very attractive prospect indeed. The car has just been treated to a machine polish and the result is what you see here, smooth metallic paintwork with a great swirl-free shine. In line with the mileage there is an honest dusting of stone chips at the front end but the headlights remain nice and clear. A keen eye may spot one or two small marks low down on the bumpers and on driver’s side front arch, but aside from that it’s a very tidy and highly original car. The underside has also been inspected and presents in good solid condition with no issues or cracks to report around the boot floor/subframe area.



The black Nappa leather remains feeling soft to the touch with relatively few signs of wear to the heated sports seats. The dash and door cards are also in fine order with only a few expected marks to the delicate ash tray lid, driver’s door pull, and on the centre console around the hand brake. In the footwells the spotless carpets are still protected by the original BMW overmats, again all in great condition. The steering wheel retains a nice textured finish, and in recent years the sat nav screen has been renewed meaning none of the usual scratches or dead pixel issues. In the boot you’ll find the BMW CD changer, tool kit, tyre inflator, and cover for the accompanying hard top.


The S54 is an iconic six-cylinder powerplant revving to 8,000rpm with an intoxicating rasp at higher revs, and in this M3 it’s paired with the sought-after manual gearbox. The car has just returned from our trusted classic car workshop where it received a full mechanical inspection, oil service, AC pressure test and re-gas, and new diff input oil seal. The advisory-free MOT is valid until August 2024.

History File

The accompanying History File comprises the original BMW document wallet with all owners’ manuals, the stamped service book, a raft of invoices and paperwork, numerous MOT certificates, and two spare keys. The maintenance history is as follows:

02/08/2005 at 1,136 miles – Running-in check – BMW
04/09/2006 at 7,873 miles – Oil service – BMW
27/11/2008 at 19,908 miles – Inspection I – BMW
05/12/2012 at 31,025 miles – Oil service – BMW specialist
18/01/2016 at 36,699 miles – New front brake discs and pads all round
28/02/2020 at 40,044 miles – New rear shocks and springs
11/08/2020 at 40,366 miles – Inspection II – Independent
15/08/2023 at 42,211 miles – New Avon tyres all round
08/12/2023 at 42,504 miles – Oil service – Independent

The M3 was purchased by the current owner in 2009 with 4 keepers before him. For the next custodian’s peace of mind the car has just returned from having a vehicle health check, underside inspection, AC re-gas, diff seal replacement, and oil service at the current mileage of just 42,500 miles. All in all, a very smart, unmodified, and low mileage example of the fast-appreciating E46 M3 in desirable manual specification.

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