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Old 08-04-2017, 11:41 AM   #1
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e46 m3 - feeler

I've had and loved this car for nearly five years. I am not forced to sell, but life changes have given me less and less time to enjoy it, I've put less than 2k miles in the last year (boxster is a culprit). I used to do about 4k/year (do not commute to work, do not use this in the winter).

Basics

- 2001 BMW M3 Coupe 6MT
- Laguna Seca Blue/Gray
- 41,800 miles (I bought it with 27k)
- HK Sound, Moonroof, Power/Lumbar/Heated Seats
- Rain Sensor
- CD Player + IPod hook
- No evidence of track or winter/salt/snow (every owner average 2.5k miles/year)
- I always garaged it and it seems to have been generally well-kept
- All keys (including valet), manuals, tools and window sticker
- Complete history for 2001 to 2009 and 2011 to current (a thick folder of service). Indication of previous owners having OCD.
- No accident history. I had lower portion of one of the doors repaired and resprayed after my motorcycle leaned and creased it. The front may have had a freshening respray when I got it, but since then has acquired a few chips. All parts look original so I think it was cosmetic.

While LSB, coupe and manual are highly desirable to the collector crowd, they do have a fetish for black interiors and slicktops. I get the top for track cars, but on the street, I personally enjoy both the light, airy interior and the tilt/slide/glass roof.

Mods/Additions

- Dinan Section 3 installed at Maximum PSI. An excellent condition stock exhaust will be included.
- Autosolutions SSK 20%. On Nick's suggestion. Great improvement. Stock parts somewhere, but why would anyone revert?
- Off-road spec 35W halogen bulbs in low-beam, properly aimed
- Clutch stop, shortens travel, matches shifter.
- OEM Front Strut Bar (01's didn't have it)
- Minor stuff like LED tails (non-OEM) (Stock tails included)
- Black grille and trim items (Stock chrome included)

Maintenance

- Valve Adjust done at 30k miles, most were in spec, visible part of engine super clean (pics available)
- Rod bearing recall done early on as well as many, many oil changes
- Airbag recall complete (passenger replaced, driver's was checked)
- Subframe inspected twice under previous owners at dealers, passed to their specs. I had it informally inspected at Maximum PSI at mid-30's mileage, he said it looked fine
- VANOS repair/rebuild at Maximum PSI using Beisan and Cryo (both broken hubs found)
- Plugs & Coils done recently at BMW specialist shop
- Moonroof shade track repaired by body shop
- Both door seals (large) replaced by body shop
- All fluids flushed under my ownership
- Michelin Pilot Super Sports, 80-90% in rear, 60% up front (will provide depth). Also fronts are XL, damned MPSS doesn't come in standard load for 225/45/18
- Driver's keyhole delete, color-matched
- Brakes original and vibration free
- No squeaks or sounds from the suspension
- Clutch strong and smooth, not abused

The Not-So-Perfect

- Wheels (original to the car) were refinished a couple of years ago, they are straight and look decent but not perfect (some peeling)
- One wheel has small curb rash (maybe two?)
- Minor hairline scratches on bumpers, very small
- Some scratches under front spoiler (on plastic) driveway/parking stops
- Driver's seat lumbar only works when seat folded forward (same for five years)
- A spill on front passenger footwell rug (bleach or paint?), mostly under the floormat
- Windows have tint from previous owner and the tint is slightly tired, I'm keeping it for protection, but a perfectionist might take off or replace
- Minor wear on driver's seat bolster
- Will need rear brake pads soon

The Number


I'd like to get $Off the market. Located in North NJ, pics to follow.

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Old 08-04-2017, 11:49 AM   #2
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:51 AM   #3
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:03 PM   #4
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:19 PM   #5
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The color is so fun!
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:33 PM   #6
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I confess I haven't kept up with these, so the price is kind of shocking, but I have no doubt that you've done the research on it. Good luck with sale.

It is weird how much more I like LSB now than when it came out. I remember being kind of revolted by it back in the day, but now it seems like a perfectly cromulent blue.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:39 PM   #7
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Thanks, wdc & rumatt.

Prices are all over the place. Got an offer for $25k at C&C (from a serious guy).

Had to look up 'cromulent'. I loved LSB then and still love it. Makes the car.
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:06 PM   #8
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I confess I haven't kept up with these, so the price is kind of shocking, but I have no doubt that you've done the research on it. Good luck with sale.

It is weird how much more I like LSB now than when it came out. I remember being kind of revolted by it back in the day, but now it seems like a perfectly cromulent blue.
Yep and yep

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As you mentioned, If I ever run into a chance to buy a slick top cloth decent color I would probably buy it.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:26 PM   #9
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I'm still not fond of that blue, but it looks awesome in the photos.

If I were looking for a nice E46M, I'd probably be all over this despite not being fond of the color.
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:27 PM   #10
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It's beyond a feeler; I listed it in a few spots.
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