BMW E46 2005 M3 - today's performance tempter

By: Kian Heagney, Unique Cars magazine

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If you yearn for a sorted, corner carving chassis that sings to the moon and has a dabble of European luxury, the BMW E46 M3 may just be your ticket.

The E46 M3 followed in the footsteps of the legendary E30 and E36 M3s, and was the last one to keep the same recipe of a high-revving, atmo straight six and a relatively analogue driving experience before later generations introduced eight cylinders and forced induction.

The 3.2-litre 343hp S54 straight six was a beaut donk, and this 2005 model is fitted with the paddle-shifted SMG (sequential manual gearbox) six speed transmission. It’s a transmission unique to the E46, and still controversial among enthusiasts due to the debate around whether it’s a true manual or not – but we won’t get bogged down in that here.

Being an M3 means there are options a-plenty, including electric sunroof, black leather interior, 19-inch alloy wheels, six disc CD Stacker and GPS navigation.

The M3 claims a well-documented service history and the original delivery books, making it ideal for collectors or an enthusiast wanting piece of mind.

With prices for first-gen E30 M3s already making them unattainable for the average Joe, now is a good time as ever to snap up one of the greatest cars to wear the M badge before prices start to hike back up.

At $45,000 it looks like a lot of car for the money, and you can view the full listing here.


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