Representing the third generation of the legendary BMW M3, the E46 is well regarded for its high-revving S54 inline 6-cylinder engine. Midway through the 2003 production year, the M3 received a Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) update which included new LED taillights, an extended trunk handle, and the introduction of two new color options. This 6-speed example was ordered in Mystic Blue Metallic over a Light Grey Nappa leather interior and was first titled in Tennessee before moving to Colorado in 2020 where it is now being offered for auction showing just under 20k miles on the odometer.
The exterior is finished in Mystic Blue Metallic (A07) and features wider fender flares, side vents, aggressive bumpers, aerodynamic mirrors, and quad exhaust outlets characteristic of the M3. Equipment includes xenon headlights with washers, fog lights, high-gloss black Shadowline trim, and a rear trunk lid lip spoiler. The windows have been tinted and black kidney grilles have been installed with removable German flag striped slats. The 18” Style 67 wheels are mounted with Sumitomo tires from 2017 in the front and 2018 in the rear. The seller reports a cosmetic refresh was completed in 2018 including a thorough paint correction and a refinishing of the front bumper, driver’s side mirror, and passenger side fender, door, and rear quarter panel. The seller also notes some rock chips on the front hood, clearcoat failure on the driver’s side skirt, scratches on the rear bumper, and a paint chip on the passenger side rear wheel. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.
The interior is upholstered in Light Grey Nappa leather and features deeply bolstered 14-way M-Sport seats with matching door panels and carpeting accented by Titan Shadow trim. M3-specific details include a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with M stitching, M-branded instrumentation with warm-up lights, M3 door sill guards, M3 floor mats, and an Anthracite headliner. Driver’s amenities consist of a Harman Kardon stereo system with a C43 BMW Business radio, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, an onboard computer, a glass sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an aftermarket auxiliary audio port. The seller reports some scratching on the interior trim and minor wear on the driver’s seat.
The E46 M3 equips an S54 3.2L inline-six factory rated at 333 HP and 269 lb.-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven by a 6-speed manual transmission and M-Variable limited-slip differential, which allows the M3 to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in around 5 seconds up to an electronically governed top speed of 155 MPH. The seller reports that the engine oil and filter were changed in February of 2021, as well as a flush of the coolant system, brakes, transmission, and differential. The seller also notes that the rod bearings, VANOS variable valve timing, and rear subframe have not been addressed due to the vehicle’s low mileage, although a full maintenance inspection was completed in August of 2020.
This sale will include owner’s manuals and some service documentation and a clean title.