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2004 BMW (E46) M3 Coupe - Manual



This 2004 BMW M3 (E46) is an immaculately-kept example of one of M’s finest and it also features the popular manual gearbox conversion. It is powered by the celebrated naturally-aspirated 3.2-litre inline-six-cylinder engine which produces 252kW/365Nm. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The odometer of this car currently shows 146,693km.



Keen BMW fanatics will remember the iconic “Ultimate Driving Machine” tagline the brand carried through the 2000s… this is the car that originated that claim. The E46 M3 is one of the most special iterations in a long and storied timeline thanks to a beautiful handling balance, incredibly sonorous inline-six engine, and feelsome steering character. Much like its E30 forebear the E46 also boasts motorsport credentials, notably winning its class in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 2004 and 2005. While the BMW M3 has always been about sporting intent, it doesn’t shun everyday liveability and remains comfortable to drive in all settings. Upon its debut the E46 M3’s SMG automated manual transmission drew criticism for its sluggish performance. This contempt for automatic cars continues, with manual cars continuing to demand more on the used market today. Thankfully a number of reputable outfits exist to perform manual conversions, like this car benefits from.



Finished in Silver Grey Metallic and complete with a black leather interior, this M3 wears the quintessential E46 colour combination. It is also a late build example which features subtly facelifted styling. The car looks remarkably unmolested from the outside and this is backed-up by the details – this car contains no obvious aftermarket modification. However, it does feature two important additions in the form of a new head unit, plus a set of 19-inch ‘CSL’ wheels wrapped in Continental tyres.



This M3 was built in Germany in November 2003 and supplied new through BMW Sydney in June 2004. It is now a three-owner car and has been serviced with a variety of Sydney-based BMW dealerships and independent specialists. The current owner has always had the car serviced with ATA in Sydney. It was converted from automatic to manual by this workshop in July 2022, and it had a diff rebuild and subframe reinforcement at the same time.



The outside presentation of this M3 is a highlight thanks to unmarked bodywork and very few signs of damage. Underside the front bumper there is some scrape damage consistent with use and there are some stone chips seen on the front end. The silver paintwork shows in great condition throughout and no fade is obvious. The metallic flake shines in the sunlight. Most wheels show no signs of kerb damage, though the rear left does exhibit some marks of damage. The Continental tyres display a decent amount of tread remaining.



Interior condition is well-kept overall, with some signs of creasing and wear and tear seen on the front seats. Stress marks and scuffing is seen on the driver’s side bolsters, though fewer creases are seen on the passenger’s. The carpets are clean and unstained. Instrumentation and dashboard show in great order, while the aftermarket Sony unit operates as normal.



This car will come with a suite of delivery documentation and service manuals, plus a tool kit and two keys.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in NSW until 23/10/23. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.



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