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E46 M3 Facelift Changes

E46 M3 Facelift Changes

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EvoJay

Original Poster:

128 posts

129 months

Monday 4th February 2008
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Hey..wondering if you could fill me in on something. I see on alot of adverts cars listed as facelift. Checking on Wikipedia it says the E46 M3 was facelifted in 2004. But iv also seen a few 03 cars with "facelift" in the titles.

Can anyone fill me on on exactly when they were facelifted and what were the differences? I know the boot handle on the boot is shorter, and the rear LED lights. What about at the front, any differences?

Cheers

Jay

M3 UFM

93 posts

121 months

Monday 4th February 2008
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no other differences except what you said i believe...not on the front anyway like the other coupes had

EvoJay

Original Poster:

128 posts

129 months

Tuesday 5th February 2008
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I thought that..but i was browsing through some parts earlier and they had a vorsteiner bonnet on the site. But it said it was for Pre-Facelift only...so it got me thinking what the differences were.

Huliganov

317 posts

120 months

Tuesday 5th February 2008
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Mar-01
• E46 Introduced to the UK
• Brushed Titanium replaced by Titan Shadow
• Business Radio with MD added (Europe)

Jun-01
• SMG-II Option Added (Europe)
• 19” Wheels Made Available (Europe)

Jul-01
• 19” Wheels made available (UK)

September 2001 (Model Year 2002)
• SMG-II Option Added (UK Only)
• Seat Width Adjustment Made Standard (UK Spec)
• SatNav Screen replaced with Wide Screen Model
• Auto-On Lights Added as Standard (UK)
• Individual Options permitted (UK)
• Standard Xenon lights upgraded to Bi-Xenon
• Black Gloss Interior trim discontinued (Replaced by Titanium shadow)
• Minidisc Option Added (UK)

Oct-01
• SMG Paddles Changed (Size & Colour of + and -)

Jan-02
• Minidisc / CD option combined with Nav/TV made possible.

February 2002 Changes
• M Racing Strut added to Coupe & Cab

March 2002 Changes
• Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim Added.
• M Rear Wing Spoiler option added (As on 330Ci Clubsport)

September 02 (Model year 2003)
• Cab Central Brake light made clear
• SatNav Control unit upgraded to DVD player.
• Bluetooth Phone Kit added.
• Interior buttons changed from printed to embossing.
• AUX Connections added to TV Unit

April 2003 Changes
• New LED Rear Lights Added
• Silver Grey Paint Added
• Mystic Blue Paint Added
• Steel Grey Discontinued
• Topaz Blue Discontinued
• SMG Logo removed
• Cabs now get "convenience opening"
• Climate Control Buttons changed
• Brushed Aluminium Interior trim added (UK)
• Boot lid handle changed

September 2003 (Model year 2004)
• SatNav CD replaced with DVD including TMC
• Le Mans blue added to Individual range of colours (UK)

September 2004 (Model year 2005)
• TV Module upgraded to digital
• Business CD Head Unit upgraded to play MP3

September 2004 (Model year 2005)
• M3 CS Model Added (Europe)
• Interlagos Blue Paint Added

April 2005 Changes
• Phoenix Yellow dropped
• Laguna Seca Blue dropped
• M3 CS model introduced (UK)
• Interlagos Blue Paint Added (UK)
• 3rd Point seat belt and headrest added

September 2005 (Model year 2006)
• CD Changer upgraded to play MP3


All the info you need mate

EvoJay

Original Poster:

128 posts

129 months

Tuesday 5th February 2008
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Thanks mate. Much appreciated smile
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pablos911

22 posts

145 months

Sunday 7th December 2008
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Really useful list. Thanks. smile

Zod

33,934 posts

183 months

Sunday 7th December 2008
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Essentially, the differences are minor and many, if not all, can be retro-fitted. My first one was a very early car and had teh small screen navigation. That's about the only feature to avoid.

ooral

146 posts

147 months

Sunday 7th December 2008
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Really informative, I am considering one of these as my next car, so I've marked it as a favourite, I'll be returning in a few months when I am ready to buy!

996 sps

6,160 posts

141 months

Sunday 7th December 2008
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Hey good list, thats what i've been after.......thanks.

nottyash

4,590 posts

120 months

Monday 8th December 2008
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Thats Brilliant. thanks

housen

1,295 posts

117 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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top list cheers

so infact there really is no such thing as the facelift

Edited by housen on Tuesday 17th April 13:02

shibby!

842 posts

123 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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It was more on non M3 cars,

They got LED rear lights and a new front lights, wings and bumper.


M3's just got the LED rear lights and extended boot handle. LED lights are £150 wink


M7RT V

415 posts

183 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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Don't forget the engine was revised on the 2003+ models negating the need for the bearing shell recall.

fen7on

97 posts

142 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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I ordered my old M3 in November 2002; delivery was 1st May 2003. It included led lights & DVD satnav (as well as every option!); my brother bought an 02 plate car in 2004, there were several more pipes under the bonnet of mine going into brake servo. Both were recalled for bearing issue.

Great cars & I would definately recommend owning one.

Bolognese

1,500 posts

149 months

Wednesday 18th April 2012
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Interesting. Mines an 02 and I can play mp3 cd's. I take it the PO changed this. Im glad they did thumbup