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BMW 330 Convertible - 2003 E46 3.0 6 Speed Manual M-Sport

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:15 pm    Post subject: BMW 330 Convertible - 2003 E46 3.0 6 Speed Manual M-Sport Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

High Spec BMW E46 330 M-Sport 3.0 Petrol Convertible 2003
6 speed manual
110000 miles
Silbergrau / Silver Grey A08 paint
MOT until July
Facelift/LCI model with updated headlights and LED rear lights
Black leather sports interior, electric with memory function, seats from an M3

Many, many toys (full spec below) including alarm, Bluetooth, BMW widescreen sat nav, climate control, cruise control, DSC dynamic stability control, TRC traction control, ABS, fully automatic convertible roof, steering wheel controls, parking sensors, remote central locking, automatic lights, automatic wipers, headlight washers, total closure, voice activation, auto dimming rear view mirror, auto tilt-in-reverse passenger mirror and powerfold wing mirrors
All roof electronics and hydraulics work perfectly - no gremlins, no leaks, no fabric tears, no broken "batwings"
Shadow line exterior trim and aluminium black cube interior trim - minimal chrome!
Being an M-Sport trim model it benefits from electric sports seats, front and rear sports bumpers, sideskirts, the 'M' multifunction steering wheel and gearknob, and MV2 18" wheels as standard.
Full book of service stamps, serviced annually at local specialist during my ownership. Service indicator shows 9,000 miles to next service. The last service was a large 'inspection 1' service so the next service is oil only.


I have owned this car for nearly 5 years and during that time it has been my daily driver. It was purchased in October 2014 on around 78,000 miles after a search of months to find my perfect spec. It has never broken down and I believe is a great example of the marque. Featuring a classic BMW combination of the powerful M54B30 3.0 straight six engine paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox this car has many factory-fit and retro-fit options along with a good service history and average miles for the age. The options on the car when it was built would have totalled over £6k alone! I have spent £thousands on upkeep during my ownership to keep the car in tip-top condition - this has always been reflected in comments from the mechanics, club members and MOT testers who have experienced the car. The car does have a tracker fitted, although this is not currently active. 2 keys are included. All of the airbag recalls have been taken care of by my local BMW dealer. Complete toolkit including locking wheel nut key and good condition spare wheel. Even the torch in the glovebox still works!

Common faults on this engine and chassis have been dealt with in addition to regular servicing:
DISA and VANOS rebuilt using I6 Automotive parts
CCV replaced with a new genuine BMW part
Rocker cover gasket replaced with new genuine BMW part - no oil leaks!
Rear brake hard pipes replaced to eliminate corrosion
Exhaust replaced downpipe-back with low mileage stock item
MV2 alloys refurbished by Pristine Wheels although now showing signs of wear
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres fitted all round
Brake calipers rebuilt and polymer coated by Bigg Red Brakes
Diff & Gearbox oil replaced last year along with diff seals
Cooling system refreshed with new water pump, expansion tank, radiator and thermostat
Timing chain tensioner recently replaced
No warning lights on - somewhat of a rarity with E46s!

Spec as built from BMWs records:
E Series  E46 (CFL)
Series  3
Model  330CI (EUR)
Steering  RL
Doors  2
Engine  M54
Displacement  3.00
Power  170KW - 231BHP
Drive  HECK - RWD
Transmission  MECH - Manual
Prod Date  2003-12-04

S226A  Sports suspension settings
S249A  Multifunction f steering wheel
S302A  Alarm system
S338A  M Sports package II
S380A  Hardtop-preparation
S388A  Softtop, black
S399A  Softtop, electromech. all-autom.
S428A  Warning triangle and first aid kit
S431A  Interior mirror with automatic-dip
S441A  Smoker package
S459A  Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S473A  Armrest front
S481A  Sports seat
S502A  Headlight cleaning system
S508A  Park Distance Control (PDC)
S520A  Fog lights
S521A  Rain sensor
S534A  Automatic air conditioning
S550A  On-board computer
S601A  TV function
S609A  Navigation system Professional
S692A  Preparation, BMW 6-CD changer I-bus
S710A  M leather steering wheel
S716A  Aerodynamics package
S760A  High gloss shadow line
S772A  Interior moldings Alu Black Cube
S785A  White direction indicator lights
S787A  BMW alloy wheel, M double spoke 135

Performance/Handling Modifications:
BMW Performance Brake Discs all round (drilled & grooved) and ATE ceramic pads
Goodridge braided brake hoses (1 failed and has been replaced with a standard hose)
Diff swap from 2.93:1 to 3.38:1 to improve acceleration
Replaced tired m-sport suspension with Bilstein B8 shocks, Eibach pro springs and Rogue rear shock mounts. All new spring cups and pads and top mounts used
Genuine M3 front strut brace
All front bushes and arms replaced with Meyle HD
Engine remap from GBW Tuning
Golf tee mod to make the exhaust throatier below 3000rpm
O2pilot mod to fix oil consumption issues in the M54 engine range

Exterior Modifications:
Retrofitted power folding mirrors
X46 module fitted to provide one-touch roof operation from the key and inside the car
Rear spoiler fitted by previous owner

Interior Modifications:
Fitted M3 nappa leather heated front seats
Fitted M3 nappa leather rear seats and armrests
Hardwired USB charger fitted in armrest
Rare BMW OEM cupholders fitted
In-dash boot release option fitted
Auto up on all windows

Infotainment Modifications:
Fitted BMW Factory bluetooth using newer module for better phone compatibility
Swapped analogue TV module for OEM BMW digital/freeview TV
Fitted reversing camera
BM54 stage 2 amp upgrade from Carphonics including RCA preouts to support a subwoofer
2016 Sat-nav maps of Western Europe with full UK postcode search & speed camera warnings
BMW Power and Audio aux-in cable

To summarise, this is a highly specced well maintained example of the model with a few tweaks to build on what BMW created. There are a few age related marks here and there - the car is 16 years old! I believe it to be a great car and one of the best I've owned. Genuine reason for sale - I've got too many cars! In the interests of complete transparency there are some dead pixels on the sat-nav screen, the sound deadening on the underside of the bonnet has been removed and the driver's side power fold mirror doesn't always fold. I think the rear bumper has had a smart repair in the past but it's not noticeable.

Also included: For the full asking price I will throw in the optional BMW wind deflector + storage bag, a set of Style 68 (5 spoke) 17" alloys with winter tyres, a Mishimoto intake boot kit and a laptop with the BMW software to troubleshoot and make coding changes to the car's control systems.

Test drives only with proof of valid insurance. Located near Milton Keynes.

Note: Warning lights are on with ignition, see above picture or below video for correct operation where they go out once the engine has started

Remote roof operation / total closure demo:

Startup from cold, warning lights all go off etc:
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