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Vehicle 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Review Amazing balance of performance and practicality. Research the VANOS, cam bolts, and rear subframe. Upgrade kits and parts are available for all. They can cause major damage if not inspected and addressed (if nec., as far as the subframe). Convertibles are reportedly less likely to have the rear subframe problem. Skip the SMG - arguably hard to live with, unreliable, expensive. Consider removing the manual transmission's Clutch Delay Valve (CDV). The car can be hard to shift smoothly and fellow owners recommend it, saying doing so solves the problem (I'm planning to do it). Car is a remarkably comfortable tourer on the highway and is equally adept at carving up mountain roads. Seats are the best I've ever had and upgraded stereo (Harmon Kardon) is the best OEM I've ever had as well. The convertible does flex a bit. Top up, there are blind spots. It's also hard to judge the corners of the car from the driver's seat and easy to scrape the front spoiler. Parts and oil can be expensive, but considering the car's performance, it's still a good value. You can drive it like a Honda all day or get on it and accelerate like a hoon. UPDATE 11/28/16: Still love this car. Had the CDV removed and it does shift much more smoothly. The strong online enthusiast community for these is helpful, friendly and informative. Some people find the e46 M3's ride too harsh; I suspect this is regarding the coupes and the convertible's extra weight improves things. Also, the 19-inch wheels reportedly result in a much firmer ride (I have the 18s). As the cars get older parts can be crazy high, but here again the online forums are a great resource. And a quality, well-reviewed independent mechanic is invaluable.
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What options are available on the 2004 BMW M3?
Available BMW M3 2004 Submodel Types: Sedan, Convertible, Coupe
Available Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Jet Black, Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, Titanium Silver Metallic, Space Gray Metallic, Jerez Black Metallic, Mystic Blue Metallic, Imola Red, Silver Gray Metallic, Yas Marina Blue Metallic, Bright Red, Interlagos Blue Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic, Sakhir Orange II Metallic, Sparkling Graphite Metallic, Alpine White III, Austin Yellow Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Cosmos Black Metallic, Laguna Seca Blue, Oxford Green Metallic, Phoenix Yellow Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Steel Gray Metallic, Tanzanite Blue Metallic
Interior Colors: Black Extended Merino premium leather, Black, Black premium leather, Black Full Merino premium leather, Sakhir Orange/Black Full Merino premium leather, Black Novillo premium leather, Gray, Imola Red, Anthracite/Black leather/cloth, Fox Red premium leather, Beige premium leather, Fox Red/Black/Black premium leather, Sakhir Orange/Black Extended Merino premium leather, Bamboo Beige Novillo premium leather, Bamboo Beige premium leather, Combination Carbonstructure Anthracite/Black leather/cloth, Fox Red Novillo Extended premium leather, Silverstone Extended Merino premium leather, Silverstone Full Merino premium leather, Amaro Brown Extended Merino (Individual) premium leather, Cinnamon, Fox Red Novillo premium leather, Golden Brown Extended Merino (Individual) premium leather, Gray premium leather, Imola Red premium leather, Silver Novillo Extended premium leather, Silver premium leather, Sonoma Beige Full Merino premium leather
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Trip Computer, Post-collision safety system, Tire Pressure Warning, Upgraded Headlights, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Power Driver Seat, Bluetooth, Alarm, USB Inputs, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Heated seats, Navigation, Automatic Emergency Braking, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Leather Seats, Aux Audio Inputs, Keyless Entry/Start, Back-up camera, Soft Top, Parking sensors, Heads up display, Blind Spot Monitoring, Upgraded Engine, Sunroof/Moonroof, Upgraded Stereo, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, Apple Carplay/Android Auto