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BMW 3 Series (E46)
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BMW 3-Series (E46)

A facelifted BMW E46 Manufacturer Production Assembly BMW 1998–2006 Leipzig, Germany Munich, Germany Regensburg, Germany Rosslyn, South Africa Cairo, Egypt Kaliningrad, Russia Shenyang, China + Predecessor Successor BMW E36 BMW E90 (1 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM

BMW 3 Series (E46) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Class Body style(s)

Compact executive car 2-door coupe 2-door convertible 4-door sedan 5-door station wagon

Layout Platform Engine(s)

Front engine, rear-wheel drive / All-wheel drive BMW E46 1.6/1.9 L I4; 1.9 L I4; 2.0 L I4; 2.0/2.2 L I6; 2.5 L I6; 2.8/3.0 L I6; 3.2 L I6; 2.0 L TD I4; 2.9 L TD I6

Transmission(s) 5-speed sequential manual 6-speed sequential manual 6-speed automatic 5-speed semi-automatic 5-speed automatic Wheelbase Length 107.3 in (2725 mm) Sedan: 176.0 in (4470 mm) Wagon: 176.3 in (4478 mm) Convertible & Coupe: 176.7 in (4488 mm) Width Sedan & Wagon: 68.5 in (1740 mm) Convertible & Coupe: 69.2 in (1758 mm) (2 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM

BMW 3 Series (E46) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Sedan: 55.7 in (1415 mm) 2000-02 325i Wagon: 55.5 in (1410 mm) 2000-02 325xi Wagon: 56.3 in (1430 mm) Convertible: 54.0 in (1372 mm) Coupe: 53.9 in (1369 mm) xi Sedan: 56.5 in (1435 mm)

Fuel capacity Related

16.6 US gal (63 L; 14 imp gal) BMW M3 BMW X3

The BMW 3 series is a compact executive car developed and produced by BMW. The fourth generation 3 series, the E46, was produced from 1998 where it succeeded the BMW E36 until it was replaced by the BMW E90 in 2006. The E46 was released in 1998 to worldwide markets (excluding the United States) in the sedan body style. In 1999, a coupé and touring body style became available to all markets, and the sedan was released in the United States. A convertible and compact body style was released in 2000. The E46 experienced enormous success in all markets and was widely considered the performance benchmark of its class.

The record selling

year for the E46 chassis was 2002, when 561,249 vehicles were sold worldwide.

BMW M GmbH produced a high performance variant of the E46 chassis, designated the M3. This version had a larger, more powerful engine, sportier suspension, a limited slip differential, and various aesthetic modifications. The M3 was released in 2001 and was (3 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM

BMW 3 Series (E46) . It was offered with two transmissions.2 318 s r 2.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (4 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .1 Diesel r 2.7. a standard 6 speed manual.1 Petrol engines 1.4 323 2.Wikipedia.1 North American market s Diesel engines s q 2 Models r 2.3.1 Premium package (ZPP) http://en.6 325 2.7 330 s r r r 2.2.2 Powertrain and engine design s r 1.1 Exterior design 1.wikipedia.1 Diesel r 2.2. Contents q 1 Design r 1.1 Diesel q 3 Trim levels r 3.3 320 s 2.5 328 2.1 316 or an optional sequential manual gearbox. the free encyclopedia available only in the coupé and convertible body style.

3 M Sport 3.1.2 Canadian market differences s 3.2 SE 3.2 Sports package (ZSP) 3.Wikipedia.3 European markets s 3.2.4 2001 http://en.1 "i" s 4.3 Cold weather package (ZCW) 3.BMW 3 Series (E46) .4 M Clubsport s s s q 4 Model nomenclature r 4.3 "Cic" 4.4 Performance package (ZHP) s s r "iT" 4.1 Luxury package r 3.5 "ti" (Compact) r r r q 5 Changes by Model Year r 5.3 2000 s r r 5.1 "xi" r 4.3.2 1999 ES 3.3.1 Mid-year 1998 (MY 99) Mid-year 2000 (9/99) r 5.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (5 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .wikipedia. the free encyclopedia s 3.2 "Ci" 4.3.

1 Mid-year 2005 (5/05) q 6 SULEV 7 E46 M3 r q 7.6 2003 s 5.4.1 Mid-year 2003 (3/03) 5.6. the free encyclopedia s 5.2 Mid-year 2003 (6/03) 5.Wikipedia.2 North American competition package (ZCP) r q 8 Gallery 9 References 10 External links q q Design Exterior design The E46 was developed as a modern replacement for the aging BMW E36 chassis.4 Mid-year 2003 (10/03) s s s r 5.8 2005 s r 5.3 Mid-year 2003 (9/03) 5.5 2002 s 5.5.wikipedia.1 E46 M3 CSL 2004 5.BMW 3 Series (E46) .1 Mid-year 2001 (3/01) r 5.8.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (6 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .1 Mid-year 2002 (9/02) r http://en.

and aluminum suspension components were used increasingly in order to decrease unsprung weight.4 s http://en. 8v 12.the highest displacement model at release. 102 PS) 104 bhp (78 kW. [3] Based on the E36 body shell.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (7 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . the design team put an emphasis on improving aerodynamics and increasing the cars aggressive stance. 105 PS) 111 ft·lbf (150 N·m) 122 ft·lbf (165 N·m) 316i M43TUB19 1998-2001 1895 I4. had only 3 horsepower more than the E36 328. handling in regards to the drive train layout. 8v 101 bhp (75 kW. the E46 328.Wikipedia. [3] Powertrain and engine design An emphasis was put on reducing unsprung weight and structural rigidity rather than increasing power output . This balance allows for optimal Petrol engines 0100 km/ Power Torque h (0-62 mph) 12. the [4] body shell of the E46 was claimed by BMW to be 70% more rigid than the E36's. the free encyclopedia DesignWorksUSA was contracted by BMW to work alongside BMW Group's in house design team to create the exterior body work.7 s [10] Model [7] Engine Production [8] Volume [9] Type (in cc) 316i/Ci M43B16 1998-2005 1596 I4. [4] To counter this small power increase. the E46 was released with a front engined [4][6] [5] rear-wheel drive layout with 50/50 weight [4] In tune with BMW's core values .wikipedia.BMW 3 Series (E46) .

0 s 325i/xi/ M54B25 Ci/ti (US) 325i/Ci SULEV (US) 325i/xi/ Ci/ti (EUR) 328i/Ci M56B25 2001-2005 2494 184 bhp (137 kW.9 s 320i/Ci M54B22 2001-2007 2171 8. 238 PS) 7. 16v 113 bhp (84 kW. 24v 192 bhp (143 kW.BMW 3 Series (E46) . 115 PS) 116 bhp (87 (8 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . 187 PS) 184 bhp (137 kW. 16v 9.8 s http://en. 150 PS) 148 bhp (110 kW. 150 PS) 168 bhp (125 kW.Wikipedia.wikipedia.3 s 148 ft·lbf (201 N·m) 9.9 s 318i/Ci M43TUB19 1998-2001 N42B20 2002-2003 2004-2005 10.2 s M52TUB28 1998-2000 2793 6. 118 PS) 141 bhp (105 kW. 143 PS) 148 bhp (110 kW.3 s M54TUB25 2001-2007 2494 I6.3 s 5. 172 PS) 129 ft·lbf (175 N·m) 129 ft·lbf (175 N·m) 10. 8v I4.6 s 330i/xi/Ci 330i/Ci ZHP (US Only) M54B30 2000-2007 2979 2003-2006 6. 195 PS) 193 bhp (144 kW. 228 PS) 235 bhp (175 kW.4 s 318i/Ci/ti 1995 N46B20 318Ci 2005-2007 I4. 170 PS) 170 bhp (127 kW. 196 PS) 225 bhp (168 kW. the free encyclopedia N42B18 316i/ti N46B18 2001-2004 1796 2004-2005 1895 I4.2 s 140 ft·lbf (190 N·m) 155 ft·lbf (210 N·m) 181 ft·lbf (245 N·m) 175 ft·lbf (237 N·m) 175 ft·lbf (237 N·m) 181 ft·lbf (245 N·m) 206 ft·lbf (279 N·m) 214 ft·lbf (290 N·m) 222 ft·lbf (301 N·m) 320i M52TUB20 1998-2000 1991 9.3 s 2002-2005 7.2 s 323i/Ci M52TUB25 1998-2000 8. 187 PS) 7.

BMW 3 Series (E46) . 32v Diesel engines 0100 km/h (0-62 mph) 10. 24v 7. 16v I4. 16v I4. 150 PS) 181 bhp (135 kW. 406 PS) 262 ft·lbf (355 N·m) 269 ft·lbf (365 N·m) 273 ft·lbf (370 N·m) 269 ft·lbf (365 N·m) 271 ft·lbf (367 N·m) 5. 16v 113 bhp (84 kW.8 s M3 GTR (Street) M3 GTR (Race) 2001 3997 2001-2005 V8.9 s 320d/ cd/td M47TUD20 2001-2007 1995 8. 360 PS) 350 bhp (261 kW.8 s M3 CSL 2003-2004 4.wikipedia.Wikipedia. 204 PS) 195 ft·lbf (264 N·m) 207 ft·lbf (281 N·m) 243 ft·lbf (329 N·m) 288 ft·lbf (390 N·m) 302 ft·lbf (409 N·m) 320d M47D20 1999-2001 1951 9.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (9 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .7 s Model Engine Production Volume (in cc) Type Power Torque 318d/td M47D20 2001-2005 1951 I4. 115 PS) 134 bhp (100 kW. 348 PS) 355 bhp (265 kW. 136 PS) 148 bhp (110 kW.8 s M57TUD30 2004-2007 2993 7.0 s M3 (EUR) S54B32 2001-2006 the free encyclopedia M3 (US) 2001-2006 333 bhp (248 kW. 338 PS) 3246 343 bhp (256 kW. 355 PS) 400 bhp (298 kW.8 s M57D30 330d/ xd/cd 1999-2003 2926 I6. 184 PS) 201 bhp (150 kW.2 s http://en.

[12] 318 The 318 was introduced in 1998 with the same engine as the 316. the 316 was given a smaller. the free encyclopedia Models 316 The 316 was introduced in 1999 with the lowest output engine available in the E46.BMW 3 Series (E46) . it was designated the M43B19TU (technical update) and had dual balancing shafts which increased horsepower to 118 hp (88 kW) and torque to 180 N·m (40 lbf).0l BMW N42.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (10 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . the 1.8l BMW N42 engine producing 116 hp (87 kW) and 175 N·m (39 lbf). the United States market. it was not released into the United States market. Along with the 316.9l BMW M43. [4] [11] Like all 4 cylinder In 2001. the 1. yet more powerful 1.Wikipedia. [4] [12] The 318 was also not released into Diesel 320 Diesel 323 The 323 was one of the first E46 models available for purchase. models. [12] However. It produced 143 hp (107 kW) and 200 N·m (45 lbf).the the 318 received an updated engine in 2001 .9l BMW M43 producing 105 hp (78 kW) and 165 N·m (37 lbf). 1998 for the sedan (excluding North American markets) and 1999 for the coupe (and sedan in North http://en.

still using the BMW M52 engine. where it was then retired 328 The 328 was released alongside the 323 as a higher displacement version. [12] The M52 engine was used in E36 applications.wikipedia. [12] . The 323 had its last model year in 2000 to make way for the updated E46 325.Wikipedia. BMW's mechanically continuous variable valve timing system.BMW 3 Series (E46) .5l version obtained dual VANOS. This improved low end torque and fuel economy over the M52B25 used in the E36 323. the free encyclopedia American markets). it obtained BMW's 2. 325 330 Diesel Trim levels North American market Premium package (ZPP) Sports package (ZSP) Cold weather package (ZCW) Performance package (ZHP) http://en.5l M52 engine designated M52TUB25. however this 2. Although the model was named the 323.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (11 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .org/w/index.

18 inch staggered style 135 wheels. [14] Performance wise. It included various aesthetic changes over the regular 3 series. an alcantara-wrapped sports steering wheel. and a slightly more negative camber. the free encyclopedia 2005 BMW 330Ci ZHP [13] The performance package was an option given to 2003 and upwards model year 330's. [14] [13] and the engine Suspension was modified over the standard sports package with firmer springs and shock absorbers. [14] Car and Driver magazine track-tested the car.BMW 3 Series (E46) . and black high gloss window It received the "M-Tech II" bodykit standard. a lower ride height. 8 lb·ft (11 N·m) of torque http://en.500RPM to 6. larger anti-roll bars. Specific details on the order package include: q [15] Performance r An increase of 10 hp (7 kW). the ZHP obtained BMW's performance range camshafts and a DME tune to increase power from 225 hp (168 kW) to 235 hp (175 kW) redline from 6.Wikipedia.800RPM. with half cloth-half alcantara sports seats. The instrument gauge cluster was also modified with red needles and silver gauge ring accents.3 seconds. [13] The interior had also been modified to give a higher performance feel.6 seconds and passed through the 1/4 mile in 14.wikipedia. steel front control arm bushings. as well as performance enhancements. and a carbon fiber styled "cubed" interior trim. which returned a 0-60 mph time of 5.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (12 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .

0). 18.5 mm front (v. Drag limited to 155 mph (250 km/h) (up from standard 128 mph (206 km/h)) q Suspension r Firmer springs (front +6%.Wikipedia.5 degrees of camber Reinforced right & left front lower control arms with all-metal ball joints (more rigid forward bushings) r r r r r q Aesthetics r Interior s Sport seats in Alcantara/cloth combo (optionally in leather) Anthracite interior headliner Thicker M 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel in perforated leather or s s http://en.0) Lower ride height by 15 mm (.BMW 3 Series (E46) .800 rpm (from 6.07 final drive gear ratio in rear differential Tachometer with a 300 rpm-higher redline increase to 6. the free encyclopedia r Lightweight flywheel More aggressive camshaft Free-flowing exhaust with 35 mm matte stainless steel dual exhaust pipes 6-speed short-throw manual transmission 3.wikipedia.5 mm rear (v. rear -8%) Larger diameter anti-roll bars: 23. rear +20%). (rebound: front inches) utilizing shorter auxiliary springs -. 18. 23. rear +8%) Firmer shocks (jounce: front +50%.500 in the standard 330i) r r r r r r Top speed limiter removed.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (13 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .

5 rear with 255/35R-18 performance tires s s High-gloss shadowline trim around the windows Canadian market differences Luxury package European markets ES The ES trim level was the base level available for the European E46s.Wikipedia. 6 airbags. dynamic stability control.0 front with 225/40R-18 performance tires 18 x 8. and a factory installed alarm which were not common as standard features when the E46 was released.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (14 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . such as anti-lock brakes.wikipedia. the free encyclopedia Alcantara with fingertip cruise.BMW 3 Series (E46) .org/w/index. [16] Comfort items such as heated and electric http://en. It included various safety features as standard equipment. and accessory phone controls s Short & weighted M shift knob Aluminum black/silver cube interior trim s r Exterior s M-Tech II aerodynamic package s M-Tech II front bumper with M-tech fogs and M-tech reflectors M-Tech II rear bumper with diffuser M-Tech II side sills M-Tech lip spoiler s s s s Double-spoke (Styling 135M) cast alloy wheels s 18 x 8. audio.

but added cruise control. It came with the "M-tech" I or II bodykits (depending on when the car was ordered). [16] It was the mid-range trim level that offered luxury items. M Sport The M Sport trim level included the options given on the ES and SE trim levels. half leather-half alcantara sports seats.BMW 3 Series (E46) . but had additional performance-orientated items added. parking sensors.wikipedia. [16] The main difference is that the M Clubsport trim was not given the BMW performance camshafts that the ZHP obtained. [16] M Clubsport A 330Ci M Clubsport The M Clubsport trim level is aesthetically similar to the United States Performance Package.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (15 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . SE The SE trim level included the options the ES trim level was given. sports suspension. the free encyclopedia mirrors were also fitted standard. it was offered as an "at-cost" option. and a full leather interior as standard. but lacked the performance items the M Sport and M Clubsport trim levels had. electric adjustable front seats. [16] The ES trim did not include a leather interior [16] standard. headlight washers.Wikipedia. it had 20 kilograms (44 lb) of http://en. and 17" style 68 wheels.

At the same time. http://en.wikipedia. the free encyclopedia sound deadening removed from the and poor original equipment tires. BMW produced the 325xi and 330xi in the US between 2001-2005. a M-tech II styled rear spoiler (instead of the M3 trunk lip). the M Clubsport trim was only available on the 330. The AWD models were well received by reviewers for giving customers in severe winter climates the option of an AWD 3-series. the xi was criticized for its added weight. [18][19] The transfer case used in all BMW E46 xi models is manufactured by New Venture Gear. Estoril Blue and Velvet Blue. [17] The M Clubsport also came with two "BMW Individual" colour options that were carried throughout the car. softer suspension.BMW 3 Series (E46) . [16] Model nomenclature "i" Sedan "xi" With the introduction of the xi models in 2001. and clubsport door sills. The M Clubsport trim shares the same suspension set up as the performance package (ZHP) in America. [17] However.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (16 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . as well as the "cubed" interior trim and 18 inch style 135 wheels. [17] Unlike the other trim levels. but only in Sedan (4-door) trim. slower acceleration. decreased gas mileage.Wikipedia. BMW brought back AWD which hadn't been an option in the 3-series since 1991 when the E30 325iX was discontinued. changes from the ZHP include plastic front splitters on the M-Tech II bumper.

1999 q 323 and 328 E46 Sedans introduced in the US (The 316 to 320 models were not released in the US to the general public at any point).php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (17 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . The NV 124 transfer case used in the E46 xi models is a full-time four-wheel-drive gear driven transfer case. 318. the free encyclopedia Inc. "Ci" Coupe "Cic" Convertible (the last "c" is implied) "iT" "ti" (Compact) Changes by Model Year Mid-year 1998 (MY 99) q 316. http://en.. which is owned by Magna Powertrain. Both the front and rear differentials in the E46 xi are open differentials which are aided by DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) to control wheel spin and oversteer/ which incorporated BMW's new xDrive platform.BMW 3 Series (E46) . designated "i"(excluding the US). q E46 Coupe is launched into worldwide markets. designated "Ci" (excluding the US). the E9X. and 328 sedans are released to worldwide markets. [20] The xi models have a permanent front/rear 38:62 torque split which differs from the E46's successor. 320. 323.Wikipedia.

php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (18 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . Dynamic Stability Control replaces Automatic Stability Control. New key design Automatic transmission changes to Steptronic q q q 2001 http://en. as a result. q Mid-year 2000 (9/99) q Power seats with driver's seat memory upgraded to include exterior mirror memory.wikipedia.BMW 3 Series (E46) . q The 323 gets the Sport/Premium combo package offered. Radio has clock function.Wikipedia. Center console buttons redesigned. The 323 has 15" Alloy wheels standard (replacing hub caps for no-option package 323s). Power seats are a stand-alone option on 323. Auto Recirculation becomes standard. with 16" wheels only (no more 15" offered). E46 Touring is launched into the US. q q Child seat tether anchorages added as standard equipment. designated "iT" (excluding the US). 2000 q E46 Coupe is launched into the US. the free encyclopedia q E46 Touring is launched into worldwide markets. q q q q q The Premium Package has wood trim and moonroof an onboard computer function and the time can be displayed at the same time.

org/w/index. 330: 17" rims are standard 330: Sports package rims are changed to syle M68 with 17x7.5 up front and 17x8. q q 330i: New standard equipment: power Seats. This only affected 2001 cars. & automatic climate control q 325Ci and 325Cic: New standard equipment: automatic Climate Control 330: Due to customer feedback.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (19 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .BMW 3 Series (E46) . although more than 323s and 328s had. BMW offered a free "steering retrofit" to reduce the boost for some time. q q q q q q q 330: Brakes are 1" larger 330: Headlight washer jets standard on cold-weather package 330: Silver trim around headlights 330: "Updated" steering (more power assist) Coupes get titanium front spoiler trim.5 in the rear. 325i sports package gets 17x8 style 44 wheels. q q q q Mid-year 2001 (3/01) q 325i and 325iT: New standard equipment: foglights. Harman Kardon stereo. there was a midyear change back to a steering system with less boost. & sport http://en. the free encyclopedia q 323i is replaced by the 325i and receives a the new M54B25 engine 328i is replaced by the 330i and receives a the new M54B30 engine New sport steering wheel with circular airbag cover. cruise control. You now must pay for this retrofit.Wikipedia.wikipedia. New dual exhaust from headers to muffler.

q q q 325: Front armrest will be standard in the sedan and sport wagon. 325Ci. 325: Rain sensor and automatic headlight control will now be part of the Premium Package. q q 330: 18" wheel option offered 320d: Receives new engine 148 bhp (110 kW. 325: Moonroof will be standard in the sport wagon. new hood. q The sound system head unit now has a new auxiliary input (aux input kit required) Sedans receive third rear headrest and 3-point seatbelt. the free encyclopedia suspension q 330Ci & 330Cic: New standard equipment: Harman Kardon stereo 2002 q NAV systems now have a widescreen 16x9 display.Wikipedia.BMW 3 Series (E46) .org/w/index. side directional marker moved and re-shaped. new front bumpers for 325i and 330i without sport package. and 325iT are introduced with the M56 motor to meet new q q http://en.wikipedia. 150 PS) q Mid-year 2002 (9/02) q Sirius satellite radio now pre-wired on non-navigation cars 2003 q NAV system becomes DVD based (Mark IV NAV system).php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (20 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . new wider grille. the navigation system will now be available with in-dash CD-player or cassette player. E46 Sedans and wagons receive a facelift: New headlight and taillight designs. 325: SULEV 325i. In addition.

and 330Ci Coupes must be ordered with option 403 moonroof.wikipedia.Wikipedia. SA 426 or Aluminum "Brushed Columns" trim will be available as a no cost option when the Premium Package is ordered. q 330: Tire Pressure Monitor replaces the Flat Tire monitor on vehicles with run-flat tires. The SULEV M56 motor was offered optionally and only comes with the Steptronic transmission. The alarm display and button in the middle console remain unchanged.premium package. It's only offered with a manual transmission and NOT offered with the premium package. It will only be available when the Premium Package is ordered. Myrtle wood is no longer available as a stand-alone option. q q A new interior trim will be made available on all 3 Series.BMW 3 Series (E46) . the free encyclopedia emission requirements. q All 330Ci Convertibles must be ordered with ZPP . q All E46s are now pre-wired for the BMW Bluetooth kit All 330 manual transmissions now 6-speed instead of 5-speed q Mid-year 2003 (6/03) q M3 CSL production (1400 units) Mid-year 2003 (9/03) q All 330i/330xi Sedans.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (21 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM .org/w/index. If the Premium Package is ordered and SA 426 is not specified. Mid-year 2003 (3/03) q Performance package introduced on the 330i sedan. q 330xi with Sport Package will come with 17" all-season run-flat tires with styling 98 wheels (same as the current run-flat tire option). http://en.

php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (22 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . fan and recirculate control buttons) for simpler operation and ease of use. the free encyclopedia the car will be equipped with Myrtle Wood trim (as before) q Cars equipped with Navigation are now pre-wired for Sirius Mid-year 2003 (10/03) q SMG or Sequential Manual Gearbox available in conjunction with the sport package (not available in conjunction with the Performance Package or all-wheel drive models). (The headlights are black and the front spoiler is a combination of http://en. q The rain sensor and automatic headlight control standard for all Sedans and Sports Wagons. as well as with the automatic transmission and the premium package (on all 330s). New wheel replaces Styling 73.wikipedia. 2004 q Performance package now available on coupes and convertibles.Wikipedia. q New Sport Package wheel for 325i Sedan and Sports q Titanium exterior trim on the front grille and headlights is no longer different for 330i and 330xi Sedans. These features were previously only available with the Premium Package (ZPP). q Automatic STEPTRONIC transmission will be available in conjunction with the Performance Package. q New base wheel for the 330i/330xi Sedan and 325xi Sedan/Sports Wagon when equipped with the Sport Package. Styling 119 replaces Styling 96. q The climate control head unit has a new control button layout (temp.BMW 3 Series (E46) .

Wikipedia. Styling 137 (17 x 7) with all-season tires replaces Styling 73. California. repositioned side turn signal lights and clear front corners on sport package cars. q 330i/330xi get a new base wheels. and http://en.wikipedia. CD shuttle became MP3 compatible q Mid-year 2005 (5/05) q Performance package 330s get a perforated leather steering wheel instead of Alcantara SULEV BMW introduced a super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) into the select regions of the United States to meet stricter emission standards. the free encyclopedia black and body color. New York.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (23 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . q The Xenon headlight package was upgraded to the Adaptive Xenon package for coupes/convertibles only.) q Coupes and convertibles receive a face lift with a new front grille (larger "BMW kidneys"). also known as the Radial spoke. q 325i and 325iT: Styling 119 (17 x 8) with performance tires replaces Styling 96 when the sport package (ZSP) is ordered. 325xiT and 330xiT get new Sport Package wheels. revised lower bumper design and front/rear light redesign including LED tail q 2005 q Lumbar seat support added to the premium package on the 325.BMW 3 Series (E46) .

400 cars being produced for its 2004 model year run. [24] The CSL was never and was only available in two colours . the free encyclopedia Massachusetts received the SULEV E46's in 2003. 110 kg (240 lb) lighter than the regular M3. [21] [21] They The M56 meets SULEV standards. [25] As its name suggests. released into the North American market.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (24 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . as well as partial zero emission vehicle (PZEV) and zero evaporative emissions requirements. The M3 CSL has a kerb weight of 1.wikipedia. counterpart.Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.Wikipedia. an emphasis was put on reducing weight.385 kg ( and Vermont in 2004. [21] [21] The M56 is claimed to have identical power as its M54 E46 M3 E46 M3 CSL A silver BMW M3 CSL. [23] with only 1. [22] The BMW M3 CSL (coupe sports lightweight) was a limited edition version of the M3. the BMW M56. [29] A large proportion of the M3's sound insulation has been removed. as have the power http://en. received a variant of the M54 engine.050 lb).BMW 3 Series (E46) . [26][27][28] The CSL features many weight saving technologies taken from Formula 1 racing applications.

and a tightened steering ratio (14. The CSL is given a retuned dymanic stability http://en. roof is constructed from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. [29] The braking system is also modified.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (25 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . it lowers the center of gravity of the car and decreases body flex. the entire suspension system was further refined. [26] Specially developed racing springs and dampers are given to the CSL.Wikipedia. The CSL's unique Glass-reinforced body pieces are all crafted from carbon fiber reinforced polymer. the While this only reduces the kerb weight of the car by 7 kg (15 lb). [24] . [27] [27] The rear glass window was Although the CSL loses a considerable amount of kerb weight from its original version. with larger front and rear floating [24][25] rotors and calipers from the E39 M5. but were not available standard. and navigation systems. In order to improve the handling ability of the car. Air conditioning and stereo systems [27] [26] could be retrofitted free of cost. plastics are used throughout structural points in the car. [26] [26] [30] This is to For example. retain the ideal 50:50 weight distribution characteristics the E46 has.5:1 vs 15.4:1 on the regular M3) improves responsiveness.BMW 3 Series (E46) . [30][25] A black M3 E46 CSL. replaced with lightweight plastic. electric seats. the focus was put on strategically reducing or moving the weight in the car rather than the raw amount of weight that could be the free encyclopedia windows.

org/w/index.2l engine used in the M3. and phone controls removed to include just a single button that activates the M track mode. stereo. and headliner are all formed from carbon fiber and the steering wheel is redesigned with cruise control. and a retuned DME. Additionally. and fiberglass backed rear seats. which was offered with a standard 6-speed GETRAG transmission. The front bumper has a distinct hole that is used to draw cool air into the newly designed air intake.BMW 3 Series (E46) . modified valve and camshaft timing. [29] The 3. has been modified to increased output by 17 hp (13 kW) and 5 N·m (1 lbf) over the European M3. [29][25] However. [26] The [26][25] center console. [26] The boot lid is redesigned to incorporate a raised lip. the intake and [24] exhaust manifolds are slightly straightened to improve engine responsiveness. [31] The interior of the CSL is redesigned with a sporty-weight saving theme. the free encyclopedia control system with a "M track mode" setting that allows the car to be pushed to its absolute limits before being activated. door panels and trim.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (26 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . or optionally a SMG drivelogic transmission (also known as the SMG II). Unlike the standard features a [29] lightweight exhaust manifold and thinner exhaust piping. the engine is further modified in order to reduce weight . The CSL [26] obtains fiberglass front racing bucket seats.Wikipedia. the BMW S54. The CSL was sold with distinct 19 inch lightweight [25] forged BBS alloy rims that came with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup semi-slick racing tires.wikipedia. [25] . the http://en. [25][29] This is achieved through a high flow carbon fiber air intake. It received an aerodynamic lightweight body kit which included carbon fiber front splitters that improved downforce at high speeds by 50%. unlike the standard M3 where [26] one is simply added on to a flat boot. [26] as well as a carbon fiber rear diffuser. The CSL also has various aesthetic modifications over the standard M3.

[25] However. a detuned version of the CSLs dynamic stability control. similar to an Formula 1 style and the CSLs brakes. a tighter steering ratio. BMW released an optional "competition package" (option code ZCP) to fill the market void.php?title=BMW_3_Series_(E46)&printable=yes (27 of 32)23/07/2009 5:46:12 PM . [29] This is the standard 6-speed GETRAG transmission with an electrohydraulically actuated clutch pedal. the CSL received a more advanced drivelogic [29][25] unit than the standard M3 that was capable of making shifts in 0. North American competition package (ZCP) As the M3 CSL was not available to the North American markets. detuned CSL suspension components. It upgraded the normal M3 by way of 19 inch forged lightweight CSL style wheels. the free encyclopedia CSL was offered only with the SMG II transmission.08 of a second.Wikipedia. [32] [32] It also included Gallery Coupe Front Coupe Rear Coupe Side (Facelift) Coupe ZHP (Euro) http://en.BMW 3 Series (E46) .

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