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      05-11-2020, 04:44 PM   #1
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Buying an E46 -- What to look for?

Hello. I'm looking to buy an E46, and I have a few questions.

1- What does the ZCP package include / remove from the car besides wheels?

2- Is there any high cost repair that I should ask to make sure it's been done before I buy a time bomb?

3- Anything else you folks could clue me in on before I buy one.

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The E46 M3 Competition Package, known by the internal designation "ZCP", was initially offered in December of 2004 as an exclusive option for the North American market. It was then expanded to other markets beginning with September 2005 production. Available only on the M3 coupe, the option package consisted of the following equipment (most of which is derived from that of the limited-production M3 CSL):
-Cross-drilled brake rotors (enlarged to 13.7 inches in front) with two-piece compound rotors (aluminum hat and outer portion connected by steel pins)
-Steering ratio reduced to 14.5:1
-M Track Mode setting for Dynamic Stability Control (raises—but does not eliminate—the threshold at which the DSC intervenes)
-19-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels (8x19-inch front, 9.5x19-inch rear)
-Alcantara-wrapped M three-spoke steering wheel with M Track Mode activation button (audio and cruise control buttons deleted)
-Specific aluminum interior trim with milled effect
-Exclusive Interlagos Blue metallic (A30) paint option"

The most common, expensive fixes on the E46 are:
1. VANOS
2. Subframe
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Would check consider the rod bearings, cooling system in addition.
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1. VANOS
2. Rod bearing
3. Subframe
4. When was Water pump previously replaced
5. Records of maintenance if available
6. Many owners track their E46/E46 M3 and do a couple of mods, good to know about it if you are looking for a stock E46
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