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Old 03-14-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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Custom order? I didn't think E46 M3 came in LMB unless special ordered.
Give that man a prize! You are correct sir. In fact, a few people ordered LMB on the M3 until the factory put an end to it. LMB was an M5 color and they decided to keep it exclusive to the M5. I've never seen another LMB M3 in the 9 years that I've had the car. Lots of Mystic Blue though.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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Give that man a prize! You are correct sir. In fact, a few people ordered LMB on the M3 until the factory put an end to it. LMB was an M5 color and they decided to keep it exclusive to the M5. I've never seen another LMB M3 in the 9 years that I've had the car. Lots of Mystic Blue though.
Would love to see pics. My M5 is LMB and my buddy's X5 4.8is (the closest thing to an ///M in that version) is also LMB.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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I had never driven a BMW until 3 months ago, and now I don't want anything else. I couldn't believe how tight and taught it drove. If I'm ever able to get one, it'll probably be a 3 series coupe (soon to be renamed 4 series). For you enthusiasts, here is the latest spy shot I can find of the redesign due this fall:
If you're impressed with an ordinary 3 series, you should test drive an M car. Will totally blow you away!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you're impressed with an ordinary 3 series, you should test drive an M car. Will totally blow you away!
They are both pretty nice, but as an owner of a 335i, with the twin-turbo n54 engine, I can't wait until next summer when I run out my warantee and can chip it with a JB4 and kick mine up to 400+ bHP and torque. That's getting close to the M3's V8 for a lot less cost.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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They are both pretty nice, but as an owner of a 335i, with the twin-turbo n54 engine, I can't wait until next summer when I run out my warantee and can chip it with a JB4 and kick mine up to 400+ bHP and torque. That's getting close to the M3's V8 for a lot less cost.
I think that the M3 V8s only have < 300 lbft of torque. Getting 400 would be close to the 335d numbers, which I've heard is addictive.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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I need to take my BMW into the stealership for a catalytic converter recall. Do people recommend Leith BMW (Raleigh) or Performance BMW (Chapel Hill) in terms of honest, reliable, fair priced service?

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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If it's a recall, doesn't that mean it's on their dime? I've never paid for recall work, that I can remember. I had the rod bearing recall done, which is major engine work, as well as all 6 ignition coils replaced.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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If it's a recall, then BMWNA will be paying for it.
The two shops still might treat you differently, though.

I went to Performance several times, and they did good work but they never had a loaner available. I always had to get their shuttle to take me to home/work and pick me up when my car was nice.

I changed over to Leigh as they always comp'ed me a loaner car. Hugely more convenient.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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I'd go to the one that's closest to you physically, assuming they will give you a loaner to use. A cat. converter replacement is a simple job. If it was internal engine work or a transmission or something more complicated, I'd have a different opinion.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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I plan to call BMWNA today and check but it should still be under the recall in which case dealership should cover the costs but I just don't want either dealership to give me problems accepting the recall, or find other "things" wrong with the car, etc....

Leith is definitely much closer to me. I just don't know about either dealership's "customer satisfaction" and honesty
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