Hey Scotty what's your opinion on the old e46 m3? I know I hear a lot of crap about BMW being unreliable but I find those m3's with well over 100,000 miles all the time. Was the 3.2 I6 in those things actually good motor? I'm thinking about getting one and I want a manual.
In a recent YouTube #343 SAT 09JUN2018 Car Talk broadcast, Scotty discussed the M3: Q. [Should I] buy a BMW E46 3330-ci.? I'm coming from a 318? A. SK: They're an endless money pit. I’d go for the M3. [But] I don’t like them." On the same front, Jalopnik, if I may quote that here, waxes poetic on M3s: "If you move to more late model stuff, the situation gets a bit more dire. Let’s take the E46 M3, for example. It featured a 333-horsepower naturally aspirated inline six cylinder engine that was more unreliable than an AA meeting sponsored by Miller Lite. These engines were were plagued with connecting rod bearing failures, issues with the variable cam timing (VANOS), crankcase ventilation failures, hard starting, and their cooling systems were made of plastic and sealed, ensuring catastrophic failure where scalding hot coolant would shoot out of your engine bay, overheating your engine, at which point your head gasket would blow." After reading that, I concluded it's aptly named: "E46 M3" = E (Endless)46 M (Money)3.