BMW E46

Our page dedicated to the BMW E46

Here you can find information about this vehicle, as well as our best selection of products for it, if you can't find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to use the search bar or the categories via the menu at the top left.

The 4th generation 3 Series arrived in BMW dealerships in 1998, first as a sedan, then as a coupe, Touring (station wagon), convertible and finally Compact (3-door). In the traditional range, this family E46 is equipped with 4 or 6 cylinder in-line petrol or diesel engines producing between 105 and 231 hp. Depending on the model, it could be either rear wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.

The high-performance model, the M3, available as a coupe or a convertible, received a 6-cylinder 3.2L 343 hp, available with a 6-speed manual or a sequential SMG-II gearbox. BMW then wen further offering a lighter version, the M3 CSL with 360 hp and the limited edition M3 GTR with V8 4L producing 350 hp.

The E46 was the first 3 Series to accommodate an engine with Valvetronic technology (variable valve lift), complementary to the VANOS.

Coilovers

Coilovers

Improve the performances of your BMW E46 for daily driving , drifting or rallying with the adjustable suspension kits otherwise known as coilovers :

Wheels

Wheels

Does your build require new wheels, nuts, bolts, tires or spacers ? Discover our huge selection of the best products for BMW E46 :

Engine

Engine

Find everything you need for your BMW E46's engine with forged pistons, tri-metal bearings, reinforced head gaskets, high performance spark plugs or aluminiums radiators at the best prices :

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BMW Aluminium Swirl Flaps Blanking Plates Kit - 6 Cylinders

from $28.83
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ACL Race Rod Bearing Set - BMW M3 E46 S54B32

$188.67
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Cometic Reinforced Head Gasket for BMW S54B32 (M3 E46)

from $199.77
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ARP Rod Bolts for BMW M3 E46 (S54B32, M11 x 47 mm)

$288.56
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Silicone Radiator Hoses for BMW M3 E46

from $44.38
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Walbro Motorsport 400 L/h Fuel Pump Kit - BMW E46 / M3 E46

$155.37
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NGK Platinum DCPR8EKP Spark Plugs (BMW M3 E46)

$19.97
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Competition Engine and Transmission Mount Pack - BMW E36 E46 Z3 Z4

$188.67
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(5 reviews)
For all universal parts (OCT, hoses, clamps, fluids, thermal insulation...) Please use standard navigation of the site.
Interior

Interior

Is the interior of the BMW E46 not sporty enough for you ? Add a new steering wheel, a bucket seat and some harnesses to change its look :

DriftShop Steering Wheel (70 mm Dish), "M Power" Edition

$55.48
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DriftShop Steering Wheel (70 mm Dish), "M Power V2" Edition

$77.68
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(2 reviews)
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Bucket Seat Mounts for BMW E36 & E46

from $55.48
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Sparco Rev QRT Bucket Seat (FIA)

$443.94
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(3 reviews)
For all universal interior parts, please use the menu via the home page.
Chassis

Chassis

Install reinforced bushes, adjustable arms, a steering lock kit/strong> or a strut brace to improve the chassis of your BMW E46 :

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DriftShop Rear Camber Arms for BMW E36 & E46 (inc. M3) - Black

$133.17
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DriftMax Adjustable Rear Camber Arms for BMW E36 & E46 (inc M3)

$199.77
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DriftMax Steering Lock Adapters +30% Angle for BMW E46 non-M

$88.78
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Powerflex Poly Bushes for BMW M3 E46

from $14.42
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Powerflex Poly Bushes for BMW E46 (98-06)

from $14.42
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Wiechers Strut Braces for BMW E46, inc M3

from $88.78
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Wisefab "FD Legal" Lock Kit for BMW E46

$1,320.74
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Lubricants

Lubricants

Find the best lubricants for your BMW E46 here with products from some of the biggest brands chosen specifically by us :

Motul 10W60 X-Power Engine Oil (5L)

$55.48
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(11 reviews)
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Motul 300V Competition Engine Oil Promo Pack 15W50 (5L + 2L)

$88.78
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(258 reviews)

Oil Filter for BMW M3 E36 & E46

$9.98
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(6 reviews)
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Motul Gear Oil 300 LS 75W90 (1L)

$21.08
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(48 reviews)
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Motul Inugel Multi -25°C Coolant (BMW, Japanese models...) 5L

$15.53
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(62 reviews)
Braking

Braking

Hit the brakes without hesitation thanks to these braking elements adapted for your BMW E46 :

Bodywork

Bodywork

Give your BMW E46 a make-over with these agressive looking body parts that can be easily installed :

Black Grille for BMW E46 Phase 1 (Kidney Grille)

$44.38
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FRP Bonnet for BMW M3 E46

$366.25
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M3 Style Front Bumper for BMW E46

$310.75
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(1 reviews)
Transmission

Transmission

Is your transmission in need of a new flywheel, clutch or LSD ? You can find what you need in our selection of parts for BMW E46 :

Competition Parts

Competition Parts

If your looking to take part in motorsport, get your BMW E46 track ready with a roll cage, circuit breaker, automatic extinguisher or any other required elements to be able to take part in competitions :

Extra information

Below is a chart which indicates all the engine types for the BMW E46 released in Europe from 1998 to 2006 :

 

Modèle

Années

Code moteur

Puissance max.

Couple max. 

316i / 316ci

1998–2001

M43B19 

105 ch à 5,300 tr/min

165 N⋅m à 2,500 tr/min 

2001–2004 

N40B16 

116 ch à 6,100 tr/min

150 N⋅m à 4,300 tr/min 

2001–2004

N42B18 

116 ch à 5,500 tr/min

175 N⋅m à 3,750 tr/min 

2004–2005

N46B18 

116 ch à 5,500 tr/min

175 N⋅m à 3,750 tr/min 

318i / 318ci

1998–2001

M43B19 

118 ch à 5,500 tr/min

180 N⋅m à 3,900 tr/min 

2001–2005

N42B20 

143 ch à 6,000 tr/min

200 N⋅m à 3,750 tr/min 

2003–2006

N46B20 

150 ch à 6,200 tr/min

200 N⋅m à 3,600 tr/min 

320i / 320ci

1998–2000

M52TUB20 

150 ch à 5,900 tr/min

190 N⋅m à 3,500 tr/min 

2000–2006

M54B22 

170 ch à 6,100 tr/min

210 N⋅m à 3,500 tr/min 

323i / 323ci

1998–2000

M52TUB25 

170 ch à 5,500 tr/min

245 N⋅m à 3,500 tr/min 

325i / 325ci 

2001–2006

M54B25 

192 ch à 6,000 tr/min

245 N⋅m à 3,500 tr/min 

328i / 328ci

1998–2000

M52TUB28 

193 ch à 5,500 tr/min

280 N⋅m à 3,500 tr/min 

330i / 330ci 

2000–2006

M54B30 

231 ch à 5,900 tr/min

300 N⋅m à 3,500 tr/min 

M3

2000–2006

S54B32 

343 ch à 7,900 tr/min

365 N⋅m à 4,900 tr/min 

M3 CSL

2003–2004

360 ch à 7,900 tr/min

370 N⋅m à 4,900 tr/min 

318d

2001–2003

M47D20 

116 ch à 4,000 tr/min

265 N⋅m à 1,750~2,500 tr/min 

2003–2005

M47TUD20 

116 ch à 4,000 tr/min

280 N⋅m à 1,750 tr/min 

320d / 320Cd

1998–2001

M47D20 

136 ch à 4,000 tr/min

280 N⋅m à 1,750 tr/min 

2001–2006

M47TUD20 

150 ch à 4,000 tr/min

330 N⋅m à 2,000~2,500 tr/min 

330d / 330Cd

1999–2002

M57D30 

184 ch à 4,000 tr/min

390 N⋅m à 1,750~3,250 tr/min 

2003–2005 

M57TUD30

204 ch à 4,000 tr/min

410 N⋅m à 1,500~3,250 tr/min 

Note that Alpina produced models using the E46 base, like the B3 3.3 (1999-2002) and the B3 S (2002-2005), two tuned versions of this 3 Series powered by 6 cylinder engines producing 280 and 305 hp respectively. The first being available in all-wheel drive.