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      04-10-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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Photos: F30 M Sport Versus Predecessor E46 M Tech

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A side by side look at how the BMW 3 Series and its sportiest front end designs have evolved in two generations - from the E46 M Tech to the F30 M Sport.

Other recent 3 Series M Sport comparos:

F30 M Sport vs. E90 M Sport: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=733562
F31 M Sport vs. E91 M Sport: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757766

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      04-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #2
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e46 is monster truck height
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      04-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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a better comparison would be against the E90..........you would notice the evolution in design more than against the E46.
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e46 is monster truck height
For reals. And why do we have 5 copies of the exact same image angle (front with half of each car).
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That's an extremely poor representation of the E46. That's not even a factory car. That's a poorly-modded pre-facelift w/ pep boys 18" wheels and an aftermarket MTECH (made in Taiwan) bumper w/ eBay angel eyes. Not one single panel on that car fits correctly either (likely in many accidents) very very poor comparison.

Here's my car for proper comparison:

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e46 is monster truck height
I'm not normally one to comment on ride height, but damn that e46 is riding high.
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      04-10-2013, 10:26 AM   #7
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That's an extremely poor representation of the E46. That's not even a factory car. That's a poorly-modded pre-facelift w/ pep boys 18" wheels and an aftermarket MTECH (made in Taiwan) bumper w/ eBay angel eyes. Not one single panel on that car fits correctly either (likely in many accidents) very very poor comparison.

Here's my car for proper comparison:

Wow, harsh. But I see some of your points and also did notice that it was a pre-LCI car, which never came from the factory with that bumper.

This LCI E46 shown here looks awesome and reminds me of my first BMW. I chose the regular ZSP over the ZHP because I liked the overall package better. Part of me will always miss that car...
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Ummm that E46 is fugly, not even original.
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Holy sheez does that e46 have a lift kit
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Did they forget that these cars have a backend or something?
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That's an extremely poor representation of the E46. That's not even a factory car. That's a poorly-modded pre-facelift w/ pep boys 18" wheels and an aftermarket MTECH (made in Taiwan) bumper w/ eBay angel eyes. Not one single panel on that car fits correctly either (likely in many accidents) very very poor comparison.

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This one looks so nice and clean, like it just came out from the factory.
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e46 is monster truck height
+1 lol
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That's an extremely poor representation of the E46. That's not even a factory car. That's a poorly-modded pre-facelift w/ pep boys 18" wheels and an aftermarket MTECH (made in Taiwan) bumper w/ eBay angel eyes. Not one single panel on that car fits correctly either (likely in many accidents) very very poor comparison.

Here's my car for proper comparison:

now there is the timeless e46 look. bravo we should use your pics for comparison. the one in the op just isn't fair
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Guys lets appreciate what the OP was trying to do. Yes it monster truck height, but I totally see his intent. That said, the 3 series styling is a total evolution since the E30 chassis car. The fact that there's an E46 to F30 comparison . . . an 8 - 12 year age gap with easily recognizable cues of it being a 3er is highly indicative of that evolution despite an E90 missing in the picture.

My .02. . .drop that E46 like yesterday though Ok bye
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I agree, a better comparison would have been the ZHP model which was as close to the MSport as the US had in E46 form.
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a better comparison would be against the E90..........you would notice the evolution in design more than against the E46.
Op alreadY has a similar post with an E90 MSport next to an F30 MSport.
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Have to say E46 M sport 2004 model is still favorite especially in that dark blue
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a better comparison would be against the E90..........you would notice the evolution in design more than against the E46.
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Op alreadY has a similar post with an E90 MSport next to an F30 MSport.
F30 M Sport vs. E90 M Sport: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=733562

F31 M Sport vs. E91 M Sport: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757766

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That Black e46 ZHP .

But that silver e46 prefacelift not ever see OEM M tech paket...
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haha that E46 is horrible with the cheap headlights and misfitted body parts and is a poor representation. You should use the 330 ZHP as a comparison.
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