There have been a few BMW cars that I have felt that really boil down the brand to it’s essence. Obviously the 2002 model produced from the mid 1960’s to the mid 1970’s is one of them. The other is the E46 version of the 3-series. If you know these cars, you probably know why I’m saying this. Perhaps you are not in agreement and that’s OK, but hopefully you can see why I’m making this argument. If you don’t, perhaps I can persuade you.
BMW, in some circles is known as the “Big Money Wagon”, or as I sometimes like to say (since this evening anyhow) a “Boisterous Monkey Waffle”. Both may or may not be accurate but one thing is for sure, the BMW E46 is iconic for the marque. In general, the 3-series Boisterous Monkey Waffle is a continuation, to whatever extent, of the 2002. It’s a compact-ish coupe (and a sedan, and a wagon, and a hatchback, and a convertible. Seems like anything goes, heck why not throw in an ice cream truck and a snow plow model as well?)
As you can probably guess already, since I’ve mentioned it twice, my favorite of all 3-series cars has to be the e46 variant which was produced between 1998 and 2006. The most sporting of that variant is the M3 version (which came only in coupe and convertible). I just happen to think that this is the most handsome car ever built by the Big Money Wagon. It’s just my opinion, but since this is my article on my website, my opinion is what matters; to me anyway. Sorry.
So anyway, I hope you did well in algebra because BMW is ever the alpha-numerical entitler. The Big Money Wagon powerplant module of the E46 M3 is what is known internally as the S54 engine. Regardless of whatever they may call it amongst themselves, the straight-6 S54 has a cast-iron block and sports an 11.5:1 compression ratio while producing 338 HP at 7,900 rpm and 269 ft-lb of torque. Notably, the redline is 8,000 RPM.
I thought that would get your attention. Even if it involves a bit of math.
So all of that mumbo jumbo is to say that the car could go 0-60 in about 4.8 seconds. Which at the time it came out was pretty amazing for a 4-seater coupe, but it is still a respectable number, particularly since the car is almost 20 years old…and it looks so darned good.
Attaching the engine to the rear wheels is a 6-speed manual transmission. Which makes it extremely fun to drive, particularly if you know how to drive a manual transmission. If not, then it’s a lot less fun as you buck and stall repeatedly in front of all your friends and neighbors. Having fingers pointed at you amidst the laughter is perhaps mitigated by the timeless design of this vehicle. Can you tell I really like it? Well I do, and I’m not ashamed to say it.
Best of all, this particular convertible has only 38,000 miles on it. Which if you consider where this car is located, which is on the North Shore of Long Island, you can see why the milage is so conservative. The number of days allotted for top down driving is pretty limited there, even over the 18 years since the car was new. This is one reason why I moved away from New York. But it’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for why the car is in such pristine condition.
While the ad is short on words, the photos speak for themselves. This mint condition example is a beautiful black over black trim over black leather interior. Very much a car worth looking into in my estimation. When you contact the seller, just be sure to use the abbreviation BMW instead of the full names I’ve listed, things will surely go smoother that way.
For more info on this $25,500 Boisterous Monkey Waffle, click HERE to take you to the listing on craigslist.