It deserves to live on.
The Generational Gap.

As a millennial, I grew up with the E92 and E60 as my M poster cars.

The E46 M3 was a faint signal on my radar: I understood the classic appeal yet it wasn't enough to trigger an emotional purchase.

Until it did.

After getting my hands dirty revamping the E92: I wanted a new restoration challenge.

This is it - and I might just be in over my head.

Welcome to my build journal.

- Matt / @m3_epoustouflant

Read the Series

The CSL'ification

Every entry documenting everything CSL.

The Body.

The paint & body restoration, with a twist.

The Interior Program.

Everything related my interior restoration and rejuvanation.

"Gone in 60 days" from idea to product in hand.

The 1:1 CSL Carbon Diffuser.

The grunt work.

Covering the entire mechanical restoration and extensive upgrades.

The specs

My E46 M3 is a MY2003 produced for the Canadian market. It is finished in the signature Phoenix Yellow Metallic paint.

The car is optioned with the M-Texture Alcantara interior upholstery.

When combined with the paint color and 6spd manual transmission, it makes it 1 of 7 in the world.

Rare doesn't always mean valuable.

Matt / @m3_epoustouflant

My latest entries

In this entry, I document my DIY installation of the CSL airbox in details and $#!@ at clamps. I look back at the long checklist of hardware along with the little , expensive and egregious things needed to successfully install a CSL airbox.
In this entry, BMW gets sued. I touch on the original design flaws, BMW's attempt to fix it and how they fell short until the M3 V8s came around. I used my experience on the Phoenix's restoration to provide insights. 

In this entry: BMW once (or twice) recalled bearings - AH! I chat history and variants of bolts. We button up the S54's bulletproofing by replacing the rod bearings with the ACL standard set.

In this entry, money gets shifted: the RTD shifter got bolted & center'ed by InnovAuto and I finally got to fool around to get a feel for it, with video proof.
The Phoenix's Journey
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