2006 BMW M3 Convertible
Low-Mileage, M-Power 6-Speed
2006 BMW M3 Convertible 6-Speed
The “M” in BMW stands for Munich, the Bavarian hometown for the legendary brand. The other “M” in this car's moniker is just as legendary: It identifies a high-performance “Motorsport” model. But unlike lesser brands, BMW's use of the “M” is not some superficial marketing gimmick. These M-cars receive engineering upgrades in engine power, suspension and braking systems, aerodynamics, light-weight componentry, all in addition to styling cues inside the car as well as exterior badging. Enthusiasts—even those loyal to some other brand—readily acknowledge that the M3 is one of the finest sports cars of all time. “The ultimate driving machine,” isn't marketing hype when applied to these motorcars. And as to the 2006 model year, in a write-up of their 2013 test of the four M3-series models since 1991—the E30, E36, E46, and E92—Motor Trend proclaimed the E46 (2006) model “the most desirable of the group.”
The 2006 M3 convertible offered here wears a truly classic visual combination: Titanium Silver Metallic paint over premium black-leather upholstery, under a black fabric convertible roof. Beneath the hood, the iron-block 3.2-liter S54 engine holds true to BMW's history of smooth, powerful inline-6s. Beneath its M-identified cover, the power plant delivers 333 horsepower at 7,900 rpm (just shy of its 8,000 rpm redline), with 269 ft-lbs of torque at 4,900 rpm. (Nice feature: On the tachometer, the redline indication changes as the engine warms up.) This impressive output makes its way to the rear wheels through a short-throw, six-speed Getrag manual transmission. Reported zero-to-60 time is just 5.4 seconds.
Included on the long list of options (36 option-codes in all) on this car are dynamic stability control, multi-function leather-wrapped M steering wheel, automatic electro-mechanical roof operation, green-tinted windows, ski bag, electric sport seat operation with memory, fog lights, headlight cleaning system, air conditioning, on-board computer, CD player with Hi-Fi speaker system, aluminum shadow-brushed interior appointments and more.
As to condition, about the only patina you'll notice in the 150+ photos of the car is the leather-covered shifter's slight wear indications, which M3 owners routinely display as a proud mark of sporting use. (And in a nod to continuity, the factory shifter is of the same design as that used on the first M3, the E30.) In virtually every other aspect, this M3 shows the loving care bestowed on it over time, befitting a modern European classic. Further bearing that out is the CarFax history documenting regular maintenance at the selling BMW dealer in Illinois, as well as later services at the Kalamazoo, Michigan BMW dealer.
At well under 2,000 miles per-year, this M3 convertible is a true, very-low-mileage example. The car's next owner can expect years of “ultimate driving machine” joy yet to come.