The RFD Guide to Inexpensive Paint Jobs

Silver cars aren't all that interesting. Our long-term Focus ST is silver and I can say that when I look back over my shoulder at it, there's just something "blah" about the color. It's one of the most popular colors in the U.S., and has been for years. Then again, the Toyota Corolla is one of the best selling cars in… » 10/16/14 3:18pm 10/16/14 3:18pm

Adrenalin - The BMW Touring Car Story

Adrenalin – The BMW Touring Car Story covers racing stories from the 60's to the modern DTM era. Legendary drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck, Johnny Cecotto and Joachim Winkelhock tell their amazing stories behind the wheel of epic race machines such as the 2002, 3.0 CSL and the E30 M3. This documentary looks like a must-see… » 10/16/14 3:11pm 10/16/14 3:11pm

I would buy a 996 however I would immediately update the IMS with the LNE solution as soon as I take delivery. It's about a 6-8 hour job that'll run about $4k if you do a new clutch at the same time (and you might as well since you're in there). After that, giddy up! » 10/15/14 12:56pm 10/15/14 12:56pm

The Real E46 M3 Ownership Cost

Josh here. Thought I'd share my current cost of ownership spreadsheet for my 2004 BMW M3. I picked it up with 112k miles in November of 2011 and it's been my daily driver ever since. Together, we've made several 1000 mile vacations and countless beach runs. If anyone was to ask about reliability, I'd tell them the E46… » 10/14/14 3:00pm 10/14/14 3:00pm

An E46 M3 Owner Drives the Evolution X GSR

Did I mention I drove a 2011 Mitsubishi Evolution X GSR this weekend? It's a great looking car but what a pile of shit. Shutting the doors sound like dropping an empty tin can. The windows motors were reluctant to do their job. The front seats offered zero adjustability other than forward, back and recline angle. The… » 10/13/14 2:59pm 10/13/14 2:59pm

The European spec is 3,461 pounds and the North American model will probably be a tad heavier. For reference, that's the same weight as a fully loaded E46 M3. For a two seater this small, I'm not impressed and I don't see this car swaying potential Porsche 911 buyers. If anything, I see this as more of a Jaguar Type-F… » 9/09/14 5:05pm 9/09/14 5:05pm

Video: BMW E46 M3 vs. Focus ST Part 2 | The Autocross

When last you left our intrepid RFD'ers, we were comparing the new hot hatch 2014 Ford Focus ST with the perennial used car champ, the BMW E46 M3. At the end of round one, we had assessed that the Ford had sharper inputs and was greater fun at slower speeds. Despite the M3 being a coupe, both deliver a practical… » 9/09/14 9:42am 9/09/14 9:42am

Will Generation Z Be Car Enthusiasts?

"Generation Z", sounds like a documentary funded by Nissan doesn't it? But it refers to anyone born from 1995 to present. Adios Millenials, and your supposed disdain for cars. I was reading a recent article, and accompanying infographic, on Adweek, and I got to thinking, will Gen Z be car enthusiasts? I think yes, and… » 9/08/14 11:06am 9/08/14 11:06am

The Best Motor Race Ever

Think back to all of the world's greatest motor races. You think of Monaco or Spa for Formula 1. The Indy 500. Gainsville NHRA races. The Dakar. LeMans. Mille Miglia. The Nordschleife. These tracks, these races represent some of the best racing possible. They offer, close street circuits, dangerous hairpins, a crowd… » 9/03/14 2:09pm 9/03/14 2:09pm

Headers Installed on our High Mileage E46 M3

When it comes to extracting more power from BMW's S54 engine found in the E46 M3 and Z4 M, there are several proven go-to options. Sure you can add a muffler, under drive pulleys and other reasonably inexpensive bolt-ons but if you want measurable butt dyno results your options are essentially headers, gears or… » 9/02/14 4:46pm 9/02/14 4:46pm