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Old 09-11-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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New E46 from Hell's waiting room!

Hey guys my name is sergio. Im out here in the great state of Arizona. Just bought my first bmw a couple months ago. FREAKIN AWESOME! Love my 2004 325i! Sold my sport bike cause i need a car for the kiddos. My dad has an E39 and he suggested lookin at a bmw for a car. Completely new to bmw so any heads up on the car would be greatly appreciated! Hope to see you guys out on the road!

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:02 PM   #3
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:58 PM   #4
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:24 PM   #5
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wow what a nice fake m emblem on the grill and the chrome headlights, ultimate fail.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:28 PM   #6
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Nice E46 man, welcome! You have better taste than your dad, I mean, those headlights and adding the m-badge on the kidney grills is a definite FUBAR as far as E46fanatics is concerned! lol.

As far as heads up's goes, these cars have some common issues depending on mileage. The big one is the cooling system, the plastic material of the expansion tank does not last forever, neither do the water pumps. Budget a cooling system refresh in the future (T-Stat, Expansion Tank, Water Pump, Hoses & Sensors), some sponsors offer full replacement cooling system kits for a decent price. Really not too difficult of a DIY endeavor. Window regulators frequently go bust on these cars as well, buy OEM replacements and the DIY is very easy, though your hands may get a bit roughed up by sharp edges inside the doors.

As always, depending on mileage, looking at refreshing your suspension; the stock rubber bushings are a bit soft (as BMW wanted ride quality to be quite good) so they tend to wear out faster than other components. Personally I've used Meyle "HD" brand parts as upgrades on my old E46 and it was a night and day difference, even @ 65k miles or so.

A "Peake Research" brand code-reader may not be high on your list of maintenance/modifications, but sure offers piece of mind when you can scan a CEL (Check Engine Light) code as soon as it pops up.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:06 AM   #7
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Hey thanks for the heads up! The car has about 130k on her. Only the dealer in north scottsdale has serviced the car as far as i can see. They even sold the car new. I'll look into that cooling system as thats a major issue here in AZ.
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