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Old 03-05-2012, 11:14 PM   #41
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If you maintain your e46 correctly, care for it, and don't drive it like it is stolen, your car will love you for it. it wont cost you a bunch of money if you treat it like a bmw, and dont treat it like a honda (cutting corners, ect) i'm not insinuating you're doing that, but thats just my 2 cents
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #42
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:27 PM   #43
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There are times when I feel like I just around the car with the tool box. It annoys me when other people with cars are all modding with new exhaust and rims, and all I get for the same price is new cooling system and rear brakes. I kinda prefer that though! The owners before me never really worried about maintenance...It must be a real treat to buy a car that's reasonably modified and is all up to date for maintenance. But Yet again I'm 19 years old and paying for all this. 80% kids my age dont have cars like that and their parents pay everything. So hey, that makes me happier. I love doing things years ahead of my age curve, and my resumé just keeps getting bigger. I love it! But their sre times when I just straight worry all day until the parts come in haha
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:43 PM   #44
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:46 PM   #45
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i don't think i will ever sell this car... i have done so much to it already, i made it like brand new now, there s no single part that i haven't replaced. it wouldn't worth selling unless someone offers 10k
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:49 PM   #46
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sometimes when shes asking for more parts.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:52 PM   #47
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When I don't drive my car for a few weeks or months I contemplate it...then I drive the car and am quickly reminded why I love it. The compliments and joy of driving it makes me never get close to selling it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:02 AM   #48
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Save up, trade it in for newer low mileage e46.
I drove a 2004 325 for three years. Trouble free (I don't count small things like a $80 thermostat and regular maintenance).
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:53 AM   #49
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Not at all. But I am considering Passing mine off to my wife, and getting a later model e46. Mine has been fairly reliable, and almost every bit spent on it has been voluntary. In fact, I spent more on the Pre-purchase inspection than I have for unscheduled repairs. That is not to say there are not things on it that need attention right now. But I have been collecting parts for the past year, for a massive refresh of the entire car.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:05 AM   #50
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:37 AM   #51
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Im not a fan of the unknowns, ie. random abs, trac, and brake light one day then nothing for a year. Or engine cutting out on highway and completely stalling then 5 minutes later starting up and no problems after that.

She pisses me off sometimes but its a love hate relationship, equivalent to having a wife.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:29 PM   #52
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I'm very upset with my car. Every time I work on it, I find new time bombs that looks like they're about to blow up. So I go and fix it as preventative maintenance, even though it's not exactly broken yet. I can't help myself.

It drives really well for a 12 year old car with 180K+ miles, I'm surprised about that, but I really spend a lot of time and money keeping it that way, and it really turned me away from ever buying another BMW again.

My highest priority selection criteria for my next car would be ease of maintenance. That's for sure.


As a side note, as I do more work on the car, I learned to appreciate mechanical engineers designing these cars a whole lot more than I use to.
Even though some pieces that needs replacing are really hard to get to, you practically have to take half a car apart just to reach it, I realize that
I really can't begin to visualize how all the pieces has to fit together if I had to do their job.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:42 PM   #53
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OP, as others have said, all cars are going to have some issues. You haven't had it long, maybe try it a little longer. As for me, love my car an definitely not getting rid of it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #54
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Not really since my car has been pretty reliable - nothing ever actually broke on this car. I just do the maintenance at the proper intervals
M3's are much better built. The 330 I had was beat to crap. And a waste of time and money. Regardless I had fun with it. But the M3 is oddball problem free.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:45 PM   #55
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M3's are much better built. The 330 I had was beat to crap. And a waste of time and money. Regardless I had fun with it. But the M3 is oddball problem free.
M3's also have that infamous subframe crack and something about Vanos with a bolt backing out... into the engine. Other than that I haven't heard of many problems.

Has anybody ever noticed how dirty the upper portion of the intake is on the inside? The ONLY car that I know like this.

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I feel that there some will get there is a lot of negativity towards BMW or E46's from my post. There is and there isn't. I bought the car expecting superior engineering, craftsmanship, quality, and reliability. I was severely let down 1st by the incidents with my car, then through research in finding out how common these things were. Aftermarket modifications are vastly more expensive than other cars and at the same time you get less or just as much gain. One of my dream cars is still an ///M but I think this is one of those cases where you just "Don't drive your heroes." Well, own anyway. The E46 will forever be one of the most beautiful shapes.

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Old 03-06-2012, 04:21 PM   #56
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Yeah, for another E46 (ZHP). As soon as I find a manual white zhp, she's all mines!
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:27 PM   #57
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when i saw an M3 thats when i don't like my car.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #58
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If you maintain your e46 correctly, care for it, and don't drive it like it is stolen, your car will love you for it. it wont cost you a bunch of money if you treat it like a bmw, and dont treat it like a honda (cutting corners, ect) i'm not insinuating you're doing that, but thats just my 2 cents
If only this were true.

One thing I can say good about this car though, is that no matter what seems to break, if you replace it, it continues to drive like a new car. Any other vehicle I've had, once you hit 60k miles, they start to ride weird and just feel like they are an old vehicle.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #59
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Only when I have saved up enough for 335i coupe.
Still I'd like to keep it as a beater.

Quirks- yes, cursed at it- Yes. But cleaned it every week- Yes.

Its like a wife to me now.
Well, my girl calls it my mistress. But she is the one who cleans it and wants to have another mistress: 335i coupe. I love both my girls.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:49 PM   #60
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My daughter will get rid of her 2002 as soon as she finishes her MBA. I despise those low profile tires and the fact that BMW did not make TPMS mandatory with those wheels. Destroyed three tires and replaced two rims so far when it goes flat when she drives it.

I had a 69 2002 but I don't like the feel, fit, sound or ride of her 330Ci.
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