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Old 08-30-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Need help choosing 330i / 328

I am looking for 330CI / 328 automatic Black or Blue. 2003-2006. I love the lines of this Car.
Please let me know if any or all of the info I have heard so far is correct.
I have been told by a BMW mech. (Jack F. at Pro BMW Van Nuys, CA) to stay away from Auto-manual, paddle shifters "They can be problematic". SMS I believe they are called. And that "the automatics (made in France?) need rebuilding every 80-90k miles". I live in L.A. traffic (AKA Hell.A. traffic) I've done the shifting thing... and it bites.
My questions are...
Are there any years (E46, 1999-2006) to stay away from?
Or... Are certain years better than others?
Yes I know I said 2003 min. However older is less $ and I will find a way if they are better.
Also, worth noting, I have some friends saying I'm nuts and "go buy a practical car". Already done that... I'm too old for that. And my $ are limited. And REALLY would like this (My First BWM) to be a good experience. So any help or input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance... Soon to be BMW Owner. SDM
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