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Old 03-27-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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Thinking of going e30, ideas,

So I've had my e46 for about two years now, and its been great. I'm in college now in a pretty secluded place and with my schedule, DIY is getting pretty hard to do. I'm at 209k as of today, and things seem to be going pretty fast.

In the past month, the following things have gone wrong-

Idler pulley, tensioner
Serpentine belt
Accessory belt
O2 sensors
Three regulators (replaced two of them three months prior, third a zip tie method to prolong)
Passenger window motor
Drivers side rear window motor
Mechanism in passenger seat belt clicker thing (forgot what it was called)
Etc.

I usually do everything myself, but as I said its very difficult with fraternity events, my job, classes, and community service. My school is about 300 miles from home, and I'm worried the ol' e46 is going to give up halfway. My question to you is, should I look to swap my e46 for a lower mileage e30 for reliability/cheaper maintenance? I really don't want to stray away from BMW since well.. Don't think I need to explain why to most of you on here. Would an e30 be more assuring traveling long distances? Thanks-
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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that is normal stuff...(e30 is not cheap lolz)
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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Lots of E30 threads lately...
Sounds like you need to concentrate on school. Problem is, E30s are a lot older, most will need a lot of work to make them reliable, so you'd be back where you started from.
A low mileage (if there is such a thing) example would set you back several thousands. Maybe you can post an ad wanting to trade, get one from another enthusiast who maintained it well.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:01 PM   #4
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e46 not reliable enough so switch to an e30!? Dude. No. You will not find a 30 year old car that is more reliable or cheaper to maintain than a newer one. Just trust me. I've owned 2 e30s. One was pretty reliable but seriously things go wrong everyday. You have an automobile made up of hundreds of parts that are older than you and failing one by one everyday. It might not be your engine blowing up, or your tires exploding. But it's the little things. Tuesday your window switch goes out. Wednesday your cluster lights go out. Thursday your speedo goes. Friday nothing happens so you wonder what happened. Saturday you're going to pick up your girl and the passengers door doesn't open.
DIY is fun. That's partly why I bought an e30 as a second car. I like fixing things. But just trust me, don't go from an e46 to an e30. After a while it gets so tiring and would be awful as an only car.
As a second car? Do it. As an only car? No.
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I understand things will still go wrong, but I just figured the parts would cheaper, and possibly easier to DIY.
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Cheaper and easier to DIY. If you get a good one...maybe. If you get an average one, a lot more will go wrong.

I went e46 -> e30 and couldn't be happier. Some aren't. If you're looking for a reliable college student DD, I wouldn't be looking for anything German.
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I understand things will still go wrong, but I just figured the parts would cheaper, and possibly easier to DIY.
Some parts will be cheaper. But more will go wrong.
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Alright guys thanks for the input. Looks like I might be stepping away from the Bimmer crowd until graduation.. Any reliable/sporty/fun cars around the price range of an e46 that people have as suggestions?
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Alright guys thanks for the input. Looks like I might be stepping away from the Bimmer crowd until graduation.. Any reliable/sporty/fun cars around the price range of an e46 that people have as suggestions?
If I couldn't have a BMW I'd go back to Acura
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