E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > E46 Convertible

E46 Convertible
The E46 vert forum. Talk about dropping your E46 top here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
mmarkh
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1
My Ride: 2003 BMW 525i
E46 Convertible Purchase Advice, Please

Hello all - I am considering purchasing an E46 convertible and have been looking around this forum and find it to be very enlightening.

I would appreciate it if folks wouldn't mind letting me know what they think about the following 2000 323Ci Convertible I'm looking at:

http://www.electraautosales.us/2000_..._157527259.veh



The body is in pretty good shape for the age and 128k miles, I think. Except for the front and rear bumpers which the clear coat has/is coming off of in places. The interior isn't too bad, but better than a '99 and '01 I looked at in the last couple of days. The car runs and drives very well. The top is in great shape and works well. The engine is clean, but I suspect there is a VCG leak based on smelling burnt oil and smoke coming from the rear passenger side of the engine. In fact, I found the forum by Googling "e46 oil leak"! Finally, the tires are 9+ years old and cracking on the side walls and in the tread, which doesn't have a lot left.

They are asking $6,800.

Thoughts?

Thanks!!_a_
mmarkh is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 04-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
The Thomas J
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Staten Island, NY
Posts: 533
My Ride: 2002 325Cic
Nice color. Auto trans is a bad sign if it hasn't been serviced or replaced with that many miles. Sub frame issues are possible. Any CEL's? If so huge red flag they have to be fixed before you can take the car off the lot. Get a PPI from a reputable shop that you deal with & take it from there. Prepare to put a couple of thousand or so in to it if it wasn't properly maintained. There are hundreds of threads on here regarding a purchase.

IMHO I would offer $4,000 and not go a penny over $5 grand if the PPI came back ok.
The Thomas J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 11:38 PM   #3
Nickvjr
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Prescott, AZ
Posts: 245
My Ride: 2004 330Ci Conv.
Nice ride with lots of potential. The $$$ you save in the initial purchase will help you get this Vert up to excellent condition. Good luck!
__________________
-Nickvjr
2004 BMW 330Ci Convertible
Nickvjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
dirty vert
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Texas..Dfw
Posts: 220
My Ride: 2001 330ci
Too high of a cost for a 323, like was said before, have the PPI done.
I'd offer 4-5K.
These cars can bite your wallet if you don't have a PPI done.
dirty vert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 07:25 AM   #5
sgoetz628
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 334
My Ride: 2002 330 CiC
Have you driven this car? 323 + convertible + automatic = SLOW! Really, the thing is a dog. Also, looks like it has a cassette player, so maybe not cd. Agree w other comments
__________________
I love my car as much today as the day I bought it
sgoetz628 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #6
wildirish317
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 2,675
My Ride: 2004 325Ci vert
Love the color, but I would want sport seats and three pedals. Agree with other comments, except "dog slow" wouldn't bother me. If I wanted rabbit fast, I would've bought a Corvette.
__________________


“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
wildirish317 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #7
LKM46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Apex, NC
Posts: 12
My Ride: 2005 330Ci cabrio
Color is nice, but hold out for a 330 if you are going with automatic transmission.
LKM46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use