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Old 04-28-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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After a brief interlude with an '08 135 coupe, I am back in an E46 sedan. As it turns out I don't like coupes, current "convenience" features, and turbos.

After searching and searching I finally snagged an '01 330i 5mt, light blue with gray interior. A bit older and higher miles than I was intending, but it is in good shape and the deal seemed too good to pass up. I'm going to need to do a few things to it (front brakes, cooling system, and eventually lower suspension), but it feels like putting on an old pair of my favorite shoes. It just fits me right.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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There's something 'extra' about an e46 that other owners aren't tuned in to.


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Old 04-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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I agree and I will. Have to figure the feature out
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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I don't think I'd like the 135's price...
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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As it turns out I don't like coupes, current "convenience" features, and turbos.
I bet you will be singing a different song if you put a turbo on the e46. The turbo was literally the only redeeming quality on my old genesis coupe.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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I don't think I'd want to go back to an E46 after the 135i. The things I miss about the ZHP are pretty well compensated for with other aspects of the newer model. The "throw you back in your seat" torque is amazing. Having 4 years left of warranty is pretty nice as well.

As for the price difference, the extra $ is worth the convenience of a newer car that doesn't need work constantly. Especially one that performs like this.
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I don't think I'd want to go back to an E46 after the 135i.
I agree with everything you write here. I have to because you own the car and I've never driven one!
But each time I walk around one at the dealership lot, it forces me to think of the pure elegance of my 330Ci's presence from every angle compared to the stubby little 1 series' appearance. Looks like a toy compared to a grown up car.
Just my opinion of course, but not one that time changes.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:58 PM   #8
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I agree with everything you write here. I have to because you own the car and I've never driven one!
But each time I walk around one at the dealership lot, it forces me to think of the pure elegance of my 330Ci's presence from every angle compared to the stubby little 1 series' appearance. Looks like a toy compared to a grown up car.
Just my opinion of course, but not one that time changes.
Yes, it's a toy. 3rd car driven a few thousand miles a year, weekend trips, etc. it's not a people hauler, or meant of Home Depot runs. Just driving, which is what it excels at.


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Old 04-30-2013, 01:36 AM   #9
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Just driving, which is what it excels at.
I'm sure it would run rings around my 330Ci, but my car is fast enough for me. And the mileage can't be beat for a car like this.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:34 AM   #10
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Sea6speed, the 135's torque is great, but that car was just not for me. The first clue was getting pulled over driving home from buying the car because I took a highway on ramp at around 85-90. Oops. The car drove great. But I hated a coupe, I need four doors. I also think that BMW did a huge injustice to the 135 buy not having an LSD, and stiffer rear subframe. If a car has 300 hp, it should have an LSD.
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Lol. Now tell us the real story... Noone will ever go back sn e46 after a 135.

I think the real story was that the 135 started to need some maintenance and you simply coulndt afford it. You probably leased it and the lease ran out so you gave it back.

I find it very hard to believe that you would choose an old 330 over the newer 135 had you actually been able to afford a 135.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #12
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Well, I had a 335I Sedan that I bought after I sold my E46 M3 and I hated the 335I compared to the M3. I had a couple cars in between and I picked up this cheap E46 330xi to get me by until I find a nice E90 M3.

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had you actually been able to afford a 135.

Tell the truth next time
Do you honestly think that no one here could afford to write a check for five 135's, but chooses an e46?
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Lol. Now tell us the real story... Noone will ever go back sn e46 after a 135.

I think the real story was that the 135 started to need some maintenance and you simply coulndt afford it. You probably leased it and the lease ran out so you gave it back.

I find it very hard to believe that you would choose an old 330 over the newer 135 had you actually been able to afford a 135.

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Listen guy, sorry you find it hard to believe. I don't really care. But are you calling me a liar?
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Listen guy, sorry you find it hard to believe. I don't really care. But are you calling me a liar?
I can see how the 135i isn't practical as a DD, and the 2008 N54 cars had more issues with them than the later models. Funny thing, there aren't even any roads near my house where it's legal to wind out 1st gear all the way! In some respects, it's way more car than I need to drive around but I think it'll make a good excuse to get out of the city more often. I can already see it will be REALLY easy to get in trouble with this thing.
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It was super fun on the parkways around here. Just not necessary w/ the wife & kids in the car to be going so fast so easily. Fun, not necessary.

I also didn't drive it much because it was a coupe, I'd drive my Honda Pilot instead; just because its easier to lug kids around and drop off with 4 doors.

Hey, it happens. I thought I could live with the coupe.
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I recently replaced my 20 carat diamond watch with the one i picked up in chinatown.I find that I like it much better

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