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Old 08-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Best year for E46

I am thinking about buying an early 2000-2005 E46 convertible and wanted to know what year/model will give me the best bag for the buck. I don't want run-flat tires or a M3 ... I want HID projector, halo & LED rear lights. These are things that come to my mind. Not sure what model/motor/package will be the best value/performance (more on the value and driver comforts than performance). Also ... what are things I should be looking for when I start looking (ie: common fit/mechanical issues etc). I thank all for their responses ahead of time !!!

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Old 08-25-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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That is what is considered the facelift years, with LED rear tailights, 6 speed manual.

Issues to keep in mind is coolong system. Should be refreshed every 100-120k (kilometers).

I picked up a 2004 last year and don't regret it for a minute, as I eluded to in my other thread
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Here's a great example, overpriced as it may be.

http://qc.kijiji.ca/c-autos-et-vehic...AdIdZ516944271
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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I hear there is suspension issues on this model too ??
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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Best year for E46

Typically, the last year of a model run is the most reliable (all of the production bugs are resolved) and most developed.


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Old 08-25-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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I hear there is suspension issues on this model too ??
Suspension issues? I wouldn't call it issues, the BMW suspension is comprised of bushings and parts that have a lifetime, they wear out.

The cooling system can fail and cause catastrophic damage, that's why I mentioned it.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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What year did the run-flat tire appear on the 3 series ?
What year did the HID projector appear on the 3 series ?
...sorry for all the questions ... I have never owned a BMW and want to be knowledgeable when I make my first purchase.
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What do you mean by refreshing the cooling system ?
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:04 AM   #9
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What year did the run-flat tire appear on the 3 series ?
I believe after 2006

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What year did the HID projector appear on the 3 series ?
Pretty sure around all E46 had the Xenon as an option, adding adaptive Xenons mid run

Here is a wealth of info:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:08 AM   #10
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What do you mean by refreshing the cooling system ?
Common belief here is that somewhere between 60000 and 90000 miles you risk of having a cooling system component fail is high, and could be catastrophic depending on what fails.

Most enthusiasts here preach a preventive maintenance of the entire cooling system:

water pump, thermostat, expansion tank, expansion tank cap, upper & lower radiator hoses, water pump pulley and radiator.

I did all that minus the rad this past summer at 70000 miles.

Mango, a member here, has a great write up on what needs to be replaced. Its in his signature, so do a search for him and you'll find it.

good luck
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:30 PM   #11
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You might as well get an '05 or an '06 if you want the latest E46 that's the "most developed". E46's did not come with run flats.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:24 AM   #12
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You might as well get an '05 or an '06 if you want the latest E46 that's the "most developed". E46's did not come with run flats.
Agreed. In general, the last of a series are the best sorted out and the best built.
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