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Old 10-03-2013, 04:30 AM   #21
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The 323i/ci isn't less common than the 328i/ci, both were in production between 1998 and 2001.

When I found my previous E46 in 2006, a '99 323i, I had no idea what packages it had, but I knew this is exactly what I need.
It later turned out the car had sport package, manual transmission, xenon lights, no premium package (manual leatherette seats, no sunroof), no fold down rear seats, and it even was the right color combo: silver/black. Good luck finding another one with these options today.

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Old 10-10-2013, 12:04 AM   #22
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if I could add to this:

Canadian ZHP's do NOT get the red gauge needles and cluster showing the increased redline, but the engine DOES redline at a higher rpm (6800?)
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #23
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The only thing I see that's not 100% correct is the "Designations". The 323 has the 2.5, although those would be correct for the rest of the cars. Also, BMW used to use the "i" to designate fuel injection, but since they are all now fuel injected, the "i" designation is for "inline" engines, not gas engines.

Also, no mention of the ZHP cams in that section, and the sway bar upgrade in the sport package.

But great work on compiling all of this info!
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:35 AM   #24
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even easier just go here and /thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/BMW_E46
This is a very detailed read and good for someone doing research no doubt. However I find its long and and a boring read, in addition its a bit of information overload. A large portion of the Wiki addresses concerns that would be addressed "After Purchase".

My primary focus for this post was to make it a bit interesting, all about the pre purchase and a bit easier to read than the Wiki link you posted. I only touched on a few major after purchase items for informational purposes only, but I also stated in the beginning that someone needs to do their research and that my post was only a guide. I never claimed it to be a "be-all" buyers guide.

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Got to the Section One and first line says the E46 was 1999-2005
not sure what you are trying to say here. You sayin the years wrong?


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and what's with the 3 spoke steering wheel and ZSP.
What about it?


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you mention convertibles all come with 3 spoke wheel but nothing about how ALL COUPES have it. basic intro stuff.
I didnt say either way for the coupe, but would be happy to add it.

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Just skimmed it but finding several mistakes you'll need to fix
would love to tap your brain on info if you (or anyone) wants to help out, like I said a couple times in the post, I'm no expert.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:26 PM   #25
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I actually pulled my post to let your thread flow better.

Coupes and Convertibles are always later in production than sedans. So although sedans ended in 2005, you'll still get 2006 E46 coupes and Convertibles.

all USA Coupes have the three spoke steering wheel. Regardless of packages.

silver (not polished) gauge rings are not a ZHP exclusive thing, it's a 330 thing for all of them in those years.

your thread seems helpful to someone new, keep up the good work.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:05 PM   #26
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Correct. E46 is 1999-2006. I had a 2006 E46 =)

Two door varieties, as said, are extended one year for the E46 and E9X as well. Same holds true for older generations too but not exactly sure how far back it goes
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #27
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Great post ! my 300k, ZSP 330i Manual approves !!!

Oh, and I've replaced most of those bits...
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:54 PM   #28
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Well done!! I learned a few things about my car here haha. I almost swallowed my fist in suspense at the ULEV vs SULEV part of the post, but thank god she's a ULEV lol!
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #29
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The only thing I see that's not 100% correct is the "Designations". The 323 has the 2.5
The first BMW 323 was sold in 1977 as the BMW 323i. Like other cars in the 3 Series, the 323 took its name from its 2.3 liter engine, the largest and most powerful offered in the 3 Series at the time. The E46 323 does not have a 2.3L engine as would be normal as BMW broke with tradition by featuring a 2.5-liter inline-6 cylinder engine with the E46 323.

The performance specs between the two cars are almost identical. The M54 2.5 liter engine (325) makes 184 HP but less peak torque than the M52tu 2.5 liter engine (323) What BMW has done is tweak the intake and exhaust manifold and tuned the airflow to basically flatten the torque curve, thus having more torque higher on the RPM range will give you more horsepower.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:02 AM   #30
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #31
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Thank you sir for the valuable information I just bought a 2000 E46, and the info you provided is a great help to me! KUDOS!
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:18 AM   #32
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Nice write up, but there is also the traditional automatic transmissions that came on the early 323i's and 328i's.
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Nice write up, but there is also the traditional automatic transmissions that came on the early 323i's and 328i's.
Thanks BBBoy, I am going to research this for details. I have just done a search and couldnt find anything about it so I will have to do more digging so I can add good info.
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A Buyers Guide for the E46

One thing I constantly see misrepresented in ads is ZHP with ZPP. While it does exist its extremely rare. If I could have found a car with both packages I'd have bought it for the lumbar support- which is something most ZHPs with leather do not have.


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Old 11-23-2013, 02:54 AM   #35
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so sweet ... i like it
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:24 PM   #36
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Looked at it again. Again, nice work. However you state that the ZHP has slightly negative camber. AFAIK, ZHP does not have its own alignment. Pretty sure it shares w/ sports alignment. Look into this and consider it. Your thread, your rules so I won't tell you what to do!
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:26 PM   #37
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Looked at it again. Again, nice work. However you state that the ZHP has slightly negative camber. AFAIK, ZHP does not have its own alignment. Pretty sure it shares w/ sports alignment. Look into this and consider it. Your thread, your rules so I won't tell you what to do!
My ZHP was stock and had slightly negative camber in the rear. My tires weren't happy about that. First car I ever had with any type of camber, I doubt I would do it ever again. I'd rather save my tires from a premature death.
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:14 PM   #38
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Looked at it again. Again, nice work. However you state that the ZHP has slightly negative camber. AFAIK, ZHP does not have its own alignment. Pretty sure it shares w/ sports alignment. Look into this and consider it. Your thread, your rules so I won't tell you what to do!
I will do some research. Ive been on the road for work and will get this asap.
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Thanks BBBoy, I am going to research this for details. I have just done a search and couldnt find anything about it so I will have to do more digging so I can add good info.
This might help. Mine is a 7/99 production and came with a regular auto transmission.

Although there is no manual shift mode, it is fun to drive.
When gears 2, 3, or 4 are selected, the letter "S" is displayed next to the number - "S4" - and shift points are raised.

Other 2000 328i have the step, so BMW must have switched to the steptronic in the latter half of 99'.

My car also has the round diagnostic connector under the hood.
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One thing I constantly see misrepresented in ads is ZHP with ZPP. While it does exist its extremely rare. If I could have found a car with both packages I'd have bought it for the lumbar support- which is something most ZHPs with leather do not have.


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I think you can get the lumbar seats and retrofit them, but I'm not sure it's worth the bother. Comparing my ZHP+ZPP seats with my dad's ZSP seats, there's not a noticeable difference in comfort, but his seem to "hug" better. It may be that mine are straight ZPP and not shaped the same way, I don't know. I don't know where in Seattle you are, but if you're curious you can drop by and I can show you what it looks like.
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