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Old 08-15-2014, 11:56 PM   #1
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My Ride: '02 325i Touring 5sp
E46 Sportwagon Feeler: Alpine White, Unicorn Wagon, 5spd MT, (SoCal) Low Miles

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2002, BMW, 325i Touring (Face Lift Design)
- VIN# WBEN33432EZ15273
- 127,5xx will climb slightly
- Sport Package, Manual 5 speed, 2 wheel drive
- Length of ownership - Five months
- Any maintenance records? Yes - Dealer and Independents.
- Car location: Orange County, CA
- Willing to ship? Yes
- Asking price 9,000


Pics - 69 of em: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1isyDh

5 speed manual, 2 wheel drive, manual seats, and sunroof delete. No convenience package. This makes her significantly lighter than most tourings and it's a rare build list. A desert car - absolutely zero rust.

Well maintained and I have all of the BMW dealer service records / history going back to 2007. Dealer serviced up until 09/2013. BMW specialists after that using OEM parts. Two remote keys. Always in covered parking, great brakes, tires are good and service is up to date. I did a Vegas to LA to Tucson to Vegas and back to LA loop in June thus the 3K interstate miles in four months. Otherwise it's not daily driven


Exterior:
Alpine White with factory roof rails. The paint is in very good condition and glossy. The hood has a 2 1/2 inch scratch from debri near the cowl and was retouched (see pic). One side skirt had rock gouge and was retouched. Small pits here and there on the front end. The polycarbonate headlight lenses were very recently polished. There are the usual hairline fine scratches in the clear coat (spider webs). If clayed and DA polished by a pro and then it would be about showroom quality in most places.

Interior:
Black leatherette (vinyl), with aluminum trim. The leatherette is tough, extremely easy to clean and looks newer than than most of the leather interiors I've seen. This one has darker window tint, rechargeable flashlight, BMW cargo net / tonneau cover, a complete tool kit, jack and factory spare Also features two, 12 volt power outlets - one in front one in the boot

Title:
No liens, non marked (no salvage, accidents), a clean Arizona title in hand. All owner manuals and two remote keys, along with the service records will come with the car should I find a buyer. Registred in AZ. Passed emissions in May of 2014 with zero issues.

Mods:
Only an aftermarket Kenwood deck and hardwired for an Escort radar detector; both from the previous owner. No other modifications. Because of the rarity of the car I will keep it stock with OEM parts. No faults or codes.

Options: Please note: The option package listed is complete. If it's not listed, it's not on the car. No: HID lamps, parking sensors, heated seats, power seats, tilt mirrors, rain sensors, front armrest, NAV, OBC, sunroof, cold weather package, or leather seats. This was a lightly optioned car with manual seats built for a driving enthusiast! It's lighter than most other e46 wagons and has the standard 3.46 'sport' diff that only came on the touring. Sorry, no LSD (only the M3 had this option as many of you know).
  • Sports Package ZCP with Dynamic Stability Control DSC. (This gen 2 DSC can be completely switched off)
  • Sports Suspension
  • Sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and cruise control
  • BMW LA wheel, star spoke 96 style. 8x17 square set-up.
  • Factory Roof railing
  • Smoker package - but never smoked in
  • Black Sports Seats - leatherette in good condition Thus the interior looks lightly used.
  • Aluminum Colored Trim: no wrap and in excellent condition.
  • Fog lights
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • BMW Dealer installed Factory Alarm and rolling code garage door remote - $1,212 for these options. I have the orig. receipt from the dealer.
  • Kenwood CD player w/ hands free BT, Pandora, Aux In
  • Factory 'HiFi' 8 speaker system
  • Preparation for BMW 6-CD changer I-bus
  • Battery master switch

Recent maintenance since I took ownership:
Since May of this year: New OEM Sachs Sport Shocks, 4-wheel alignment, brake / clutch fluid flush, oil filter and valve cover gasket, drive belts and roller tensioners, AC recharge, and oil service - Castrol Synthetic.

Full inspection of subframe - perfect condition, no cracks or rust, suspension very tight. Ball joints and tie rods inspected and tight. New tires would put her ride back to factory-quiet. Steering feel is excellent.

Alignment Specs:
Four wheel alignment by a well respected SoCal BMW specialist. Set it up for street use and less understeer tendency than the factory settings deliver.

Front: Camber: -.2 - -.4, Total Toe-in: .24. Caster: factory set at 5.2.
Rear: Camber: -.09 Total Toe-in: .26

Tires:
Freshly rotated Kumo's Ecsta AST's with 40% tread remaining.

Handling characteristics:
Car now tends towards neutral to slight oversteer at it's handling limit. Please don't ask how I know this

Maintenance Needs:
One diff inner shaft seal is seeping and could be replaced however my tech said it's not urgent so I've put it off until next oil service. Do replace the rubber center diff bushing (a common repair) and new gear oil when you do the diff. One interior bulb needs replacement the small, red safety light located on the bottom of the rear hatch. Next oil service is due in 7,000 miles.

Other maintenance notes:
Belts, hoses, newer front lower control arm bushings. the entire cooling system (except the radiator) and the entire oil evaporation system all dealer replaced with OEM parts. At least three window regulators replaced. Inspection II completed at 80K. Several coolant flushes completed. The VANOS is trouble free.

This car was dealer maintained for the majority if it's life. I'm in the process of contacting the original dealership here in SoCal to see if they have records. [no luck - Circle BMW is now and Audi dealership] I personally received hard-copy records from one dealer in NV with part lists and service history (see attached pdf file for the simple history).

Since this is a manual car with no sunroof, auto trans or power seats to service or replace, you wont have to budget big-ticket repairs: factory rebuilt trans (>$5,000 w/ labor) and sunroof cassette (about $800 -$1,000 w/ labor) Both parts are known weak spots and inevitable repairs on older higher mileage cars. All the other common E46 issues: plastic cooling system parts, suspension bushings, final stage blower motor resistor, most window regulators and oil evap items were replaced or serviced so you just need to keep-up with scheduled maintenance.

The clutch hooks up strong but is beginning to show it's age. It's not something you need to worry about now. I planned to do it next year.

Figure 1,000-1,500 per year in future maintenance or $800 to $1K for a competent DIYer. It's not the car for those who just put in gas and neglect maintenance. However it's on the lower end of the cost scale for a German engineered future classic that you can use as a daily driver or a weekend autocross / track sleeper.

Lastly this car has been looked at top to bottom and road tested by some close friends whom are BMW techs and all have said I bought a solid car. This touring still has many more years of service left in it and needs nothing now.

Performance:
This wagon has never seen a track however a close friend with 12 years of club endurance racing experience tracks his. He calls it 'the slow car you can drive fast'. His touring more than holds it own thanks in part to the performance oriented diff. On the track a skilled driver can keep up with a surprising variety of somewhat faster cars - especially in the slower corners - and give the occasional 911 trouble in tighter circuits.

Reason for the sale:
My wife really, really does not want a stick. I paid 9.5k in mid may and have put just over $2,500 in getting the ride and handling feel back to new along with correcting a bad short shift mod. When figuring a fair value price, I'm considering that this is a well maintained, car with a clean interior, hard to find option set and color combo - I searched daily for a month to find this one.

BMW stopped shipping manual wagons to the US in 2011 so manual wagons are going to be harder to find. Enjoy while you can. Hard to find a better looking sports car that's built as solid and yet gives you this much fun AND utility.

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Old 08-16-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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beautiful, rare car, wish the wife would let me buy it, id be on a plane to cali today .. GLWS
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #3
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Thank you for the comment!
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:47 PM   #4
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Beautiful car, I wish you were on the east coast. GLWS!!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:47 PM   #5
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Sweet jesus, where were you 3mo ago when I couldnt find a wagon and bought a ZHP instead.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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That's an awesome sample. I hope it goes to a good home.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:46 AM   #7
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Nice Touring.. reminds me of mine.. GLWS.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:44 PM   #8
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Bump
The wagon is now for sale. The price is 9K firm.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:33 PM   #9
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This was previously sold on this forum 3-4 months back. Why the quick turn around?
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:42 PM   #10
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This was previously sold on this forum 3-4 months back. Why the quick turn around?
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Reason for the feeler:
My wife really, really does not want a stick and so I've sourced a two wheel drive AT E90 touring (albeit with a sport package) that we both can enjoy. \
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:42 PM   #11
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Ha, that will do it.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:53 PM   #12
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:15 PM   #13
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Ha - yes the stop go LA traffic is a pain. Since I had the car I took off a bad short shift mod and put new OEM sport shocks and aligned it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:17 AM   #14
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Update: Millage @ 124,4xx

Just completed and oil service w/ valve cover gasket replace and AC recharge.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:31 PM   #15
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Don't mean to be rude, but since when has anything above 100k counted as low mileage?
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:40 PM   #16
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I love when people say "but" after stating that the're not being rude. Just be yourself. Lower miles = any car driven under 12K per year.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:50 PM   #17
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I love when people say "but" after stating that the're not being rude. Just be yourself. Lower miles = any car driven under 12K per year.

I realized that the question could be perceived as being sarcastic or snarky, even though I was honestly wondering, thus the precautionary apology.

Thanks for the answer.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:24 PM   #18
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It technically is a low mile car as average mileage per year is 15,000. Meaning a 2002 vehicle with 180,000 miles would be considered average for that car.

I just picked up a 04 sport wagon from the San Francisco area with sport package, premium package, and cold weather package. Basically every option but nav(we didn't want BMW's out of date nav system). After searching nation wide daily for a month and a half for a a sport wagon with at minimum sport package and cold weather package I've become a boarder line expert on what a wagon goes for. His price is right in the sweet spot for a touring. The average touring seems to go from 8500- 12000 on the high end from a dealer. 8500-10,000 seemed to be the sweet spot for most wagons. Especially those in the 100k-120k range. There are occasional deals out there but they are few and far between. Seems wagon owners know they have a fairly rare model that is desired by other wagon owners. It's amazing the price difference between a equal miles and optioned sedan vs a wagon. The wagon is nearly 3000 more than the same 325 sedan. 330's have higher resale with zhp cars bringing the most short of a m3. If my wife wasn't so particular about the options she wanted for her wagon I would of jumped all over this one. The lack of sunroof and heated seats equalled a big no for her, and happy wife equals happy life. Stick wagons in this country are great white buffalo's and are tough to pass on because it could be months before another one comes up for sale. I have to think that there are very few slick top wagons in this country. Let alone a manual trans slick top wagon. It wouldn't surprise me if there were less than a 1000 slick top sport package manual trans wagons period in the US for the entire run of e46. Now Europe is another story I'm sure.

So free bump for a nice hard to find wagon for a fair asking price.
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:37 PM   #19
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Mjb - I did that same research: MT slicktop wagons OR sedans with sport package and aluminum trim seem to be the rarest of them all - let alone one with complete service records.

Update: No solid offers so she's back at Solely Bimmer here in OC: new clutch, diff service (new diff bushing and reseal), valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, high pressure Vanos line, spark plugs, fuel filter and recharge the AC system. I then plan to put a set of new tires and replace interior plastic (center tray, lower cover on the wheel, glasses storage and ash tray door). I'll re-evaluate the asking price as she will be about perfect.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:11 PM   #20
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I received a few replies from potential buyers looking for a 'good deal'

I respect that no one wants to overpay and I get that wagons are not everyone's cup of tea. Although the seller said it "needed nothing", the car required a fair amount of $$ to get it to the point where it is now and I'm not finished. The cars now drives as it did on day-one and when I'm finished it will be like new. So this is not a fixer or project car, it's more of a mild resto and priced accordingly.

Thank you everyone for your interest and insightful comments. I'm just curious what specifically constitutes a 'good deal' to others here on the forum.

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