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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-18-2015, 02:40 PM   #21
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I am most likely purchasing a 2003 330xi 5speed on Wednesday... Any info/advice would be awesome. ..
don't do it.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:45 PM   #22
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don't do it.
lol I'm really on edge about it. Gonna look at it today, not even sure if I want to or not anymore. Just thinking about the problems these cars have is stressing me out.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:01 PM   #23
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lol I'm really on edge about it. Gonna look at it today, not even sure if I want to or not anymore. Just thinking about the problems these cars have is stressing me out.
if you're stressing, then walk away. seriously.

these cars will nickle and dime you to death, ESPECIALLY if you are paying for labor. they are the age where SO many things are wearing out, besides the stuff that is poorly designed and needs constant upkeep.
and yes, they do drive great and are enjoyable when the SES light isn't on.

BUT, if you are looking to restore the car yourself, and learn a lot in the process, then go for it. I find the e46 to be pretty easy to work on, parts are easy to get and not always expensive, and there is plenty of online help to answer your questions.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:05 PM   #24
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lol I'm really on edge about it. Gonna look at it today, not even sure if I want to or not anymore. Just thinking about the problems these cars have is stressing me out.

Don't let it stress you out.

Assuming your mechanic goes through it well & determines it's OK, I'd still Absolutely want to have a PLANNED $1K to $2K budget to fix things that will simply need to be addressed from a maintenance point of view.



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Old 11-18-2015, 03:21 PM   #25
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Don't let it stress you out.

Assuming your mechanic goes through it well & determines it's OK, I'd still Absolutely want to have a PLANNED $1K to $2K budget to fix things that will simply need to be addressed from a maintenance point of view.



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Yeah, definitely planning on spending that on maintenance.
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:01 PM   #26
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Good Luck!

I just bought an '03 330xi a couple of months ago and I gotta admit I've been bracing myself. She's been a dream ride so far, but after all the research I've done I find myself panicking every time I hear the slightest noise. My coolant light flashed on for a couple of seconds the other day, and I just knew my radiator was about to fall out of my car!

Being that she has over a hundred thousand miles on her, I'm prepared to drop a couple of thousand, but I'm having a hard time relaxing about it. What's it going to be? Timing belt first? Cooling system? Fuel pump? When am I going to get the first SES light? Can I get lucky and make it a year before the fireworks start?

Anyway, congratulations- you're going to love your e46. The styling and performance are unbelievable and maintenance, from what I hear, should be an adventure!!!!

PS For the first time since I was a kid I'm looking forward to snow this winter!
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:09 PM   #27
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I just bought an '03 330xi a couple of months ago and I gotta admit I've been bracing myself. She's been a dream ride so far, but after all the research I've done I find myself panicking every time I hear the slightest noise. My coolant light flashed on for a couple of seconds the other day, and I just knew my radiator was about to fall out of my car!

Being that she has over a hundred thousand miles on her, I'm prepared to drop a couple of thousand, but I'm having a hard time relaxing about it. What's it going to be? Timing belt first? Cooling system? Fuel pump? When am I going to get the first SES light? Can I get lucky and make it a year before the fireworks start?

Anyway, congratulations- you're going to love your e46. The styling and performance are unbelievable and maintenance, from what I hear, should be an adventure!!!!

PS For the first time since I was a kid I'm looking forward to snow this winter!
Honestly, I've learned a lot. If I were you, I'd have money saved and wait for failures. Don't prematurely replace functional components. Things like alternators and such, just get at Autozone. Way cheaper than anywhere else and the Duralast stuff is usually Bosch or some other OEM and Autozone offers a lifetime warranty.

Also, just buy Mobil 1 0W-40 oil in the 5 Quart jug from Wal-mart. Cheapest way to go and meets BMW spec.

I know I'm in the minority here, especially on this forum; but reality check, you drive a German GM. Don't act like some on this forum and pretend its some finely tuned Lamborghini that needs specialized parts.

Lastly, don't mod your car with dumb stuff and do not touch your suspension!

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Old 12-13-2015, 05:35 PM   #28
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Honestly, I've learned a lot. If I were you, I'd have money saved and wait for failures. Don't prematurely replace functional components. Things like alternators and such, just get at Autozone. Way cheaper than anywhere else and the Duralast stuff is usually Bosch or some other OEM and Autozone offers a lifetime warranty.

Also, just buy Mobil 1 0W-40 oil in the 5 Quart jug from Wal-mart. Cheapest way to go and meets BMW spec.

I know I'm in the minority here, especially on this forum; but reality check, you drive a German GM. Don't act like some on this forum and pretend its some finely tuned Lamborghini that needs specialized parts.

Lastly, don't mod your car with dumb stuff and do not touch your suspension!
I replaced my alternator cheaper from Rockauto than Autozone including shipping and shipping the core!
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:03 PM   #29
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I just bought a wrecked 2004 325XI five speed, 99k miles, deer hit damage. $1500. I figured its a good way to get my feet wet without spending a lot of money. Almost all of the damage is bolt on parts sourced cheap used.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:46 PM   #30
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I replaced my alternator cheaper from Rockauto than Autozone including shipping and shipping the core!
My car was out of commission for only 2 hours.

Rockauto has good deals, especially for maintenance stuff.

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Old 12-14-2015, 11:44 AM   #31
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I just bought an '03 330xi a couple of months ago and I gotta admit I've been bracing myself. She's been a dream ride so far, but after all the research I've done I find myself panicking every time I hear the slightest noise. My coolant light flashed on for a couple of seconds the other day, and I just knew my radiator was about to fall out of my car!

Being that she has over a hundred thousand miles on her, I'm prepared to drop a couple of thousand, but I'm having a hard time relaxing about it. What's it going to be? Timing belt first? Cooling system? Fuel pump? When am I going to get the first SES light? Can I get lucky and make it a year before the fireworks start?

Anyway, congratulations- you're going to love your e46. The styling and performance are unbelievable and maintenance, from what I hear, should be an adventure!!!!

PS For the first time since I was a kid I'm looking forward to snow this winter!
Just an update:

So I didn't end up going with the e46. I went to check it out and the car was very clean, but the seller was pretty sketchy. He told me the car had 94K miles, but when I got there he told me different.

I ended up getting a 2008 328xi off my uncles buddy who owns a great BMW dealership. I gotta say, it is by far the nicest car I've ever owned. Thanks for all the input guys, I really appreciate it.
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Old 12-14-2015, 12:44 PM   #32
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Well done. Never go with sketchy! Enjoy.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:32 PM   #33
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I just bought a wrecked 2004 325XI five speed, 99k miles, deer hit damage. $1500. I figured its a good way to get my feet wet without spending a lot of money. Almost all of the damage is bolt on parts sourced cheap used.
I think I saw that car on craigslist, let me know if you find a good place to get parts, mine has the same damage from a deer.
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