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Old 07-02-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Looking to buy my first E46

Hi Guys!
I'm looking to buy a Convertible 2005 330Ci, automatic with the ZHP and ZCW packages. The car has 89,000 on it and appears super clean from the pictures but we all know how that can turn out sometimes but it looks like an 8.5 to 9 if had to rate it now...

I've been doing a lot of reading on it and this forum has a ton of great info about the car.

It seems as if these are very reliable cars and would like any input on what I should look at when I go to see the car in person next week to possibly purchase it.

I know this a general inquiry but any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time!!!

Happy Motoring ;-)
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:02 AM   #2
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I'm a new ZHP Vert owner, and am loving it so far. That one looks nice, except for the AT . I recommend a PPI before buying any used BMW. Have you checked out the ZHP Mafia site?
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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Looks like a hell of a car. Of course, dont simply take it at face value. When I bought mine it went straight to an indy BMW shop for a full check out. Of course it hasnt been back since because I DIY everything Be sure to talk to CarbonZHP if you want info about either verts or ZHPs. Let us know if you need any help!

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Old 07-04-2014, 01:54 AM   #4
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In addition to the above advice, check through the service records and if possible, service invoices to see what has been replaced and when. At that age and mileage it should have had a cooling system overhaul, to include water pump, expansion tank, hoses, belts and thermostat as these will soon fail if they have not been replaced. Also, check for replacement control arm bushes because they will need replacing at that mileage. If they have not been replaced then you may get a knocking sound from the suspension when going over road bumps. Also, the steering may feel a little slack. Check out the soft top operation, opening and closing and for any damage to the interior headlining, especially at the rear sides. Check around the top and side of the engine for traces of oil leaks. The valve cover gasket and the oil filter housing gasket are prone to leaking. Apart from the obvious, lights, tyres, brakes and interior condition that's about it. I have had my 330Cic for 5 years. A great car and a lot of fun but like all BMW's, they need looking after and are not cheap to run! If you are good at DIY there is a lot you can do yourself and a ton of information available on how to service and repair the E46's on this forum and on Bimmerfest forum. Good Luck!
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:08 AM   #5
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I just bought a 2001 with 87k on it. New tires new top. I had my mechanic go through it and changed the fuel filter(original), black crap oozed out the back. Had an oil leak from oil pan, was gasket. Changed plugs and filters. Everything was great drve it home and the sevice light came back on.

It started running rough and Tony told me to bring it back. 14 codes went off in the computer. lean rich co2 co1 etc. It turns out it was the diesel box has a butterfly valve that was stuck. He pulled out and cleaned and lubed it. He felt bad because he missed it and did not charge me.

The car runs like a champ!
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:09 AM   #6
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Also the oil sensor was bad, I bought a euro brand for 50 bucks.
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Its missing a pedal.

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Old 07-16-2014, 09:28 PM   #8
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Be careful with used high-performance models

I bought a 1999 M3 in 2007 from Texas internet dealer with 64k, and turned out car had been dragged over a curb, and had damage underneath to front brake air dams, and the gas tank filler leaked fumes...however, damage did not show up on Carfax!! When I went to sell it about 4 years later with 68k, I was informed that most buyers are concerned that any high-performance model has been driven extra-hard and thus may have more issues than most cars of same age and mileage.

Bought current 2003 330Ci with 62k from another Texas Internet dealer in May 2014...have been very pleased. My criteria was a non high-performance car, low mileage, price comparable to age and mileage, and most importantly, the Carfax showed it spent entire life in Dallas area (thus, no cold weather issues such as salt/rust, etc.). Only had for 3 months, but am very pleased and car turns head wherever I go...so far, I have only done an oil change, put on a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport tires, a new hood ornament, and a new rear seat belt clip!

This is my advice, and as such, it is worth as much as you paid for it!!
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