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Old 07-24-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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330Ci maintenance issues???

So I'm in the market for a new car and I'm leaning towards an e46 330Ci, I've done a bit of research but figure this question is answered best and most easily with someone that has experience with the car rather than searching all over for different things for hours. Anyways, on to my point: what kind of maintenance issues do you guys have with these cars? Any parts prone to failure? Any big scheduled maintenance jobs? If so, what tends to be the avg cost for these things and when do they tend to need fixing??? Any help is hugely, hugely appreciated - thanks!
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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cheap if you buy your own parts and Do-It-Yourself it.

mostly waterpumps, a thermostat or two, a squeaky tensioner pulley or two, a clicking DISA valve, a bad coil sometimes, but it all comes down to recognizing the problem and how its fixed..

if you plan to take it to the dealer to fix it.. its gonna be very expensive..

but as a car goes, it the most rewarding car evar.

be prepared to spend up to a grand or two a year on maintenence/tires
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:19 PM   #3
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:31 PM   #4
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So I'm in the market for a new car and I'm leaning towards an e46 330Ci, I've done a bit of research but figure this question is answered best and most easily with someone that has experience with the car rather than searching all over for different things for hours. Anyways, on to my point: what kind of maintenance issues do you guys have with these cars? Any parts prone to failure? Any big scheduled maintenance jobs? If so, what tends to be the avg cost for these things and when do they tend to need fixing??? Any help is hugely, hugely appreciated - thanks!
http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

It should answer all of your questions.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:00 PM   #5
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So You Want to Own a E46?

Get a CPO model from dealer to get all the protection against very expensive repairs if not covered under warranty. Additionally, go to Twinkidneygrill.com (a Georgia BMW dealer) to purchase the BMW extended maintenance agreement (2 more years/100,000 miles, whichever occurs first) and a extended warranty plan. You cannot extend the factory warranty if you are not the original owner. You should check with the service department of your local BMW dealer to find out which non-BMW warranty company(ies) are worth it.

If you are a DIY person there are great DIY threads to make repairs and do maintenance on your BMW. Otherwise, in my humble opinion and experience (at 56,000 miles, BMW replaced the engine, after extensive repairs to the cams and valve mechanism and the head, and other engine-related repairs all under warranty), it would be very wise to have purchased such protection.

If buying from a private party or a non-BMW dealer, should have it thoroughly checked out first by a BMW dealer or an INDY who specializes in the make. Would also strongly recommend that the E46 you buy have around 10-15,000 miles and at least 6 months left on the factory warranty. You will then have room for the dealer to work on the car under the BMW blanket warranty and the maintenance agreement, as the case may be.

I lucked out when I bought a 03 330i ZHP with 34,000 miles with over a year left on the initial 4- year factory warranty. Also, having a dealer in Sacramento, CA, (Niello BMW) which has a superior service department and really backs up its work is a plus.

Not to discourage you, the warranty work on my car totalled over $20,000+! The encouraging part is that under the blanket of the factory or a reputable warranty, the extended BMW maintenance and a great dealer who believes in great service, it makes my BMW ownership experience very positive.

Additionally, get a ZHP with manual transmission. There seems to be reliability issues with the GM-supplied automatic. Other issues are the water pump (replace at 60,000) and start monitoring the rest of the cooling system.

Saw a 2005 330i ZHP, a Southern California car, advertized in the Portland, OR, area with relative low mileage, under 30,000. If it has a clean record, including the BMW service record, it may be an excellent buy. It was black and had leather interior. It was listed for $27,995, I believe.
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i'm on my 2nd e46 in a year and a half...only thing i have had go bad was a little bit of noisy idler pulley
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:10 AM   #7
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had my 2001 330ci for 2 years. Only had 2 problems with it so far..had to change the water pump. Completely broke and my belt came loose. Also had to replace my valve cover gasket. They became dry and brittle after 4 years and start to leak oil on the exhaust manifold. Besides that....Its the ultimate driving machine!!!!
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