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Old 04-10-2009, 12:09 AM   #21
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yellowish frothy goo under the oil cap
could you tell me why?

clunking from the rear
ill look for that...

automatic transmission
awwwwe common its only 5k

yellow dot on the dash
did a search for the yellow dot couldnt find anything
what the yellow dot and where would it be

makes strange noises
lol duh
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:10 AM   #22
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I had my clunk fixed for $250. be more specific.
clunking from the rear i think hes talking about the subframe issues
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:13 AM   #23
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yellowish frothy goo under the oil cap
could you tell me why?

clunking from the rear
ill look for that...

automatic transmission
awwwwe common its only 5k

yellow dot on the dash
did a search for the yellow dot couldnt find anything
what the yellow dot and where would it be

makes strange noises
lol duh
i'm guessing the dot is the orange tamper dot on the ODO. i serisouly doubt you'll find one with that.

and the goo, it's an indication of moisture in the oil, or something. it forms on the under side of the valve cover.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:51 AM   #24
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Spend $50-$100 and have a BMW Indy shop inspect the car. Well worth the money, and you will know what you are getting into.
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If it checks out at the shop, then you can't really go wrong for $5K, and this is coming from someone with a very similar car to the one you're looking at (just about 50k miles less )
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:57 PM   #25
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Saw the car today.... there is no odd noises anywhere very quiet... turns on a dime... and with that how can i find out if it has sport or oem package?

looks like it has the zf tranny I used reverse a bunch of times and no odd noises there either...

the downsides is that its a 2001 not a 2002 (but made in 09 of 2000 )...i was misinformed (got the info from other than the owner)

also downside is that the interior is gray and not all black...wanted black

the upsides is that is has xenon hids and a sunroof

dads friend is the 2nd owner and for 5000k i dont think its a bad deal

wish it had black interior dammit

so what do you guys think
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:47 PM   #26
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If you are serious about it then follow the advice given and have it checked out at an independent BMW shop to see what they can find, better than buying it and then a month down the line having a major problem that could have been noticed with a simple inspection. Then get rid of all the wood trim and shifter knob and put something else in there. Oh, and some clear corners and an M3 steering wheel...then the addiction will begin
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:56 PM   #27
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If you are serious about it then follow the advice given and have it checked out at an independent BMW shop to see what they can find, better than buying it and then a month down the line having a major problem that could have been noticed with a simple inspection. Then get rid of all the wood trim and shifter knob and put something else in there. Oh, and some clear corners and an M3 steering wheel...then the addiction will begin

yeah i was thinking of the m3 steering wheel if i can find a good price...
for the trim i was thinking silver trim matte chrome?

also thought about getting the lower dash and parts of the door panels black and carpet black aswell

do most cover, dye or replace the lower dash and doorpanels to get them black
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:03 PM   #28
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how can i find out if it has sport or oem package?


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everything you need to know is here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46

literally.
i really wasnt kidding when i posted this.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:15 PM   #29
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You can deduce a lot of info from other factors unrelated to the car.

If he's a very good friend of your dad, the risk of him selling you a dud is low, as he would not want to sour his friendship with your dad.

If he owned the car for a long time, that means the problems on the car was at a tolerable level. So there should not be any major problems.

If he's reasonably well off and can afford to get rid of a car cheaply, that's a major plus.

If he knows nothing much about cars and the car was serviced at the dealer, he would have been told by the dealer every part of the car was about to blow unless he paid up. So he could be wanting to be rid of the car because of the incorrect info he was given.

At 5k, the car seems reasonable to me.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:24 PM   #30
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Take the car, i dont think your dads friend is gone stif u
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:43 PM   #31
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get it inspected and buy it. at 50k u cant find sth better...

being produced at 2000 is not good, but be careful with your tranny and subframe.. btw, black interior is the best, but gray comes second and lasts its beauty longer than black...
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:26 PM   #32
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Aside from the fact that all the information above to beware of is true, you have two real questions.

Your trust level of the seller?
Do YOU want to maintain the car from where it is ... now?

If the later is affirmative, buy it.... drive it like you stole it, cause for 5k. You did. Long as it doesnt have a subframe issue


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Old 04-11-2009, 11:32 PM   #33
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Aside from the fact that all the information above to beware of is true, you have two real questions.

Your trust level of the seller?
Do YOU want to maintain the car from where it is ... now?

If the later is affirmative, buy it.... drive it like you stole it, cause for 5k. You did. Long as it doesnt have a subframe issue


Happy Motoring!!
trust? yeah family friend for years...
from where it is now? looks fine to me... few small scratches in places nothing alittle touchup wont fix... and alittle rust bubbling up the size of a nickle (left of the rear (back)driver side wheel at the lowest point of the corner of the fender)

but its a 2001 car from MN ive seen these go for about 10k

at almost 110k miles on it and it driving well i feel and hope that if the tranny and subframe would have gone, it would have already... its not like every single car off the lot had these happen.. who knows.. but at half the price of retail and cheaper than at a wholesale auction, if something does pop up i know i wont be too pi$$ed with for the price i got it for...

thanks again for all the info guys
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:07 AM   #34
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5k for a 10 to 12k dollar car isnt that bad...
The only 10-12k 325's out there are sorry to say, but '04's with 60k miles or so. Used car prices have dropped extremely in the past year.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:33 AM   #35
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Valve cover gasket
entire cooling system (water pump, radiator, hoses, etc)
suspension parts (control arm bushings)
various bushings everywhere (differential bushing, shifter bushing for manual transmission)
check belt + belt tensioner.

thsoe are the major problems in my opinion
Window regulators typically cost $250 if I am not mistaken
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:38 AM   #36
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And it doesnt have the sport package.

I say go for it, but beware of high maintenance costs if the car wasnt properly maintained between 90-110k

Since your car was made in 2000, I would also reinforce the subframe (get it checked to see if it needs it)
If the auto trans fails, you can just slap on another one from a junkyard, or do a manual transmission swap.
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:22 AM   #37
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Note: My E46 has 154000 miles and is till going strong. It is a manual transmission. My next major repair will be the suspension system. A car like this is not for you if you are not and avid diy'er. The cost of repair at a shop will eat you alive.
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:39 PM   #38
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#1 problem is rear subframe damage where a crack in ur subframe can lead to ur subframe in ur trunk. Plus dead line for subframe check is almost up. Damages can be in thousands seen em in the ten thousands also. It ain't no joke
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:54 PM   #39
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:23 PM   #40
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dont get it if it has:

yellowish frothy goo under the oil cap
clunking from the rear
automatic transmission
yellow dot on the dash
makes strange noises
please explain...
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