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Old 05-20-2016, 10:19 PM   #1
fortysixnick
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Opinions On Selling/Trading E46 For E36/Another E46?

Title says all, but allow me to go into more depth before you answer this question... I have a '03 330Ci ZSP with around 130k on it and I absolutely love it.
It is my first car, yes.
Only flaw is that it's not a ZHP and it's not manual.(didn't care when I got it, but YANNO)
I mean it's really not too expensive to make it look like a ZHP, but the transmission...

I REALLY want a car to "build" on and I'm only 18 and have this summer and my senior year till I'm out doing my own thing.
I'm just really ready for a car I can be more proud of/modify and feel like it's actually worth it.
So that's why I think maybe a trade or selling the E46 for a decently nice standard E36 328(maybe even M3?) with some mileage would be better for me?
If I were to get a 328I/328IS I would just do my best to make it look like an M.

The 330 has a few cosmetic things to fix up first but it could easily go for around $5K/$6k I'm sure. She runs amazing and looks great.(can't take pictures currently and I'm on my desktop so )

IDK, feel free to leave your opinion on what I should do.
Feel like a lot of you might have been in this position at one point or still are and can help!
ALSO I just got a job for $10/hr for the summer as a part time cashier so take that as you please also.

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Old 05-20-2016, 11:05 PM   #2
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These cars cost a fair amount to maintain, and if you go with an e36 it's going to be even older. If your car is reliable I would keep it, or if you sell it for $6k buy a car for $3k, take a week vacation and use some of the left over money to make it a reliable daily driver.
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:19 PM   #3
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These cars cost a fair amount to maintain, and if you go with an e36 it's going to be even older. If your car is reliable I would keep it, or if you sell it for $6k buy a car for $3k, take a week vacation and use some of the left over money to make it a reliable daily driver.
Well it's not hard to find one that's been treated well, but I understand what you're saying.
In my year and a half or so of ownership, only a few fairly cheap things have needed to be fixed, thanks to the owner before haha.
I'll see what I can do this summer.

Might end up just saving $2k and buying an E36 to work on while keeping the 330..
IDK I just want an E36 really badly for some reason
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