Looking for new BMW - E46Fanatics E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-17-2017, 10:52 PM   #1
Tommyvx_
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: NY
Posts: 33
My Ride: 2003 BMW 325i
Looking for new BMW

So if you saw my most recent post you'll know my 2003 bmw 325i aka my first car was totaled in a rear end collision. (I am not at fault) I am now looking a for another car preferrably a bmw. I was looking into another e46 maybe a 330ci but now I'm looking into a 2006 330i e90. I was wondering how different is the maintenance and reliability in the e90 series specifically the 2006 model. I loved my e46 in the short time I owned it but the e90 just seems so much more comfortable and modern on the inside. I even thought about getting an infiniti g35 2006 but its the same price and costs the same to insure so I might as well go for the ultimate driving machine: Any insight would help!


Sent from my iPhone using E46Fanatics mobile app
Tommyvx_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 06-17-2017, 10:53 PM   #2
tks
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Online
Posts: 1,222
My Ride: slower than yours
yuck isnt 2006 the worst year lol
__________________


WTB:: Natural Brown Sedan Full Interior
tks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2017, 11:03 PM   #3
Tommyvx_
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: NY
Posts: 33
My Ride: 2003 BMW 325i
Quote:
Originally Posted by tks View Post
yuck isnt 2006 the worst year lol


I've been doing research and the only common issues are the vcg and water pump but I'm not sure.


Sent from my iPhone using E46Fanatics mobile app
Tommyvx_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2017, 11:17 PM   #4
jmo69
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,636
My Ride: 03 325xi 98 328is
Doesn't the e90 have the electric water pump ($$$$)?
__________________
][/2003 325xi auto Stahlgrau almost modless, just lots of new parts. 1998 328is 5sp lowered, X-brace, Sparco strut brace, HIDs and almost everything blacked out
jmo69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2017, 11:26 PM   #5
Tommyvx_
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: NY
Posts: 33
My Ride: 2003 BMW 325i
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmo69 View Post
Doesn't the e90 have the electric water pump ($$$$)?


Yea its a 500$ diy every 60k miles probably one of the only common issues


Sent from my iPhone using E46Fanatics mobile app
Tommyvx_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2017, 05:48 AM   #6
BMW-North
// Quandt AG (Retired) //
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: GTA or Myrtle Beach
Posts: 2,755
My Ride: AMv8,e46x3,e90,e83
I own a couple e90's and have owned 5 e46's. The e90 is a great car and very similar in maintenance to the e46. Exceptions include the water pump which is electric and the thermostat. On the e46 they are so easy to change. On the e90 it is a job best performed on a lift and takes about 4 times longer. Bleeding is simpler though since it is a routine.

The CCV issues are gone with the oil separator in the valve cover but costs are high as you need to change the valve cover if the os failed. The eccentric shaft sensor is also pretty expensive and should be changed at same time.

Same vcg and ofhg leaks as the e46. Same oil, filter, brake part and suspension costs. Pulleys etc are similarly priced. The wp t-stat kit can be had for around $300 (oe)

Having Bluetooth and satellite radio are pluses. My e90 6MT drives very similar to my e46 330 5MT.

E90s might be flood and fire resistant.

Last edited by BMW-North; 06-18-2017 at 05:53 AM.
BMW-North is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2017, 10:13 AM   #7
All2kool
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,071
My Ride: 2002 325Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tommyvx_ View Post
...my first car was totaled in a rear end collision. (I am not at fault)...
This may be the only good thing to ever come out of getting rear-ended - it will never be your fault.
All2kool is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.