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Old 01-10-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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hi, i just joined the forum so hello I got rid of my e36 328i and im now journeying for a e46 328i! I found a few in my price range around 100K miles, i was wondering what i should look for?
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:05 AM   #2
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hi, i just joined the forum so hello I got rid of my e36 328i and im now journeying for a e46 328i! I found a few in my price range around 100K miles, i was wondering what i should look for?
a 330.

i'd try to avoid 323/328s just because they're older and more prone to subframe mounting area failure.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:07 AM   #3
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I wish I could get a 330 lol it's just out of my price range, I looked at the problems of a auto so I decided to look for a mt, I was reading that the subframe tearing wasn't very common so Ill take that chance lol I appreciate the headship though. Also the one I'm looking at is a 2000 with m sport package
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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I wish I could get a 330 lol it's just out of my price range, I looked at the problems of a auto so I decided to look for a mt, I was reading that the subframe tearing wasn't very common so Ill take that chance lol I appreciate the headship though. Also the one I'm looking at is a 2000 with m sport package
What he is kindly trying to say is don't be an idiot, buy a NEWER 3 Series, 330 or not because if your price range is that tight, you will find yourself broke in no time if you get a subframe tear becaue you've made it clear that you are not going to be in the money to do a preventive reinforcement kit.


Water pump
Thermostat
Temp sensor
Upper/Lower Radiatior hoses
Drive belts and pulley's
Clutch (depending on age and mileage)
Subframe (it isn't that uncommon, it's something to take seriously)
Control arms and bushings

Those are some things to start with, don't be "that guy" who thinks just because he can pay for the car he can afford it.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46 Read the whole thing.

But being broke + an old E46 is probably going to equal a crappy experience.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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The Most equally Balanced E46's in power has always been 325/330's; I wouldn't get in that 323/328 mess unless you have a lot of money to fix it up good.
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328s are good cars. Check the subframe before inspection but I would do that with any e46 at this point, get a manual transmission, a pre purchase inspection at a local indy bmw mechanic couldn't go amiss.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:08 AM   #8
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Just look for a 01+ 325/330 if you want re-assurance on subframe issue.
Most of the times, the price difference is not much for the same year.

Also, if you really want a 328 make sure the subframe re-inforcement has been done. They are good cars, better than 325s, provided the required maintenance has been done. Same goes for 325/330 as well. If it is a neglected car then you will end up dumping a lot money in fixing it.
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I never had a problem with my 328i/2000 but am always on alert for what is known to be a potential issue. The price I got for the sub-frame reinforcement is $800. Do not know how that compares, but that is from a reliable mechanic who only does BMW's
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If you can't afford a 330, go for a 323. They have a lower chance of having subframe damage because they are slow. Especially if you're weak like I was and got an automatic (wishing I had the 5 speed). I have had no subframe issues with mine and it has 154k miles and I check my mounting points everytime the car is on a lift, which has been usually once every 2 months or so. But there is a higher chance of subframe issues with the 323/328's, though it seems the coupes are the most prone. Now, I've spent $2k on it since I bought it in April 2012 and have replaced most all of the weak points of the E46 and now the car is better than the day I bought it. I've replaced: water pump, belts and pulley's, control arms and bushings, struts/shocks (mounts also), end links, fuel pump and relay, fuel filter, valve cover gasket, spark plugs, 1 bad ignition coil and some more crap I'm forgetting. Car still needs diff bushings, guibo, center support bearing and rear trailing arm bushings. Since you've owned a E36 I'm sure you are familiar with all of this. But, they are expensive.

But, it's best to go for a 325/330. They are getting cheaper by the day.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:10 PM   #11
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I am an original owner of a 2000 323i w/sport pack and mt.I had my car for about year when my subframe did rip out but the dealer replaced it under warranty and no problems since then,but is is a expensive job.I have 90,000 mi on my car and so far i changed the water pump,tension & idler pully's,all the hose's and vac line's,oil seperato,rvalve cover gasket,a few set's of front control arm's,installed bavarian ingition coil's,rear torque arm bushing's to urathane bushing's,tranny mount's to uuc reforcement bushing's,front and rear strut and shock mount's.I just orderd this year alone,new ps pump,st coilover's,engine mount's and a uuc lightned fly wheel w,m5 clutch,braided lines & evo3 short shifter w dssr linkage just to get the car back in like it was.I didn't need a new clutch but this isn;t my dd so am just upgrading to have fun with it.I did alot of the work over time when i needed to but it can be expensive if you need to do it all at once so see if it doe's fit into your budget otherwise you won't be enjoying your car like you should...Plus i am friend's with alot of mechanic's and body shop's so i do get discounted price's on labor.

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:08 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies guys I really appreciate it!! I might save up a little more for the 330, but just in case what parts should I buy beforehand just in case? I'm probably going to get that subframe reinforcement too.
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