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Old 02-16-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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New member maybe regreting my purchase

Just picked up my first ever BMW a couple of weeks ago. 330ci convert e46. After looking through some of treads i'm wondering if i made a mistake. It seems as though these cars are nothing but trouble regarding maintenence. I'm afraid that every time i take it out something is going to fail on the car. It has 80k miles on it and i have very little mantenence history.....It seems that some of you suggest spending thousands of dollars on replacement parts because they are due to fail at any time....I have no mechanical experience to work on my car so replacing parts will cost 3 times as much because i'll have to pay some mechaic to install them.....I have bought many cars in my life and even though i get rid of them before 80k miles i seldom had issues with them....I just don't understand why poeple who own BMW's put up with the apparent mechanical issues the car has and still remain loyal to the brand...
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Remember, all you're gonna read on any forum is about any problems that pop up. It's very rare you'll read anything about how great and reliable their car is. BMW's are high-end expensive cars. Your car probably cost in the neghborhood of $40K new.

Read up on maintenance in this forum and keep your car running well. They may be a bit high maintenance but they're not called "The Ultimate Driving Machine" for nothing.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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Buy some tools, use the DIYs and get to know your car. Drive it for a while and then you'll understand. Or if not, sell it and buy something you feel is more reliable. Just stay away from the associated forums because then you'll get worried all over again.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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Tools...$100 in sears will get you a long way. LED flashlight of 100 lumens. Reading fanatics until you're nauseous or throw up.

And then...remember this...you learn how to put parts on by taking them off. Once you remember that and lefty loosey (except for only a few nuts/bolts) and righty tighty....you'll be amazed at how much money you can save without being a mechanic. The big part that mechanics bring to the table is their ability to diagnose. Once you know what you're doing, it's like playing with an erector set/legos.

The place is open almost 24/7 here...you'll get a lot of help as long as you behave reasonably normally!

I know what it seems from the reading you've done. Read more...you'll be fine. Read a lot more...you'll be better than fine.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #5
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Why did you buy the car? Why didn't you research before you bought it? If you bought the car because its a BMW and you thought it'd be very low maintenance, yes you made a mistake.

My car has never left me stranded. I admit when I first bought my e46, I neglected it. I had no idea of maintenance required. because of that, I had to pay thousands the past few years to get everything under control and have it running 100%. Even though I've had oil leaks, vacuum leaks, cracked expansion tank, worn control arms, the thing still ran like nothing at all was wrong with it. I love this car.

Very reliable IMO.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #6
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Listen man, you take of your car, it will take care of you. 90% of the people on here with broke ass cars treat them ****, don't do preventative maintenance or maintenance at all they spend all their money on stupid **** to get .05 HP :/ so no you didn't make a mistake yet that is, so trust me on this, I know the senior members here will back me on this. So look into spending money on maintenance and you'll be fine man. These cars are absolutely amazing if you treat them right Welcome Btw! GL good sir.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:32 PM   #7
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The way you treat your car is the way it will treat your checkbook in return. I know that you don't know much about your vehicles past, but I'm sure that if you properly take care of it, you'll be fine.
Since we purchased my 2000 323i sedan brand new, it hasn't had a single break down (knock on wood). It is regularly maintained at a BMW shop, only given Premium Unleaded gasoline, washed/waxed regularly and feels the same today as it did the day it was purchased. With 133,607 miles on the odometer, it's just getting started! The E46 was arguably the finest model that BMW ever created. It's not insanely powerful, but will still go as fast as one might ever need. It's nimble, and this chassis is incredibly fun to maneuver through turns. Take your car on a spirited drive through a twisty road and you'll know exactly why we all adore this car so much.
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