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Old 03-01-2013, 09:34 AM   #21
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lol thanks delmarco, but I'm a her....

$5000 for a tranny really..that hurts...is the w labor...Id rather do it myself

last year I dropped a new engine in my Cougar...it was time consuming but I had to take the whole subframe out of the car...how much harder could it be to diy
Yeah if you could DIY it then DIY it.

Parts alone are $2,000 for good parts. You can find stuff for under that price on eBay but it would be most likely used and mileage ridden.

Labor is varying constant and can be anywhere between free and $3000.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #22
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I need to find that thumb cap for my right rear door handle - apparently there's an issue w/that.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:45 AM   #23
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I don't understand the negativity here. A 323i is still an E46 and they are still great cars. The OP sounds like she knows her stuff and sounds like she got a good deal so why bring it down?

OP, congrats on the new car. I have really enjoyed mine and put 20k miles on it in one year and have enjoyed it all.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #24
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The car looks nice. Maintenance goes a long way. These cars are ridiculously easy to work on and maintain especially compared to their competitors of the era. I'd find out every single thing done on the car in the past 80k miles. If the cooling system is not among those: replace it. Don't be discouraged... everything that could ever fail on the car is well documented and easily prevented. The only thing you might be concerned about is the transmission but if it's running fine, then you probably have a while until it goes. I'd recommend reading the links in my sig. GL and welcome!
It is a heck of lot easier I'd say so far. I had an IS300 prior and that was a pita to deal with. Even a simple oil change was a pain to do.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:06 AM   #25
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It is a heck of lot easier I'd say so far. I had an IS300 prior and that was a pita to deal with. Even a simple oil change was a pain to do.
Yup part of the beauty of these cars is the way stuff is laid out (except maybe for the CCV)
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:15 AM   #26
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I just bought my first bimmer yesterday!! 99 323i automatic with 202,000 miles. I got a great deal, I think because the cars can run for so long with good PM. Trouble is I don't know where to start....hoping ya'll could help me out....how would you go about giving your baby a once over:
The place to start is to review the records of what has been done to determine what is pressing and should be done immediately. Unless the records indicate that PM has been done very recently, I would probably start with an oil change (M 0-40), belts/hoses, verify that tires are in good condition, fluid changes (coolant/etc), and filters (gas, air, cabin). That is a good start for the next few weeks. Glad to hear that you can do all this work and know you way around cars.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #27
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I dont think anyone has mentioned that on a 323 its probably a good idea to get the VIN run and see if it was ever in for subframe repair.
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Subframe issues are least likely to happen to an automatic 323i. If the OP hears clunking from the rear end, I would be a bit worried. Otherwise drive the car and enjoy it; just do a bi-yearly inspection of the subframe mounting points.
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Why is an automatic any less susceptible to the subframe tearing?
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Because those with automatics won't constantly launching their cars at stoplights and/or doing anything other than simple driving. Remember, most 323i's were driven my secretaries who wanted nothing more than a BMW badge. They won't be doing any hard driving with their cars, unlike manual cars which are driven by enthusiasts and tend to be driven much harder which can lead to subframe damage.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:32 AM   #31
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OP, may know her stuff but obviously didnít do a research before buying this car. Common major issue is loosing reverse (aka NOREVERSE). At 200k miles if it hasnít happened yet, will eventually encounter this issue. There are two kinds of trannies, GM and ZF which supposedly GM is cheaper to fix. I may be wrong but I believed Ď99 323i auto have ZF tranny. I just recently fixed (NOREVERSE) my daughterís í00 328i auto @190k+ miles with a GM tranny. Parts cost about $200 including ATF and filter. I have routinely changed ATF on this tranny since 80k miles hoping to prevent this issue but still happened @ 190k miles. Unless the PO recently refreshed the suspension, it will be another $600 in parts at least plus alignment cost to enjoy driving this car. Not sure how can this be a good deal unless it was given free to the OP (just kidding). Whatís done is done and do not know what to tell the OP except Good Luck!
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Congrats on the degree and the E46 and welcome to the forum

well at 200K miles you have some other items likely to replace in its future. but people have already mentioned check the service records and then go from there.

my two major concerns with this yr and model would be to check if: 1) the rear subframe was replaced/repaired during the class action voluntary recall two years ago 2) it had the inspection or has recently been inspected in a Pre Purchase Inspection (PPI)

the other thing is to see if the automatic trans had a major service or just fluid and filter replaced? the automatics are not known to be bulletproof. actually they are a known higher mileage failure item with high costs associated to the repair.

As all cars, if its been well maintained it'll have a much greater likely hood to not have issues. Unlike a poorly unkept car that will often have more issues.
Again welcome to the forum, we can help you out with just about everything needed to know.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #33
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I've had one for a year. $4500 later and it's still not 100%

None of that was labor.

It had 110k on it when I bought it.

In process of replacing the suspension.....after it trashed my new tires.

This site is now you and your cars best friend. You didn't buy a car you established a love hate relationship.

The only inspection I would trust with an e46 is a member of the forums who knows exactly what to look for.

Buy a bmw scanner 1.4.0 to start with.
And buy an elm 327......then download torque pro on any android device. Good access to live data which you will need.

Read mangos sig under his picture for links on what to replace.
Yu would never believe that all that stuff could go wrong.....and then it does

A properly maintained e46 is a preventative maintenance maintained e46.

We're not just checking and changing fluids here. We replace entire cooling systems every 100k
The 99 are known for reverse going out. I'm doing my research now on ZF rebuilds. Not as complicated as I thought.....just time consuming. The reverse drum is also an easy fix but also time consuming.....might as well rebuild while your in there. At 200k I would consider that as preventative maintenance

I did listen to what was said on the forums. And did a lot of preventative maintenance. Tis helped a lot in diagnosing what went wrong when something really went wrong. Without software you are really shooting at quarter sized targets in the dark
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:43 PM   #34
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I bought it privately...no licensed inspection place just my husband and I who are pretty good with cars. I always buy used cars and do my own work on them. The difference is this one is an auto and I usually only drive a stick....

It was a single owner car....wife bought it new and then hubby drove it to and from work for a couple years...the tranny has been serviced 2 years ago and a couple of things have been changed out already like the power steering pump and ac compressor.

Its cold and snowy here now...as soon as it gets warmer I want to look at the water pump and everything.

And, I plan on saving right away for any troubles that come up with the car..everyone has me so freaked out that they are so expensive to work on....I don't get it....the labor is the really expensive part right....More folks should learn to work on their own cars....I'm a girlie girl and I do.

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #35
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Congrats on ur new ride Kells427!

E46 is one of the best and most fun cars to own!

I'm sure you'll love it and take care of it like the rest of us do.
Infact we love it so much - I am sure u can sense the general extreme paranoia on this board!
Ha! Just show the car some TLC and u'll be just fine! Enjoy ur ride !!
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:32 PM   #36
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Ya'll are awesome thank you!!

Ya'll are very good thank you... thank you

So today I found out she got a new tranny last May...struts...shocks..and tie rods....and the original owner did the subframe reinforcement too!!

Since its cold as all get out up here and my garage is still full with boxes that need unpacked (I'm a southern girl...we don't do too much snow) I am hoping I can make it till it warms up again before I do the water pump, cooling system, and everything else I can feel and touch on the way in and out the motor lol...

And, I did run a VIN check...found out it was in a small accident where they bumped the car in front of them...I wouldn't worry bout this in a different car..should I with this one...

The one thing I have noticed with the car....when I'm at idle the heat doesn't blow as warm then it returns when I'm driving again...I read quite a few posts on making sure the auto button wasn't on and all that but I didn't have any luck.....it kinda makes me think I need to get to the cooling system as soon as it warms up....what do ya'll think

I got to drive her around town today too...freaking love it!! even as an automatic I love it and I have never owned an auto before.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:45 PM   #37
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Congrats on the 323. As for the heat not blowing as hot as it normally does, my best guess would be to bleed the cooling system because you may have a small bubble that doesn't get pushed when the engine is at idle. I can't post a link on the phone but I know there are many DIY for it on this forum.
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I'm jealous.....I'm going to do that reinforcement soon. I think the whole back axle assembly will have to be removed. The op of my car did some maintenance.......he replaced the maf sensor with a Chinese knock off......lol.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:55 PM   #39
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So today I found out she got a new tranny last May...struts...shocks..and tie rods....and the original owner did the subframe reinforcement too!!
That is really good news. New tranny and subframe reinforcement is a big deal. Everything else can be DIY-ed easily
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That is really good news. New tranny and subframe reinforcement is a big deal. Everything else can be DIY-ed easily
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Nice purchase! Replace those wheels for god's sake!
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