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Old 03-01-2013, 10:22 PM   #41
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:25 PM   #42
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Congrats on the new car! Use Mobil 1 0w 40 or BMW oil .. your need 6.7 quarts!


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I need to find that thumb cap for my right rear door handle - apparently there's an issue w/that.
x2 .. I need 2 of them LOL i honestly think someone stole them while i was in the mall.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #43
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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!
Please don't spread FALSE information.

All 1999 323i 's came with the GM 5L40e! It was not until mid 2000 model that ZF's were used.

I have rebuilt the GM and the ZF and the ZF is the easier one to rebuild.

Stop all this doom and gloom talk.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:56 AM   #44
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Congrats OP, they are great cars. Check some maintenance items and normal wear and tear stuff. Did you get any documentation with the car? Previous owner may have really replaced alot of parts. I know it has high miles on it, but there is still plenty of life in that car. Search the site for common wear items and just keep an eye on the car for a while. Again, congrats. As with any car.....listen to it, take care of it, and it will take care of you. I have owned 3 BMWs and none of them had ever let me down. With any car though, even my winter beater.....I still take care of it and treat it like a new car mechanically.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:24 AM   #45
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Wow if thats all true you got a pretty incredible deal. 323's arent really much slower then a 325. The blocks and heads are bulletproof, and the two most major problems possible have already been addressed.

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Old 03-02-2013, 06:41 AM   #46
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Hopefully the difference is this owner will not feel the need to Autcross the car every weekend. Then the trans will likely last a bit longer than most.

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Good luck with the car, drive it like is was designed to be driven, not like the average 20-25 year old on the forum and you should be in good shape.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:25 AM   #47
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Congrats on the 323... I recently bought a 325i and love it, however may not have bought it if I had read the doom-and-gloomers posts on this site. All 10+ year old cars are going to break, and most people that buy 10+ year old cars either are clueless, or capable. Sounds like you are in the capable category. I have always wanted a BMW but always thought that I was locked into buying parts and service from the dealer (not so). Once I learned that parts and information were available then I was no longer afraid. The "other half" of the members on this site are extremely helpful and are an invaluable source of information when faced with a problem that is ambiguous or difficult to troubleshoot.

Regarding the transmission (Assuming that it is a new or overhauled, and not a used swap): BMW states that the fluid does not need to be changed for the life of the vehicle. I totally disagree and it should be done every 50k. If your tranny is a used swap with unknown miles then the decision is more difficult, but if it was new or overhauled then change the fluid and filter every 50k. Don't take my word for it though, as you will see other's opinions on the subject very soon in this thread now that I brought it up.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:51 AM   #48
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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!!
You got the car for FREE if all those items were replaced.

Luck you! GL!

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Old 03-02-2013, 07:56 AM   #49
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Web sites i use for parts.

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Old 03-02-2013, 08:05 AM   #50
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All new e46 owners should know this: The design of the cooling system is different then all other cars I have owned. On most cars, if you overfill the cooling system, the excess will vent into an overflow tank or overboard somewhere. On an e46, if you overfill the cooling system you will blow up your expansion tank.... I was lucky enough to learn this before I did any cooling system maintenance.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:09 AM   #51
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The bleeding procedure and filling procedure is very specific. Using bmw blue expensive anti freeze makes me make sure I have no leaks.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:20 AM   #52
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:33 AM   #53
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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.
How do you check that?

@OP: Welcome! I also have a 1999 323i. Manual in my case.

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Wow, that's sick. I never knew about that.

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I called the dealer and asked. They Said it wasn't.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #55
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So I ran my serial on realoem.com it listed the car....very awesome!!

I mentioned I had never owned an automatic before...and after driving it for a few days I have a couple questions.(there not ...fair warning)

Oddly the drive position on my dash reads correctly, but the light next to the stick is off by 1...say I'm in D the light reads N and even weirder is the P reads as 2. I would assumed it just didn't light up what gives.....

Second, Im going to assume that the tranny is a rebuild or swap....reason...gulp...I heard a thud when I put her in reverse this morning. I warmed up the car completely before engaging reverse...I was hoping that it was just cold outside, but I paid more attention to it today and yikes. It could be all the doom and gloom posts I have read that has me ultra paraniod or what. I did make sure reverse was seated before I gave her any gas...how bad is it guys...and how much time do you think I have and anything I can do to prolong that time....
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Clunk going into reverse is most likely the differential bushing. I'm doing mine tomorrow.
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Clunk going into reverse is most likely the differential bushing. I'm doing mine tomorrow.
Whew that sounds a lot better than the no reverse..thanks!!
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #58
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Whew that sounds a lot better than the no reverse..thanks!!
install is a bitch though
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:26 PM   #59
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Wow if thats all true you got a pretty incredible deal. 323's arent really much slower then a 325.
The blocks and heads are bulletproof, and the two most major problems possible have already been addressed.
Congratz

well they both have 2.5L engines and the same 0-60 manual and 8.1 vs 8.2 sec automatic 0-60 times. so one could say they are basically the same.
i would not refer to the heads as 'bulletproof'.
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Hubby and I have been having a rather tense convo lately regarding the oil and gas the car needs.

He's pretty sure of himself that as long as we use the non ethanol gas then we are fine, it doesn't need the premium gas.

Then there's the oil....really he just wants to be a cheap ass and I can't get him to do the math....he's thrown every excuse why we shouldn't use synthetic down to "well if the last owner didn't put synthetic in there it will junk up" I'm screaming no and he's like o I'll just top it off with the oil I got at home....

So if he puts the midgrade in and I use the premium will that be okay...I'm going to try to pump my own gas, but on family outings he's gonna be the one paying and pumping...
And, what is going to happen if he uses regular oil in the car....lil scared!! he's so hard headed...men lol
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