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Old 06-24-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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My Ride: 2003 BMW 330Ci E46
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Dear Learned E46 lovers.
I've been using public transport for almost 7 years now on account of my frequent relocation between various countries for my work.
I'm now a week away from getting back to my home town on a permanent basis so time to buy a car.

I will because its convenient to my office and where I live most likely catch the train to work Monday-Friday or Monday-Thursday. Driving is likely to only be a weekend thing for me.

As a result I think I've settled on the BMW 330Ci as a nice luxury weekender and it clearly has classic styling that has lasted.

Now what I'm hoping to get from you guys is a commonly accepted "major hit points" list of what to look out for when buying this car.

From what I've gathered so far

- Cooling system

Is a major feature. Following on from that is it enough to NOT see a certain system/part replaced in the log books but a mechanic then says "hey its not been replaced but its fine"

Or should I prefer to be looking for something that has known issue parts replaced somewhat recently.

I'm thinking something like these 2 linked below. The 2nd link aesthetically is more my preference I love the beige interiors. But the 1st link is my $ preference as its got 25km's less on the clock.

http://www.carsales.com.au/private/d...-2183923/?Cr=2

http://www.carsales.com.au/private/d...1122881/?Cr=13

Pricing not comparable to US pricing you guys would be familiar with.

Another option is I could buy a 325i E90 BMW for roughly same kilometres on the clock and money.
Thoughts? _a_
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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The E46 is fairly bulletproof. The bigger challenge for a 10-12 year old car is maintenance and repair history... Has it been well-taken care of and fixed right when needed?

A good BMW mechanic can figure out what it needs, your first task it to get up close and judge condition, wear, and tear. Is the interior tired, worn, and faded? Are the pedals worn down? Seat seams tearing? Are the deep corners of the trunk and tire well dry and clean? Dig around, you will be surprised how many seemingly shiny cars fail this test.

Good luck.
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