E46 BUYERS GUIDE - read first before purchasing - Page 5 - E46Fanatics E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 321 votes, 4.94 average. Display Modes
Old 10-13-2014, 03:10 PM   #81
felixmotors
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 15
Hi guys I'm new to the forum and am looking into getting an e46 very soon. I'm looking into this 2004 325i and love it. When should I look at and be aware about when inspecting it?

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/4703103928.html


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app_nr_
felixmotors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2014, 10:32 PM   #82
KaktusJaque
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 890
My Ride: 2005 M3 ZCP
Quote:
Originally Posted by felixmotors View Post
Hi guys I'm new to the forum and am looking into getting an e46 very soon. I'm looking into this 2004 325i and love it. When should I look at and be aware about when inspecting it?

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/4703103928.html


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app_nr_
It looks like a nice find. It has the SULV motor though. If you have read the first post, you can find out about these motors. Even though it looks real clean and nice, Personally I would look for another one, one without a SULV motor, but thats just me. If you bought it, its likely that it could go several more years. You could drive it until the fuel pump goes out, then part the car out.
__________________
*KJ---Don't Believe Everything That You Think! *


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Links

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



2005 M3 ZCP (KJ's Weekend Ride)
2003 Touring 325 XiT (In Storage)
2004 Coupe 325 Ci (Donated to KarsforKids)

Last edited by KaktusJaque; 10-13-2014 at 10:35 PM.
KaktusJaque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2014, 11:01 PM   #83
felixmotors
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 15
So this engine type is less reliable?


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
felixmotors is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-13-2014, 11:01 PM   #84
felixmotors
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 15
Btw how could you tell it was sulev? Very impressive man


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
felixmotors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2014, 11:17 PM   #85
felixmotors
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 15
I haven't boughten it luckily thanks for the heads up


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
felixmotors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2014, 11:23 PM   #86
jiggz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,533
My Ride: E90 M3|F15 X5 50i
Quote:
Originally Posted by felixmotors View Post
So this engine type is less reliable?
Try a search on this site and you'll find some info - I do know they're less desirable than the typical E46 325i w/ the M54 motor. This one has the M56 SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.

More info here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M56

Quote:
Originally Posted by felixmotors View Post
Btw how could you tell it was sulev? Very impressive man
The last pic gives it away - the engine looks different.

Not to be a stickler but I would pass on this one because of several things, not just the engine. Even if the condition was immaculate and it had lots of maintenance records, it has almost no packages or options. Looks like just the Premium Package. I would not buy one w/o the Sport Package and Xenon headlights, at a minimum. There are other package/options as well that were available that it doesn't has. There are lots of 325i's out there...

Just my .02.

Last edited by jiggz; 10-13-2014 at 11:31 PM.
jiggz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2014, 11:58 PM   #87
KaktusJaque
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 890
My Ride: 2005 M3 ZCP
Read the first post on this thread. I know its a lot. It goes into all these things. If you do read it, you will be much more informed and most likely will be able to get a car that you would be more happy with.
__________________
*KJ---Don't Believe Everything That You Think! *


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Links

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



2005 M3 ZCP (KJ's Weekend Ride)
2003 Touring 325 XiT (In Storage)
2004 Coupe 325 Ci (Donated to KarsforKids)
KaktusJaque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2014, 12:09 AM   #88
felixmotors
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 15
Yeah I read it after you told me. Appreciate it. I'll continue my search. I don't have much to spend sadly. What would you consider good mileage on an old e46? I tend to get a little worried seeing old bmws with mileage over 100,000 :/ that's just me though. I have around 8k to spend


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
felixmotors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2014, 02:10 AM   #89
glwillia
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 167
My Ride: 2002 530i
Quote:
Originally Posted by jiggz View Post
Try a search on this site and you'll find some info - I do know they're less desirable than the typical E46 325i w/ the M54 motor. This one has the M56 SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.

More info here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M56



The last pic gives it away - the engine looks different.

Not to be a stickler but I would pass on this one because of several things, not just the engine. Even if the condition was immaculate and it had lots of maintenance records, it has almost no packages or options. Looks like just the Premium Package. I would not buy one w/o the Sport Package and Xenon headlights, at a minimum. There are other package/options as well that were available that it doesn't has. There are lots of 325i's out there...

Just my .02.
My opinion--the sport package is a must, but the xenon headlights aren't. My '02 330Ci has the sport/premium/manual combo, but doesn't have the xenon headlights. It still illuminates the road fine, and bulb replacements are cheap as chips. I wouldn't say this is a deal killer, and Xenons can be retrofitted fairly easily (but again, I haven't felt the need to).

Last edited by glwillia; 10-22-2014 at 02:11 AM.
glwillia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2014, 04:41 PM   #90
kazou
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: detroit
Posts: 2
My Ride: 2002 325 ci
Recommended reading for all newbies...thanks
kazou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 12:22 AM   #91
blue328i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Orange County
Posts: 68
My Ride: 328i
Great info. I am approaching 100k on my baby and will use this info to inspect it for any potential issues!
blue328i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2014, 03:51 AM   #92
ritchi561
Banned User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 1
Thanks a lot for this post
ritchi561 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2014, 09:19 PM   #93
1BADI5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Maryland
Posts: 65
My Ride: 00 323i Sportwagen
This thread has been on point guys.......I read, took the advise and my E46 work has been super easy.

I laugh at people that think you can just buy a 100-200k for $4000 and think your good to go. These cars can be reliable as hell, but people dump them for cheap for a reason. If your not a DIYer or hands on type........either be ready to spend some serious cash for maintenance or just buy a Honda.
1BADI5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2014, 11:17 PM   #94
Jetblack325
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Texas
Posts: 18
My Ride: Jet Black 5spd e46
I bought a jet black 01' 325i with the sport package and 5spd.

The weather has been horrible the whole time I have owned it which is part of the reason I bought it. After its nice out I plan on bringing a 12 pack to my detailer friend and having him help me clean her up.

any good resource for cleaning out all of the drain holes on the front end and trunk area?

Last edited by Jetblack325; 11-20-2014 at 11:18 PM.
Jetblack325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2014, 05:36 PM   #95
wayne anthony
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: colorado
Posts: 98
My Ride: 2005 325Ci convert
I'm reading this forum about 3 months too late. Bought a 2005 325 Ci convertible in August as I wanted to finish my life in a convertible. So far, oil leaks, gps stopped working, some of the leds out in one tail light, glove box lock (fixed), Don't know if the wipers work properly yet or not (seemed like they did once but not the second time). Took 2 months to find some center wheel covers (original $100 to $ 125 each. Found some plastic ones for $15, one lost less than 100 miles (Screw was still there). Drives nice although just feels old.
wayne anthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2015, 09:55 AM   #96
dragondrpr
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: new York, Bronx
Posts: 620
My Ride: e46
Hope u didnt pay to much
dragondrpr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2015, 10:05 AM   #97
wayne anthony
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: colorado
Posts: 98
My Ride: 2005 325Ci convert
Still less than what I sold a 06 pick-up for. Trying to decide if it should be a Sunday afternoon car or trust it enough for trips. Tires are marginal for wear, one out of balance and noisy, so needs new tires unless for occasional use.
wayne anthony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2015, 02:12 PM   #98
lllRazorlll
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 3,125
My Ride: Accord Coupe
The 323i, despite having a 2.5l engine was still named 323i for marketing reasons.
Heated seats were one of those options that could have been ordered separately without any packages. This is the case on my car also.

Just my $0.02
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

lllRazorlll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2015, 10:58 PM   #99
F U N Z B O B
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Humboldt CA
Posts: 24
My Ride: 330Ci
I feel like my new 330ci is a mix of at least 2 of these
I have heated seats and headlights warming
But I also have the sports seats up out along with a few other things.

This is a great list of information and I will keep looking.
F U N Z B O B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 07:05 PM   #100
aleksankazakov
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 505
My Ride: 04 E46 330i sport
Send a message via ICQ to aleksankazakov
Does aftermarket take down the value? Like I mean an aftermarket exhaust for example. Thanks.
aleksankazakov is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
325 buyers guide, bmw buyers guide, buyers, e46 buyers guide, guide

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) 1999 - VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.