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    Hello All! My names Tom (hence the username) I'm 19 and live in sunny Clacton on sea!


    Been driving a few years now and am fed of driving heaps of S**T around so I though...I know this year I'm gonna buy a car I REALLY want. In steps Mr. BMW been looking around and I've got my eye on an e46 318i

    What am I looking out for people, anything in particular that is common to be at fault?

    I wont be going alone to buy one - I'll take someone with some mechanical knowledge - I know a bit, but its nice to have a second oppinion

    Anyhoo - AWESOME forum and looks like its full of nice people!

    Hope to hear from you on soon

    Tom
     
     

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    Hey bud, good luck with your search
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    Welcome Tom

    I work in Clacton, in the industrial estate!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe9087 View Post
    Welcome Tom

    I work in Clacton, in the industrial estate!

    How wierd?! ha I'll keep an eye out for you
     
     

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    Small world 'eh?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe9087 View Post
    Small world 'eh?
    Yeah Man!!

    Cant wait to get a Bimmer! Now I know your near by I'll be bothering you
     
     

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    Hello and welcome

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    welcome aboard tom
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ///Tom View Post
    Yeah Man!!

    Cant wait to get a Bimmer! Now I know your near by I'll be bothering you
    Best of luck in finding your BM
     
     

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    Just be mindful of your insurance groups especially as there were two different types of engine used in the e46 318i. Earlier cars used the m43 units which are good reliable & fairly diy friendly alledgedly. They can suffer from head gasket failure but it's easily sorted apparently. Later cars used a valvetronic engine which is more powerful but i believe it's not so diy friendly if it starts to go wrong. I've never owned an e46 myself so can't comment directly but Total BMW Magazine ran an article on buying one & what to look out for with all the various engine options a few months ago & it would be well worth your time trying to contact them for a back issue.
     
     

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