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    Hey all...thought i'd drop in and have a nose about. Looking at a 323SE saloon,on a V plate (99/00) at the weekend and thought that an owners forum might give me a few pointers as to what to look at.
    The question mark is the E46 bit...not up on my bm's and had a look round the web, coming to the conclusion its an E46....

    Like it so far in here...looks like a nice place to be.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egon View Post
    Hey all...thought i'd drop in and have a nose about. Looking at a 323SE saloon,on a V plate (99/00) at the weekend and thought that an owners forum might give me a few pointers as to what to look at.
    The question mark is the E46 bit...not up on my bm's and had a look round the web, coming to the conclusion its an E46....

    Like it so far in here...looks like a nice place to be.
    Hi Egon

    Good to have you onboard
     
     

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    Welcome to the forum Egon, glad you like it here,

    It will be a e46 on a V plate, is there any service history with it?

    The e46 is a good car, 323i engine is pretty reliable
     
     

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    Not a huge amount of service history on it. it looks clean,sounds tight and generally fits the bill! Has done a few miles though....think its on 130k...yeah V plate.
    323 with a 2.5 in? um, bmw smoking funny german baccy? how does that work?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egon View Post
    Not a huge amount of service history on it. it looks clean,sounds tight and generally fits the bill! Has done a few miles though....think its on 130k...yeah V plate.
    323 with a 2.5 in? um, bmw smoking funny german baccy? how does that work?
    130k is fine on a BMW engine, also BMW did many models with a larger engine than stated, you are correct in saying the 323i has a 2.5 engine, it isn't as powerful as the 325i though(it's detuned)

    The rear springs are common for breaking on them so if it looks low on the back then you know why , not expensive to change.

    Also the rear trailing arm bushes are common for getting weak, it's a wear and tear item and also not big money to get them changed
     
     

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    Egon

    Take a look through this E36 buying guide...its very comprehensive and a lot of the information applies to the E46

    here

    Especially bodywork and chassis info.

    Engine wise. Check the engine ticks over ok. No untoward knocking sounds.
    Check the oil level on the dipstick before you start the engine.
    Check coolant looks the correct colour (blue or pink often) as opposed to a silted up mudpuddle
    Check the engine never goes above the half way on the temp gauge. UNless your in 100 degree heat and in a 4 hour traffic jam...and it shouldnt go much over even at that.
    Check the car pulls smoothly in all gears and that there is no crunching from the gearbox.

    For other stuff, read my guide above
     
     

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    Ooooh, lovely, cheers. Never had a BM before. Long list of vauxhalls,saabs and a nissan, but time to have a change...
     
     

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    Riiiiiight....test drive yesterday....Went well. Pulls well, apparently its had a recent clutch, its straight clean, on 123,000 miles. Think you might be right about the rear bushes though. clonking on gear changes. Theres nothing special under there is there? engine and gearbox in the the normal configuration? The guy was under the impression the gearbox was at the back.... (or am i wrong in mocking him...)

    on multispoke 18's too. looks the part.I'm impressed..

    Having come from a car with cruise control, is it possible to fit to the 323? And the stereo looks like something off the enterprise, so i'm assuming my nice sony headunit and ipod connector is now redundant....? Tape deck....hmmm.....think the oem might have to go....
     
     

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    How bad was the clonking on gear changes?

    The engine is a longitudinal engine(engine runs from front to back) and the gearbox is right behind it, the gearbox finishes just in front of the gear stick
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egon View Post
    Riiiiiight....test drive yesterday....Went well. Pulls well, apparently its had a recent clutch, its straight clean, on 123,000 miles. Think you might be right about the rear bushes though. clonking on gear changes. Theres nothing special under there is there? engine and gearbox in the the normal configuration? The guy was under the impression the gearbox was at the back.... (or am i wrong in mocking him...)

    on multispoke 18's too. looks the part.I'm impressed..

    Having come from a car with cruise control, is it possible to fit to the 323? And the stereo looks like something off the enterprise, so i'm assuming my nice sony headunit and ipod connector is now redundant....? Tape deck....hmmm.....think the oem might have to go....
    Dont let yourself be talked into buying it if your not 100% sure...
    THeres plenty of others out there

    Clonking on gear change could be transmission mounts most likely.

    But still, I would want at least £500-£750 knocked off the buy price just in case I ended up having to replace a LOT more than I first thought to cure it...which is possible!
     
     

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