It all started back in June 2007 when I convince my father to buy a e39 1997 528i with 120,000km and since then he has spent a lot of money replacing the entire cooling system and bits & pieces. Bought it for $10k and spent probably about $5k.
Just when we thought all is fine, the gearbox started playing up, couldn't shift from 1-2 smoothly, it jerks like hell when cold. Anyway sold that in Sept 2008 due to the gearbox problem.
In the mean time, I had bought myself a e46 2000 328ci in Dec 2007. It's been two years since I have own it, and have not had to spend as much as my father yet probably because it is only 70,000km.
Have installed a Rainbow SLC speakers on the front, taken the rears out. Put a ultra slim Kicker sub and a entry model Soundstream amp in the boot. The sounds are unbelievable.
Have also put on a MSport SMG Steering wheel lol
Loves going out for a long drive, so much fun. Handles like a dream for the average man, would say it's a dream car (for now)... Just wish it was more comfortable as in less rattle, less road noise, less vibration through seats on long drives like a 5 series but I will live with it because the handling is great.