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    Hi

    not actually purchased the car yet, but in the next few weeks or month i will be after a e46 3 series

    basically any info and things to avoid will be greatly appreciated

    im after a 325i auto m sport saloon

    seems to be plenty out there

    atm im driving a vw 2006 passat sludger, i'll be selling this for around 5k and will be looking to spend 3k tops on a beemer

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    Bump, anyone?


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    It's going be tough finding one at that price range with less than 100k on the clock.

    1) I don't have an e46 but as with most BMWs, make sure it has full service history because if it hasn't, the repair bill when something does go wrong could be high.
    2) Check the cooling systems as this is the weak link in BMWs. Check around the radiator, expansion bottle, hoses etc. You might have to replace the thermosat & waterpump to get rid of any problems in the future.
    3) Check for oil leaks as this could become costly to fix.
    4) Some owners have complained about cracks on the e46 boot floor. This may be a sign that it has been driven hard. Quite difficult to spot.
    5) Some sensors will play up like Airbag lights on the dash, or even ABS.
    6) Look out for worn out bushes.
    7) Might have to change brake disc and pads, especially for an auto.
    8) Sometimes the A/C fan speed may have a mind of it's own, a new FSR will cure this.

    There are possibly more things that I forgot to add But once you get the right car, you'll enjoy it!

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    Thanks Bro, ill look out for that

    Yeh will only get one with full history

    No too fussed about over 100k straight six can handle it


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    think about a relly good e36 328i faster more fun and less expensive to fix. Auto e46 will be absolute shite on fuel too. The reality with e46's is they can be serious money pits so only buy one thats had lots spent on it or you will be spending out a lot.
     
     

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    Tbh I had my heart set on an auto due to driving a crappy works van all day

    I assume the 320 auto isn't much cop?


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    Also I'm used to a six speed manual, most e46 seem to be 5spd except the sludger? I'd find it a bit annoying now I think


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    avoid the 320, auto is ok but it is more likely to fail and will cost more in fuel i would seriously look at an e36 328 auto or manual though 3k would get you a minter.
     
     

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    Even though it is 5 spd, they are still very capable.

    The 6 cylinder e46s all have similar MPG...like between the 320i and 328i, there is only like 1-3 MPG difference, but there's a massive performance difference between them. BMW autos are very good when they are working....actually if I had to drive an auto car, it would have to be a BMW...nothing else. However, for a 3 series I think a manual would be more satisfactory unless you like to relax drive after driving work vans all day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez-Derek View Post
    Even though it is 5 spd, they are still very capable.

    The 6 cylinder e46s all have similar MPG...like between the 320i and 328i, there is only like 1-3 MPG difference, but there's a massive performance difference between them. BMW autos are very good when they are working....actually if I had to drive an auto car, it would have to be a BMW...nothing else. However, for a 3 series I think a manual would be more satisfactory unless you like to relax drive after driving work vans all day
    That's it exactly I do like to relax, I'm not too overly fussed about mpg, we don't go far, and I've always wanted a muscle car of sorts

    330i auto?


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