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it sort of grates me the amount of moaning and complaining about the so called flaws and reliability of an E46..

my car 2001 car 86k ive owned it 7 years its on original everything battery, wishbones, rear bushes, vanos seals the lot its lives outside on the drive 24/7..

the only hiccups 1 parking sensor, 1 jettisoned headlamp washer to date and an iffy rear number plate light assembly and the obvious consumables..

Uber reliable never let me down ever never p*ssed me off, passed its MOT yet again first time in november no advisories..

the secret??
all i can say is, i run it on the correct fuel and always have done, its fastidiously maintained and serviced and looked after, its never thrashed its kept below 3k RPM untill its been at temperature for at least 10-15 mins..it gets good runs out,it gets cleaned under the bonnet, wheel arches etc etc regular, i dont meddle with it at all its completely standard..im pro active on the handbrake foibles and other bits n bobs..


is it the secret to reliable happy life?

who knows i must be doin summat right tho...
 

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hi, i have a 330ci 2001 m sport, what an amazing machine, owned for two years, 130.000 on the clock, it drives like new , superb power, and even better looks
 

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hi, i have a 330ci 2001 m sport, what an amazing machine, owned for two years, 130.000 on the clock, it drives like new , superb power, and even better looks

agreed:thumbsup
 

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I have had two high mileage E46's from when they were new, 2001 325i and a 2004 330Ci, both had well over 120k on them after 3 years. A couple of minor issues, a coil pack, a sensor, and that was about it.

Top quality oil, let it warm up, they were top machines. :thumbsup

A mate bought the 325i, ran it for another 4 years and it never cost him a bean over consumables and servicing.
 

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i think when snivelling or slagging these machines the owner should look in the mirror or in the list of previous owners on the log book before berating the car itself..
 

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Didn't have too many problems with my E46 330iSE Touring when I owned it - but it did belong to my father in law before me and has fastidiously maintianed by him before me... (And I am even better...;))

Only had to put tyres and an FSR on it..:thumbsup

The E91 is even better, but then again it is only two years old and has just got 14k on the clock...:cool
 

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The Moral of the the story is........... Treat it well and it'll look after you and your wallet.
Im in agreement with the above
too many people complain about there car always letting them down, THRASHING it doesn't help, CHEAP oil doesn't help FIDDLING with things that you know nothing about doesn't help. Don't blame the car take a look at the way you treat it,
 

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Well said doggy :thumbsup. My previous E46 from new to 80k only needed suspension bushes and a couple of cam sensors. It's how you treat your car that reaps the benefits :hihi
 

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A hell of a lot of E46's started life as repmobiles, and the concept of treating the car kindly was alien to them - ragging them at every opportunity, lease companies who would only replace the bare minimal of components (Lex comes to mind) and punting them off after 3 hard years of service on unsuspecting buyers with full service histories...

My car, it seems, stood for a year before I bought it - that didn't help it much.

My point is that these cars are great, but they are getting on in age now (any E46 is at least 4 years old, and max. 12 years old). The amount of posts on here is a testament to the number of them still on the road & being cared for. I reckon 95% of E46 owners have never heard of this forum, and the people that do post on here are clever enough / shrewd enough not to just bring their car to the main dealer, pay top dollar, & instead solve things themselves.

It's the same on other car forums though - my old Saab 9-5 (2nd one I had) was awesome, but the forums are full of crank position sensors, blown turbo's, worn suspension, etc etc. Sound familiar?

My E46 needs attention, my 2 brothers (328i, 318i & 320d in the current fleet) are in your league of reliability.
 

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Like I said in another post when you come across the forums they can often make people paranoid, i to have had saab 9-5 aero same on there boards, merc clk amg to and guess what same on there boards if you paid attention to everyone then all these cars would be the most unreliable machines on the road.

how many e46 do you see on the roads these days bet you see more than a mondeo so that must tell you something, they are not all knackered in the bmw garages waiting to be repaired....
 

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heres a thought how many mondeo's,punto's,vectras etc etc do you still see still beating strong at 10 years + old?

answer: not many they stopped beating and went to the scrapyard in the sky moons ago.
my work colleagues are mystified the old girl is rust free trouble free and drives and looks like new still.. and is exactly why i have never parted with the old queen the longest ive ever owned a motor. ive seen their cars come and go and get slung away this last 7 years..
 

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I think as with all cars there will some better than others (for a number of reasons..... I had an almost new MINI Cooper S with barely any miles on it and it was a complete pain the bum - I still loved it even though it would self destruct on its own).

I think the biggest issue is that a nice 330 new was £30-odd-k and still costs what a £30-odd-k car would to run (give or take a bit) despite the fact that it can be picked up for £3k plus. Some people don't realise this and skimp on maintenance, so when the next buyer comes along, they get cained. Others just don't care, and thrash it and hope it survives.

My car has been so-so (now on just under 99k) - it did 20k without any cost, but then cost a fair bit (springs, rear shocks, bushes, service, tyres all arriving at once). It has a few issues, but generally seems to be getting better as I sort things. Although it does a lot of miles, it gets a pretty easy life - never rev'd hard from cold, alway driven gentlty to warm down, oil check checked regularly etc. The fact that my car is getting better, is the reason that I'm still in two minds about changing it....better the devil you know!

I think doggy is right though - look after your car and in the long run, it'll save a lot of money / stress.
 

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I,m on my fourth 3 Series 2 E30 3I8i, E36 3i6i and now a E46 330i and have found them bullet proof reliable as lo g as they were serviced regularly.The only gripe is there lck of prowess in the snow.I wrote the first 318i wrappingitround a tree on black ice but have learned to live with one flaw over a million good reasonsto own a 3 Series.People complain about part prices etc but they don't go wrong as often asother makers.
 

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I,m on my fourth 3 Series 2 E30 3I8i, E36 3i6i and now a E46 330i and have found them bullet proof reliable as lo g as they were serviced regularly.The only gripe is there lck of prowess in the snow.I wrote the first 318i wrappingitround a tree on black ice but have learned to live with one flaw over a million good reasonsto own a 3 Series.People complain about part prices etc but they don't go wrong as often asother makers.
totally agree snow and ice not its party piece but i can live with it in old blighty..
 

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I don't think parts are that expensive if you put a bit of effort into sourcing them through the likes of GSF / ECP.

My other half had to have her front discs and pads changed on her Corsa and its £100 give or take all in by the local Vauxhall specialist - I got it down to £150 or so all in on mine (50% more I know, but a lot less than the original quote).

Her had has Vetra, same age as mine, slightly more miles but one owner (and he drives like miss daisy) and its a nightmare, it costs far more than my car does to keep on the road - things like his exhaust are looking hammered, yet mine is fine, no rust etc.
 

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heres a thought how many mondeo's,punto's,vectras etc etc do you still see still beating strong at 10 years + old?

answer: not many they stopped beating and went to the scrapyard in the sky moons ago.
i have to add to that comment :lol

my punto is now 13 years old, has 137,000 miles on the clock, its engine has never been apart, its on its original gearbox, wheel bearings, brake pipes , wishbones, springs, shocks,etc have never been replaced- all still the originals.

now you dont get that from many bmws!

that said, i cant wait to get an e46, just looking for the right one atm :D
 
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