E46 BUYERS GUIDE - read first before purchasing - Page 10 - E46Fanatics E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 321 votes, 4.94 average. Display Modes
Old 01-28-2019, 02:46 AM   #181
ThreeM30s
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Sydney
Posts: 66
My Ride: e28, e34. e46
The ultimate e46 inspection checklist (attached)

having just bought another e46 to 'complete the fleet'... I updated the metrics I use.

Here are the checks I do shared with you all. It is quick to print this out and use it to score the car as you go around, but it also gives a comprehensive view of the market value.

Of course, what really happens when I tabulate the repair costs is I see just how much money I am going to lose on the car I already bought!
Attached Files
File Type: pdf bmw_inspection_calc.ods.pdf (388.1 KB, 271 views)
ThreeM30s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2019, 11:52 AM   #182
mr_y82
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Poor Arse Appalachia
Posts: 197
My Ride: 01 325xi Sedan
Thanks for sharing!
__________________
G.A.S. CCV and DISA rebuild; H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein B8s, and poly bushings; Valeo SMF & non-SA Clutch, CDV delete, and E60 Shifter w/ ZHP knob; Beisan System VANOS Seals...
Mtech-II Front Bumper (PO got bumped in parking lot!); Eagle Eye LED Tail Lights... Lots of PM!!!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mr_y82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 02:34 PM   #183
toddlemmon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Brentwood TN
Posts: 306
My Ride: Two BMW's
Year: 2002
Model: Both 325i's
Exceptional post. I've printed out your checklist in prep for my trip tomorrow to look at a 2002 330i with 65,000 miles. Basically one owner. It's a January 2002 build according to RealOEM.

I'm concerned about the subframe cracking! Never seen that. It's a dealership and they seem on the level. Owned by a salesman there. I'm also a bit worried about the coolant system, so I'll take extra care checking that out. It's so low mileage that I had to take a look. And I'd really like a 330i. Any other thoughts or cautions? Thanks very much. Todd
__________________
Twin 2002 325i's, named Meredith and McDreamy by my daughters. Committed to keeping them running smoothly to 250,000 miles. I credit this site with saving my sanity.
toddlemmon is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-12-2019, 10:39 AM   #184
KaktusJaque
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 890
My Ride: 2005 M3 ZCP
Todd, I would consider a complete coolant system change even if it looks good. Not because of the miles, but more because of the age. The plastics can deteriorate after time. Post up some pictures if you end up getting it.
__________________
*KJ---Don't Believe Everything That You Think! *


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Links

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



2005 M3 ZCP (KJ's Weekend Ride)
2003 Touring 325 XiT (In Storage)
2004 Coupe 325 Ci (Donated to KarsforKids)
KaktusJaque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2019, 10:53 PM   #185
Archbid
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Marin, California
Posts: 2,879
My Ride: 330ci Convertible
Year: 03
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Just plan on replacing it for peace of mind. Not that hard or expensive.

Focus on what is hard or expensive - body, seats, paint
Archbid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2019, 03:18 AM   #186
mwm1166
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: SoCal
Posts: 5
My Ride: ZHP
Hey all, I just got my second E46 330i sedan. My first was a 2004 zhp that I bought with 94,000 miles on it in 2015 for 6k. It was a zhp 6-speed manual. I drove it for just under 20,000 miles as a second car. It had the usual A-Pillar and headliner issues. Horn was dying, parking brake was wearing out, and I had to do the cooking system refresh on it. But it was pretty rock solid for the 2.5 years of ownership until I got the head gasket leak and it was going to need suspension refresh. So at 115k miles I sold it for 8k to a zhp lover. Then I daily drove a 2017 340i manual lease (there was some crossover in ownership). Today I turned that lease in and saw that the dealer had taken a 2004 330i sport and premium package orient Blue With gray leather inside in on trade. The car had 55,000 miles, was bought and serviced at the same dealer that took it in on trade and was probably washed more often than driven. It seems in amazing shape and the only cosmetic issue is the beginning of the a-pillar sag. The only other issue mechanically is the moonroof shade seems to be off track and only retracts and goes forward with the glass.

The car had rotors brakes and spark plugs done at 52,000 miles last year. The man then traded it because he said he was too old for such a small car and upgraded to an SUV. Anyway, I couldn't help myself and I bought it for 8500 bucks and bmw waived my disposition lease fee and gave me $250.00 credit for my under miles lease turn in.

Anyway, I just was wondering whether you guys think I should do any preventative maintenance on the car or just wait for the normal service intervals. As far as I can tell there is no leaking as of yet from the cooling system, but that would be my first place to look if I was going to do something preventative. Also, I'm having a hip replacement in a month, so it's an automatic transmission. I've never had one before from bmw and thought I would ask if 55,000 miles is close to any transmission service or anything. Anyway, super happy to be back in an E46. Let me know your thoughts team.
mwm1166 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2019, 10:20 PM   #187
KaktusJaque
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 890
My Ride: 2005 M3 ZCP
The first thing I tell people is to do a Cooling System replacement. That will give you another 60k miles or more. Can you post some pictures?
__________________
*KJ---Don't Believe Everything That You Think! *


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Links

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



2005 M3 ZCP (KJ's Weekend Ride)
2003 Touring 325 XiT (In Storage)
2004 Coupe 325 Ci (Donated to KarsforKids)
KaktusJaque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2019, 11:20 PM   #188
mwm1166
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: SoCal
Posts: 5
My Ride: ZHP
Quote:
Originally Posted by KaktusJaque View Post
The first thing I tell people is to do a Cooling System replacement. That will give you another 60k miles or more. Can you post some pictures?
Well before taking possession I found out that it has a brand new expansion tank, thermostat and radiator hoses. So, woot woot. Ok try and post pictures.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	C45A56BC-E7B0-4651-9931-FD7A5D5183EF.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	134.3 KB
ID:	785155   Click image for larger version

Name:	A4057C1F-5A41-47FF-AD18-8C6B39F6B459.jpg
Views:	42
Size:	82.0 KB
ID:	785157   Click image for larger version

Name:	121BF3B7-FC2B-4E85-A549-FBCAF7CAAF1F.jpg
Views:	46
Size:	201.5 KB
ID:	785159   Click image for larger version

Name:	C9AB3122-BBD6-4B78-A763-8F25093CDBF7.jpg
Views:	46
Size:	182.0 KB
ID:	785161  

Click image for larger version

Name:	4E5B9375-E420-45C9-8168-926244074B23.jpg
Views:	45
Size:	240.9 KB
ID:	785163  
mwm1166 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2019, 10:36 AM   #189
KaktusJaque
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 890
My Ride: 2005 M3 ZCP
Quote:
Originally Posted by mwm1166 View Post
Well before taking possession I found out that it has a brand new expansion tank, thermostat and radiator hoses. So, woot woot. Ok try and post pictures.
Nice, one of my favorite colors for the E46.
__________________
*KJ---Don't Believe Everything That You Think! *


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Links

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



2005 M3 ZCP (KJ's Weekend Ride)
2003 Touring 325 XiT (In Storage)
2004 Coupe 325 Ci (Donated to KarsforKids)
KaktusJaque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 11:03 PM   #190
mr_y82
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Poor Arse Appalachia
Posts: 197
My Ride: 01 325xi Sedan
Welcome mwm1166. Did the dealer disclose that the car is upside down!? Nice ride!

G.A.S. CCV and DISA rebuild. Add them to your list (no rush)!
__________________
G.A.S. CCV and DISA rebuild; H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein B8s, and poly bushings; Valeo SMF & non-SA Clutch, CDV delete, and E60 Shifter w/ ZHP knob; Beisan System VANOS Seals...
Mtech-II Front Bumper (PO got bumped in parking lot!); Eagle Eye LED Tail Lights... Lots of PM!!!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mr_y82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 11:21 PM   #191
mwm1166
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: SoCal
Posts: 5
My Ride: ZHP
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_y82 View Post
Welcome mwm1166. Did the dealer disclose that the car is upside down!? Nice ride!

G.A.S. CCV and DISA rebuild. Add them to your list (no rush)!
What is G.A.S.? CCV and DISA are on it.
mwm1166 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2019, 09:11 AM   #192
MJC12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 916
My Ride: 2001 330i
Transmission: 5 Speed
Quote:
Originally Posted by mwm1166 View Post
What is G.A.S.? CCV and DISA are on it.
German Auto Solutions. They offer a kit to rebuild the DISA which a lot of people here, including me, have used and would recommend.

https://www.germanautosolutions.com/...repair_kit.php

I'd explain more but their site has all the info you need if you'd like to learn more.
__________________
2001 BMW 330i
2004 Subaru FXT
MJC12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2019, 06:49 PM   #193
SGK325i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Illinois
Posts: 12
My Ride: 2003 325i sedan
Year: 03
Model: e-46, m54 engine
Transmission: automatic
Thanks KJ I got lucky 3 1/2 years ago, 1'st BMW, thrill still there! Maint cost "price of admission". She's a joy to work on.
SGK325i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2019, 06:59 PM   #194
SGK325i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Illinois
Posts: 12
My Ride: 2003 325i sedan
Year: 03
Model: e-46, m54 engine
Transmission: automatic
SGK325i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2019, 12:49 PM   #195
NAVIRA
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 14
The "E" stands for "Entwicklung", the German word for development. The E46 is the body style for: The E46 is the body style for: 1999: 323i, 328i. 2000: All 323 & 328s. 2001+: All 325s, 330s, and the M3 auto clicker word unscrambler jumble solver Coupe and M3 Convertible (There are no plans for an E46 M3 Sedan nor Touring)

Last edited by NAVIRA; 11-22-2019 at 07:29 PM.
NAVIRA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2019, 08:38 PM   #196
mr_y82
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Poor Arse Appalachia
Posts: 197
My Ride: 01 325xi Sedan
^Random fun fact of the day? I have a feeling there are no plans for any more e46s, full stop... lol... Too bad as it is a d-mn good looking car! Are you a person or a bot of some sort? Based on you other posts I think you are real... I managed to make it this far without actually knowing (or wondering) what the ´e´stood for, so thanks for that!
__________________
G.A.S. CCV and DISA rebuild; H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein B8s, and poly bushings; Valeo SMF & non-SA Clutch, CDV delete, and E60 Shifter w/ ZHP knob; Beisan System VANOS Seals...
Mtech-II Front Bumper (PO got bumped in parking lot!); Eagle Eye LED Tail Lights... Lots of PM!!!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by mr_y82; 11-21-2019 at 08:41 PM.
mr_y82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2019, 10:09 PM   #197
aleksankazakov
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 505
My Ride: 04 E46 330i sport
Send a message via ICQ to aleksankazakov
You guys are talking about if there are plans on some futuristic e46 while for the past 15 years BMW has been completely changing the course.
The whole automotive industry has gone towards completely different concepts in terms of look and the engines. THERE IS NO MORE E46 M CARS EVER.
The 17 year old e46 you owe with 250k moles on it might be actually more reliable than what some premium automobiles are like today.
I am questioning owning another new like BMW at this point knowing the facts the engine entrusts are bringing to me now about the post e46 product. They take these engines a part they know the stuff.

Everything that BMW makes today and other brands like Audi or Lexus produces overachieving amount of horse power at engines that are built with less lifetime resource than that old 323i.
100-150k miles is the new norm ODO death certificate for these new high performance cars that sell for 60k.
The shortened pistons, thin cylinders, stupid chain tentioner desigs etc.
That's it guys

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
aleksankazakov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2019, 10:09 PM   #198
aleksankazakov
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 505
My Ride: 04 E46 330i sport
Send a message via ICQ to aleksankazakov
You guys are talking about if there are plans on some futuristic e46 while for the past 15 years BMW has been completely changing the course.
The whole automotive industry has gone towards completely different concepts in terms of look and the engines. THERE IS NO MORE E46 M CARS EVER.
The 17 year old e46 you owe with 250k mo
Miles on it might be actually more reliable than what some premium automobiles are like today.
I am questioning owning another new like BMW at this point knowing the facts the engine entrusts are bringing to me now about the post e46 product. They take these engines a part they know the stuff.

Everything that BMW makes today and other brands like Audi or Lexus produces overachieving amount of horse power at engines that are built with less lifetime resource than that old 323i.
100-150k miles is the new norm ODO death certificate for these new high performance cars that sell for 60k.
The shortened pistons, thin cylinders, stupid chain tentioner desigs etc.
That's it guys

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
aleksankazakov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2019, 10:11 AM   #199
merein
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 1
Nice write up . _sl_

Last edited by merein; 11-24-2019 at 08:49 AM. Reason: Spelling
merein is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
325 buyers guide, bmw buyers guide, buyers, e46 buyers guide, guide

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) 1999 - VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.