Both, i was looking at mercedes, acura, lexus, and infiniti, pretty much wanted something luxurious, maybe a bit sporty, good mileage, compact and then i found this gem. Never thought i would own a BMW
I actually DID NOT want the status symbol. My car portrays an image that I cannot afford to keep up. I bought my car because I wanted a decently reliable, four door sedan, that was rear wheel drive with a sweet manual gearbox. The only reason I got rid of my IS300 was to get back to driving a manual, and the manual IS300's drive like poop.
I have loved the way these cars look since they came out, and in high school these were the cars I lusted after, so that is always a plus I suppose.
Id say both. e46s arent really performance cars, only the m3 (in my opinion), but they live a long time. BMW is a upgrade on the status from whatever you owned previously, at least for me it did. I am proud to say I own a bmw.
I bought mine because it is the perfect daily driver. Peppy, rwd, looks great from the factory and with some money can look jaw droppingly amazing, superior handling, surprisingly good mpg, and a little bit of bmw panache mixed in as well.
Besides, my 325i for example is 9 years old and is outclassed by other cars in straight line speed and some cars of the era have nicer interiors too. But in the end I picked a $7500 bmw over a similarly priced civic, integra, or some other japanese econobox because the bmw does most things better, its a jack of all trades master of some.
And after driving my friends' e36's I decided I wanted a bmw, but a more refined one and the e46 fits the bill perfectly.
Long story short I didn't base my decision solely on performance and status (because I'm not a huge douchebag) I bought a bmw because for the money its hard to find a car that does everything my bmw does right without sacrificing much if anything.
I guess if you got a used one status would not apply. I admit when I ordered mine and had to wait for the delivery it felt special. That said the e46 was my fourth bimmer so performance it's why I got it.
My previous ones were used E12, E30, E34. Had new MB's and Caddys after the E46, there has not been a better BMW yet IMO to replace it.
Which octane of gasoline do you purchase most often when filling up your E46?
I am curious how many people use the recommended 91 vs lower octanes.
Discussion strictly optional since there are threads on this already.
Are you happy with your E46?
Most people here seem to love their E46s, was wondering if anyone wished they bought a different car, or has mixed feelings about it.
I like my E46, but I am not sure the running costs are worth the BMW driving experience, which I am finding to be not overly special.
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