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Hey guys so im 18 and im working atm to get some money to buy this car its 2,600euro, The car looks in great shape inside and outside he added some decals and blue lights but i can remove them cause i dont like them. I just wanna know if the car is good for a first car i know it reliable ive seen a lot of commends and videoes saying the e46 is really reliable.
The post also says that the car has the full M-Package i think thats the ZHP package but im not sure the car is 231HP. I dont know if its correct but it says that the car has done 200k or 250k KM. Here is the link to the car
 

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Generally, E46 is one of best cars BMW ever built and it is still up to date and could outperform many modern cars with its handling, comfort and reliability. However, as it is not new car, there are certain things you will probably face/ need to fix. Read BUYERS GUIDE
Parts for E46 are widely available, as well as DIY guides. Most of works can ( and should!) be done by yourself with set of base tools and no lift required. M54 3L engine is truly ''last of the mohicans'' of naturally-aspirated engines which was engineered with pride and built to last.
Mileage is relative thing, and general condition of car usually more important than just a digit on odometer.

For that particular car, there are M3 rims (not sure if 19 inch fit non-M fenders, so maybe it is 18' replica? Somebody correct me ) and M-tech II front bumper installed, all of that is not stock, just FYI. Doesn't mean car is bad though.
I cannot say if that price is reasonable for such car in Macedonia.
Is there any chance you could lift a car and inspect it for rust/ leaks/ subframe tears, etc? Condition of breaks/ discks as well as tires is important for price negotiation in case you need to replace them soon.
 

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or that particular car, there are M3 rims (not sure if 19 inch fit non-M fenders, so maybe it is 18' replica? Somebody correct me ) and M-tech II front bumper installed, all of that is not stock, just FYI. Doesn't mean car is bad though.
I cannot say if that price is reasonable for such car in Macedonia.
Is there any chance you could lift a car and inspect it for rust/ leaks/ subframe tears, etc? Condition of breaks/ discks as well as tires is important for price negotiation in case you need to replace them soon.
The M Packet odes include the M Tech II bumper, but since that car doesn't have the matching rear bumper or side skirts it's likely that that's a replica bumper.

OP, that's not an M Packet car nor is it a ZHP as that was a North America only package that incorporated the M Packet goodies and added some slight performance.

These cars are great, provided that you can work on them yourself. Do you have tools and a space to do so? Are you mechanically inclined?
 

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No. I wouldn't say it's a great first car.
They aren't great on gas, they are fast enough to get into trouble and not fast enough to impress anyone.

The biggest thing is they WILL cost much more than a typical economy car in maintenance.
The e46 can be a reliable car, but it absolutely requires proper maintenance to do that. Expect to change the entire cooling system as soon as you buy it, fluids, plugs, change valve cover gaskets, likely some suspension bushings etc..
A $2600euro car, make sure you have at least another 2000 in your account for when things break. And that is only if you plan to do all the work yourself.
 

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Depends on who owned it, a well kept E46 is always your best bet. Just make sure its had its oil changes and cooling system done on time so it doesn't crack the cylinder head or strip the bolts that the head connects to the block. Love my 325i facelift, great car I got with 94k miles. Currently has 112k miles. Also check window regulators. There are so many things, just do a basics check along with a PPI from a reputable indy bmw specialist. Hope this helps. -Jordan
 

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E46 is a great car, one of the top 2 or 3 in my opinion from BMW. However if you are not adept at tackling problems yourself and getting your hands slightly cut move onto a Japanese car.

If you like to work on cars.... cheers!
+1. I'd also mention having some additional funds set aside to buy parts if you enjoy working on cars because you will need to work on an E46 for maintenance items. If you don't want to work on the car and have someone else do it instead, then an E46 will likely be too expensive for you to maintain. Good luck with your decision and first car purchase.
 

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An E46 is just not the car for a first owner 18yo. I just stopped my 19yo son from buying one myself.

If you want something to play with and learn mechanics on, sure, but you'll need a daily driver car as well as the E46.

Seriously mate, for your first car just get a Japanese or Korean car. I've got a little Kia for the wife, and the thing has done 200k since new with only basic servicing. Never broke down, uses bugger all fuel.
 

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Hey guys so im 18 and im working atm to get some money to buy this car its 2,600euro, The car looks in great shape inside and outside he added some decals and blue lights but i can remove them cause i dont like them. I just wanna know if the car is good for a first car i know it reliable ive seen a lot of commends and videoes saying the e46 is really reliable.
The post also says that the car has the full M-Package i think thats the ZHP package but im not sure the car is 231HP. I dont know if its correct but it says that the car has done 200k or 250k KM. Here is the link to the car
An E46 is just not the car for a first owner 18yo. I just stopped my 19yo son from buying one myself.

If you want something to play with and learn mechanics on, sure, but you'll need a daily driver car as well as the E46.

Seriously mate, for your first car just get a Japanese or Korean car. I've got a little Kia for the wife, and the thing has done 200k since new with only basic servicing. Never broke down, uses bugger all fuel.
Hi fellas ,
Is good to check the vanos and if all gears are ok ,just need a friend who drove a care like this to check if some of the Horse powers are not out 😀,this engine is thirsty for petrol and lubricants but is a great car ,take care for rust.For first car is too much ,is better to learn the rear wheel drive with a smaller engine ,that is my opinion but If You like it ,buy it ✌
 

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The biggest thing is they WILL cost much more than a typical economy car in maintenance.
...and time, too. A friend found a bugeye Subaru (he likes the looks) and I've been helping him work on it.

It's SO MUCH EASIER to get to things, it's all right there, and there aren't all THAT many things.


Personal choice, of course, but if it's a 'learning to work on cars' car, and you can take public
transit to work, sure, why not?

If it's a 'This car has to get my kid to school, my wife to work, and I need to take the goats to market in it'
then buy a Toyota. Or Honda.

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E46 is a great car, one of the top 2 or 3 in my opinion from BMW. However if you are not adept at tackling problems yourself and getting your hands slightly cut move onto a Japanese car.

If you like to work on cars.... cheers!
I agree. I don't understand why so many people are trying to discourage this kid because of his age. Worst case is he will learn some important lessons about purchasing vehicles or on the flip side he may look back 40 years from now with tears in his eyes as he fondly remembers his first BMW. I have to laugh at all of you who complain about the fuel mileage.
As a guy whose primary vehicle for the last 40+plus years has been some variant of a big block 3/4T 4WD Suburban I love the 26mpg combined my E46 gets.
 

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a 20 yr old BMW is not a good car unless you know all the history on it. even then it’s expensive.

besides, there has to be another car with more stickers on it than that around lol
 

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I think a e46 is a great 1st car. might Want to pay a shop to inspect it before purchase. you could fix most problems with zero experience as long as you research. jap cars are obviously more reliable and makes more sense, but you’ll be glad you got the Bmw every time you drive it.
 

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I agree. I don't understand why so many people are trying to discourage this kid because of his age. Worst case is he will learn some important lessons about purchasing vehicles or on the flip side he may look back 40 years from now with tears in his eyes as he fondly remembers his first BMW. I have to laugh at all of you who complain about the fuel mileage.
As a guy whose primary vehicle for the last 40+plus years has been some variant of a big block 3/4T 4WD Suburban I love the 26mpg combined my E46 gets.
Thank you! I know im very young but i want to learn more about cars and see what i can do with this one in the future. and i really dont care how much fuel the car uses. If i wanted a car that had the best fuel economy id buy a toyota but thats not that important for me. i want a fun car.
 

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I think a e46 is a great 1st car. might Want to pay a shop to inspect it before purchase. you could fix most problems with zero experience as long as you research. jap cars are obviously more reliable and makes more sense, but you’ll be glad you got the Bmw every time you drive it.
Yes yes i know my dads friend is a mechanic and he knows a lot about BMWS and hes gonna inspect it with me before i buy the car
 
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