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Old 02-13-2013, 08:54 PM   #16
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I just sold my 2004 325i Sedan non-sport. After a year I needed an upgrade in power so I would recommend buying a 330i with the sport package for sure. If you get non-sport and the black is interior you can find seats pretty easily...however if you have tan like I had it's damn near impossible to find sport seats.

I just bought a 2009 128i with sport package and I love it..still getting used to driving it but I have a feeling it's going to be much more fun then the E46.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:15 PM   #17
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FYI the window regulators on the coupe are FAR more reliable than the sedan! It's rare for one to go. BUT they do have problems with the switch!
I have an early e46 ci auto grocery getter/dd
Good to know this. Im one of those people who were made aware of the window regulator problems on e46s so I'm continually anticipating the window regs on my coupe to go anytime but so far nothing. Switch problem seems less painful.

The subframe issue, non existent on my car

Imo the waterpump failure on high mileage car is a sure thing like taxes. My mech replaced the pump, thermostat, belts, pulleys but not the expansion tank. Not needed so he said. My car has 200K and the tank hasnt exploded.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:45 PM   #18
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Imo the waterpump failure on high mileage car is a sure thing like taxes. My mech replaced the pump, thermostat, belts, pulleys but not the expansion tank. Not needed so he said. My car has 200K and the tank hasnt exploded.
With 200K i would replace it just to be sure! Its plastic, and if never replaced its only a matter WHEN it goes! Save yourself the hassel of towing, being stranded, etc etc! It will end up costing way more if it actually goes bad, not to mention the potential risk of blowing up an engine (seen it many times!)

PS i got 260K on my coupe, with NO issues for the window regulators, but had to replace the swith! My friend had the same problem on an 05 330ci with only 115K!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:18 PM   #19
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Buy my dads , 2000 323i steel blue 22,000km, yes 22 not 220....5 speed, not a scratch,dent, ding, scuff etc...
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:24 PM   #20
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Buy my dads , 2000 323i steel blue 22,000km, yes 22 not 220....5 speed, not a scratch,dent, ding, scuff etc...
just wondering, what's he asking for it?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #21
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it would probably be about 13,000
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #22
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Look for an enthusiast car over 'Grandma driven'. Read another way, 'Grandma driven' = 'Grandma neglected'. MotoMaster 13-times recycled and Mobil 0W40 are the pretty much same thing for the non-enthusiast.

Most enthusiasts tend to be driving cars in which a third of the parts are less than 2 years old regardless of how old the actual car is.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:05 PM   #23
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what's this window regulator issue that might happen?

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Old 03-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #24
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what's this window regulator issue that might happen?
On the earlier version of the e46 the regulators were known to die an early death. It seems the later versions of the car (2003-2005) were less prone to this problem (I had a 2005 and never had a single problem with my windows).

If you are worried about getting a faulty regulator, budget around $120+ for a replacement plus labour. Labour will probably be as much as the regulator if not more so if you can do it yourself you'll save money.

see http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...dow_Regulator/
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:25 AM   #25
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If you have arms, and a fisher price toolkit, labour should be free.
I did the zip-tie mod before driving myself to the hospital for appendicitis.

You can get aftermarket window regulators for as low as $30 + shipping (amazon, ebay, etc.) And that's if you really need them. A couple zip ties can be used if damage to the plastic bracket isn't too bad.

This is really a non-issue at this point.
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