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snowtx1 07-27-2010 01:50 PM

Looking to buy a E46 Convertible
 
I'm in the market for an E46 conv and am leaning towards a 330 w/a 6 sp manual. Any thoughts on good or bad years, things to watch out for, and manual vs. automatic? I prefer manuals, but they are hard to find. I have also heard that the performance of the 330 is significantly better than the 325. Any thoughts or leads on a good car would be appreciated. Thx.

Shrike 07-27-2010 01:56 PM

This should get you started.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/BMW_E46

By the way, my personal preference would be a manual 325 over an automatic 330, and a manual 330 over either of them.

I don't know about convertibles, but a manual 330 sedan (5 speed) hit 0-60 in about 6 seconds as tested by Car & Driver when new, and a manual 325 hit 0-60 in 7 flat (also from Car & Driver).

jzwu 07-27-2010 05:57 PM

Good years for E46 are 2003-05. 2006 is the new model year and early 2000's have significant issues with cooling system, electrical system, etc.

Make sure the top works fine, but you never know. My power top hydraulic system failed 10 months after I bought mine. It is a complicated system and costs $$$ to fix. If possible, get an extended warranty by BMW only.

Manual 325 or 330 is fine. Auto 330 at least.

cwsqbm 07-27-2010 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jzwu (Post 5354858)
Good years for E46 are 2003-05. 2006 is the new model year and early 2000's have significant issues with cooling system, electrical system, etc.

2006 is still e46 for the coupes and convertibles - only the e90 sedan was out in 2006.

LHB 07-29-2010 01:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jzwu (Post 5354858)
Good years for E46 are 2003-05. 2006 is the new model year and early 2000's have significant issues with cooling system, electrical system, etc.

Make sure the top works fine, but you never know. My power top hydraulic system failed 10 months after I bought mine. It is a complicated system and costs $$$ to fix. If possible, get an extended warranty by BMW only.

Manual 325 or 330 is fine. Auto 330 at least.

The vert's are fairly heavy, so I wouldn't get a 325 with automatic unless you're just into boulevard cruising. Cough up $30k and just get a 330 ZHP convertible!

Gadget 07-29-2010 07:15 AM

I'm with LHB.... Love mine!

mnzhp 07-29-2010 07:58 AM

I have an '02 325cic with auto, and while nothing like my '03 330i ZHP, it is reasonably responsive and fun in the twisties. With a heavy foot, it has excellent passing acceleration, but it is no drag racer. My wife had it the local BMW club's car control clinic last weekend and had a blast. I wouldn't be afraid of a 325, especially with a manual, but the autos are fun too.

jzwu 07-29-2010 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LHB (Post 5357716)
The vert's are fairly heavy, so I wouldn't get a 325 with automatic unless you're just into boulevard cruising. Cough up $30k and just get a 330 ZHP convertible!

$30k for a 330 ZHP vert? :yikes:

The regular 330ci vert 2004-05 only costs $20k.


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