I don't think so
The valve ticking problems are still going on right up to this date
The new ones 2010 and beyond are suppose to have a new head that
gives more oil flow preventing this but the above thread is still running .
I have heard the bolts have been upgraded but I don't know for sure
but it seems to be a a recurring problem.
The main complaint I use to here about the E46 was the window regulators in the 4 door
and control arms . My coupe went 70k with only three sensor problems.
Engine Problems seem a lot more expensive than this type of stuff.
Plus now you have to register the battery and the runflats are expensive crap.
(This is not unique to the model years the OP is considering but applicable to all E9x model cars.)
Never said it was, but he has an e46 I think he said so I imagine he would want to know
everything different about the e9x.
And I forgot about the electronic dipstick with no real dipstick .
Last edited by ctuna; 10-06-2012 at 06:53 PM.