I owned an E46 (2001 330i 5MT purchased in 2004) for 7 years. It was a great car, and very reliable, other than the typical BMW quirks.
1. All 4 window regulators broke and replaced.
2. Valve cover gasket leak fixed.
3. Oil filter housing leak fixed.
4. Power steering supply line leak fixed.
5. VANOS seals replaced, which was one of the best things I have ever done for that car.
6. AC final stage resistor replaced.
7. A and C pillar liners peeled. Replaced those 4 pillars.
8. Sunroof shade plastic clips broke and had to be replaced.
I also did preventive maintenance of the cooling system by replacing the plastic expansion tank and the water pump.
Now I've owned my E92 (2010 335i 6MT purchased in 2011) for a year and a half. The ONLY thing that's malfunctioned so far is the passenger seatbelt butler, which will be fixed under warranty next week. The butler works, but the belt slips off.
My E92 is definitely a hell of a lot more fun to drive!
Carlson The Flyer | BMW CCA # 423862
The problem with common sense is that it's not very common.
2010 335i, ZSP, ZPP, M-Sport, Le Mans Blue, 3 pedals of course!
Heated Seats | USB & iPod | Black Dakota Leather
Cobb AP Stage 1 Aggressive + | Cobb FMIC | BMW Performance Exhaust
2001 330i ZSP ZPP 5-speed - sold, but not forgotten.
Last edited by CarlsonTheFlyer; 01-12-2013 at 11:59 AM.