Unless you can really get in and fix thongs yourself and can afford atleast 1 grand in maintenance per year don't get a Bimmer. They really aren't too bad to maintain if you can do all of the work yourself. They really are not bad to work on. Mine is my 3rd car and by far the easiest to work on. Be prepared for cooling system and suspension atleast. Then probably CCV and VCG read the e46 wiki to get a feel for what problems you may run into. Like has been stated about BMs are not the kind of car you service once a year by changing oil air filter and spark plugs. I have my hood up every weekend just trying to find things to fix before they go caput
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