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Old 02-11-2013, 07:33 PM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is offline
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Mein Auto: 08 E83; 97 MKIII; 84 GMC
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Originally Posted by 01tj View Post
Any of you guys come from an E46?
I traded in my 68k mile '03 325i 5MT for my 58k mile '08 E83; while I miss the handling and quickness of the E46 (despite less HP on paper), the E83 is so much more useful. We just got hit with winter storm Nemo, and the E83 performed exceptionally. I was amazed how sure-footed it is driving back upstate from Long Island on partially plowed/melted/refrozen roads. My '97 Jetta and '84 GMC S15 are stick, and for the longest time refused an automatic... but driving from upstate NY to LI and back every weekend through NYC traffic, I am happy with my choice in going with the automatic; I'm ok with being lazy. In mixed driving, I usually get 22-23 mpg; on highway-only runs, I break 25 mpg. I'm not looking forward to the obligatory waterpump/t-stat change on the N52, but cooling system overhauls seem to be SOP for BMWs, but I do have the 6 year/100k mile warranty and maintenance program as I bought it certified used from a local BMW dealer.

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