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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:43 AM
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Wondering How much this will cost me???

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...326283391.html

So this guy is selling the car and he says his belt snapped off while driving and now his car is not drivable, Just wondering If its worth to fix and how much would it be??

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Old 10-09-2012, 02:10 AM
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Belt?



You mean one of these?
Should check under the hood for making sure.

Does engine run? With help of other battery?

IF that belt is truly all, and IF not terribly much mileage i would say strong BUY with that price.

Belt is easy to change and snapping shouldn't cause much other damage.

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Old 10-09-2012, 02:16 AM
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You mean one of these?
Should check under the hood for making sure.

Does engine run? With help of other battery?

IF that belt is truly all, and IF not terribly much mileage i would say strong BUY with that price.

Belt is easy to change and snapping shouldn't cause much other damage.

Ok thanks alot I am going to go check out the car tommorow and see if that is all the problem the car has
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:16 AM
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Belt waterpump/alternator 22
Belt aircond. compressor 12

Ofcourse prices will look bit different in your store, but just showing that we're not talking about very expensive parts here.

But be careful to see through whole car to find out what else is wrong, before you seriously think about buying it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:11 AM
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If it were me, I'd snap it up engine or no engine. Nice little project car there.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:35 AM
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If it were me, I'd snap it up engine or no engine. Nice little project car there.
That's what i thought first, but was afraid to recommend too strongly in case it's no good.

But to me it looks like under 100$ of parts can make 1900$ car into 4000$ car or more, even if it's not all in top shape.

In BMW belt snap isn't so serious issue like timing belt in some others, but sounds like owner doesn't know it.

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:48 AM
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Check the radiator for damage as well as the res for cracks. I guess belts can just snap, but that would mean he needed to change it and didn't. What else was not done on the vehicle? Good luck, it could be minor.
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If the waterpump belt broke and he drove the car without a cooling system, look out. These cars have little tolerance for overheating. If he tried to drive it any distance, he may have overheated the engine. Not sure of the cost of a used or rebuilt unit, just be prepared. Also, what's the mileage? If it has an auto trans, you it may be close to the end of its life. Check out the posts and the wiki for the known issues with the car so you know what you are possibly getting into.
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If the waterpump belt broke and he drove the car without a cooling system, look out. These cars have little tolerance for overheating. If he tried to drive it any distance, he may have overheated the engine. Not sure of the cost of a used or rebuilt unit, just be prepared. Also, what's the mileage? If it has an auto trans, you it may be close to the end of its life. Check out the posts and the wiki for the known issues with the car so you know what you are possibly getting into.
This was my thought too. Compression test will tell you what you need to know.
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