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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 04-06-2013, 09:11 AM
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Advice buying E46

Hi,

I have just registered but I read posts on this forum for while now. I live in Canada and English is not my main language so I may do some mistakes.

I love E46 and I want to buy one. I would prefer a manual car. I checked for some deal on the internet and I found 2 that I think are good.

First there is a 2004 330i ZHP manual to sell for 11k$ with 90k miles. It is sold by a garage.
No accident, all the maintenance done at a BMW dealer. No repair needed to do, everything works well. I made a test drive with it and it was amazing. It comes with a 2 set of wheels for winter and summer (I live in Canada). One of the set is 18" M3 wheels. There is a maintenance warranty of 3 months by the garage. The garage did the oil change and the inspection II.

The other is a 2002 330i automatic for 8k$ with 100k miles. It is sold by a personal so no warranty on it. No accident. I don't know for the repair. I don't know if the maintenance was done at BMW dealder. It comes with 2 set of wheels and tires but no M3 wheels.

Before buying I will do a pre-purchase inspection.

I would prefer the first one because it's ZHP and it is sold by a garage so everything is A1 on it. What do you think?

Thank you

Vincent
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:15 AM
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By all means, go for the ZHP....

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:17 AM
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We all do language mistakes, so don't worry about that.

And about cars... i think i would go for that first one also, ZHP, manual, less mileage, well maintained, two good sets of wheels and some warranty... sounds like good deal.

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:27 AM
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Thank you for the fast replies !

What is the yearly maintenance cost for these vehicule? I can pay for it no worries but I am curious. I think it is around 1k-2k$/year?
I will find a BMW specialist in my area. I also have a friend that has a garage. He is not specialized in BMW but he can still help me with little problems.

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Old 04-06-2013, 11:31 AM
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Zhp, you will regret biying an automatic and end up spending 20 hours doing a manual swap like some of us.

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Old 04-06-2013, 03:04 PM
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Thank you for the fast replies !

What is the yearly maintenance cost for these vehicule? I can pay for it no worries but I am curious. I think it is around 1k-2k$/year?
I will find a BMW specialist in my area. I also have a friend that has a garage. He is not specialized in BMW but he can still help me with little problems.

I know prices are more expensive in Canada but in US prices.I pay about $1000 in parts a year with about $1500 in labor a year. i.e. some items are simple enough to DIY others need to go to a mechanic for a few reason 1. tools, 2. time 3. skill.

So i would say plan to do about $2500 in maintenance a year. Now, that does not mean every year. It will be steeper initially and go down as you fix the problems such the cooling system,brakes etc/


Remember that a lot of items in the car are plastic or rubber hence it is not just the mileage that has the effect on it but the cycles of cold and heat. There is only last so long. When they start going, it is a constant train. On the bright side, once you go through one round of it, you should be good for another 4-5 years. Good luck.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:04 AM
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I've put about 1500 on parts and didn't have my e46 even full year yet.
Saved some in labor though, and soon i'm done with what needed to be fixed... i hope... and then i can begin getting some fun stuff like shiny wheels and exhaust.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:14 AM
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OP, your written English is better than most seen on this board!

I think you can't go wrong with the ZHP for $11K. You have the backing of what sounds like a reputable garage to take care of any issues that arise for 3 months, which is a lot more than most of us got when we bought our cars. The manual transmission and 3.0 engine makes a BMW a joy to drive. Plus, the car already has the winter/summer tire set-up you need in Canada.

I hope your inspection goes well and you can get the car.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:57 AM
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Thank you for your answers !
I think I will buy the ZHP if the inspection goes well.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:42 AM
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I bought my BMW used w/ 3,000 miles left on the factory warranty. That allowed me to clean up a few of of the previous owner's issues. After that, I did not have my care in the shop for 2.5 years. BMWs are expensive to maintain, but you would have to very unlucky to spend $2.500 per year. I like the ZHP deal. The 3 month warranty will allow you to clean up any issues not found by the PPI.
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