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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 04-28-2016, 03:07 PM
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Which E46 would you go with?

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So i recently got a new job that requires me to drive 45 min each way on highway. I currently own a lifted Jeep Cherokee which is not a good car for that so Im looking at getting a 3 series for my commute. Ive narrowed it down to a 2000 323ci or a 2005 325ci. Im wont be modding these much in the engine department, maybe intake and exhaust, the rest would be visual. I like the 323 because of the color and interior but could also live with the 325ci. Ive already researched differences but want to know what your thoughts are? Details:


- 2000 BMW E46 323Ci with M Premium Package
-147,200 miles
-Asking price is $4999 but said they could go to $4500







-2005 BMW E46 325ci
-169,800 miles
-Asking $4999, its a dealer, guy said he will work with me on the price.



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Generally speaking, the 2005 was near the end of the E46`s production run, and most of the bugs had been ironed out. You`re less likely to have as many problems with the 2005 model, particularly in critical areas like rear subframe cracking and separation, which was quite prevalent on early model year E46s. This one issue can cost more than the value of the car to repair, so it`s best to avoid those early models.
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Agreed, I would go with the 2005.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:57 PM
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I love when people say "M-package" lol. But yes go with the 2005 and offer $3,500-4k
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:41 PM
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Living in this rusty state it is hard to find any reason between such similar cars to go with one that is 5 years older and as FastBob said above those were critical update years for BMW on this model.

So yeah...2005!
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Go with the 2005. Both are manuals which is good for high mileage acquisition. I've had two e46's as daily drivers for about that same kind of commute length. You're going to want the car to be reliable so I would expect to replace the whole cooling system immediately unless there is traceable documentation that it's been done at least once within the car's lifetime. As a commute car it's a great ride, but expect to spend more to have it. The Japanese brands are a bit more forgiving of neglected maintenance that the e46 will be.
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Thank you guys for all your input. a lot happened yesterday. The 2005 was from a dealer, I requested a carfax and they were hesitant at first but provided the info. The car had been in a rear en collision. I also had my friend check the carfax on the 2000 and that one came clean although we all know these checks arent 100%. I decided to take the 2000 to a shop that specializes in BMWs, they put the car on a lift and checked everything. It had a small leak on the oil filter housing and on the oil pan, other than that, everything checked out perfect, they did mention I should reinforce the back before anything happens. There was absolutely no rust under the car since its from Cali and it has never seen snow vs the 2005 which was a MI car. I forgot to mention that I do have a winter car, so I wont be driving the BMW in the snow.

Anyways, based on the different things that I found, I ended up going with the 2000. thank you everyone for the input.
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Thank you guys for all your input. a lot happened yesterday. The 2005 was from a dealer, I requested a carfax and they were hesitant at first but provided the info. The car had been in a rear en collision. I also had my friend check the carfax on the 2000 and that one came clean although we all know these checks arent 100%. I decided to take the 2000 to a shop that specializes in BMWs, they put the car on a lift and checked everything. It had a small leak on the oil filter housing and on the oil pan, other than that, everything checked out perfect, they did mention I should reinforce the back before anything happens. There was absolutely no rust under the car since its from Cali and it has never seen snow vs the 2005 which was a MI car. I forgot to mention that I do have a winter car, so I wont be driving the BMW in the snow.

Anyways, based on the different things that I found, I ended up going with the 2000. thank you everyone for the input.
Congrats, I hope the car is good to you !

That Natural Brown Sport Package interior is a pretty good selling point, no ?
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With the new information posted...I change my vote. You made the right decision now read the stickies and make sure everything has been taken care of.
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Congrats, I hope the car is good to you !

That Natural Brown Sport Package interior is a pretty good selling point, no ?
the Tanin Red interior was a good selling point indeed. It does have some wear on the door and drivers seat that I think can be fixed with a leather kit. Any recomendations?
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:28 AM
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With the new information posted...I change my vote. You made the right decision now read the stickies and make sure everything has been taken care of.


Will do! Thanks for the help, the car does have a few that need to be taken care off which are normal for 16 year old car but I like working on my cars so I dont mind.

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the Tanin Red interior was a good selling point indeed. It does have some wear on the door and drivers seat that I think can be fixed with a leather kit. Any recomendations?

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