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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 09-16-2014, 10:29 AM
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Looking to buy 325i... Any Advice, Avoid Auto Tranny?

Hey guys,

I'm new here. I just read through the wiki and there is GREAT info there!!

I'm looking at some 325i's and i'm finding some really nice ones for $6k-$8k. My question is, a lot of these are automatic transmissions, is that something I should avoid? Are the auto tranny's questionable enough that I should avoid one all together?

Also, is there anything in particular that I should look for mechanically that could indicate a major repair that would be needed?

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Old 09-16-2014, 10:31 AM
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Sorry,

Just saw the "what to look for section". Mainly curious about the transmission.
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How many miles on the auto?. Was fluid ever changed?. If the fluid was changed at 100k at least you should be ok if it's changed again every 40-60k miles. But if it still has the original fluid in it... might as well just keep it in there in my opinion and not change it. Drive it till go goes.

From what I've seen and experienced. The auto trans will last well over 200k miles with the original fluid. If you don't drive it like a retard.
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