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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 02-14-2014, 10:56 AM
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So I'm getting my first car and I'm looking at a 2005 330i ZHP with about 90k. I think it's a great car but he says its not very reliable? Can you guys please respond and show him that this car's I6 is bullet proof...


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Old 02-14-2014, 11:12 AM
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The engine is fairly bullet proof, but there are many other components that will fail (not might, but will). It could be that some of those have already been replaced on the car you are considering. Auto box more trouble than manual too.

Read through the wiki for gory details
http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/BMW_E46

Who is the "he" you refer that says "its (sic) not very reliable".
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:39 PM
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Who is he ?????

Who is buying this car, you or him ?

Unless you`re ambitious, mechanically-inclined (with tools), and have a fairly healthy budget for repairs, this might not be the brand for you.

Read the E46 Wiki, then scroll through this forum, and judge for yourself....
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:45 PM
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[QUOTE=Fast Bob;8146111]Who is he ?????
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Dr Evil!
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:10 PM
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I love the car, but I don't think it would make a good first car.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:37 PM
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Dr Evil!
Actually, THIS is more the "him" that I had in mind....

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i think its bulletproof in some aspects but very fragile in others (a couple of gaskets, perhaps the CCV come to mind). but if you take care of the car it will take care of you
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