Never see dead E46 manuals! In 9 years the Beemer will be an antique; no doubt if kept as I did, the car will still be around. It's well worth a little work here and there to have a car with a buttery smooth straight 6, and absolutely impeccable handling. Anyone claiming to get better consumption must be doing something completely different to what I am doing. Many car manufacturers from Japan make a strong and reliable engine, but they lack in rust prevention. I believe a manual trans will be harder to find than the auto but more trouble free.
General Comments: My first ever new car after 30 years of motoring - well worth waiting for. For less money, you can purchase a Mazda 6, get a V6 with leather, and have the same experience, but less costly and more reliable. I had to replace the 'ignitor. At this point, all four of the motors for the power windows had to be replaced, the moonroof jammed and had to be replaced and the oil filter housing and valve cover needed replacing also. I am impressed with the fit and finish of their cars. Additionally, all wagons will come with a moonroof. General Comments: Combining diesel with an auto gear box? I have never heard of anyones transfer case going out or anything like that.
Faults: Touch wood, nothing so far. I've see lots of Pacific Rim autos that fall into the rust bucket status after 10 years in New England. They way over price their service and have no customer service. People notice this car and I get a lot of cool comments. Despite a heavy impact, the side impact protection worked as advertised, as did the pop-up roll-over bars in the rear-seat headrests which were deployed by the impact.
The interior lights have a one touch defeat instead of a toggle switch. One problem which I have encountered is not a fault with my car, but an apparent design fault. Strange design in my opinion. . I tend to keep cars for as long as humanly possiable. At ten years old and 140,000 miles I knew it was a little bit of a risk, but you can pick these up for the same price you'd pay for a Civic in similar condition. Replacing the once did not solve the problem.
The interior is amazing, black leather with silver trim. My water pump went out 4 blocks from my mechanic and he said drive it there now. Additionally, all wagons will come with a moonroof. My dealers are investigating the problem, but it looks as though the headlights may have to be replaced by the standard units as I intend to do a lot of touring in mainland Europe. Over my 6500 mile holiday I averaged 36 miles per imperial gallon, recording over 40 mpg when driving very gently. I bought it in 2004. Quick positive steering with great feedback, excellent auto box with sport mode and clutch-less manual change for that extra bit of control through the lanes.
I've had very few problems, nothing major; water pump and alternator. It definitely wont be any faster unless your 323i is weak for some reason. Similarly the boot is good for a convertible, but still quite small. So I started shopping non-Hondas. The electronics have their days, sometimes a few things tend to fail remember, it's a +10 years old car but nothing that'll leave you on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.
I am looking for another one for my wife. This car only has 56,000 miles on it. It's not a car you can take to Pep Boy's and have it fixed for cheap; you'll end up paying more and losing time. The sun roof had to be replaced and is still not perfect but it doesn't leak! Sometimes I go to the store in the middle of the night and get my girl ice cream, really just because I want to drive somewhere. The interior sliding cover for the moonroof broke some part and came off its tracks.
You can pay others to maintain it or you can maintain it yourself at a lower cost. Primary Use: Commuting to work Great — Overall impressed after owning this E46 for many years, I was never let down and continue to enjoy the beauty of its style. The car stays straight on the road. If you expect to drive a boat like this with a low budget, do yourself a favor, go buy a Toyota. I did alot of homework on German auto ownership before purchasing the car.
I know the valve cover gasket is lengthy, but the others shouldn't have taken so long. It seems this is a common problem on this car according to the dealer. The part was defective, but out of warranty. The Best Budget Friendly Sports Sedan — Fathers, millenials, gen-xers: get this car! While they did contact me back, Every time we scheduled an appointment with them, they would send the car into service causing me to have to take two separate days off of work and then not be able to even see the car. Yow I would sure hate to loose the trans. Economy at the moment is reasonable and improving.