The seats are very comfortable for long distances and even though the car is built and handles like a sports car, it rides like a cadillac. Plastic will eventually go brittle and crack but heating it up then cooling it down over and over again will accelerate the process. It is joy to drive every time I get behind the wheel. This is no Honda Civic, but if the engine has been cared for it will go a long, long way. Going by long term reviews before I bought the car that was an issue from new. The car currently has 85,xxx miles after 2 years and I have had this car in the shop for repairs 5+ times.
Shocks and struts are generally shot after sixty thousand as well so prepare for that and I recommend changing to the Bilstein Heavy Duty direct replacements. It has over 100,000 miles now, but it still drives smoothly, powerfully, and never complaints. Cars where people couldn't afford to continue with their monthly payments for the auto loans, hence repossession by banks. I bought the car, and have been enjoying it ever since with really trouble-free ownership up to today. The material on the pillars will inevitable come apart and look awful, as well as anything else glued into place. The M3 version is rising though because a lot of people my age now have decent disposable income and mid life crisis.
All our cars are prepared to the highest standards and can be viewed in our brand new fully lit unit, day or night. If not, there are some wonderful cars for that money that are their for the taking. I had my mid life crisis when I was twenty five so I picked up an E46 330ci to play with. I plan on changing mine so the grey becomes an accent. The interior is where I start having some issues. It has done nearly 200,000kms 124,000 miles.
Variable valve timing does in indeed kick in yo. Steering is precise and quick and the whole car is confidence inspiring throughout a corner. The auto gearbox is slick, brakes were changed at 53,000 miles front and and pull the car up straight and true. They're too sophisticated and too expensive to wear such a plebeian tag. No wonder it is always rated as one of the ten best cars in the world at any price. What are some of the problems this model has at this age? Tax is £305 per year. I also get 32 mpg driving back from Seattle! It looks great and with the M Sport bumper and trunk lip it looks fantastic.
The car has now covered 75,100 miles. Leather, Premium Sound System, Aluminum Wheels. Credit and debit cards accepted. The bulk of this cost £5,650 is due to failure of the Xenon controller - £860; Seized rear calliper - £620; Injector replacement - £470; Gearbox replacement - £3,700. Mine came with the grey interior.
You never said how many previous owners. I would advise you not to buy it… Whilst the mileage would not concern me too much they would need to have full service history by a bmw dealer… And the history is easy to forge… But the cars 15 years old. If you care for it properly it will last a few hundred thousand miles. If you have to do one, you should do the other while the back end is pulled apart. Odometer is 51551 miles below market average! One is easy, the sump gasket is a pain and the other is behind the engine.
That piece on the radiator that your rubber hoses clamp onto? If you love to drive through windy roads at 100 mph, then this car definately has to be at the top of your list! Services and maintenance up to date. Put your foot in it and the three litre engine starts to snarl and come alive and 0-60 comes on pretty quickly and it wants to keep going. It is stylish, performs like a sports car should, is very quick and gets great mileage. The braking is very solid also and give lots of confidence in hard cornering. You won't find a better car for the money. The steering response is probably the best in any cars I have driven so far, including a used S2000. .
Make sure the electric engine radiator fan works. We did it in around six hours. The end result is that some parts of the car that get the hottest were made of a material that is not ideal for heating up and cooling down continually. Wow, what an amazing car! By far the best car on the road for the money! If M54 engine management light comes on could be faulty throttle housing plug on later cars requiring new engine wiring loom or split crankcase breather hose or split diaphragm in cyclone separator on earlier cars. It also came with the fake wood trim, if you are a person of taste then try to get it with something different already as replacing with a different set is very expensive.
Many of these boxes are failing around the 120-150k mark - often well outside of warranty and to a cost of £3. Our unique algorithm classifies jobs according to a wide variety of factors, estimates the market rate for this specification of job and displays the estimated rate of pay when sufficient data is available but can't take into account differences in the level of experience required, responsibilities or working hours. The E46 has pretty much bottomed out price wise right now in the U. It is for sale now, Iwill miss it but I won't miss spend so much money like never did before. The gear box is excellent after changing the bushings… , the engine is excellent and the chassis a delight.