I traded in my Mitsubishi for this one and it was a big mistake. The car had 60 k on it ( my old Lancer had 140 k when I swapped it didn't have a single problem) and the first thing for me to deal with were warped brake discs caused by sticky calipers which I had to replace all together along with braking pads. Shortly afterwards harmon cardon sound system faied alongside with cyclone valve. BMW $tealer replaiced it for 1800 (!) €. Then it were multiple problems including rear and front bushings, window stuck - had to replace window regulators, gearbox problem. But the stellar thing was when a right front coil spring broke on a straight road. Also had problems with doors refused to unlock , BMW $tealer wanted to replace whole GM5 module for 700€ but I figured out that it were 2 relays that needed to be replaced for 40 bucks (Siemens relays sucks on BMW). Again similar relay fail on viper. Apart from that engine goes to limp mode on a cold start and I figurer out that It is a Vanos problem. I managed to trad in this piece of junk for new Mazda6 and I so releived now. I will never again come near German car. Overplriced piece of junk they are!
Isnt that bad a car to drive really but if you've kids think again. Boot isnt practical for shopping and buggy at same time. After 60,000mls something BMW service centre doesnt tell you is the crank seal breather needs replaced and also needs oil done and filter changed every 7,000mls from then on in too. Crank sealer breather needs changed every second service. If you dont do this guess what you run the risk of blowing the turbo. Nasty!!!! I didnt replace mine and she slightly went over service of 15,000mls and turbo blew. Car was out of action for at least 6wks until I located a turbo. BMW approved but from another stockist. BMW have a tendency to stick the arm in when it comes to buying parts of them. My advice is if you like or want one make sure you've a big wad of cash or a very rich daddy.
I owned a couple of E30s in the past and after reading reviews, had a desire to try the E46 model. Certainly not disappointed. Fantastic handling and refinement with the 6-speed 2litre diesel, excellent build quality (had a Mazda RX-8 at the same time - the BMW is in a different league) and 43mpg, mixed driving from a 150BHP engine. The seats in the motorsport are simply brilliant, too - I have a back problem which other cars caused major grief to, but I can drive this all day and be fresh as the proverbial daisy at the end of it. Immense! Reasonable insurance costs, too. Had the turbo changed under warranty (common fault apparenty) and dealerships a bit hit-and-miss for customer service. However, I rate this as easily the best car I have ever driven (inc the RX-8!) and I would have no hesitation recommending it to another buyer. Try one - you'll love it!!
Bought new March 03 import from Denmark (full Uk spec - only 2 years warranty but saved approx £2500 on UK price).Titanim silver , 17 inch alloys and black nappa lether. Now done 104000 miles without major problems - rear suspension replaced at 80000 miles. Only issue was rear view mirror beacame loose (knocked off)- dealer advised required new mirror AND windscreen (integral fixing) over £800 in total. However managed to reattach and stays on if not moved!. Still looks good and drives well, overall been a very good car.
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