It's just that the very oldest of them are scarcely five years old and generally have 60-80k miles. That translates to 6-8 hours of work on a single door. Because of this post, I had my mechanic change out the idler and tensioner pulleys. One thing that hasn't been mentioned in this thread that really should be taken care of in the short term i. Did the 2006+ 3 series really get that much better in terms of reliable components? It took about 3 hours total to replace both of my front regulators. See your dealer for details.
No-idea how to fix things or don't care since the dealer will fix everything under warranty or they get rid of the car post-warranty. I have an indy shop work on my car. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter. Moreover, while some issues are so common they're virtually guaranteed to happen to every E46 at some point, many others aren't, and most cars won't have half the known problems we've documented. The seat is one of the most comfortable I sit in.
Too soon to speak about reliability but reputation is good. With the synthetic oil and excellent build quality, I only take it to the dealer every year or so. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. I did them on my own E46. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. I would not pay more than 1.
Today I am getting new spark plugs. I'm on the Mike Miller old-school maintenance program. Thanks for the coolant tip. Additionally, we did a brake flush. Scary how only 1 person in the parts line looked like he actually could check and change the oil; found out he was working on his E30. Haunt you, and taunt you.
Since buying it, here's what I've done -- as preventive maintenance: New expansion tank plus new cap. Because of this post, I had my mechanic change out the idler and tensioner pulleys. In fact, it is the best. While the techs were in that area, I also had them replace the belt tensioner pulley and the belt idler pulley. At this vintage E46 , it's also very easy to do the maintenance myself. Front Standard Window lifter electr.
I leave all of my records at the shop. I recently tested a Cayman S - also an excellent car, but a bit rough and loud for a daily driver. Bought it back in April and the major issues that cropped up in my pre-purchase inspection were control arm bushings, tail light wiring, the rubber trim around driver side door was a bit wonky, and the rest was just general maintenance amounting to about a grand. The cooling system will need to be replaced, as they are infamous for failing. After four years, my only complaint is road noise from the low aspect tires on rougher road surfaces.
My car is at 58K miles. I also had them replace the belt tensioner pulley and the belt idler pulley. I'm on the Mike Miller old-school maintenance program. Engine, transmission, and sport-tuned suspension provide an incredible combination - I find myself wanting to take the long way home every day, just to keep driving - it's really fantastic. So I see that the E46 wiki has listed all sorts of issues identified.
DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. They should be replaced after the initial 60k miles and every 60k miles after that. I love the E46 for it's styling inside and outside. The wiki has me scared. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. Did the 2006+ 3 series really get that much better in terms of reliable components? Also, I didn't want all the new bells and whistles But the true test is in the driving. I also replaced two power steering hoses and changed the power steering fluid.
I would definitely recommend them to anyone I know looking for a car. If you want a general non-bias reporting of issues check out carsurvey. I got a bit lucky - this one has been incredibly well taken care of over its life, and I happen to love maintaining my own vehicles, so that combination has really provided me the deal of the century on my particular car. I told you that I would update this thread when I got home. I bought a sharp black one with clean lines and an excellent finish. Take a closer look at the details, however, and you're likely to find that those rock-bottom prices and payments apply only to a handful of vehicles on the lot.