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Old 11-19-2008, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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? Are all 2000 323i's destined for failure?

Was thinkin about pickin 1 up for a great price. But then i read all the horror stories and started to reconsider it.

Any 323ers have been speared for many miles? car has bout 110k

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Jump the gun or not ?
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True. Our 2000 323i has been pretty reliable so far. I've fixed many wear related items myself. I.E. brakes, plugs, fuel filter, battery etc. Some things to watch for are rear suspension problems. So far the rear coil springs, shocks and swaybar links have been changed on our car. Not to say other 2000's will have the same issues. Do some more research and base your decision on your findings.
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MY 99 IS PURE GOLD!!

srsly if it is maintained and upkept then it will be ok. Sure at high miles there are some issues that need to be either paid attention to or replaced. But they are common to all E46s from 99-05.
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In my search of come to a couple of conclusions. 1st is that the year y2k was a bad 1 for the 323 because thats what year most the cars with tranny issues came up(GM Tranny?). Also 2 results from pampering ther 323. either the tranny gave up early or not at all. in other words if its well takin care of it usually last long and if any problems happens early under 75k.

Il still look into it.

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Personally, I wouldn't buy a 1999 or 2000 automatic 323 or 328

I always hear bad things about that tranny.
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In my search of come to a couple of conclusions. 1st is that the year y2k was a bad 1 for the 323 because thats what year most the cars with tranny issues came up(GM Tranny?). Also 2 results from pampering ther 323. either the tranny gave up early or not at all. in other words if its well takin care of it usually last long and if any problems happens early under 75k.

Il still look into it.

Any other opinions are welcome.
There was a problem with ZF auto transmissions on late 1999 and 2000 models.GM units build by GM Strasbourg France are most reliable trannies, no problem recorded(same transmissions are used by Cadilac CTS models)
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