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Old 07-06-2012, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Post Looking at 99 e46 328Ci any tips

Hi, im looking at an Australian E46 328Ci 1999 in a manual to buy
This car is a long distance away about 1000km
And comes with probably all options tv,satnav and stuff
And i have never driven one and are flying there on a plane then the plan is to drive the car back
Our family currently owns 3 BMWs so i know what they are like
1992 318i manual ( the car im upgrading from)
2005 325i auto
2005 4.4 x5 auto

But is there any specific problems i should ask about the E46 on the phone before i commit.?

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The coolant system is the same as the E36 in that it's plastic and prone to eventual failure. Ask if it's been replaced or upgraded and ask for receipts. On some E46's they had an LF-20 power steering pump. The LF-20 was notorious for breaking causing loss of steering. Upgrading to an LF-30 pump and higher pressure hose fixed this problem.
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