3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
I would like to buy a used BMW 3 series in the next 6-12 months. I know almost nothing other than 1 time a guy told me the 1st number describes the body size and the 2nd 2 are the engine size, then the letter have to do with trim/engine/etc. So I pretty much know nothing other than I want one.
I would like a 3 series. A sedan would be preffered. As far as the interior goes I live in California so I am not worried about heated seats. I am in to working on cars and also am willing to up-grade the suspension/radio/brakes myself. I would also like to know which 3-series sedan gets the best gas mileage. Basically I want the cheapest 3-series sedan that isnt totally stripped(do they make stripped BMWs?)
Sorry for being a complete noob and I have searched, but I cant find any kind of side by side break down for anything but 2007 models.
Dual income no kids.
As much as it will cost to get what is described. I just don't want to pay for a model/trim that comes with extras I will rip out and replace anyways. I don't think I will want an E-36 unless the price difference is night and day. I plan on spending a lot of time in traffic so speed is not important and fuel economy would be preferred. I don’t need an M series but I don’t want anything smaller than a 6 cylinder. I would just like to know what trim levels I should start looking at. I also wouldn’t mind a station wagon.
Gotta love the dinks. Most every bimmer I've seen already had the heated seats... not even sure if that's considered an "option" any more. What about old school, say like an E30? You still get the 2.5L V6, less weight (better gas mileage), easy to maintain, classy looks.
The hardest part for you will be narrowing down the search with limited packages already installed.
Are there years I shouldn’t buy? The first year of a redesign for example? Or will a 1999 be about the same as a 2000, 2001, and 2002? I am not talking about the ergonomics of the radio and arm rest. I mean are there expensive bugs in the first year of the redesign I will run in to? Or will I have more aftermarket parts (brakes, suspension) with different years? Will I spend more on aftermarket parts to bring a 1999 up to a 2000's stock level than if I just buy the 2000 from the get go.
What kind of problems would I have if I picked up a 1999 BMW 323i Convertible with about 75k miles?
Its a little older than I wanted but, my fiance(wedding is already paid for) says she really wants a convertible. Personally I don't think she wants to actually have one she just likes the idea of it. So I would rather kill 3 birds with 1 stone. I could get my BMW, she would realize why most cars dont have fabric roofs, and I wouldnt have as much money vanish when I sell it to buy what I really want.
As long as it has been mainteained well, it really shouldn't be much trouble. Those are really low miles for a 1999 model. My E36 1996 328i (same engine as that 323i, only with larger displacement) has 197,600 miles on it, and all I have had to deal with is general wear and tear/maintenance. I would have the car inspected by a BMW mechanic (either in a shop or a dfelaership, at about $100 in either place), and would be ready with upt to $2000 (just to be safe) to replace all wear and tear items for which you are provided with no maintenance record. I am talking about all filters, hoses, belts, etc.
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