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The E46 (1999-2005 3 Series) is an excellent model, and their are numerous ones out their. The early ones (1999-2001) had a subframe issue. The problem was it wasn't strong enough and ocassionaly would rip out. This was a costly fix, but the reinforcement peice was cheap. If you are considering a model from this year range, ask if the reinforcement was completed. If not, you will have to have it done yourself.
The best years for the E46 were 2002-2005. The M54 motor in the E46 is exceptionally well built, and an award winning engine. With proper servicing they can last into the 250,000 mile range. As with any vehicle, ensure that their are proper service records to ensure that basic maintenance was completed.
A friend of mine has an 04 320i and we recentley replaced his power steering pump. On the E46, some models came with a different power steering pump (Luk LF20) which has been known to fail due to the impeller becoming jammed and snapping, resulting in loss of power steering. The LF30 pumps did not have this problem. The only way to tell which one is actually on the car is during a PPI. Its not a huge issue, and fairly rare, but it is worth mentioning.
After 2006, BMW (and all manufacturers really) began a change to make their vehicles dealer (or mechanic) servicable only. If your a DIY guy, then stay pre 2006. The E36 and E46 are quite easy to work on and parts are readily available.
Hope this helps. Any other questions, just ask.
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