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|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.|
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ok since I am bored I updated the search real quick and here is the exact info for a 2003 325i
cars.com/go/crp/research.jsp?superTrim=&makeid=5&logtype=7&mode=&d estURL=optionsAndExtras.jsp&year=2003&acode=USB30B MC141A0&modelid=31§ion=optionsAndExtras&myid=4 575§ion=optionsAndExtras&mode=&aff=national
again copy/paste and type "www." in front
Wheels: 17" x 8" StarSpoke Alloy (Styling 96)
Tires: P225/45R17 Performance
Sport Steering Wheel
Power Front Seats w/Driver Memory
Power Glass Moonroof
Myrtle Wood Trim
Automatic Headlight Control
Cold Weather Package
Fold Down Rear Seats
Heated Front Seats
I'm not quite sure about an 03 being I own a 99 but here are some common issues and things you'll need to look into when owning an older BMW.
If you are planning on purchasing one make sure you do comprehensive research on the vehicle beforehand. This may cost you money before you even buy. This would be a common and highly suggested with any vehicle purchase however. Take it to a shop that does prepurchase inspections, check to see if there are current and frequent maintenance records. Depending on the mileage of the vehicle you may want to check to see if inspection I and or II have been completed.
Issues with older E46 series BMWs
Rear sub frame damage
Coolant system, ie thermostat, water pump, expansion tank, if these things have not been overhauled you may need to soon.
Window regulators are probably the most common issue as well. If they have not been replaced then you will have to at some point.
I think that there are some other common problems as well but I can’t remember off the top of my head. If you do a search on the forum I think you may be able to find some threads that will be helpful.
As far as cost. There are a ton of aftermarket parts available through numerous different websites that will cut the costs sometimes in half on all OEM replacement parts, and if you are mechanically inclined and can do the labor yourself then you’ll save there. Most of all the issues that you’ll have to address are easy enough to fix. For those parts / problems that require professional attention there are plenty of independent shops out there that can do the same if not better work than the dealer. Just search around or ask here for ones in your area.
Also look into getting one that is either still under warrantee or get and extended one. Then the dealer will be responsible for some of these issues.
Again hope this helps.
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