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.
My name is Sunny, and this is my first post on this website. Im purchasing a 2000 323i from a private dealer. He told me its a 323i, yet it has ZHP rims on them, and a 3 spoke M3 style steering wheel. Is this his mistake in the model, or do i just wish there was?
Also, can someone tell me if the window roll up and down feature is included in this car?
hello sunny, is it a mistake? well i would definately say its a mistake in your favor if its a model higher than a 323 (that is if the price is for a 323), in any event i would take the VIN number (on the drivers door jamb) and see if someone can car fax it? or maybe the local BMW dealership can run it too see what kind of maintainace history it has and of course to find out if its what he says it is.. rims are optional as well as steering wheels, so i dont doubt its a 323 , maybe the previous owner wanted a few upgrade options. as for the roll down feature again , im not sure, but maybe someone with a 323 can tell you if it was standard for that model, or you can use the VIN to find out.... .better yet the dealership that has the car can demonstrate it for you.... usually i know if im in the right spot to buy a car if the dealer is (in terms of knowledge of what they are selling) knows a good amount about the features and options on that particular model without reading it off the sheet in his hands that he found on the net somewhere.
All you have to do is look at the trunk. What does the number say?
Any E46 can have the sport steering wheel (sport package) and the premium wheels. What you care about is the model (323 is the least horsepower. 325 is better, 328 is better still and 330 is best, save the M3). The "i" represents the sedan model. "ci" means it's a coupe, and "cic" means a coupe/convertible.
Does this car have the sport seats with the adjustable leg supports? That's a dead-giveaway that it's a sport model.
I suggest (by personal preference only) that you do get the sport package. You get better rims, seats and a steering wheel, as well as (usually) Xenon lights and sometimes the chrome window trim. The premium package gives you leather, power seats, wood trim, moonroof, climate control and some other stuff.
My car has the premium package but no sport package, so I have the standard power leather seats and 4-spoke steering wheel and boring 16" rims.
Sounds like you found a keeper. Go for it!
__________________ Ari Cohen
2002 BMW 325i
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