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.
hey guys i'm new to this site and i 'm thinken about getting a 1999 up bimmer 323i (or whatever i find) with a manual tranny and i was wondering if one is pretty quick or not. i'm just wondering because i have never rode in or driven one before. what do i need to look for when looking around at them. and are they more expensive to fix than any other vehicle if something breaks. thanks
well i'm on a kinda tight budget for a bimmer like i'm looking for, so i know a guy that owns a body shop and he said that i can buy a lightly wrecked one and he would help me rebuild it back. thats why i said whatever i find that i can afford.
Originally posted by badbimmer@Feb 20 2005, 06:21 PM ya, if i get one i'm gonna get a sedan. my budget is around 7000 maybe 8000
In that case, a wreaked and totaled E46 would do it OR you could look at an E36. I know... older style, but you'll get a car that most likly won't have any problems, assuming of course the original owner took care of her. They'll have over 100,000 miles almost certainly. A sedan is cheaper than a coupe and I'd recommend a 328i in the E36 style. They'll be right around your max (maybe a bit less), however, have the most HP for thier series. Getting a manual version would be even better. If strapped for cash, or want to have a little in reserve, a 323i could be good... if still you want more extra, a 318i (4 cylinder). Of course, you could scavange the junk yards or police auctions, MAYBE you'll find a good E46 somewhere. I think ebay may even at times have a few crash victims in there from time to time. Maybe someone else knows of a more viable source.
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When you get your Bimmer you will really enjoy it. Its a fast curves in the winding and twisties and isn't as much a 0 - 60 kind of car - of course M cars are awesome and some Z's. If you have $8,000 try to spend $6,000 and throw some money at the car to make it look better. For example if you find a great car, but it needs some paint on a panel or two, get it. Then go to a good auto body place and have them paint the one or two panels, clear coat the panels and maybe the closests panels to it, then deep polish the rest of the car, it will almost look brand new on the outside. Then you can have your leather seats re-dyed and they will look brand new. The same guy who does your seats can also pre-spray paint on the panels, etc. and your interior will almost look brand new. The alloy wheels can be refurbished if they have scraps and chips out of them and have become dull, they will look brand new.
What's nice with a Bimmer is that you can throw money at it, and end up with an awesome looking car even though it might be a 1994 (like I recently purchased for my son - his looks brand new now after I threw some money at it).
Then latter with more money you can chip the car or upgrade the software, which I have just done with my 528i with good results - I was pleasantly surpised. You can Ipod your car, with the FM radio adapter (cheap to do). Throw in a K&N filter, cheap to do and you won't have to replace your air filter ever again - but it will need to be recharged.
Its great to take a so-so car with a good motor and throw money at it so that it looks brand new. I guy liked the "new" car I got my son - his 1994 318i.
What I did to his was:
1) Add twin exhaust & K&N filter
2) Chipped it
3) added alloy 16 inch B&W "E46" wheels on it - they're wider
4) some new paint on a couple of panels, clear coated the rest of the lower body and deep polished the roof - it looks brand new, and because of the bigger more recent designed alloy wheels, it looks like a recent model. Oh yes, I had the front and back bumper painted along with the side pieces to move away from the dark gray plastic and to make it look like a newer "3".
5) You can have a lot of fun fixing up, up grading and up dating your car.
6) You will like becoming part of the Bimmer family.
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