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Old 06-18-2007, 04:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What a sweet ride...

...compared to my 318ti. I sold my '95 ti yesterday and test drove a '00 328i today that I ended up putting a deposit on. I'm sending into a dealership tomorrow for a ppi and if all goes well I'll be rollin into work with my new ride on tuesday! But man, this car is tight as hell and very quick as I'm sure many of you know. Does anyone have any ideas for things I should check on the car before I buy it that may have slipped my mind? I'm not familiar with the E46 at all so I gotta find out what the common problems are. It seems like its in great, almost new, condition at 82k miles. Love the I6!
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Congrads. When maintained well the E46 is an awesome car.
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Thermostat, waterpump, coolant resvoir, control arms, control arm bushings, window regulators and power steering hoses.
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Thanks, I found out that it needs new control arm bushings and a new differential mount estimated at $750 to replace both. Thats nothing compared to what could have been wrong with it so I bought the car. Planning on getting that stuff fixed this week. I also noticed yesterday that the passenger window is off track so I guess I'll be prying off the door panel this weekend :[ I hope it goes back on right. My ti went through three window clips in the three years that I owned it and I know it was a common with the E36. Is this a problem with the E46 too?
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There are no white sliding clips on the E46 like the E36. There are clips that hold the regulator on but they usually break when trying to remove the regulator. It sounds like a regulator most likely.
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