2000 323 Touring
I bought my 323 7 years ago with 45K on the clock - it now has 187K. It still looks and runs great but I am getting hit hard by all the E-46 foibles all at once. I just posted a question about a new FSU resistor I had installed as the blower had quit working. I got the car back and the A/C isn't cold. I just had the 2 front window mechanism's repaired, new water pump that came apart so badly that it took the radiator and all the shrouding with it - kind of like a grenade went off under the hood. Good thing it was in the driveway - no over heating.
Besides the manumatic not working for the last 4 years and no one knowing how to fix it (please, help is greatly appreciated) except the BMW dealer who wants to sell me a new part for like $1200. No, thanks I just put it in drive.
So, I have been lucky with this car, have always changed the fluids, etc and have driven it across the country several times and always get about 29mpg at 75 mph. Never uses oil and looks great.
So, I figure that I should put some money into it as where else can I get a car this nice for say $3500 (the amount I have spent in the last 2 months - new front end, a-arms and struts and the above mentioned issues). I was looking at new 3 series with 60-80K on the clock but I have no way of knowing in most cases whether they are going to need the same work. Your thoughts?
I also own and drive a 1970 BMW R60/5 motorcycle and a 1973 BMW 2002 that is straight and runs fine - no show car, but I love it's simplicity.
Anyway, enough jabber. Glad to be a part of the forum.