2001 BMW 3 Series 330ci 3.0L
Looked after, everything it's meant to be
Oil leaks from seals and gaskets.
CD changer jammed.
Parts of interior hood lining needed re-securing.
Window washer bottle motor leaked and was replaced.
I love driving this car. Even the sound of it starting is a little thrill. It's not super quick, but responsive enough and loves winding NZ roads. I live in the country, and this is bliss to cruise in. Very good on gas too, considering the output of the engine.
I've read up on these a bit, so have never missed a service. I've made sure to replace the thermostat, water pump etc as a matter of course. This car has never missed a beat. CD stacker was chucked in favour of a USB SD interface running through original head-deck. All M Sport specs are just the icing on the cake.
For me this is an expensive toy, not a work hack for Mum. She can commute in the Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2015
15th Aug 2015, 10:25
Very wise on replacing the thermostat and water pump. Oil leaks do happen - I've had my VANOS oil seal replaced twice, wasn't dear, but good to just do it during the service. When you get the car serviced, always get them to do a once-over on the coolant expansion tank, they can split with age. You might want to proactively replace it, but do ask your mechanic for good OEM replacement parts. Only other things that can go are the coils - but although inconvenient, they're cheap enough (anything from NZ$85-102 +GST each).
16th Aug 2015, 03:12
These E46 3 series were among the more reliable models BMW built, and they still look good and offer a more than decent drive today.