A bigger engine is better
Head gasket went at 67000 miles. New gasket and head skimmed.
Expansion tank blew.
Very bad oil leak at 80000 miles.
MAF sensor replaced.
Cam sensor replaced.
Odd squeaks from both front doors.
New complete exhaust as the old one rotted from the inside out (too short journeys on my behalf).
I bought this car after owning (a long time ago) a 318 E36 model, which was a great car. I am afraid that this E46 is a different story. As soon as I get one problem fixed, the next one comes along.
Just replaced the exhaust with cat, and now hoping it will run without too many problems, and I'll get a few months of enjoyable driving.
Apart from the issues, it is very comfortable and fun to drive. Only has 118 BHP and is not the fastest on power, but when okay it will cruise all day at the national speed limit, being smooth and not too loud.
I am a BMW fan (God knows why?) and I will be keeping this little car as long as I can.
6 cylinders would have been better (next one!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd May, 2013