2003 BMW 3 Series E46 Touring 325i from South Africa
Only buy this car if you are willing to spend a lot
Gearbox had to be replaced.
Alternator had to be replaced.
Rear bulb had to be replaced.
Knock on the spark plug.
Water system had to be replaced, because the car was overheating. Replaced the radiator as well, plus pump, clutch fan, thermostat.
Petrol pump replaced 2 times already.
The clutch fan blade lost control due to the dying water pump. Then the blade hit the radiator, water container and lot of things in the bonnet, including the bonnet itself. It has a crack on top, so I must replace it as well.
It's a nice and comfortable car, but the Steptronic gearbox is nonsense in these cars. I've been fixing it until I realized I'm wasting a lot of money. My mechanic decided we should convert it to manual. Limp safe mode on the Steptronic has been pain. Now better since I have the 6 speed manual.
I've only put 40k km on the car, but I've spent heavily, with 2 years of ownership already. I hope everything will be back to normal. Every time I begin to enjoy it, I experience some fault. Now that I've invested in this car, let me see the next coming 2 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd October, 2013