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      12-04-2022, 08:31 PM   #1
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Looking at a 99 328 with 200k

E46 328 common issues, ownership experience.

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      12-09-2022, 10:08 PM   #2
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expansion tank (cooling system)
VANOS (engine)
rear subframe (chassis)

Ownership: I've had my E46 for over 10 years and have driven it just over 60k miles. It's a rewarding car to drive. Very good road feel, smooth engine, classic looks. If you can learn to do some of the work yourself the cost benefit is even better. Maintenance on any car is expensive and I don't think the E46 is that much different, but it depends where its been and how the previous owners treated and maintained it.
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      12-10-2022, 01:23 AM   #3
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Rear sub-frame issue is large. There was actually a class action lawsuit regarding it. Try to find out if it has been repaired. If not there’s a high likelihood there are tears in the sub-frame structure.

Personally, I’d choose a 2000 model over a 1999. I realize beggars can’t be choosers. The 2000 got the upgraded steptronic five speed transmission. Assuming you’re looking at an automatic. It also got a new and improved Dynamic Stability Control system.

One additional item that comes to mind is power window regulators. The E46 is known for failing regulators.

Be sure to check out www.e46fanatics.com. There’s more information there than you’ll be able to absorb.
https://www.e46fanatics.com/threads/...guide.1007722/

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Thanks, ended up passing on it. Looked to be too much work.
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