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1bmw1 04-12-2011 01:27 AM

E46 325 or 330??
I'm looking into getting another bmw into the family and thinking of getting another E46.

My two choices are either the 325 or the 330. I'm looking for reliability mostly, and do not care for power all that much. Which one is the better value?

Bimmer Heaven 04-12-2011 01:42 AM

The two cars are 90% identical, and reliability is just about the same! However the 330 is more powerfull and has better brakes, to name a few. As always with buying a used car, each case is individual, a clean 325 will be better then a neglected 330, so it all comes down to what that particular car has to offer!
If both are the same price and conditon, then 330 all the way!

1bmw1 04-12-2011 06:56 PM

Thanks for the input. Makes sense. Anyone else?

Blades 04-12-2011 08:39 PM

I have owned both now and cant tell you the 330 has better brakes so it will cost you more in maintenance then a 325 with smaller brakes. Some 330's like the xi come staggered and have larger back wheels which can be an additional cost but running 225s all around should be fine in either choice of car. You do have silver gauge rings in your cluster in the 330 which is some nice eye candy that gives the car a newer more expensive look but you can buy those rings and put them into the 325 if you really wanted too. There is some gas savings in the 325 but not much .. all depends on how you drive but I would recommend chipping the car and getting an air intake for some better power and mileage.

blakneto 04-13-2011 01:14 AM

WHOA! you can chip an E46!? is that a good idea or bad idea?

Blades 04-13-2011 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by blakneto (Post 1494136)
WHOA! you can chip an E46!? is that a good idea or bad idea?

well its really re-programming and not a chip really but yes its a good idea.

signsmith 04-13-2011 08:01 AM

More info on the re-programming please!!

Who? Where?


pawcio 04-13-2011 08:08 AM


Originally Posted by signsmith (Post 1494161)
More info on the re-programming please!!

Who? Where?


MarkD, here

MarkD 04-13-2011 08:57 AM

I heard someone mentioning my name... *wave*

Blades 04-13-2011 10:50 AM

Speak to this guy ^ and you wont be disappointed. The other alternative is shark.

btw, Mark .. could you send me a PM on a price for e46 325xi and a honda civic 2001 si

signsmith 04-13-2011 06:38 PM

All right! Thx guys.

signsmith 04-13-2011 06:41 PM

2004 e46 330ci non ZHP with AFE air intake

What do I need? :)

Blades 04-13-2011 07:48 PM


Originally Posted by signsmith (Post 1494355)
2004 e46 330ci non ZHP with AFE air intake

What do I need? :)

sent a PM to Mark D (person that answered in this thread)

signsmith 04-13-2011 07:57 PM


Renboy 04-13-2011 08:47 PM

Getting back on topic.

Having owned both a 325 and a 330, I would definitely go with the 330. I believe it's about an extra 40hp +/- which is definitely noticeable. The brakes are also noticeabley better, it comes standard with leather, and if you get a 6 speed, it is about the same as far as fuel consumption is concerned. Both my cars were manual coupes so I don't know if there's a fuel consumption difference between the automatics.

The only downside to the 330 is that it's a little more expensive to buy, but will get you more when it comes to sell it so I don't really consider that a downfall.

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