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Old 01-27-2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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Early vs Late E46 buying experience?

I wanted to get a honest opinion on advantages on buying late model E46. If I am not mistaken, some 2004-2006 E46 with low mileage come with Cpo warranty.. I was adviced by a few E46 owners that warranty may not be big help because there is a lot wear and tear items that don't get covered. Those would be control arms, water pump and all sorts of tear and wear parts. When the market gets flooded with E90/E92 models, will I get some more coin that I would pay now for a late model E46?

I am just looking for a decent advice. My E30 has been reliable like a tank, so I expect the similar from the E46 line up.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:34 AM   #2
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Late model, 04+ coupes have LED taillights.

Late models generally seems to have less problems, as most kinks are worked out by then.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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^Correct. I am aware of the upgrades on the late model. I am leaning more towards 04-05 year because I think the car will give me less problems. Considering how last year E36 still keep some value, I guess I should be expecting the same with 04-05-06 E46 other 99-01 E46.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:56 PM   #4
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I wanted to get a honest opinion on advantages on buying late model E46. If I am not mistaken, some 2004-2006 E46 with low mileage come with Cpo warranty.. I was adviced by a few E46 owners that warranty may not be big help because there is a lot wear and tear items that don't get covered. Those would be control arms, water pump and all sorts of tear and wear parts. When the market gets flooded with E90/E92 models, will I get some more coin that I would pay now for a late model E46?

I am just looking for a decent advice. My E30 has been reliable like a tank, so I expect the similar from the E46 line up.
CPO does cover those things, but the problem is that they will replace it with the same parts that will wear out again. ie. you don't want them to replace your control arm bushings, because they will just wear out again, your better off upgrading to Meyle, Powerflex, etc. and they will replace with another plastic blade waterpump, but you should really get the metal impeller.

but in the end, it's always better to have warranty than not especially for the large things.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:31 PM   #5
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05's are still having the control arm issues. They are still going around the 40-50K mark (from Brand New). The replacement parts is actually better than the original i think.

I think the new 04-05 E46 would have most of the common issues fixed except the Vanos issue, and the control arms.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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If someone can pitch in on how often do control arms need to be replaced on E46? Lets say I get 330ci 05 with 50k km? What kind of work would I expect until 100k? I am going to sit down with a service advisor and have a talk.
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