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Old 09-02-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Best BMW daily driver ever built that you can get today.......

Was chatting with a buddy and this came up..........
  • BMW vehicle from anything they made except M versions
  • New or used
  • Daily driver all year around for here in Canada
  • Decent hauling space for you and maybe one or two others on average
  • Decent gas mileage (relatively speaking)
  • Consider .......... least amount of known problem areas that cause the owner to be out of the car (regular maintenance aside).
  • Decent price point for what you get.
  • ........ and anything else that may cross your mind.

What would you say it is ???

E46 325i touring (not AWD) popped up.
E39 530i also, although I believe those had that pesky oil seperator valve problem during the winters.

BTW, it came up cause he's looking.......... we're thinking about it.......... maybe.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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X5 diesel
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:26 PM   #3
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I'll go with my car E46 325i sedan
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:36 PM   #4
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I LOVE my M3: great on road trips, quick at auto-x, etc....and 27mpg average since I purchased it. Practical, quick, great handling and ride balance.

That said....I WILL own an E46 touring one of these days.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:48 PM   #5
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Well I just bought a 2004 330Ci ZHP for all year around, in my opinion it fits all of the above plus it looks great.

I suppose a 325i would be a better choice since the gas milage is a bit better and the 4 doors might come in handy. e46 of course.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:40 PM   #6
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I'd say E46 touring... great platform.

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Old 09-04-2009, 11:45 AM   #7
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X5 diesel eh...... new one ? I got a drive in one and man they are noisier then I thought. And I'm not so sure about reliability. And the new BMW mentality lately seems to be to build for short term reliability (until the warrantee dies) and then issues big time. Financially, it works for them I guess.

There's a pile of issues hidden in the depths ............... for example, their commitment to properly building their AWD vehicles with a good transfer case and driveshaft design. Seals are breaking, splines are rusting and then completely stripping leaving owners stranded with no warning signs whatsoever as an example. That's BAD engineering I say. And the list goes on. And there's no TSB for these items that benefit the owners saddled with the disaster left in the middle of the hwy. I've had a few people I knew in the USA with that issue.............. wife and kids left sitting in the vehicle and it can't move. Boooo to those current BMW engineers........................ designing this garbage.

Curious as no one has thrown out any of the pre-90's stuff on this list. E30 touring anyone ?!!?!?!?
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:31 PM   #8
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Haha, but really, a E46 touring is a good option... relatively reliable, good to drive, and usable for daily chores.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:15 PM   #9
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2004-2005 E46 330i ZHP sedan! I like my coupe more though but sounds like you need easy access to the back seats.

Best daily driver IMO!
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:32 PM   #10
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E46 touring for sure.

Both the E46 and the e39 530i uses the M54 so they both have oil separator issues.

Overall a very good BMW engine and other than the usual BMW cooling system woes quite reliable.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:27 AM   #11
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e30 touring popped up for me
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:35 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by tominizer View Post
E30 touring anyone ?!!?!?!?

Originally Posted by black bnr32 View Post
e30 touring popped up for me

Only problem with this car is that if anything happens to the body on the back end you need to bring in parts from Germany. However for the price that you can buy them over in Germany you minus well buy 2 of them, one for driving and one for parts.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:56 AM   #13
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E34 or E39 touring. The model depends on where you'd like the balance of power/economy to be.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:22 PM   #14
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e46 330 diesel touring for me!!!!!!

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Lo there do I see my mother.
Lo there do I see my brothers and my sisters.
Lo there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo they do call to me
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:23 PM   #15
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wow, everyone loves tourings here!

touring or not... e46 or e39 is the way to go
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