E46 2000 323i

6/14/2004-11/5/2010

A family car.

I purchased this car from my cousin.  He gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse and although it did not come with the options that I would have chosen it met my requirements (E46 manual).

This was a totally different car than my E30 and E90.  It did not have the sports package but the softer ride also meant fewer rattles.  And while my E30 and E90 came fully loaded this car was tastefully optioned.

This car served its purpose extremely well and has stayed in the family.  I did few mods on this car as I was focused on my next car instead.

The car held up very well over the years but there are a few weak areas including control arms, window regulators, guibo, rear springs and coolant expansion tank.  All were replaced multiple times.

Options

  • Production date: 7/3/2000
  • M52/TU engine
  • Jet black
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Premium package
  • Premium sound system

Mods

  • CD Radio
  • Hardwired Valentine One radar detector
  • 6-Disc MP3 CD changer and BMW kit
  • License plate frames
  • Winter floor mats
  • Exhaust tip
  • K&N air filter
  • Fog lights
  • Aux input to radio
  • Homelink garage door opener
  • OEM alarm kit
  • BMW OEM style 105 rims

Fixes

  • Worn control arm bushings-must replace entire control arm (5 times)
  • Broken window regulator (3 times)
  • Guibo (3 times)
  • Broken rear springs (2 times)
  • Coolant expansion tank (2 times)
  • Thermostat
  • Intake camshaft position sensor
  • Exhaust side camshaft sensor
  • Secondary air pump
  • Fuel pump and fuel level sending unit
  • Front brake calipers
  • Clutch
  • Washer fluid pump
  • Camshaft position sensor
  • Sway bar links

Maintenance

  • Brake rotors/pads (3 times)
  • Spark plugs (2 times)
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Hoses/seals/belts/fluid/filters

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