Used Car of the Day: 2004 BMW 330ci Convertible

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

As George Costanza once said, "there's still a little summer left." So if a drop-top appeals to you and you want one before the snow flies, this 2004 BMW 330ci convertible could be for you. Or you could live in Southern California or Florida and just have summer all the time.

Ahem. Anyway, this one-owner car has apparently been well-maintained and is in great interior and exterior shape. There are 144K miles on this six-speed manual.

The car has the Sport package and an upgraded speaker system, as well as Bluetooth.

The seller asks $8,000. Click here to check out this Oregon-based ride.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Johnds Johnds on Aug 09, 2023

    I couldn’t recommend this car to anyone unless they were able to drop $5-10,000 for a repair or to maintain the vehicle. I’ve had friends buy cars like this, in his case it was an E class. He got a $11,000 repair bill and couldn’t afford a fix. It was only 12 years old and had barely over 100k miles. Unless you’re a mechanic, it’s a big liability.

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    • 2ACL 2ACL on Aug 09, 2023


      And proper perspective. 'Baller on a budget' types need to keep it moving. Keeping something like this going is a labor of love.

  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Aug 09, 2023

    100% agree with others here - with a stick and in this condition, and can put aside $3-6K right away for what should only be a nice weekend toy, this is a great car from near the end of peak BMW. These aren't complicated in the interior, still look great and are not overdone unlike almost every other BMW right now, and this generation was just fun to drive. The right size, the right engine, the right look and feel. I would call this perfection if the miles were lower. But for 8K? No problem.

    Now if there are any low mileage garage-kept Z3s out there...

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    • 2ACL 2ACL on Aug 12, 2023

      @SPPPP: I don't blame you, as I can't imagine these getting any easier to find. The E46 is an earlier example of what I'm finding to be the case with my FA5 Si: plentiful in its prime, yet old enough that many of the survivors on the market now are more used up than not. Cherry specimens are already in the hands of connoisseurs and would-be investors, so some concessions might be required for those who want one before the latter group starts inflating prices.

  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue