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Old 01-27-2014, 01:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Former 2001 330i Sport owner here.¬*



Lessor, actually. I missed that car when it was gone, but the trouble we had with the "BMW Business" radio made me nervous.



A friend of TTAC is currently leasing a 2013 328i Sport six-speed, as soon as we get a snow-free day we're going to run a feature on it.¬*
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What kind of trouble? Mine refuses to play CDRs beyond track six and tends to flip radio stations around
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The Heisenberg Cartel said What kind of trouble? Mine refuses to play CDRs beyond track six and tends to flip radio stations around When the radio dies, the car doesn't start.¬*
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Nifty idea. ¬*Interesting to see the popularity of the e46 here...probably good reason for that. ¬*I have a 2004 330i zhp. ¬*Absolutely love love love love love the car. ¬*I'm the 4th owner, and I have maintenance records going back to the second owner. ¬*I also have the original new car window sticker, as well as its BMW CPO window sticker. ¬*My hope is that I will never have to get rid of it. ¬*bought it in Nov 2011 with 99k miles, and now have 131k. ¬*Repairs/replacements:

-4 new tires. ¬*Went with Michelin Pilot Sports because I wanted a summer tire with a mileage warranty and that was only the Michelins. ¬*$$$$ but wonderful tires.

-water pump

-thermostat

-clutch safety switch

-DISA valve

-A/C compressor

-Driver and passenger side front power window regulators

-Taillight recall

-new engine...yes I had to replace the engine. ¬*I had the car on track at Sebring International Raceway and grabbed the gear on a panic stop downshift (should've put the car and neutral and just stood on the brakes FML). ¬*Overreved the engine. ¬*Put a nice hole in the block and the number 5 piston is unaccounted for. ¬*Was very fortunate to find a replacement motor from a totaled zhp of the same model year with fewer miles. ¬*Also replaced the clutch while I was in there.
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I have an E90, my first German car: an 08 M3 sedan, 6MT, about 53K miles. ¬*Car is still under CPO warranty, and I'm the 3rd owner (bought it from the second guy who bought it as a CPO vehicle). ¬*I use the car daily for commute and hauling kids.



The most glaring "eccentricity" (which is apparently normal according to all the online information I can gather) is that it uses a lot of oil. ¬*I have to add 1000ml of the 10W-60 oil just about every 1000 miles, sometimes more often if I had driven the car more aggressively on Sundays. ¬*Other than that, changing out the spark plugs at the specified interval solved a throttle tip-in knock issue.



So far the only intermittent electrical gremlin is the power mirrors resetting to weird positions due to possibly corroded electrical contacts. ¬*The gas mileage is atrocious (14mpg the way I drive/commute). ¬*But I absolutely love the car: how it reacts, how it sounds, and how it makes me feel even doing something as mundane as dropping off the kids.
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Second problem on the Bimmer: front passenger window reg broke. r+r took around two hours and 1 1/2 hours of that was me either exploring around or hunting for lost tools. Total cost 45 dollars.

Next up: new brake pads and a new rear passenger door moulding.
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Where did you find a window regulator for $45? URO?
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burgersandbeer said Where did you find a window regulator for $45? URO? Amazon.com
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