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review by: drakesha

Looks great, runs great, comfortable drive, good suspension, superb very smooth engine, extremely reliable, had three of them (first was given to my former wife, second was crashed). Downsides are; not much space in the boot, not very stable in the snow, being rear wheel drive, so winter tyres are recommended. There are way too many of them around, but that could be a good thing, as the spares are plenty. .

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review by: gniie

Very good normal the usual none I have been driving this car now for about 10 months and I am happy with my choice. I only have the 1.9l petrol engine and ( as usual) i would have liked to be able to run a 6 cylinders engine if i could aford it. The sound from a 6 pot BMW is unmistakeble. But my engine is very quiet when warms up and it makes a nice growel when pushed a bit harder. Good power distribution through the range i find too. As regards to economy i am pleasently surprised I must say. On average in town it does about 30-35 mpg but i had a go at keeping it at 90-100 kmph on a motorway long run and the computer on board was showing @ 50mpg overall :-) The colour and body kit can make a E46 coupe look so different pending on choice! Mine is a topaz blue and not much kit on it and I think it looks a balance of sporty, elegance and subtill which does it for me. I did replace the masive 19" MOMO arrows fitted on it when i bought it for few reasons- even though maked the car look more mean and sportier- I liked...- the handling and ride felt compromised and also the cost of replacing those tires was huge so i went with elegant original OEM BMW 16" ( rare style 63). The model I have has all the extras bar from leather interior(yam,yam) end electric seats and most of it works perfect. I must say that the car feels very well screwd together but i did see samples trashed with bits hanging off - i put that mostly to careless owners.... Little to differentiate in quality feel between my old (00) E class and this (00) BM-er. The ride now in this car feels very acomplished- good road holding, sporty and stabil but not harsh and bountsy but actualy very smooth over bumps and pot halls. The tail slips a bit if you push it on wet roundabouts but the steering gives great feed back and is very acurate. Just as a note the old Continental contisport fitted originaly on the 16" alloys had a better grip on wet corners than my current new YOKOHAMA's. The interior is well designed and it does feel that is surounding the driver. because the coupe is a bit lower than average saloon getting in and out is taking use to and the doors are large so you do need a bit more space to make it confortable-- not easy in a tight car park.. For a car of this age it had a few niggles but most of them are sorted- nearly all of them tipical to e46- starter motor replaced, some sort of intake membrane and need it a new steering rack because the huge 19" have worn the original one. But it brings a smile to the face once you get inti the car..

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review by: bjeiffe@justice.ie

below average madly expensive service history, cosmetic damage to 18 inch wheels - they can be reapired but at around €150 each ok - but then youre paying handsomely for it Bought this car brand new for €48.5k. Its now worth under 20K primarily thanks to the Green Party's emission changes. Its a lovely car to drive and for a 1.9 is very quick. Frankly though Im starting to think its been a bit of a pain. For a start the run flat tyre sensors keep indicating there is a puncture when there isnt and resetting it doesnt work The traction control mangement system went at 19,000 miles and just outside warranty. In fairness BMW paid for the part (€700) but I had to fork out €400 in labour. Because its a nice looking car and we live in a nation of begrudgers its been keyed twice - total cost €1,500. The cost of servicing is extortionate. Dealers charge €200 per hour labour and your'e generally lucky to get away with a bill under €600. Would I buy another one? Probably not - I've had a variety of so called inferior marques that never gave the trouble this did and cost half the price. If you have to buy one for god's sake dont buy new..

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review by: Diesel Fionn

Good but not a square shape so it might not take a wardrobe. Seats fold down, but not flat and the cd changer is mounted on one of the seat backs so it can get in the way. Spare wheel is a full size steel wheel under the boot floor which is nicely carpeted. I change the oil every 10,000 miles with fully synthetic oil. I've changed both the air and fuel filter since I've had it. I changed the rear shocks and the anti roll bar links and bushings to smarten up the handling. It needed a new spring for the NCT last time. I also had to change the ignition barrel. this is a known problem with these cars. The barrel wasn't too dear but the new steerign lock was eye wateringly expensive. New keys from BMW are cheap enough too. Check the ignition barrel to see if it's stiff etc. They've got timing chains so they don't usually need changing as long as oil changes are regular wtih good quality oil. Check the tracking arms on the back wishbones if the pins or more stuff is worn you'll start wearing tyres and the handling gets sloppy. Check the paintwork if it's a metallic colour, see if the lacquer is lifting. Rust isn't a bit problem, you can get touch up kits from halfords for fixing stone chips and small rust spots. Due to the age of the car I bought it privately and do most of the servicing myself. i've bought parts from J Donohue the local dealer and they are good. Some parts can be quite dear so check the internet first. Some US sites are brilliant for new german car parts. Ebay can be good too. This is the TDS model with the 1699 CC engine. Brilliant economy for such a big heavy car. Very practical and loads of room for stuff including the dog, who loves travelling in the boot. I don't even need a dog bar for her. It had a 6disc pioneer stereo when I bought it but I've replaced both the head unit and the changer to a 12 disc changer. The rear seat space is tight enough but I rarely have back seat passengers. Sunroof, front windows and door mirrors all electric. It came with lovely alloys too. I like driving it as it feels really solid and safe on the road and great fun too. I'd definitely recommend one to anyone wanting a sporty economical estate..

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review by: Fuzzykc

Pretty decent considering its a coupe. have carried out all of my own repairs thus far so cannot comment. I'll be sneding it in to Joe Duffy for a full service soon however. If its a UK import, which mine is, make sure to check underneath the car for signs of rusting, as they salt the roads heavily over there. have carried out all of my own repairs thus far so cannot comment. I'll be sneding it in to Joe Duffy for a full service soon however. My first BMW but definitely not my last. Love the quality feel of the interior, the way the door shuts with a solid clunk and the handling is second to none. One thing i would say however is, if you can afford the tax, go for a six cylinder model instead, such as the 323 or 325. The 318 engine feels can feel strained at higher speeds. That said, it's easy to insure and is surprisingly easy on petrol. In the eight or so months i've had very little trouble with the car, apart from a new radiator. Contrary to popular belief, BMW replacement parts are pretty cheap to source if you look in the right places. can't reccomend the 3 series coupe enough..

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Very Costly to keep. When 1 thing was fixed another would occur. BMW service always seemed to guess what the problems were..

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Buy a bmw but sell it before it reaches 100000k miles and never hold on to one for longer than five years..

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very good handling on the road, engine runs perfectly after 3000rpm, like turbo, makes 135miles/h easy.

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great value to be had out there now.Look out for battered and modified ones.Buy unmolested unmodified and you will nevergo wrong...

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beutiful car a head turner.

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review by: roberto_irl

Nothing, this is BMW :) PS. Next model in BMW... hmmmmmm 330tdi coupe 2005 - last of "the beautifull" I can say only .... "I'm loving it" :).

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Beautiful car to drive very quite,smooth on the road,quick reaction to steering..

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review by: mauricejwallace@gmail.com

Car was in great condition when i bought it even though there was high mileage. Fantastic engine, powerful & smooth!Money well spent as the car needs very little looking after.

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Wait for the right car with leater or even half leather. It makes such a difference to the look and feel of the car. A class car..

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Wait for the right car with leater or even half leather. It makes such a difference to the look and feel of the car. A class car..

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Wait for the right car with leather or even half leather. It makes such a difference to the look and feel of the car. A class car..

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Loved everything about this car. It drives very well, is economical (35mpg+), looks great and very comfortable. Would certainly purchase another. Main dealer service is outrageously expensive..

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Have driven this car for 2 years now without incident. Very comfortable and reliable - I am surprised by some of the other reviews for this model. Only gripe is the main dealer service costs - BMW "service 2" (60,000miles) with tires and brake pads/discs cost me just under €2000!!! Shocking! Avoid main dealers where possible and this car is a dream to own / run..

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if driven hard can drink petrol(not so bad if driven responsibly), but great car to go on long drives.great build quality( still going after 14years).

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Very good reliable safe value for money. Most importantly dealer service extremly good..

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Very nice car to drive. This is my second bmw the other been a 316i. I had the same problems with both cars. I think they are very good cars but minor problems will occur hopefully during the warranty period..

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2 Litre engine 4 Cyl not as smooth as the 6 Cyl 320i we once had, but is reasonably torquey and has a good exhaust note. Nice handling, though why bother with a 318 -its not quick enough. Nice car to drive - everything is smooth and the engineering is of the highest quality..

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Nice to drive when it's running well.....which it hasn't done since 2003! Dealers and BMW engineers don't seem to have a clue how to fix it. Very poor considering a new one would cost in the region of €50k..

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Smashing Car, ill never change from BMW..

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beautiful car to drive, bought the tiptronic after test driving two manual cars and deciding they were so slow that there was no point in changing gears! once you get moving though shes a great cruiser. fantastic handling and loads of room for buggies and two childseats! spec could be better, had to pay a fortune to get one with leather and a/c but theyre a worthy investment. very sound car all round..

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looks well fast but loves the garage.

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dont do it, u dont need a BMW to show off, besides if u buy a 3 series get at least a 320. 4 cylinder models are wayyyyyyyy underpowered and have appalling standard equipment..

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Very nice drive, looks fantastic and very powerful.

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The car is pure luxury, very sporty and turns heads when polished. Its a gorgeous machine.

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oh my god what a piece of shit,i was warned but didnt listen,expected more from BMW,i am afraid to drive it for fear of what will fail next. I came from Lexus and thats where i'm going back to..

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Very good.A drivers car. Exceptional dealership service throughout UK & Ireland. A bit disappointed with the new 3 series shape. Otherwise fantastic cars. Would consider changing to 5 series..

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excellent car for everyday use. Very Comfortable, great handling and quick enough. Great all rounder..