Originally Posted by APE36
Hey guys in the E46 group,
I'm going to buy a car in mid-August, and I started looking recently to see what I may want. I narrowed it down to a 2001-2003 E46 325ci coupe used from a dealer, or a brand new Mini Cooper. I like that the mini would be affordable, and new! but I like the way the E46 coupe looks a lot. Any opinions??
Also, I would like to know how reliable the E46 is, and if you guys have any complaints with the gas mileage.... i really want a reliable car, and I currently drive a 94 E36 sedan, which is a bit difficult to keep up with. thanks in advance!!
if you get a coupe get a 2002. I think they have better reliability ratings.
I have a 330 and my gas mileage is 21-30 depending on the driving i do. 30 is at highway speeds.
Outside of the regular maintenance i have replaced control arm bushings, control arms, brake pads, tie rods, a window regulator(didnt have to replace it yet, but had the door apart), passenger side door lock actuator and a battery.(three years of ownership in the family)
My car has 135,000 miles. Engine runs strong. a little oil burning(supposed to be normal)
Car is wonderful. Handles good. Only driven a mini around town, so i cant vouch for the handling but im sure its just as good. Rear seat room in a Mini is cramped though. Not that the E46 is much better, but it is more spacious.