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Old 02-19-2008, 11:04 AM   #1
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help with a 330xi

Hello all

First I like to say thanks for a great forum.

I am now looking at a e46, 2003 330xi Touring.

How is the engine on that model? Good?
Last for lots of milage?
What kind of mpg can I get? Did hear about 20-22 mpg. Is that right?
Is there some things I need to lookk out for, when buying it?

All help is good.

Thanks

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Old 02-19-2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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The e46 (that's the BMW model name for a 3-series that year) 330i engine is very powerful and an overall nice engine. I haven't driven one personally but my brother once drove one, and it's a really good engine. Lightyears ahead of the 320i. And it will last long if you maintain it properly. The Touring is generally a good choice already, as it's sporty and can load a lot. The X-Drive is my favorite AWD system...

Are you planning on keeping your 850ci?
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:28 PM   #3
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Thats a good engine, I have spent a decent amount of time in a 330ci and it is strong. I believe that with good maintenance it will last for quite some time. I'm guessing your probably pretty close on the mpg that you can expect.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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id love to get my hands on a 330i touring, but they aren't available in the states, which stinks.

where are you located?
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:28 PM   #5
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Hi..well, sorry for you...I am in Switzerland

Yes, I like the Touring to..and the 330 is just great...mmm....

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Old 02-20-2008, 04:29 PM   #6
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Hi...can you give me more info on the x-drive? why you like it as your nr1?

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Old 02-21-2008, 07:24 AM   #7
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hi...lol where in Switzerland are you? I live near the German/Swiss border and go to school near Stein am Rhein
the x-Drive is like no other AWD system
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDrive
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_xDrive

the article is wrong, btw... the first x-Drive cars were introduced in the E30 series (my car's series)

EDIT: don't forget to check out the websites quoted at the bottom of either wikipedia article
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