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Old 06-26-2005, 08:39 PM   #1
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so any common problems with the 330?

so my mom bought a 2001 330ci. I was wondering if there are any common problems i should know about?
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:57 AM   #2
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Gotta watch for the paint chipping when hundreds of people of the opposite gender run and jump on the car (and you).
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:34 PM   #3
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Yeah, I have the same problem and another one. I think the paint is beginning to burn for all the eyes starin as I'm driving by. Shit, the clear coat is already gone
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Ive seen alot of cam shaft sensors being replaced in E46's. They will cause a check engine light and I believe cost aroudn 50$. Not counting the 90$ dealer charge for install. The rims are pretty weak (what bmw rim isnt) so watch the pot holes. Window regulators are always being replaced.

Some other things Ive seen replaced:
Intrument clusters
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water pumps/ thermostats
engine belts
final stages aka blower resistors (control the a/c fan speed)
Theres alota 3 series in for check engine lights too.
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Yeah, actually bmwlotattendant would be a good person to reply to this thread... heh
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Whys that, all he really does is park cars and deal with customers. Well thats all that they do at my work, then usually walk around and get in the way.

I also forgot to mention there is a campaign out for E46 sun roof shades, the clips that hold it on break and cause alot of damage, they are replaced very freiquently. If your purchasing the coupe a campaign is out for the door seals, they casue a squeeking noise and both your door gaskets would be replaced. Free of charge I believe.
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alright so nothing uber bad. no car is flawless.
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