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    Looks like I'm about to be an E46 owner!!

    Hey guys, I've been an E36 and E39 owner. I'm now coming to hang out with you guys occasionally so I can get to know more about my car.

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    first question: common snow setups for 330i?

    I have gathered that the 330i has larger brakes?
    Will I need 17 inch snow rims?
    There are some 16s that will fit, aren't there?
    I'd prefer 16s since I'm in Maine and the snow can get nasty and a narrower bit of rubber has always done me good.============================================= ============

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    snow setup

    (4) SNOW TIRES !
    205/55x16" - GOOD TO GO

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    If my '04 330Ci just barely clears my 17" alloys,

    how can 16" wheels fit over them? Are steel wheels that much thinner?

    The calipers on my car practically rub on the adhesive weights used for balance.

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    Re: If my '04 330Ci just barely clears my 17 alloys,

    Stinger--I was not going to say anything since I am not the expert on this, but I do remember that I read a few years ago something to this very point that agrees with your comment.

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    I went back and checked my new car brochure

    that I saved for coupes for 2004. Where all the wheel/tire options are shown, there is an all weather option offered on the 325Ci, but not on the 330Ci. I know the rotors on a 330 are visually noticeably larger, and always thought 16" wheels would not fit this model.

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    Re: Looks like I'm about to be an E46 owner!!

    Hey Michael!

    Welcome, you will find some good guys here willing to help. You bought almost a twin to my wife's 02 330i in Platinum. How many miles? Good Luck with the car.
    PS: 18" wheels were a common option. Make sure you're not just taking it for granted that your car has 17s.

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    has 18s on it.. and PSS9 coilovers

    93k miles.

    Found a set of 17" snow rims and tires in central NJ on another BMW forum that rhymes with zimmerforums.com. I'll have to drive right through there on the way home to Maine with the car. I may tell the dude to wait for me by the side of the Jersey Turnpike and I'll take em off his hands.============================================ =============

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    Just out of curiuosity, what are you

    driving that can handle and extra four tires on board? Those are big suckers!

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    i will be driving the 330i that I am buying...

    I figure 2 in the trunk, 2 on the back seats?============================================ =============

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    Two in the trunk can even be ambitious!

    Could be tight fit.
    And watch the dirt in the back seats.
    Good Luck
    Let us know how you make out.

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    driving from DC suburb in MD up to Portland ME

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    what's the best looking trim for Dove Gray int?

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    I'm struggling between and E36 and E 46

    Looking for a convertible and trying to decide between both addition.

    Each has it's pluses and minus...but I saw an E46 convert. tonight in the dust and I really like that siloette...as long as I don't mind paying $2000 in upgraded wheels...lol

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    the only E36 i considered was an M3

    I owned an E36 325i like 5 years ago. Good car, but it's finally dating itself as it's 3 models old now. They sold too many for it to be a classic among anything other than BMW guys. The M3 is such a treat to drive that I would have considered an M3 very, but finding a clean one is almost impossible. My local BMW shop said they do a ton of pre-purchase inspections and they have probably inspected 20 E36 M3s and they only gave a green light to ONE of them. You gotta figure most have had 2-4 owners and at least one owner beat the hell out of it.
    So, I decided to get something newer where the body style would hold up for a couple more years.
    I stepped in a 330ci a couple weeks ago and was immediately hooked. It made my E39 feel like a complete pig.
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    Re: the only E36 i considered was an M3

    Michaelgvh or others:

    Liked your 2Cents about the E36 M3s and E36 325s. Any advice or gotchas re: E46 325 Convertible from you or your local BMW shop that do pre-purchase inspections?

    I'm considering a E46 2001 325ic Convertible with 61K miles (2 owners, with low mileage evenly spread over 2 owners). So far one issue - it has already failed smog check once before, but has since passed. Worried catylytic converted could go out (very costly!)

    Any advice would be appreciated !

    p.s. I'm in Los Angeles area. Where are you located?

    p.p.s. Is your purchased 330ci an E46 convertible?
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    I owned an E36 325i like 5 years ago. Good car, but it's finally dating itself as it's 3 models old now. They sold too many for it to be a classic among anything other than BMW guys. The M3 is such a treat to drive that I would have considered an M3 very, but finding a clean one is almost impossible. My local BMW shop said they do a ton of pre-purchase inspections and they have probably inspected 20 E36 M3s and they only gave a green light to ONE of them. You gotta figure most have had 2-4 owners and at least one owner beat the hell out of it.
    So, I decided to get something newer where the body style would hold up for a couple more years.
    I stepped in a 330ci a couple weeks ago and was immediately hooked. It made my E39 feel like a complete pig

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    Re: the only E36 i considered was an M3

    I guess O2 sensor starting to fail could be a reason for failing a smog test. The mileage sounds a shade early for o2 sensor to go, but it could happen. It's a less costly red flag than a full Cat.

    As for what to look for, I don't know the E46 well enough yet, but any time you are talking Vert, you need to do a careful examination of the top material, window, and all the mechanicals of it. Unless you have a mad set of upholsterer skills, a new top will cost you 1-2k to get done. The rear window will get hazy after a few years. Some zip out and are cheaper to replace.
    Standard BMW inspection says you need to take a close look at the cooling system and suspension components and bushings at that mileage.

    Bottom line, find a good BMW shop that knows these cars... not a random show, and the $100-$150 you spend will pay itself back times 5 in the ammunition they give you for negotiating the price down due to stuff they find that needs attention.
    ... or they will save you $12k when they tell you to stay away from a train wreck.

    Good luck with the purchase, it's a beautiful car.


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