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    Thread: E39 540i or e46 330ci/330i

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      10-07-2012 03:17 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      Its awesome but out of my price range
      Not to be an ass, but if that is out of your range, you are probably looking at the wrong cars. Just because a 540i may only cost you $9,500, it still has the repair bills of a 14 year old $65,000 luxury car.
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      10-07-2012 04:00 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by SchnellFowVay View Post
      Not to be an ass, but if that is out of your range, you are probably looking at the wrong cars. Just because a 540i may only cost you $9,500, it still has the repair bills of a 14 year old $65,000 luxury car.
      This. I've been driving my LEAF for a month, and when I took my 540 to the wine country on my day off, it started to misfire.

      I dropped it off to my friend, and I'm having him down bank 1 cam sensor, solve the misfire (hopefully a coil), left rear window regulator, fix the clunk in my sunroof casette, see of the pixel campaign is still on, rear shock mounts, and an oil change.

      If I walk away without spending $2k, I'll be happy, and I already spent $3k on it earlier in the year.

      Moral of the story? BMW's are odd, cranky b*tches. I went years without issues other than consumables, but this year has been brutal (and my friend works on it for really next to nothing, parts just above cost, $40/hr for the time he's working on it, as he beats book time).

      Purchase price is a small measure of total ownership cost, and you don't want to neglect an E39 or E46.
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      10-07-2012 04:34 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      Which one do you guys like better?
      Will you ever carry adults in the back seat and expect that they'll have comfortable leg room?

      yes - get E39
      No - get E46
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      10-07-2012 05:55 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by SchnellFowVay View Post
      Not to be an ass, but if that is out of your range, you are probably looking at the wrong cars. Just because a 540i may only cost you $9,500, it still has the repair bills of a 14 year old $65,000 luxury car.
      That helps me out, I don't want to think I found a good deal then have to put money into a ton of repairs.

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      10-07-2012 08:52 PM #30
      E39. My dad has one with 171k miles going strong

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      10-08-2012 02:16 PM #31
      Seems to me theres only anything being talked about the E39...

      No news is good news, right?

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      10-08-2012 02:48 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      That helps me out, I don't want to think I found a good deal then have to put money into a ton of repairs.
      I was very serious when I said that if you can't withstand the thought of a sudden $3,500 repair bill, then neither of these cars is for you. My guess is that if $12,500 for a well-kept 328i ZHP is too much for you, hten you might be looking at the wrong cars.

      Hell, I am potentially looking at a $3,000+ repair bill for my 135i (still fully warrantied) beause it looks like my ECU is fried and they will void my warranty because of a JB4.
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      10-08-2012 03:03 PM #33
      what do you guys think of an e36 m3? I found a 328 with a swapped m3 engine and trans

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      10-08-2012 03:07 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      what do you guys think of an e36 m3?
      Not a bad car, but it will require a lot of maintenance. It is easier to work on than an e46, so if you can wrench yourself, it may be closer to what you are looking for


      I found a 328 with a swapped m3 engine and trans
      This is probably not the greatest idea.
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      10-08-2012 03:36 PM #35
      Do you have any specific reasons or just that it probably will have alot of problems
      Last edited by CAH8; 10-08-2012 at 03:40 PM.

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      10-08-2012 03:42 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      Do you have any specific reasons or just that it probably will have alot of problems
      Exactly. An engine swap involves thousands of variables in terms of how the work was done.

      Also the M3 had a lot of "hidden" upgrades beyond just the obvious engine, trans, suspension tuning. Lots of stiffer/sturdier chassis parts.
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      10-08-2012 03:45 PM #37
      Ok I see what your saying. Thanks

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      10-08-2012 03:53 PM #38
      Can an E36 m3 take a beating, an old car just worries me.

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      10-08-2012 04:07 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      Can an E36 m3 take a beating, an old car just worries me.
      I gotta be honest, once again. It sounds like you might be in over your head here.
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      10-08-2012 04:10 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by CAH8 View Post
      Can an E36 m3 take a beating, an old car just worries me.
      Yes it can, if you can pay to replace the parts you break when you beat on it.
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      10-08-2012 04:25 PM #41
      This is not a poll, wtf. E39, it is less of a bellybutton car.

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      10-08-2012 04:37 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenspanator View Post
      This is not a poll, wtf. E39, it is less of a bellybutton car.
      Yes, because it's more important to be unique than to be good.

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      10-08-2012 07:34 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by PhilHVW View Post
      Yes, because it's more important to be unique than to be good.
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