BMW 3 Series E46
Part of BMW 3 Series 3.9 

BMW 3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

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BMW 3 Series E46
3.6

19 reviews

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63%16%21%

Build Quality
3.1
Value for Money
3.6
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.7
Noise Level
3.6
Braking
4.5
Acceleration / Power
4.1
Gear Shifting
3.7
Suspension
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
3.3
Handling
4.7
Interior Design
3.6
Boot Size
3.1
Comfort
3.6
Features
3.6

Reviews

19 reviews
joe
joeAdelaide3 posts
  3 Series E46

2004 BMW 325ti 6 speed manual M- sport

Absolute pleasure to drive, extremely economical on long trips, plenty of power and handling is superb. Needs to be serviced at correct intervals by a mechanic or technician that knows these cars and they won’t give you much issues. Cult classic with major drifting or racing potential if that’s your thing. Minor problem with mine is the sunroof mechanism apart from that just general service items tbh. If you can find one in this spec highly recommended! Show details
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Matthew M.
Matthew M.
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Stay away from high mileage E46

Do NOT Buy a high mileage E46 period!!!! These cars have great engines and styling but that is as far as it goes!!! The interiors fall apart! The leather seats are made of some kind of cheap plastic type leather!! Cooling system components SUCK!!!! Tire wear is horrible as the front suspension has no adjustment. Trim parts interior and exterior fail horribly!! Window Motor mechanisms fail repeatedly!!! I tried to like these cars but, they will cost you big $$$$$$$ to keep on the road!!! Stay away at all costs!!!!! Show details
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BMW brah
BMW brahPerth, WA37 posts
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Mike
MikePerth, WA2 posts
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Mr T
Mr TSydney, NSW9 posts
  3 Series E46

BMW won't help with a faulty airbag

After a BMW recall to fix the airbag in 2019 the airbag light has come on yet BMW won't review the fault without getting paid a substantial amount. I have heard on many instances of this occurring. BMW has continued to not take responsibility for faulty airbags which have been well documented as being a manufacturing issue. BMW product backing is extremely disappointing and will destroy their resale value if they continue down this path. BMW shame on you. Show details
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ghostwhowalks4 posts
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Bmwfan
BmwfanWide Bay-Burnett, QLD2 posts
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laalaa14
laalaa14Australia13 posts
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PerthResident
PerthResidentPerth, WA25 posts
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Ahmet S
Ahmet SSydney Surrounds, NSW35 posts
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Great Car

Great car to own pleasure to drive. Parts are easy to obtain I deal with Clickable Auto in Melbourne for my parts. Just the common issues and are easy to fix once you understand the design. Running costs are normal parts and repair are easy to obtain, but always check with guys at ClickableAuto.

July 24th 2017 Update: Great after care

Great customer care , I believe I am the 3 rd owner and I was impressed they found me through the car registration to replace airbags after TANAKA recall. Its great to see they care about a driver who is in one of their cars even after 13 years of purchase.

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natural
naturalAU50 posts
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nregu57
nregu57Northeast, VIC13 posts
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Don't want to let this car go

Bought this car brand new; drives beautifully; great road holding and handling. About to update to a newer model, but hesitant at letting this one go (I'm very attached to it). Never had a breakdown or needed major repairs, so repair and running costs have been minimal. Found a local BMW specialist mechanic who keeps my car in tip-top condition (anything that he doesn't know about BMW's isn't worth knowing) and charges a fraction of what the local dealership does to service the car.

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StickShiftNZ
StickShiftNZAuckland, NZ27 posts
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robinit
robinitdee why20 posts
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Rad
RadSouthwest, VIC68 posts
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Questions & Answers

alexander h.
alexander h. · 3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

Are the side mirrors powered on a 318i 2004 BMW and lf so how do you engage to make them work

BMW brah
BMW brah  

flick the switch on the drivers side near the door handle, right or left accordingly

lilgen
lilgen · 3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

how do see if its a real e46?

Larry
Larry  

Ask your BMW dealer

BMW brah
BMW brah  

goto TAKATA and enter rego and state if in Australia that is and all the data will pop up

BMW brah
BMW brah  

https://www.fcai.com.au/is-my-airbag-safe

Mark B
Mark B · 3 Series E46 (1998-2005)

What did the 2004 318i executive cost in AUD IN 2004?

PerthResident
PerthResident  

$56 500, can find all car valuations on redbook.

https://www.redbook.com.au/cars/details/2004-bmw-318i-executive-e46-auto-my04/SPOT-ITM-209213/

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CategoryCars and SedansCars and SedansCars and SedansCars and Sedans
Starting Price $77,105$73,953
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Drive TypeRear Wheel Drive (RWD)Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
Fuel TypePetrolDiesel
Wheels19" Alloy18" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fuel Consumption6.1 L/100km4.8 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L40 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L
Max Power190kW @ 5000rpm140kW @ 4000rpm
Max Torque400Nm @ 1550-4400rpm400Nm @ 1750-2500rpm
Country of ManufactureGermanyGermanyGermany
Manufacturer Warranty3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)
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