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you should buy one
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Looking for opinions, since idfnl's Official BMW Blowjob Thread has yet to be created I figured I'd post here. I'm in the market for a low milage 330i, budget is 10-12k. For that price i was thinking post-facelift e46 (03-04), but I've seen some e90s (06) with decent milage (<80k) in budget. I've always preferred the e46, but I've never driven an e90. Which would you buy given my position? For the record I'd be looking to own this car for the next 4-5 years.  


Edited by shadesofbeige - 3/30/13 at 8:24am
post #9093 of 14920
Friend of mine sold his C63 Sedan in favor of a e92 M3. I am disappoint even if it makes sense financially.
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Originally Posted by shadesofbeige View Post

Looking for opinions, since idfnl's Official BMW Blowjob Thread has yet to be created I figured I'd post here. I'm in the market for a low milage 330i, budget is 10-12k. For that price i was thinking post-facelift e46 (03-04), but I've seen some e92s (06) with decent milage (<80k) in budget. I've always preferred the e46, but I've never driven an e92. Which would you buy given my position? For the record I'd be looking to own this car for the next 4-5 years.  
own both (although my e90 is an M. also have had extensive loaner experience with the non M e90).

the e46 is just a handsomer car. aesthetics are always subjective but I bet e46 would win handily if you polled every BMW owner out there. tech isn't really dated, and despite my complaints earlier about maintenance costs the platform is pretty problem free if you consider that everything in the universe gets wear and tear.

you didn't mention what e92 you were going to get, but the 3.0 inline 6 is a fantastically smooth, well balanced engine. I prefer it to the TT in the 135/335/535 by a mike despite less power and tunability. I used to have a 135i as well.

don't get the 2.5 engine in either iteration, it has frustratingly little torque by today's standards
post #9095 of 14920
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you should buy one

too expensive/will be too expensive for awhile. Shame as it's a nice car, but it'd be like trying to buy a CLS500 back when they were new in 2005. That hype price kills.

My neighbor has that NSX-R type II and I pass it all the time, lately had me thinking i should buy a dirt cheap (like <$5,000) bone stock 98-spec R ITR and shred in it. Problem is, I can't really get an MT driver's license here. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by shadesofbeige View Post

Looking for opinions, since idfnl's Official BMW Blowjob Thread has yet to be created I figured I'd post here. I'm in the market for a low milage 330i, budget is 10-12k. For that price i was thinking post-facelift e46 (03-04), but I've seen some e92s (06) with decent milage (<80k) in budget. I've always preferred the e46, but I've never driven an e92. Which would you buy given my position? For the record I'd be looking to own this car for the next 4-5 years.  
own both (although my e90 is an M. also have had extensive loaner experience with the non M e90).

the e46 is just a handsomer car. aesthetics are always subjective but I bet e46 would win handily if you polled every BMW owner out there. tech isn't really dated, and despite my complaints earlier about maintenance costs the platform is pretty problem free if you consider that everything in the universe gets wear and tear.

you didn't mention what e92 you were going to get, but the 3.0 inline 6 is a fantastically smooth, well balanced engine. I prefer it to the TT in the 135/335/535 by a mike despite less power and tunability. I used to have a 135i as well.

don't get the 2.5 engine in either iteration, it has frustratingly little torque by today's standards

The N52 engine in the E90 330i (2006 only) is noticeably more powerful than the M54 in the E46 330i unless you get the ZHP variant (hi Green Frog!). They're not abundantly available in the US since they were made for MY 2006 only. Why don't you drive both and see what you like? For $10-12k, you could get a really nice post-facelift E46 330i or a respectable if not perfect ZHP. You'll have to look longer for an E90 in that price range.
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Currently driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, hoping to buy a BMW X1 in the near future.

 

 

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too expensive/will be too expensive for awhile. Shame as it's a nice car, but it'd be like trying to buy a CLS500 back when they were new in 2005. That hype price kills.

My neighbor has that NSX-R type II and I pass it all the time, lately had me thinking i should buy a dirt cheap (like <$5,000) bone stock 98-spec R ITR and shred in it. Problem is, I can't really get an MT driver's license here. frown.gif

yeah, it's definitely a gorgeous car and the interior is breath-taking too, which is unexpected from a BMW. Gotta admit, I always confuse the 650s for m6s because they have the side gills. Gets me every time.

haha, i feel like you develop short fixations on cars, sorta like car ADD.
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

too expensive/will be too expensive for awhile. Shame as it's a nice car, but it'd be like trying to buy a CLS500 back when they were new in 2005. That hype price kills.

My neighbor has that NSX-R type II and I pass it all the time, lately had me thinking i should buy a dirt cheap (like <$5,000) bone stock 98-spec R ITR and shred in it. Problem is, I can't really get an MT driver's license here. frown.gif

I love the GC, but why is it so much more expensive than equivalent 5 series, the same goes for CLS and E class.
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Sat the Mrs. in an RRS, normally aspirated today. She loves it. Really think we're leaving MB this time for her. She already likes the FX37 more than the new ML and the FX I can easily get 250-300 a month less. If I could get the RRS for the same monthly as the ML she's in.
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wait for the M version of the GC, fellow BMW blow jobbers nod[1].gif
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I love the GC, but why is it so much more expensive than equivalent 5 series, the same goes for CLS and E class.

 

I always saw the 6 GC as being closer to the 7 then the 5. The pricing makes sense when you look at it like that.

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Sat the Mrs. in an RRS, normally aspirated today. She loves it. Really think we're leaving MB this time for her. She already likes the FX37 more than the new ML and the FX I can easily get 250-300 a month less. If I could get the RRS for the same monthly as the ML she's in.

I drove an FX during my final 2 years in college (we should ignore the first two years as they involve a fast BMW and snow and hills), and the FX was quite nice. But it was no RRS.

I still want a RRS.
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I drove an FX during my final 2 years in college (we should ignore the first two years as they involve a fast BMW and snow and hills), and the FX was quite nice. But it was no RRS.

I still want a RRS.

Yeah, you cannot really compare them in a linear fashion. The new model is far more powerful than the one you had and the electronics are pretty nice. The camera system is a 360 on one side of the screen and typical predictive (lines bend to show likely trajectory) rear view camera in reverse.

The RRS is going to be about $300 more so it's not a price point thing either.

All will be known by July.
post #9105 of 14920
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Originally Posted by shadesofbeige View Post

Looking for opinions, since idfnl's Official BMW Blowjob Thread has yet to be created I figured I'd post here. I'm in the market for a low milage 330i, budget is 10-12k. For that price i was thinking post-facelift e46 (03-04), but I've seen some e90s (06) with decent milage (<80k) in budget. I've always preferred the e46, but I've never driven an e90. Which would you buy given my position? For the record I'd be looking to own this car for the next 4-5 years.  

 

325 & 330 were only made in 2006.  After that it was 328 & 335.  330s get snapped up like hotcakes while 325 (which were seriously neutered) go for a song.  For the best bang for the buck one would think that a loaded 325 and then swapping out the intake and exhaust which would bring the hp but more importantly the torque up out of the cellar and into 330 territory would be the smartest move.  Unfortunately most 325i owners are delusional about their car's worth and you can usually find a lower mileage 2007 328i for the same price  Make sure you get a stick shift.

 

If you want to stick with an e46, 330s are pretty cheap:  you can find 2004s for well under $10k.  I saw a silver 2005 zhp with 82k miles, nav, A/T (ugh) for $11,550 in Alexandria, VA.  It falls within your budget and leaves you with enough to  buy a spare set of used wheels for snow tires

 

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