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BMW 3-series E46 (1998 - 2005)

5
reviewed by Duncan Gafney on 18 August 2020
5
reviewed by Anonymous on 10 November 2018
5
reviewed by jim edgar on 18 July 2018
5
reviewed by Jonathan Pickard on 13 July 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 7 April 2018
5
reviewed by Anthony Cope on 3 November 2017
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reviewed by Jonathan Wells on 29 November 2016
5
reviewed by gleadam on 3 October 2016
5
reviewed by De Sisti on 21 February 2016
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reviewed by pbirl on 7 February 2015
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reviewed by enfield007 on 28 August 2014
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reviewed by richalbin on 5 June 2014
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reviewed by jm1 on 9 December 2013
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reviewed by smartweasel on 29 October 2013
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reviewed by AJPM on 6 June 2013
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reviewed by Will Green on 20 April 2013
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reviewed by Tom S-S on 21 January 2013
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reviewed by pieeater on 28 December 2012
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reviewed by maddicksman on 28 October 2012
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reviewed by 320touring on 17 July 2012
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reviewed by 320touring on 17 July 2012
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320D SE

reviewed by ploddit on 28 May 2012
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Overall reliability

Worrying

So we all know about the vast amounts of problems we now have with these cars.

I suffer from subframe mount failure - effectively a write off.

there was a class action in the US which ended with all cars being repaired but it only lasted 1 year.

Details here : http://www.e46subframeclassactionsettlement.com/

There are reinforcement plates out there but it's still a big job, remove tank, diff, subrame weld, remount all.

I have this problem - and of course on phoning BMW with the BMW TIS (Technical information sheet) called Fractures on rear axle support E46, they say that this is nothing to do with this! They have repaired a few in the UK up to ten years old also.

Basically be very careful with second hand E46's it has a big risk of being scrap metal after 10-12 years.

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reviewed by RupertRocks on 17 October 2011
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reviewed by RupertRocks on 17 October 2011
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reviewed by 01884* on 22 March 2011
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reviewed by fady on 18 August 2010

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