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BMW 3-series E46 (1998 - 2005)

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reviewed by Duncan Gafney on 18 August 2020
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reviewed by Anonymous on 10 November 2018
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reviewed by jim edgar on 18 July 2018
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reviewed by Jonathan Pickard on 13 July 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 7 April 2018
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reviewed by Anthony Cope on 3 November 2017
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reviewed by Jonathan Wells on 29 November 2016
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reviewed by gleadam on 3 October 2016
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reviewed by De Sisti on 21 February 2016
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318ES Coupe

reviewed by pbirl on 7 February 2015
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Overall rating
5
How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Running costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
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Experience at the garage or specialist
3
How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Very nice car but expensive repair bills due to some bad engineering and design!

Just bought a spotless 318 coupe with 58K miles, fsh. Lovely solid car, nice interior, smooth revvy engine, great handling and fun to drive. However, the upper guide on the timing chain needs to be replaced because it has split, along with the original tensioner which does not keep the chain adequately tensioned, which in turn eventually wrecks the guides. The worrying part is that there was no noise or indication that this had occurred - the engine was running perfectly. It's a common fault on the N46 engine so the garage checked it. Rear brake pipes are rusted and need to be replaced. The bushes are gone on wishbones and the brake vacuum pump is leaking oil - either a seal or oil being misdirected from another source. There are also a few smaller issues. I'm surprised that BMW, a premium marque, design engines with inherent flaws - and I see there are worse ones than the N46! How difficult can it be to install an adequate, good quality tensioner or brake pipes that do not rust through? I'm told that random oil leaks are another feature of this engine - I'm sure it's just a matter of time!

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reviewed by 320touring on 17 July 2012
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reviewed by RupertRocks on 17 October 2011
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