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      02-23-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Question E46 330ci coupe as a daily driver?

I'm looking for another DD. The Ford Focus is actually nice to be honest. I fill up the tank with about $18, and I can park it anywhere because I don't care if anyone slams their door into mine. However, I've been looking for something with more muscle.

Has anyone owned an E46 330ci? I can get one in good condition for under $10,000, and from what I've read the performance is close to an E90 328i (if not better).

Anyone with any experience with these cars, chime in please.
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These are absolutely different cars and very big difference between them..

e46 330ci is a very powerful(i think 235bhp) and comfortable car..
Even don't compare with Focus..

But,if fuel expense is important for you,330ci spends much more of course..
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Hey buddy ive owned two 330ci;s before...

Get a 330ci, a manual zhp...you will love it!!!

Its such a comfy car, and the design is classic! I use to get 30mpg driving on the freeway with it....

beautiful car to have as a DD
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Thanks boosted!

This one unfortunately is a tiptronic.
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Thanks boosted!

This one unfortunately is a tiptronic.
If it is tiptronic,no problem don't worry..gearbox is very effective..
as for me get a 330ci and enjoy!
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I currently own an 04 330ci ZHP and I love it! Just a great car with lots of power....however I want MORE POWA...so a 335i coupe is next
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I currently own an 04 330ci ZHP and I love it! Just a great car with lots of power....however I want MORE POWA...so a 335i coupe is next
Does your car have angel eyes? did the 330ci come with them?
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Does your car have angel eyes? did the 330ci come with them?
3 series didn't come with them stock. At least from what I've been able to tell. All the ones I've seen have been aftermarket. I think the 5 series had them stock though.
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I had a 330i ZHP. Add a dension icelink and it's a great DD. 21-24mpg combined, and 30 on the highway
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I think the 330ci would make an excellent DD, good luck in your search...
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trying to convince my best friend to get an 04 330i ZHP with 29k on the clock as opposed to an 04 545 with 88k on the clock.

Some say the 330ci ZHP is the best handling BMW in a while
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I currently own one...well the 4 door variant, and I absolutely love the car. Its a blast to drive, pretty good on gas, esp on the highway cruises! Get one...you wont regret it!

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For under $10k it's probably old an old beat up one. The autos in E46's are known to die young, so the manual is the way to go. Otherwise a somewhat reliable powertrain, but repair bills will be absurd compared a focus, so a PPI would be a must on one out of warranty.
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trying to convince my best friend to get an 04 330i ZHP with 29k on the clock as opposed to an 04 545 with 88k on the clock.

Some say the 330ci ZHP is the best handling BMW in a while
The E90 is the best handling 3-series chassis. The E46, not so much.
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The E90 is the best handling 3-series chassis. The E46, not so much.
Wut? Are u serious?

Uhhhh....
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330i is a great car mate, You will enjoy it very much. Gas mileage wont be so good if you use the loud pedal which the car does encorage you to do LOL.
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My friends stock e90 330 handled better than my 330i zhp with uuc sways. The e90 was more comfy but there was something special and intimate about the zhp the e90 didn't have.
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my friend is selling an 05 WHite zhp coupe with brown interior 32k miles with extended warranty for 18 grand.
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My friends stock e90 330 handled better than my 330i zhp with uuc sways. The e90 was more comfy but there was something special and intimate about the zhp the e90 didn't have.
Are you sure it wasn't because the E46 330i had old shocks? OEM shocks give out quite early...and make a car seem really feel floaty-boaty...even with sways, strut tower bars, and other suspension bits added on.

Suffice to say the stock for stock...new parts for new parts...an E90 and E46 both handle quite well. I'm just not sure I would agree with an overgeneralization that the E46 doesn't handle very well...which is the impression you seem to give. *shrug*
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Suffice to say the stock for stock...new parts for new parts...an E90 and E46 both handle quite well. I'm just not sure I would agree with an overgeneralization that the E46 doesn't handle very well...which is the impression you seem to give. *shrug*
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i think zhp 04+ 330 handles better than my sports 328 it sits much lower and feels way more stiff.
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Wut? Are u serious?

Uhhhh....

I said the E90 is the best handling 3-series chassis. To determine that, take the base model and flog it. You'll find that it handles much better than the corresponding E46 base model.

I'm sure the E46 330ZHP handles fine. If you noticed, I didn't say anything about that.

Look, we're not talking nose-heavy understeering Audis here The E90 just handles better.
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