In this video Greg Macke -Your Car Angel describes the reasons why you should not buy a used BMW specifically the E46 3 series. That would include the 323, 325, 328 and the 330i. Everything from cracked expansion tanks to water pump bearing failure and cooling system problems are covered. Also plating issues, headliner failure, cracked windshield cowl, cracked wood on the dash and the sub frame cracking which was prevalent on the M3 is reviewed.
Greg runs the online buying guide called Car Buying Support. He is a Car Buying Specialist with over 35 years helping people purchase high quality cars.



      I’m still driving my 2002 with 300k km just replace all front end parts and it runs like new I have to agree if I couldn’t fix it myself I would be broke by now

      about 9 hours ago
    • Eric Cooper
      Eric Cooper

      We dont have these problems in the uk as the weather never gets warm enough to ruin the interior lol

      about 1 day ago
    • thubb6

      Bout my first Bimmer, M3 E-46 (2002) with 137,000 miles. Drove it around for two years only doing basic maintenance. Excellent car. I’m about to buy a low mileage 2004 E-46 330i next. These are GREAT vehicles. All makers have lemons and bad owners.

      about 2 days ago
    • Ahdoyyyyy

      That car was neglected sorry bro any car would probably be in worse shape if it had the same owner

      about 2 days ago
    • William.M Jackson
      William.M Jackson

      Hahahah... it’s a well known fact that Americans don’t know how to care for BMW’s - I live in Germany now and I’ve owned two older model BMWs, once I’ve educated myself on German cars I don’t have problems with proper maintenance...

      about 7 days ago
    • zcharg0 Harry
      zcharg0 Harry

      That’s a beautiful part of the world you’re filming from. Where is it? Talking about BMW’s my 2006 e91 320i has been a nightmare with oil leaks, broken a/c, broken radiator fan, overheating etc etc. No mechanic seems able to properly diagnose these vehicles and fix them and when they attempt to do so they charge a small fortune. Apart from all this it’s a beautiful ride!

      about 8 days ago
    • Scotty Jesso
      Scotty Jesso

      wow best used car on the planet this baby fucker is a joke lol epic

      about 10 days ago
    • Plapoytas Plapi
      Plapoytas Plapi

      Shut the fuck up Highlander

      about 13 days ago
    • mark smith
      mark smith

      I love this video peace of shit i had 2004 745i worst car i ever had

      about 14 days ago
    • KevRum

      That bmw has been it Hot sun for all its life and threated like shit probably. My e46 2002 has 409000km on it, and doesnt have any of these problems....😂

      about 18 days ago
    • Superbike Karl9014
      Superbike Karl9014

      about 18 days ago
    • Superbike Karl9014
      Superbike Karl9014

      118k miles don’t mean nothing when the owner/owners are cunts with zero pride.

      about 18 days ago
    • Pablo R Hodgson
      Pablo R Hodgson

      I rather have a korean car or japanese reliable cars.

      about 19 days ago
    • Pablo R Hodgson
      Pablo R Hodgson

      Money pit, reveup your garbage bmw.

      about 19 days ago
    • MadCommodore

      The E46 cars are flawed masterpieces. They drive really nicely and will protect you from some idiot T-boning you at a junction when running the red lights and almost all of the petrol models come WITH 6 cylinder engines and WITHOUT turbo chargers. The way it feels to drive, not the handling, can only be described as a 21st century E30 3 series with really solid and well built steering/clutch/brakes/accelerator feel. The flawed aspect is it has all the anti-corrosion protection of a 1970s FIAT, it suffers the most stupid electrical/logical/mechanical problems due to poor design (like the self destructive VANOS mechanical components on the 328i models) and it has some really silly changes from the E30 like the fail safe for the blower motor sensor pack failing is to have ZERO airflow (the E36 failsafe is that it is either off or on full power). The problem is BMWs today ie E90 and newer models don't feel like BMWs with their tacky parkbench quick swapjob for LHD and RHD centre mdel designed console and dashboard T shape design that is angled directly towards the rear seat armrest (like a cheap tacky datsun) and the engines are either 4 cylinder or you have to have a turbo (and based on the problems with the E46 VANOS self destructive design on the 328i engine I don't fancy a BMW Turbocharged engine thanks). The E90 standard seats look as flimsy as picnic/beach fold out chairs and most models with leather interior have these crap seats NOT the sports 3/4 of all Z4s on sale right now or E90 models with these seats YUCK. The current 3 series is just way too big and the 2 series looks like a cheap nasty 1990s Hyundai coupe. It's all a bit too either have to fix the faults as they happen and own a REAL BMW or forget about the 3 series forever.

      about 24 days ago
    • Nancy Brown
      Nancy Brown

      Out-of-warranty BMWs (like most German cars) should only be purchased by dedicated DIYers. They are essentially good cars, but there`s a whole laundry list of things that goes wrong with them. The up side is that they are quite straightforward to work on if you have the ability to do so. If you don`t pull your own wrenches, a Japanese or Korean car might be a better choice for you. Happy motoring !

      about 24 days ago
    • Lee Graham
      Lee Graham

      THAT'S WHY YOU BUY A BMW 318i (E36 97) 4 Cyl Auto is the dream machine ultimate ride despite being late 90s,,i bought one it had a few issues but now it is fixed and good enough i am happy with the car as all other late 90s cars now look so noob by comparison. Mitsubishi Magna or Toyota Corolla or a BMW 318i (E36 97) 4 Cyl Auto running smooth and silky with Battlestar Galactica take off at traffic lights.....nuff said

      about 24 days ago
    • DehnusNorder
      DehnusNorder In reply to Lee Graham

      INDEED! the Muricans need to learn not to buy the large Engines in German cars. Demand the smaller ones! Heck the 1.0 Turbo is far more reliable than the 2 liter for VW engines for instance. Stop letting those dealerships scam you into these large engines. They are not worth it and only designed for luxury cars. And that means luxury maintenance. German car dealers in the USA are scam artists, and if they scam you? Kick up a fuss with the office in Germany, scream if you have to. As you muricans deserve better than this.

      about 22 days ago
    • Markus RiverRhine
      Markus RiverRhine

      this car was clearly mistreated all its life.

      about 25 days ago
    • Kinna Secondary School
      Kinna Secondary School

      I thought this guy was hired by Toyota but watching more of his reviews, I have come to learn that he is brutally honest. And extremely knowledgeable too.. I have now subscribed to his channels

      about 26 days ago
    • G T
      G T

      Basically finds the most abused , poorly maintained BMW possible and does a video talking shit why their the worst used car lol.

      about 26 days ago
    • navarrouk34

      They’re great! Great pieces of junk!

      about 26 days ago
    • Doran_jetsetter

      I had one of those... same model/year and colour.. same problems.. best thing when I got rid of it

      about 27 days ago
    • Piotr Kus
      Piotr Kus

      I would never ever buy a german very happy with lexus products

      about 27 days ago
    • EmpirioN1

      I love that SOMEBODY has balls to say the truth about these "premium" cars. Don't get me wrong, I owned BMW E46 330 Cabriolet. And I liked it. Reliability was ok, but I had same problems with the interior "rubber plastics". And typical control arm problems and so on. Had actually less problems with other cars.. Well, Opel was a different story...

      about 28 days ago
    • Black beast E550
      Black beast E550

      I haven't mee someone that doesn't have issues with their bmw...

      about 28 days ago
    • Wojciech

      Do you took this car from the scrapyard? Because I had 2 of e46's and they where supreme cars.
      Smells like Toyota fanboy 😉

      about 28 days ago
    • navarrouk34
      navarrouk34 In reply to Wojciech

      Wojciech I had one too, it was crap!

      about 26 days ago
    • Th3xtr8ctr

      I drive a 2002 BMW e46 318i. Bought it for 2500€ two years ago. Over two years I invested 3500€ in Maintenance and repairs. It’s a great driving car if everything works. To be honest I drove over 50.000km since then. Sad to see such a car die a slow and painful death.

      about 28 days ago
    • Robyn hud
      Robyn hud

      I own a '98 Z3 2.8 its never given me issues ,good american engineering i guess. Buy a good example and like most older cars , look after it.

      about 29 days ago

      Wow, that car must have rarely been in the garage. We owned 3 BMW's nothing looks like that.

      about 29 days ago
    • Bill Mill
      Bill Mill

      The interior starts to deteriorate in Germs.

      about 29 days ago