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.


    • Jose Ramirez
      Jose Ramirez

      To me great car but if you want to own one you have to maintain it .take care of it. It takes care of you. If you don’t have money for repairs don’t even bother the bmw badge adds so much money to repairs.

      about 3 hours ago
    • Jerome B
      Jerome B

      Did General Motors buy BMW? I had a 90 Buick Electra that had almost everyone of these problems. I NEVER WILL BUY GM OR BMW

      about 5 days ago
    • Jeffrey Small
      Jeffrey Small

      They say American cars are bad

      about 8 days ago
    • DrElectron1

      I have a 2000 323i that I purchased new and it has had all of the problems described here plus more. I've also had front end alignment, A/C compressor and air bag issues. Fortunately, I can fix a lot of these problems. If you have an out-of-warranty BMW and you depend on the dealer to maintain it, it will send you to the poor house. However, if you drive to the poor house in your BMW, you will have a smile on your face.

      about 14 days ago
    • CharroTradicion

      All these butt hurt bmw guys lol

      about 15 days ago
    • zwsw-jsvl

      Thanks for the info to all of the consumers be aware of german cars! I have learnt even ALL of the bmw latest models are the same piece of shit as this craps! Never buy German car again!. Very costly to fix it!!! Don't buy it!!!

      about 15 days ago
    • Bernhard Jordi
      Bernhard Jordi

      The car you show us has >15 years (today)and almost 300'000km on it.... you show us interieur, label and frontpart they are not as new anymore. A beauty point is not a need for a shopvisit. The main problem you show by pictures. sure they exist but with what car we can compare to say its a bad car? According my 3x E46 in version 330xd i had ... take care of all what contains rubber and change the aut.gear-oil. A Coolant leak is not (always) a breakdown. A Beamer might be exotic in US, but somewhere else they fix them quick. If you can not afford a new car you may start to handle problem by your own, because you are driving a OLD CAR. Good and save drives to all of you!

      about 17 days ago
    • Ibra

      YourCarAngel you are a joke i like you, dont Drive any BMW they are not for you, you will be more happy with your TOYOTA LOL as your facebook profile show what a loser

      about 17 days ago
    • YourCarAngel
      YourCarAngel In reply to Ibra

      I can see by your subscribers on your channel - ZERO - that you are a real winner.

      about 12 days ago
    • Javier Messías
      Javier Messías

      Even the 1.9 liter european models could crack the subframe mounting points. The panel is just awful design and it can't handle the torque of day to day driving. Shame because it's a really nice car to drive on twisty roads.

      about 18 days ago
    • Stefan Ilie
      Stefan Ilie

      It's all about how you take care of a car,an e46 definetly deserves a better caring than a japanese car because its a real succes from bmw,built like a tank,my car is a 2004 e46,255.000 kilometers,but The interior looks like brand New,not a scratch,The headliner looks like New,The carpet The dash and every fabric,it was always a Garage car

      about 19 days ago
    • Johannes 90
      Johannes 90

      I own a BMW e46 with 190.000km on the clock, never had any of these problems just usual things that needed to be replaced like the brakes/tires/oil filter and shock absorbers, I guess the european build BMW are better.

      about 20 days ago
    • Рома Зайцев
      Рома Зайцев

      Sagging headliner - had it on my both Audi's. Something you gotta embrace having a German car. :)

      about 22 days ago
    • Hockey Guy8586
      Hockey Guy8586

      Lol this guy acts like you HAVE to take it to a BMW dealership only lol You take it to import shops and get yourself an extended warranty for cars over 100,000 miles and expect a $100-$200 deductible which isn’t bad for a BMW. Problem solved lol

      about 23 days ago
    • drummerdude

      They also rust like crazy, love to drink oil, and everything leaks! Gearbox/coolant/engine/power steering. Absolute money pits.

      about 24 days ago
    • PepsiPunisher

      I've never seen an E46 as bad as this. Excessive heat (more than usual in Europe I imagine) makes all the glue come off

      about 24 days ago
    • RandomUser221

      LMAO all them buthurt BMW cash bleeders. They always cry when you try to criticize them, like these are the perfect brand (far from it really).
      Not only they are overrated in EU, 90% of the time the drivers behave like assholes for some reason when they drive them.
      Really arrogant towards pedestrians and other drivers. However not counting summer they are rather useless rest of the season and most guys buy them to prove something... Like they lack or have confidence issues.
      If I have to pick EU car - either OG Saab or Volvo. Fuck the BMW and the Benz.

      about 28 days ago
    • Claudia Rivera
      Claudia Rivera

      Soo true I had a bmw 330 and it was a lemon

      about 29 days ago
    • Sascha Dittrich
      Sascha Dittrich

      Der BMW e36 ist ausgereifter.
      Aber, dass was hier gezeigt wird, ist echt schlimm

      about 1 month ago
    • dwight augustin
      dwight augustin

      He talking the truth but the e46 is great all that interior parts you can get at the junk yard

      about 1 month ago
    • Reefdevil

      I had a 97 e36 M3 - my car had almost all of these same problems too. Really fun to drive, but that's about it. BMW's are good for leasing and nothing else.

      about 1 month ago
    • meelustrike

      Damn, making me think twice about my decision on the bmw, I seen one for 5k used

      about 1 month ago
    • Andrei L
      Andrei L

      I don't know how a car with 118k miles can have so many defects.. If you look for example in Germany there are BMWs 3 Series from 2015-2016 with more than 150k miles that look and run almost like brand new.. I think it depends also on how the owners are maintaining the cars, not only that these cars are worse than other cars..

      about 1 month ago
    • Aussie Shane
      Aussie Shane

      You need a Hair cut.... And something to eat.

      about 1 month ago
    • Aussie Shane
      Aussie Shane

      1995 Year 200,000klm BMW e36 Convertible.. Everything works perfectly. And I love it.

      about 1 month ago
    • Miles Sheppardson
      Miles Sheppardson In reply to Aussie Shane

      I’ve had Bmw’s for the last 20 years, one of my car I’ve owed for 13 years and 160000 miles later still no problems. Just because you have a bad car that has not been looked after doesn’t make all BMW’s bad . Man with a pony tail, what do you find under a pony tail? AN ARSHOLE

      about 8 days ago
    • ahi 2na
      ahi 2na In reply to Aussie Shane

      Aussie Shane those cars were made much better than the newer models

      about 19 days ago
    • Ali Tehrani
      Ali Tehrani

      BMW and Mercedes are good as long as new once used ,piece of junk too much to fix and complicated , buy a Chevy much better car easy and cheap to fix

      about 1 month ago
    • Roger Barrett
      Roger Barrett

      This guy has absolutely hit the nail on the head- If you watched UK top gear/ The grand tour ( which I love) Ckarkson and his mates spout on about BM's, Alfa Romeos, VW's, Maserati,s etc but what they rarely mention is they all cost a fortune to maintain and they all turn to crap normally sooner than later. I worked for main dealers all my life in the UK as a Tech, our dealership franchises were BMW, Renault, VW/Audi and then finally for a while Honda. I went from doing endless warranty work on stuff that didn't even last a year, especially on Renaults, to nearly no warranty work at all on the Hondas. In the end there was only routine service work to do and quite a few of the guys had to leave as there wasn't enough to keep us busy. So what did the bosses do?- Aftre 5 years they moved the Honda agency to a much smaller site and took on Citroen. It saved the day as back came the warranty work and loads of failing cooling systems, door handles, window regulators, broken suspension and god knows what else. Since those days I have only ever bought Honda or Mazda- I'm like Scotty Kilmer - Rev up your engines ( as long as it;s Japanese) !!

      about 1 month ago

      It's an old car! Got to expect wear n tear!

      about 1 month ago
    • mista gregory
      mista gregory

      My 1988 E30 325is is in great shape, none of these issues whatsoever.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jacob Lopez
      Jacob Lopez

      Fuck you

      about 1 month ago
    • JettKicks23

      He also has to remember that this car is almost 17 years old

      about 1 month ago