Monday, July 15, 2019

BMW = Blue Manual Wagon: 2002 BMW 325ix Touring

The E46 generation BMW 3-series was not that much different from the previous generation (E36) but it did take the same basic formula and just up the goodness factor.  More power, more refined ride, and a better interior are only some of the benefits of the E46 generation, but one of the biggest changes was that BMW decided to export the wagon version into the US market.  Find this 2002 BMW 325ix Touring here on eBay offered for $3125 buy-it-now located in Seattle, WA. Tip from Rod S.

From the seller:

Item specifics
Condition: Used Year: 2002
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): WBAEP33422PE91229 Mileage: 177000
Number of Cylinders: 6 Make: BMW
Transmission: Manual Model:
Body Type: Wagon Trim: 325xi
Vehicle Title: Clear Engine: 2.5 liter
Options: Leather Seats, Sunroof Drive Type: AWD
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows Fuel Type: Gasoline
Exterior Color: Blue For Sale By: Private Seller
Interior Color: Black Drive Side: Left-hand drive

2002 BMW 325xi
Has all season tires with good tread left. Super fun to drive and a beast on the back roads and in the snow!!

Recent work including:
Oil change this month
New spark plugs
All new brakes
New driveshaft (front)
New cv boots

Clear coat peeling on hood, some on roof. Check engine light is on for catalytic converter but I've never noticed any issues with it.

Price does not include ski box

See a better example of a car that only needs a few really expensive items to make it perfect?


  1. Gee, that looks tempting. Could our resident BWM Sages please chime in and tell me why this will instantly become a massive money pit? Thanks!

  2. Because 2000s BMW....would be my first guess.

    Doctordel (the doctordel who has owned 3 E46s and loved them all but had the presence of mind to get rid of them before I lost my 401(k) in them )

  3. Even as I defer to doctordel, I confess to presently driving a 2001 5 speed E46 wagon. Great cruiser. And yes I put a pile of money into it when I burned a hole in the #5 exhaust valve as I had a bad oil separator and kept driving...for 15 K miles after buying it. There is a design flaw of sorts that heats the #5 cylinder in the E46 engines if your oil separator goes bad so check that. After a valve job on all cylinders , new head gasket etc Im good to go.

    At that price point its worth looking at, cause I would want an easy couple more grand or mine for mine. If it checks out, engine and "transfer case " wise, I love the 5 speed wagons.

  4. I'm a fan of he e46. I had a meh-tech 330i that I pretty much had to rebuild all the stuff necessary @100,000 miles.
    Suspension, complete cooling system, coils, fuel pump ect.
    I find them pretty easy to work on.
    I think I would love to own an e46 M3 someday because of the amazing motor. The only negative thing about the above wagon for me would be the need for more Powa! It would need a s54 in it to be really fun.

    1. Sean -- My daily driver is an E46 M3 -- and the motor is amazing, but the chassis/steering/suspension is where the car really feels properly sorted out. It has one of the best trade-offs between sportiness and driving comfort that i've ever experienced. The biggest downside is the price of maintenance is high -- for instance, a DIY oil change will set you back $100. But the price of entry is low and the $$$/fun is great. Get 'em while they are cheap. -Vince


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