2003 BMW 330CI E46 coupe — today’s tempter

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

A quick luxury BMW coupe for a fraction of what it cost new.

2003 BMW 330CI E46 coupe — today’s tempter
BMW 330CI is a quick and capable car.

If you’re in the market for a luxury European sportscar, but can’t quite justify an M3, then this car might be for you. It’s a 2003 BMW 330CI E46; which was one of the later in the E46 range.

The 330 in the car’s designation means it’s fitted with BMW’s 3.0-litre straight six, which makes a steady 170kW of power and 300Nm of torque. This engine was added to the E46 range in 2000, and uses double-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing.

Considering its age, the 330Ci has some pretty trick features; six airbags, stability control, abs, electric leather seats and a TV on the dashboard. But the coupe really shines as a performance car, with plenty of grunt and a well-balanced chassis and suspension system.

When the car was released, both a five-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission were available, though nowadays it’s getting harder to find one with the highly sought-after manual option. This example is an auto.

While they don’t have the street cred of an M car, models like this can be a far easier thing to live with. They have decent handling and respectable performance, while maintenance and repair bills will be significantly lower.

The seller of this particular car claims that it is in ‘absolutely pristine condition’ having been garaged and serviced all its life. The 2003 330CI has just under 45,000 kilometres on the clock and is for sale at $25,990 – a long way from the $95,000 it cost new.

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