The Details

BMW E46 330Ci Sport Convertible

£12,495

D00001

Specification

  • Mileage: 68,143
  • Year: 2003
  • MOT Expiry: July 2023
  • Exterior Colour: Orient Blue Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Light Beige Montana Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 7.0
  • BHP: 235
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2979cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

The BMW E46 was the fourth generation of the BMW 3-Series, which was produced from 1998 to 2006. In May 1995, the general exterior design of the E46 by Erik Goplen was approved and as a result DesignworksUSA was contracted by BMW to work alongside BMW Group's in-house design team to create the exterior bodywork for the 3-Series range in February 1996. Based on the E36 body shell, the design team put an emphasis on improving aerodynamics and increasing the car's aggressive stance.

The body shell of the E46 was subsequently claimed by BMW to be 70% more rigid than its E36 predecessor, and aluminium was used for an increased quantity of suspension components, in order to decrease unsprung mass. In tune with BMW's core values regarding handling dynamics, the E46 was released with a front engine rear-wheel drive layout and a 50/50 weight distribution. The car was considered by many as setting the benchmark in its class when it came to performance and handling, that was thanks to the E46’s near-perfect weight distribution and sophisticated rear suspension set up; neither the Audi A4, Mercedes C-class, or Alfa 156 could touch it. It was available with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a powerful diesel option.

Equipment

Orient Blue Metallic paintwork, Light Beige Montana leather upholstery, Electric folding soft-top in black, Removable hardtop in Orient Blue Metallic, M Sports Package II, Sports suspension, Aerodynamics Package, Multifunction M leather steering wheel, Electrically adjustable front Sports seats with driver’s seat memory, Cruise control, Front central armrest, Automatic air conditioning, Rain sensitive wipers, Self-dimming rear view mirror, Automatic lights, On-board computer, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Front fog lights, Clear indicators, High gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Black cube interior trim, BMW cassette radio, Velour BMW carpet mats, Removable wind deflector, BMW toolkit, Spare wheel, Spare key, Tailored indoor car cover.

Exterior

This low mileage 330Ci Sport is finished in the deep shade of Orient Blue which makes for a very pleasing combination with the cream leather interior. The current owner has treasured this example and it really does present in immaculate condition; the paintwork has been fully detailed, the car has been kept in his garage and it’s almost completely perfect with only a couple of tiny stone chips on the front and a small chip on the edge of the driver’s door. A very nice option is the removable hardtop which is also in excellent condition with only a couple of minor marks at the edge where it sits on the stand. All of the lights are moisture and crack-free other than a little hazing on the offside reversing light.

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Interior

The cream leather interior has stood the test of time extremely well; the leather retains its matte textured finish and other than a small crease to the driver’s bolster it’s completely free of other wear. The trim around the dashboard and centre console are all in immaculate condition with only a couple of tiny fingernail marks to the ashtray lid, the steering wheel and gear knob are also excellent and the door cards are free of any marks other than a tiny indentation on the bottom edge of the driver side. Everything works exactly as it should including the electric memory seats and air conditioning. The carpets are all spotless and are protected with the original BMW overmats, and the rear seats are without fault. The boot area is also very tidy with no stains to the carpet and inside you’ll find an indoor car cover, wind deflector, and a hardtop stand with cover. All of the tools are also present and in immaculate condition.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Opening the bonnet reveals an immaculate engine bay in extremely clean condition with no signs of corrosion to the ancillary parts and only some minimal oxidisation to some of the aluminium parts. These models are renowned for their excellent power plant which sounds incredibly smooth and provides plenty of acceleration in a smooth comfortable manner. Out on the road this example drives exactly as it should, shifting through the gears smoothly with minimal road noise and no vibrations.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES

The current owner had the alloys refurbished by Lepsons a couple of years ago and all of the badges replaced; they remain in as new condition other than a very light scuff to the edge of the passenger front wheel. All the alloys are shod in an excellent set of matching Bridgestone tyres and the brakes are free from significant wear, remaining in fine working condition.

History File

This example comes with a full and comprehensive service history. It has been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations with a total of 9 service stamps in the original service book, the first 5 being BMW main dealers and the last 4 BMW independent specialists. The last service was done in June 2022 at 68,057 miles. All of the services stamped in the book are also backed up with a file full of invoices detailing the service and maintenance work that’s been carried out from new. The mileage is then further backed up with a raft of old MOT certificates. The original document pack is also with the car with all of the owners’ manuals and spare keys.


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