BMW E46 330Ci Sport Convertible
- Mileage: 55,172
- Year: 2004
- MOT Expiry: April 2023
- Exterior Colour: Silver Grey Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 7.0
- BHP: 235
- Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 2979cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The BMW E46 was the fourth generation of the BMW 3-Series and 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.
In March 2003, facelift versions of the coupé and convertible models were released for the 2004 model year. The updates included revised headlights, a revised grille, bonnet and front bumper, new LED rear lights, and an upgraded DVD-based navigation system.
Silver Grey Metallic paintwork, Black Montana leather upholstery, Electric folding soft-top in black, 18-inch M Double-spoke alloy wheels, 5-speed automatic transmission, M Sports Package II, Sports suspension, Aerodynamics Package, Multifunction M leather steering wheel, Heated and electrically adjustable front Sports seats with memory, Front central armrest, Automatic air conditioning, Rain sensitive wipers, Self-dimming rear view mirror, Automatic Xenon lights, Rear parking sensors (PDC), Electric folding door mirrors, BMW cassette radio, CD Changer, On-board computer, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Front fog lights, Clear indicators, High gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium Black Cube interior trim, Velour carpet mats, BMW toolkit, Spare wheel, Spare key.
This E46 330Ci M Sport presents in lovely condition throughout, the metallic grey paint making for a great combination with the black leather interior. The bodywork is in very nice condition and has just benefited from a full detail; there is no corrosion in any of the normal E46 weak spots and the only imperfections to note are a few stone chips at the front, a small graze to the bottom of the front bumper and a pin dent on the driver’s side rear quarter. The windscreen is free from any stone chips and all the lights are in excellent other than one crack to the driver’s side front fog light. The black shadowline trims around the car remain in fine condition as do all the rubbers and chrome badges. The roof is in fine working condition and there is no damage to the fabric or rear screen.
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The interior on this example presents very nicely showing hardly any wear to the leather seats other than some very light creasing to the driver’s bolster. The dashboard and centre console present extremely well with almost none of the normal scratches to the ashtray lid. The leather on the steering wheel, gear shifter and handbrake are all in good condition. The door cards and sill protectors are free from any unsightly marks and the carpets remain in excellent condition, still protected with the original BMW overmats. The boot area is extremely clean with no stains to the carpet and all the tools are present and correct. Some nice options from the factory include the heated electric memory seats and the wind deflector. A car cover is also included in the sale.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine compartment is very clean and presents well with no damage to the black plastic trims or corrosion to the ancillary parts. The car has been well serviced throughout its life and runs very sweetly, providing smooth and effortless performance with a lovely exhaust note from that gorgeous straight-six engine.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All of the alloys have just benefited from a full refurbishment by Lepsons and all of the tyres are of a good quality with plenty of tread remaining. The braking and suspension components are in fine condition and the car benefited from new discs and pads all round in 2020 at 50,910 miles.
This example comes with a full service history. There are 10 stamps in the original service book with the last service having been carried out at 55,075 miles in April 2022. The history file also contains some recent invoices detailing the service and maintenance work carried out along with a raft of old MOT certificates to further verify the car’s low mileage. The document pack and owner’s manuals are also present along with the spare key and V5C showing only 4 previous keepers.
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