BMW E46 330Ci Sport
- Mileage: 51,312
- Year: 2004
- MOT Expiry: April 2023
- Exterior Colour: Silver Grey Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Montana 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, 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.
In March 2003, facelift versions of the coupe and convertible models were released for the 2004 model year. The updates included revised headlights, a revised grille, bonnet, and front bumper, with new LED rear lights and an upgraded DVD-based navigation system.
Silver Grey Metallic paintwork, Black Montana leather upholstery, 5-Speed automatic transmission, Bluetooth phone preparation, M Sports Package, Sports suspension, M Aerodynamics Package, M leather steering wheel, Electrically adjustable front Sports seats with driver’s seat memory, Electric lumbar support, Front central armrest, Automatic air conditioning, Anti-dazzle rear view mirror, BMW CD player, On-board computer, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Front fog lights, Clear indicators, High gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium ‘Black Cube’ interior trim, Model designation delete, BMW carpet mats, Spare keys.
This low mileage facelift E46 Sport presents handsomely in Silver Grey Metallic. The condition of the paintwork is excellent, the body having just been treated to a full detail and machine polish. Being really picky there are a couple of minor imperfections towards the front end, namely a discreetly touched-in mark on the offside front bumper and a few small chips very low down on the nearside corner. Both sides of the car are nice and straight, and all the lights are crystal-clear with no damage or signs of water ingress. Clearly it has been kept inside and out of the sun as all of the plastic trims and rubber seals appear in fine condition. Better still, there is no rust in any of the common E46 weak spots and the underside also remains in very good solid condition.
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Opening the door you’re greeted by a very clean interior space. Both front electric seats are excellent with no damage to the leather and only some very light creases to driver’s seat bolsters to note. The dashboard and centre console are also excellent with little more than some very light marking on the ash tray lid to report. The steering wheel and gear knob are free from any marks and retain a textured matte finish to the leather. The back seats, door cards, and headlining are all extremely well presented, as are all the carpets and original BMW overmats. The boot area is also in great shape and still houses the CD changer and complete BMW toolkit. Everything works just as it should including the ice-cold AC which has just been recharged.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Opening the bonnet on this example is a real treat as it reveals a very fresh engine bay. The car has always been maintained to an excellent standard having almost always been serviced at BMW. The 3-litre straight-six offers effortless silky-smooth driving while still packing a punch when you need to get a shift on. The auto ‘box is a perfect match for the 330 with almost undetectable gear changes. The last service was carried out in 2021 at 48k miles and since arriving with us a full mechanical inspection has been completed for the new keeper’s peace of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Being a facelift example this E46 Sport sits on attractive MV2 alloys, all in great condition with only a couple of minor curb marks to report on very close inspection. They are wrapped in matching Bridgestone tyres all round and the fronts have just been replaced at the current mileage. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, bringing the car to a stop quickly and in a straight line.
This lovely example in attractive Silver Grey was first registered in March 2004. The accompanying history file is complete with the original BMW leather document pouch and all owner’s manuals, a thick raft of invoices, numerous MOT certificates, and the current V5C showing 6 former keepers (current since 2018). The service book is stamped at the following mileages: 15,126 – 22,534 – 27,579 – 33,197 – 34,863 – and most recently at 48,277 miles. The first 5 services were all carried out by Stratstone BMW in Derby, the last by an independent. Since arriving with us the car has been fully checked over by our trusted classic car workshop, and with MOT until April 2023 she’s ready to be driven and enjoyed.
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