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2000 BMW E46 323iT Sport Wagon (Touring)

2000 BMW E46 323iT Sport Wagon (Touring)

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Details

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 160,100 Miles

Engine: M52TUB25 Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic Transmission

Exterior color: Alpine White 3 Exterior (300)

Interior: Beige Standard Leather Interior (N6HC)

Additional features:

Fine Wood Trim

Heated Seats

Premium Package

Multifunction Leather Steering Wheel

Power Memory Heated Seats

Ski Bag Pass Through

On-Board Computer

Automatic Climate Control

BMW Business CD w/ HiFi Speaker System

Halogen Headlights

Fog Lights

Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

BMW Carpeted Floor Mats

BMW Style 45 Wheels

Background

2000 BMW E46 323iT Sport Wagon (Touring) exterior photo

The BMW E46 Generation (1999 to 2005 3 Series) Sport Wagon was one of the best BMWs ever built. Time has been kind to the E46, aging it with style and grace. It occurred at a sweet spot in BMW model evolution where refinement, luxury, sporting dynamics, and reliability all intersected. The Sport Wagon (“Touring” in BMW speak) was one of the best E46s. It was just the right size and one of the few models that looked as good, if not better, as a wagon than as a sedan. It was made up of the old-school recipe that defined the BMW Ultimate Driving Machine—a normally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine, 50/50 weight balance, and a sporting and connected driving experience. The 2.5-liter M52TUB25 engine powered 2000 model year E46 323i Sport Wagons. The M52TU (TU stands for technical update) was one of BMWs most reliable engines. The M52 is sought after because it had none of the oil consumption issues that plagued the M54 E46s—the engine that powered the majority of E46s. Early rear-wheel drive E46 Tourings are some of the best, thanks to being lighter and minimally optioned, which offers an undiluted driving experience.

Summary

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This Alpine White over Beige 323iT has been one of our personal cars for the last few years. Notable options are heated power seats, the auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic climate control. The M52 engine is rock-solidly reliable and does not have the oil consumption issues of later M54-powered E46s. This one has been properly maintained with no immediate maintenance needs—just drive it and enjoy it. The cosmetic condition inside and out is presentable, but does show normal wear consistent with age and mileage. It is just imperfect enough to use as a guilt-free wagon to haul your gear, dogs, skis, or bikes—all while hauling ass, because after all, it is a BMW! It comes with 1 key, the owner’s manual, carpet floor mats, and the rear cargo cover is present.

Exterior

2000 BMW E46 323iT Sport Wagon (Touring) exterior photo

Alpine White is a classic BMW color, and looks fantastic on Tourings. Overall, the finish is presentable, but close observation reveals some imperfections commensurate with daily driving. The front bumper has some chipping and pitting, and some scrapes from curbs on the lower edges. This has been a Colorado car its whole life and is rust-free. Common areas like the lower doors, fenders, and sunroof drains have no corrosion. The Carfax is clean. The front and rear Roundel emblems are both in excellent condition. All trim and black-work are present and in good shape, with some UV fade. The windshield is crack-free but has light pitting from Colorado roads. The side and rear glass are in excellent shape. The Style 45 wheels have no bends, although the fronts have some curb rash. They are wrapped in Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires with 30% tread.

Interior

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The interior condition is overall decent for an E46 this age and mileage. The carpet has no rips or tears, but does have some staining. The seats are in good shape. There is moderate bolster wear on the driver’s seat, but the Beige hides it well. The Fine Wood trim is in good shape, although there are some of the usual cracks in the finish. The a-pillar trim has the typical wrinkles from living in a sunny state, and they have a couple of burn marks. The instrument cluster and HVAC panel have no failed pixels. The BMW Business CD sounds great. All interior functions work: the power and heated seats work, the heat blows warm, the air conditioning blows cold, and all power door locks and windows work. The blower motor chirps at lower fan speeds. The window regulators are quiet and the sunroof operates correctly. The on-board computer cycles through displays on cue and the auto-dimming rear view mirror is still functioning properly. The rear cargo cover, ski bag, and spare tire are present. One key is included with the sale.

Mechanical

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The M52TU engine starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. The transmission shifts smoothly and does not throw any codes. The suspension is firm and compliant, and the brakes are strong. There are no driveline noises or vibrations. Like any E46, it will need continued care and maintenance, but as it sits, this Sport Wagon is a good turn-key daily driver. We would like to find a new owner who will care for it and enjoy it for years to come.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAAR3346YJM01193
  • Type Code: AR33
  • E Series: E46
  • Series: 3
  • Type: TOUR
  • Model: 323I(USA)
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: M52/TU
  • Displacement: 2.50
  • Power: 125
  • Drive: HECK
  • Transmission: AUT
  • Color: ALPINWEISS 3 (300)
  • Upholstery: STANDARDLEDER/HELLBEIGE 2 (N6HC)
  • Prod Date: 2000-04-12

Options

  • 205 Automatic transmission
  • 210 Dynamic stability control
  • 279 BMW LA wheel without flat-running prop
  • 354 Green windscreen, green shade band
  • 386 Roof railing
  • 403 Glass roof, electrical
  • 411 Window lifts, electric, front/rear
  • 431 Interior mirror with automatic-dip
  • 438 Fine wood trim
  • 441 Smoker package
  • 459 Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
  • 464 Ski bag
  • 473 Armrest front
  • 494 Seat heating driver/passenger
  • 520 Fog lights
  • 534 Automatic air conditioning
  • 540 Cruise control
  • 550 On-board computer
  • 640 Preparation f tel.installation universal
  • 662 Radio BMW Business CD
  • 676 HiFi speaker system
  • 692 Preparation, BMW 6-CD changer I-bus
  • 818 Battery master switch
  • 832 Battery in luggage compartment
  • 845 Acoustic belt warning
  • 853 Language version English
  • 876 Radio frequency 315 MHz
  • 925 Dummy-SALAPA
  • 926 Spare wheel
  • 992 Control of number-plate attachment