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    some buying advice - series 3 vin's etc

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    time is getting close to getting out and looking for a 'm.

    so, I'm leaning more towards a series 3 e46 conv. either 325//328

    so a couple of questions

    1> is there a differance between the fuel consumption (real world hiway) between a 328 and 330, (there appears to be more 330's out there.

    2> VIN's ; are the VIN's in the same place and regarding confirming identity are there any things specifically BMW that will help me

    3> Are there any specific labels that should be there to make sure it hasnt been sprayed, EG the Porsche 944's had a factory paint label and also a VIN stamp that should not have been painted.

    4> Any good buyers guides

    thankssssssssssssssss

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    I love the 330, looks so clean, my best mate downunder had an E46 328si (is that a model ???).... lovely car, really quick and pretty
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    I've been doing some research into fuel consumption,

    can anyone chime in as to real world? thanksClick here to enlarge

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    Thats pretty accurate for avg fuel consumption. Of course with a manual you can drive conservatively and probably get better but part of the fun of a 328/330 is winding out that inline 6. Remember, these cars take premium fuel, so while fuel consumption should be a deciding factor, it is what it is, they aren't going to be the most economical sedan you can purchase.

    The newest f30's with the n20 / n55 turbo motors get much better fuel economy but now your getting into a different price range.
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    thanks bobs
    most of the time its commuting with cruise on Click here to enlarge

    yeah I understand, that, damn I forgot premium fuel, damn thats gonna cost
    but will it screw up stuff if I use the cheaper fuel?

    any ideas on the VIN plates, i.e. where they are and how to spot a fake one or cloned one

    cheers

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jaye944 Click here to enlarge
    thanks bobs
    most of the time its commuting with cruise on Click here to enlarge

    yeah I understand, that, damn I forgot premium fuel, damn thats gonna cost
    but will it screw up stuff if I use the cheaper fuel?

    any ideas on the VIN plates, i.e. where they are and how to spot a fake one or cloned one

    cheers
    Did you end up getting an e46?

    I have a 330i and I get ~30 MPG on the highway. I run 93 but sometimes if I'm only going on a long highway trip I may use 89.
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    hey zhpasta
    no, actually the cars I was looking was making me feel to go dealer; esp. for the w'tee,
    advise seems like if things go wrong there usually expensive. at present funds cant be justfied for that kinda money

    I'm presently looking at Audi A4 (quattro) 2.0t cabs, but colour for me is impotrant (black pref.)

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