A 5-speed, straight 6, rear wheel drive station wagon with a red leather interior? That's more than enough for us to ignore the "unique" orange livery on this BMW Wagon. And, if we're being honest we kind of dig the orange anyway.
German wagons are no stranger to the Moto Roster HQ garage. We've got a 2006 325xi now, and we had a 2004 E46 wagon that was hamstrung by the practicality of an automatic and AWD. This seller however checked the right boxes (literally) when he special ordered this one with just about a perfect build sheet.
The seller has long write up on his eBay sale so we'll leave it to you to pour over the details. What we get from reading it is that this is exactly who we want as a previous owner. Starting with special ordering the car and carrying through with 15 years of thoughtful maintenance and non-detrimental upgrades.
The seller claims that all of the normal E46 issues have been addressed, and the 180,000 miles on this car would tend to back that up. The sport package is a great (and rare) option on the wagons, and we have found anecdotally that it makes these cars less susceptible to the cracked rear springs and mounts that can be common. We like lots of the sellers "deletes" such as the sunroof, and tacky wood trim though we wouldn't mind cruise control and heated seats. Even the heating controls on this are basic rotary knobs, something we don't recall seeing in other E46's but maybe it's just an early year thing.
This is our favorite body style of the modern 3-series, and a 5-speed RWD car with the practicality of a wagon is an easy sell. Drive this one, even with 180k miles, and then go test drive a new X1 and we guarantee this old girl feels more solid, fun, and overall BMW-like.
Find it here on eBay in Barboursville, Virginia with 5 days of bidding left. We'll be watching this one closely; if it stays under 6k we might have to make an impulse buy and figure out what to do with it later.
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