Both are good but expensive cars to own and maintain. The only think I had go wrong in the e46 in 9 years was three sensors and a door seal. Interior is also a lot better but nothing can beat the exterior of a 328i coupe. The office act as if they could not find the car. This way I won't be ashamed of what's under my hood.
The seat belt is in such a position where it hits the door trim and dents it. Far more superior and wayyyy more comfy than my Honda accord and the 4cyl turbo had plenty of power and acceleration! I have owned it since it was new. I am seeing a lot of nice 2011s on the market with around 40k miles. Missing bolt meant that the gear had to be replaced. There's no saving money on one of these- either you pay more up front or you pay more in repairs. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink.
It's in the little 3 Series. To me Turbo's tend to feel mundane unless you push them hard or accelerate quickly where as non-turbo feels more solid in its response. If you want something that compares with the G37 power look at the 335. Ok I'm looking at a G37 Coupe and 328i Coupe at the moment and everybody I know previous owners of bmws are telling me to never buy the bmw. Dealer confirms using this is important. For instance, I much prefer manual transmissions, so the G25 and nearly everything else Nissan builds these days is out, and I prefer naturally aspirated engines, which eliminates the 335 and I believe all 3-series before long. A G25 is a direct competition to the 328.
You'll be very happy in a 328i, though Japanese competition generally has better reliability. My point is that any car can have problems especially with all the electronic goodies in them. A G25 is a direct competition to the 328. Never in the shop except for standard maintenance. It's is pealing and cracking.
Drove fine forward, no warning light, just wouldn't reverse. I test drove both cars and wow. Many people think of the 3 Series as the quintessential sport sedan. I know for the first year or so its all good but then 2+ years later it all goes down the drain. I am not sure if I will be able to negotiate the price down on the extended warranty. It's unfortunate but I've seen it a lot. The regular warranty covered the repair.
I am on my third 3 Series vehicle. It took two trips to the dealer and several days to diagnose the problem. Maintenance is part of ownership, regardless of what car you buy. Hope we'll see you back here in your own Ultimate Driving Machine. To me Turbo's tend to feel mundane unless you push them hard or accelerate quickly where as non-turbo feels more solid in its response. I will buy another M next year and hope to get the same quality and performance.
Even in the worst automotive sales climate in nearly two decades, more than 90,000 people in this country bought a 3 sedan, wagon, convertible, coupe or M last year. Being a picky engineer I am religous about regularly servicing the vehicle and have replaced the brake discs I believe they are undersized due to the weight of the car and they warp prematurely Before this I drove two Mercedes M-class sedans, a Lexus and a Saab 900. Now I have a 2011 328 and in 5000 miles it's been flawless. I drove both the 328i and a G35 pretty close together, but both in sedan form and both with manual transmissions. No it's not as fast as a G37 or as well equipped. Young maverick-type men and attractive suburban women can't, for the life of themselves, stay away from this car. Thank goodness it was covered by the new car warranty! One at 52K, one at 75K, and one at 98K miles.
Be an informed consumer and research the cost to repair and maintain optional equipment. I wanted 6 cyl, and btw I'm getting an average of 28 mpg and after about 1500 miles it should go up 2-3 mpg, which is plenty efficient. The only other things on your list other than oil changes - already answered is 1 cooling system. I was on the first leg of a road trip and the Service Engine Soon light came on. Or use it for other things.