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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Drifting

Random Question....are there any disadvantages to drifting our cars? I know we have a pretty complex AWD system
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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Probably when dsc is on cause your brakes and everything are working to keep your straight when you want to be side ways. And drifting in any car will bring faster wear and tear
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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if you're trying to drift, you're better off with a rear-drive car, and probably not an E46. Non-Ms don't have enough power for proper drifting, not to mention the weak subframe which NEEDS reinforcement if you're going to put that much stress on it.

This is just what I have off the top of my head...
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:20 PM   #4
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dont you need rwd for that?
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:24 PM   #5
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i didnt mean drift sorry..i meant like sliding around and doing donuts in the snow/ice
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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i didnt mean drift sorry..i meant like sliding around and doing donuts in the snow/ice
Make sure you turn off DSC and go to town. There's always the possibility of hitting a dry patch of pavement mid-slide so keep that in mind. Also keep an eye on RPMs to ensure you don't go riding the rev limiter. Other than that you should be absolutely fine. If you plan on doing it everyday it could cause significantly more wear on tires and suspension. If you just like to slide a little during a blizzard like I do you'll be fine. Enjoy and be safe

Watch out for curbs, light poles, police, etc
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #7
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what are you like 16? lol j/k yea its not as easy on awd tried with my awd suv. But if you try you can still slide the rear, use e brake too
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #8
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what are you like 16? lol j/k yea its not as easy on awd tried with my awd suv. But if you try you can still slide the rear, use e brake too
lol no i'm 20...and my brother and I were debating as to whether or not it could be done...I say no because would mess up drivetrain components
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lol no i'm 20...and my brother and I were debating as to whether or not it could be done...I say no because would mess up drivetrain components
It most certainly can be done. I do it in my 325ix pretty often
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:33 PM   #10
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AWD would be harder I think. I know M3s are great drift cars. DSC off and the car gets sideways super easily!
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:52 AM   #11
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yes you can have fun with an xi as most of the power (63%) goes to the back wheels. However, it is a bit unpredictable so be careful and be smart with it, don't do it with other cars around you.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:20 AM   #12
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Yea I have a 330xi and I can drift with it just you need to do a little Scandinavian flick to get it started. Don't you e brake you will lock up the tires then you pretty much have zero control.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:24 AM   #13
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Some say that the power is split 68 and 32. Others say 60 40. What is it??
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:27 AM   #14
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in the ice/snow? yeah you can have a lot of fun in a ix in the snow. It will definitely drift/slide around.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:31 AM   #15
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It has to be snow and ice. They so heavy and underpowered for drifting on Tarmac
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #16
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^ Not even. If its rainy the back end will come out in first gear no problem. It helps that i have 3.46s though.
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At least someone's making good use of that winter storm.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:15 PM   #18
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3.46s? What are you talking about??
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #19
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #20
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Ok that's what I thought just making sure. I wish it came with a 6 gear steptronic
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