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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 02-05-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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Location: rochester ny
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My Ride: 2001 330 xi
Broken Rear Spring-again 2001 330xi 82k orig owner


I have owned my car since 1/2001. it was built in 12/00. I live in rochester ny, so we have lots of salt/snow. The rear springs break on the bottom of the spring in the small diameter of the spring. I think that the metal is not stress relived properly and that the salt /rust doesn't help things any. The height of the car drops a small amount (1/2 inch or so). The dealers in this area always check the springs when they have your car because it's an easy install . I have broken 4 springs so far and do not beat on the car at all.

I run stock size 17 inch wheels/tires in the summer and BMW 17/7 steel rims/225/45/17 Hakkapelliita's in the winter

Anyway, I need a rear spring or set of springs. My one thought is to install some H & R's and only replace the stock shocks (w/Bilsteins) when they blow out in a year or so. Another thought is to buy 1 or 2 from Bavarian AUTO RECYCLERS.


Pelican and Tischer sell OEM rear springs for $ 120 or so

I can get H and R's for $265 shipped. (that's a set of 4 springs too) CAN I JUST USE THE REAR H & R SPRINGS and leave the front alone for now ?


I just hate to put OEM springs in when i know they are semi defective. This really should be a recall item.

I think I have green stripe color coding on the springs but I have to check. does anyone have a spring or two they would like to sell ?

Any recommendations ? I wonder if the eibachs or h & r's will break like the oem's. Thanks in advance, CH

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