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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 06-03-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Autozone reman cv axle?

Anyone have experience with aoutzone cv axles?

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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There's a chance they could be the flavor FP Groton sells. These Chinese buggers are known to be sub-standard quality. A foreign manufacture would be tricky to track down but you could order them in, peek in the box for country of origin and walk away paying a restock fee if they scare you. I've read where guys have had their axles rebuilt with success. I doubt there's many aftermarket makers out there? You get what you pay for.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:33 PM   #3
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Just go to Napa and get a cardone.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:21 PM   #4
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If you return a cheap one for the core, and it gets rebuilt, no way to know what the real source of your rebuilt core was? Do we assume they toss the non BMW? Hum, no way to know easily on the rebuilts......

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Old 06-11-2011, 03:23 PM   #5
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I have about 20,000 miles on my auto zone axle and everything is fine. No rips in the boot at all and I haven't noticed anything with the axle itself. Just a note my car is also lowered too...however when I did mine I was lookin for a cheap quick fix. If I had the money and time I would have spent more money for something more reliable. But overall I'm pleased with mine
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:38 PM   #6
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After much research, I decided to give the FCP Groton axle a try for my passenger side. I didn't want to do a reman and give up my OEM axle as a core. I can not find a GKN axle anywhere in stock. I'm thinking about having it rebuilt and keeping it on hand in case the FCP axle gives out sooner than expected. I will report back after I complete this project.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:52 PM   #7
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Dude, check post #2 where I was specifically warning you. On the general site, I think "WhiteXI" went through three of the FCP G. axles and properly condemned EVERYTHING from them. Complete Chinese junk. You get what you pay for. Good luck.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:16 PM   #8
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Dude, check post #2 where I was specifically warning you. On the general site, I think "WhiteXI" went through three of the FCP G. axles and properly condemned EVERYTHING from them. Complete Chinese junk. You get what you pay for. Good luck.
I figured I'd give it shot and see if it will hold up until I can get my current axle rebuit. I'm checking with Raxles to see if I can send it in to them for rebuilding.

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Old 06-15-2011, 09:10 PM   #9
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After much research, I decided to give the FCP Groton axle a try.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #10
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Kub ... why yes I think it may be twice as funny. However, the joke's on the buyer of that knock-off junk. Tee-Hee.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #11
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Hi Guys -

Sorry to hear that someone had bad results with axles he got from us. Much like many other major suppliers, we source our parts from similar manufacturers.

However, not withstanding, we are working hard on monitoring our quality and also note that all our axles are covered by a Lifetime warranty as well.

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Old 06-16-2011, 09:18 PM   #12
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Hi Guys -

Sorry to hear that someone had bad results with axles he got from us. Much like many other major suppliers, we source our parts from similar manufacturers.

However, not withstanding, we are working hard on monitoring our quality and also note that all our axles are covered by a Lifetime warranty as well.

Cheers!
Don't forget about your xi control arms. I know someone who tried them too. . .
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:49 AM   #13
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Hi Guys -

Sorry to hear that someone had bad results with axles he got from us. Much like many other major suppliers, we source our parts from similar manufacturers.

However, not withstanding, we are working hard on monitoring our quality and also note that all our axles are covered by a Lifetime warranty as well.

Cheers!
I'm giving your axles a shot since there is no core and a lifetime warranty. Free shipping also helps.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:15 AM   #14
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For what it is worth... I have about a year and a half (maybe 10k) on my cheap FEQ axle and there is nothing wrong with it... I think I paid $80 for it from Parts Geek. I could replace it 3 times and still not have equaled the cost of a BMW re-manufactured one.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:46 PM   #15
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I bought FP groton Axles and have no problems. Installed last August and still going.....otherwise I will be using my LIFETIME garuntee.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:57 PM   #16
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^Yeah, all the Chinese axles don't fail- they just seem to fail about 10x the normal rate.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:54 PM   #17
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Does Empi make axles for the 325xi?? A lot of us in the Volvo world use them for replacement axles on the cheap and have had great success with them. I also like the quality of their rebuild kits overall - they are 1/3 the price of the Volvo kits and I haven't had a problem with anything from Empi aside from one boot tearing most likely because it got pinched a bit when I installed one of the clamps.

If they do make an application for the 325xi, FCP should stock those instead of the FEQ brand.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:55 AM   #18
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I have no problems with mine yet. 80 from autozone after core
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