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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 08-28-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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What transmissions does the Xi offer

Sold my e30 325iX today so I'm looking for a replacement car for winter driving. Been thinking about getting an e46 Xi since I have two other e46's and lots of parts and familiarity with the repairs.

Every vehicle I look at is an auto or steptronic. Did the Xi come as a 5-speed manual? (Won't ever buy an automatic car)

Edit: Should have also asked you guys what items to specifically look out for on a used E46 Xi. (Other than the normal e46 items i.e. Vanos, LCA, VCG etc)

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Old 08-28-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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xi comes in both 5 speed manual and 6 speed manual(for the 330i's)
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:01 PM   #4
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Not sure I'd buy another xi- everything seems to be more expensive (brakes, control arms, etc..) Look at the cv boots (last about 60k miles) and ball joints (have to replace control arm if ball joints are bad $$)

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Old 08-28-2011, 05:04 PM   #5
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I have a 6sp xi.

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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Fellow Cdn(OP)....mine is a 5 speed....parts seem relatively cheap compared to my last bmw....i had an x5....brake parts for the fronts of the x5....cost the same for all 4 corners on the e46? heck thats alot cheaper!!!! so far so good for me....like the cheap gas bills!!
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #7
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Not sure I'd buy another xi- everything seems to be more expensive (brakes, control arms, etc..) Look at the cv boots (last about 60k miles) and ball joints (have to replace control arm if ball joints are bad $$)

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Brakes are only more expensive on the 325xi, the 330xi brakes are the same as the normal 330i brakes. CV boots and drive axles can last longer or shorter depending on how you treat them and the environment in which you drive in. Same for the control arms.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:01 AM   #8
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:49 PM   #9
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I wish I had a manual too....
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:30 AM   #10
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Manual here. Definitely the way to go.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #11
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Brakes are only more expensive on the 325xi, the 330xi brakes are the same as the normal 330i brakes. CV boots and drive axles can last longer or shorter depending on how you treat them and the environment in which you drive in. Same for the control arms.
afaik only the rear 325xi rotors are proprietary, rest is the same as a 325i
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #12
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Golly, I like my automatic. It allows me left foot to tap to the music.
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