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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 08-13-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
Churchfield
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My Ride: '02 330xi 5-spd MT
Slight front axle leak

My '02 330xi developed a slight leak on right (passenger side) front axle where it 'exits' the support bracket attached to oil pan. I believe it generates the slight 'hot oil' smell I note while driving. Is the fluid engine oil? Would that account for the loss of crankcase oil (500-700 miles/quart; Mobile 1, 0W-40). I never see oil on garage floor; only found it after taking off plastic shrouds. Axle was replaced about 10k ago w/OEM.
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