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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 11-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #21
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There are lots of options out there, but the top two in my book would be AFE, and Rogue - I had them both on my car, couldn't get any better than this:

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Old 11-09-2012, 12:11 PM   #22
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They sound the way I wanted, smooth, lower toned, like a sports sedan.
a nice growl with rapid acceleration, reassuring background hum when cruising, no rasp or drone.
it's not easy to say if performance is improved, I have no way to measure it, But it feel better. Economy is improoved (even though I might be using it harder) by about 6% on the 128. Not had time to evaluate the 2004 325Xi economy yet.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:11 PM   #23
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Yea It does thank you. I just want to see what types of mufflers people enjoy to have.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:45 PM   #24
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There's many examples on YouTube to listen to. Just search "E46 exhaust" and lose a few hours of your life listening to our cars with different systems.

Remember, very few manufactures will have full Cat-back systems for an XI. The pipe bend is different for our cars. Mufflers listed for 325i will fit dandy fine. We share the same muffler setup.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:32 PM   #25
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There are just so many things to do. I don't wanna mess with the cat at all.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:08 AM   #26
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I have a full supersprint setup on my xi - headers on back, but I am not running cats. They could easily be welded in however.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:33 AM   #27
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Well i am not a welder but I was thinking more just changing everything slowly. Like first new exhaust then new headers.
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