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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 12-21-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2003 325xi
just bought a 325xi and uh oh....

hey everyone.

ive been a lurker on here for a while. a few years ago my mom had a 2002 325i and i thought she was going to give it to me for my first car so i registered on here and started doing research. turned out she didnt give me the car and traded it in on a 135i convertible. i ended up buying an 04 525i. i totalled that car a while ago and i havent had a car for over a year.

i just bought a 2003 325xi in orient blue on tan leather. the car has just over 151,000 miles on it and i negotiated to $7k out the door. the car is immaculate inside and out and when i first saw it it was really nice. everything is mint, including the engine bay and everything. definitely the cleanest 3 i've looked at in the past few weeks. today i went back and asked if i could take it for another spin and he said sure. after a few blocks i could smell burning oil and when we got back i popped the hood and it was smoking. the dealership owner who was with me said it was the valve cover gasket was leaking which was a common problem on these cars. he offered to have it fixed before i picked the car up so I'm not too worried, but i just wanted to know what you guys think.

when i got my 5 series i had to have the valve cover gasket replaced as well at 83,000 miles because it too was dripping oil onto the headers.

all responses will be greatly appreciated.

02 JB 325i - traded
04 SGM 525i - RIP 11/18/10
03 OBM 325xi

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