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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 08-01-2012, 09:48 PM   #161
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152xxx rear spring an motor mount..got new tires too and an alignment..luv this car and dont know what id replae it with
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:37 PM   #162
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Did cooling refresh
Rt cv axle again- found someone sold me a rebuilt GKN for 125
Today power steering pump

At 68k now

Fuel pump - left me stranded
Alternator replaced was overcharging
at 75 k now
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:17 PM   #163
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128xxx miles nothin really other then a cv boot and axle and I messed up my clutch. That's about it I'm in the process of replacin my clutch
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:32 PM   #164
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...and my passenger front window is slowly dying
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #165
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Drivers side window regulator going.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:11 PM   #166
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I see every one is doing their water pumps and thermostat. What's the best brand that has all medal? I keep seeing Stewart
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:29 PM   #167
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oe/oem and stewart are best.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:04 AM   #168
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Just do I need to only by th thermostats housing? Or also the sensor too? And Stewart is a wp?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #169
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Just do I need to only by th thermostats housing? Or also the sensor too? And Stewart is a wp?
thermostat and it's housing are all one part. stewart is an aftermarket higher displacement water pump
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:41 AM   #170
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Then what is a good thermostat? I plan on keeping the car for years to come. What brand should I go with?
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:27 PM   #171
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Wahler for the thermostat.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:36 PM   #172
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Put me down as part of the valve cover gasket crew. ~130k and 9 years not too shabby. Probably could have replaced it a couple of thousand ago TBH.

Struts and shocks are probably next on the list.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #173
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Wahler for the thermostat.
I just sent back a wahler that leaked after six months. Go OE for the thermostat.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #174
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@135K now replaced water pump, alternator, window regulator driver side rear, expansion tank.... the usual ey??
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #175
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Well I want a non plastic one I plan on keeping the car for a while.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #176
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I just sent back a wahler that leaked after six months. Go OE for the thermostat.
Is Behr OE? I have a new Wahler in about 12 months no issues.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:27 AM   #177
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I just sent back a wahler that leaked after six months. Go OE for the thermostat.
Wahler is the OE manufacturer...
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:38 AM   #178
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I see a whole bunch or window regulator replacements. If your window is struggling, check this out before replacing that expensive part. It might just be one of the brittle clips holding the wire to the glass. This fix takes some time and a 3¢ cable tie (although the cable ties CAN break).
http://www.skene.org/bmw/window/index.html

I've got about 120K miles on my 2004 330xi. So far, the major things have been:

front passenger side axle (the boot had cracked, grease had fallen out, and the car was wobbling roughly under acceleration!)
valve cover gasket
oil filter housing gasket
DISA valve (the flap had cracked off)
Tube Elbow (fixed an air-related CEL, and a high-pitched whistle)
some stupid vacuum tube (fixed another air-related CEL - 10¢ of hose to replace some cracked hose)
Fuel filter (remember to clamp the RETURN line!)
Spark plugs
power steering filter change and fluid change
brake rotors & pads (hint: autohausaz.com has free shipping on those heavy things)
belts & tensioners, including conversion to hydraulic tensioner.

To do soon:
new battery - I'm happy with the 8 years I got out of the original.
Cooling system overhaul (using Bav Auto's kit part no. "E46 COOL AUTO")
transmission filter replacement and fluid change
differential fluid change
VANOS line change (because I'm still leaking oil)


So how do I know when I need to change shocks, struts, and bushings? I know nothing about those things.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:50 PM   #179
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Drivers side window regulator going.
Left rear shock blown at 81,000 miles now

OFHG leaking

FCAB are worn
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #180
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Upper rad hose exploded, expansion tank broke, passenger window regulator, ground wire to tail light (fixed under recall), csb, headliner and pillars, leather stitching split a little in the top of the back seat, vcg was leaking, leaking washer fluid pump, cracked windshield cowling, sway bar end link, a single bad o2 sensor,icv or throttle body was dirty causing car to go into limp mode, and intake boot had a small crack in it. Will be getting another bmw next year hopefully an x3 (manual). Oh, and it has 168k. No lights now just need an alignment and a new window regulator.
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