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E46 Xi Forum
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 02-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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What is the highest model for an xi or bmw wagon.....im fairly new to bmw but love the look of the bmw wagon i have a 2000 328ci but thinking of switching i want a good powerful xi modle....just need advice thanks
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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330xi if you want an E46. 335xi or x-drive on the E90/92.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:06 AM   #3
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In the US, e46 xi wagons only came in 325.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
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Im used to working on late american models and engine swaps are fairly easy, how is it for bmws? Is it the same or would i have to deal with mostly computer and wiring and sensors? And is it even posible to put an m3 engine, transmition and rear axle in a wagon?
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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Yes it's possible to drop an M3 engine and all the other bits into a RWD wagon, I wouldn't try it with an Xi wagon though.

The swap from a 2.5L M54 to a 3.0L M54 is a piece of cake as all the sensors and stuff are the same. Only different one is the MAF. Swapping the S54 from the M3 in is a lot more work since mostly everything is different.

Good part is that you can get M3 power out of a supercharged M54 3.0L and that can go into either a RWD or an Xi.

The biggest question I have for you is why in the world do you need/want an Xi in San Diego?

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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Ok thanks i at least have something to start on.
Well i am not sure weather an xi or somthing else but i love the look of a sport suspention on a wagon and would love the thrill of the pwere of a m3 in a car like that....its different
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