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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 05-19-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Arrow XI's and TPMS

I'm trying to understand why I keep getting the yellow light after I reset it.

Can we confirm that 03 and Up 330XI's have TPMS and not the older monitoring system that M3's use?

It's my understanding that TPMS was only used on 330XI's with Run Flat Tires and I have no way to confirm I had those as I am not the orginal owner. I also don't see any TPMS valve stems.

I did review my options and it states I have this option.

S265A REIFEN DRUCK CONTROL (RDC) Tyre pressure control (TPC)

I did some searching but there are not real consciousnesses on what we actually have on the XI's vs the RWD.

I'm trying to understand if I have TPMS and then I probably need 5 new sensors.

Any insight here is appreciated.



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Old 05-19-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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What is the exact "yellow" lamp look like that comes up? We have an '04 MINI (made by BMW) that uses ABS sensors to detect any loss of tire pressure comparing rotation pulses to others. It seems to work with a loss as little as 5-8 lbs. I've thought this works better and easier compared to the TPMS tire stem technology. The lamp in the MINI is yellow and looks like an international icon of a flat tire. There is a dedicated reset switch below the E-brake handle. The manual clearly cover the lamp and reset procedure.

I've never came across anything about this in our cars?
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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It looks like this (!) I have a Mini as well and the system is straight forward as well as the one I had on my M3. Do your XI have the TPMS Sensors? I'm trying to isolate which years had what.

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Old 05-20-2013, 09:18 AM   #4
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I have the same problem. I have done the reset exactly as the manual states and the yellow tpms light comes on again after a few minutes. First of all you have to check your drivers side B pillar for the label. It should have an RDC label if you have that system, which I do. When I got new tires the shop checked for dead batteries in the sensors and they could read them so they thought it might be the RDC computer itself, which would mean an expensive trip to the stealer for reprogramming. I will just check the pressure myself and forget about it.
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