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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 11-05-2013, 09:41 AM   #21
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Can someone tell me: Does the XI get the same front subframe brace as the RWD models? I've looked through all of the Fiches on RealOEM and I don't see that it takes the brace that has the little door in it to get to the oil drain. If it does, mine is definitely missing.
Yours is missing mainly because Xi doesn't have a removable front brace, it's all one subframe component. You have to drop the belly pan to get to the drain plug or just use an oil extractor.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:23 PM   #22
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Yours is missing mainly because Xi doesn't have a removable front brace, it's all one subframe component. You have to drop the belly pan to get to the drain plug or just use an oil extractor.
Thats what I thought, but many parts places list the RWD front subframe brace as compatible with 325xi.

I am missing the middle belly pan. I have the front pan, and for some reason I always remove it when I'm changing the oil even though I don't really have to.

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Old 11-06-2013, 01:36 PM   #23
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Thats what I thought, but many parts places list the RWD front subframe brace as compatible with 325xi.

I am missing the middle belly pan. I have the front pan, and for some reason I always remove it when I'm changing the oil even though I don't really have to.

Thanks for answering my question.
realOEM should be the only place you are looking for parts compatibility. Don't trust most part places since they often times have errors in their database.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:10 PM   #24
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Thats what I thought, but many parts places list the RWD front subframe brace as compatible with 325xi.

I am missing the middle belly pan. I have the front pan, and for some reason I always remove it when I'm changing the oil even though I don't really have to.

Thanks for answering my question.
Don't think it will fit but for a third the cost, get an oil extractor.
Yes, it does remove all the oil. I recently extracted my oil then pulled the oil level sensor to change it.
Zero drip.


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Old 11-09-2013, 09:58 PM   #25
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Back to the thread, do I "really" need to buy the inner ball joint.


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Old 11-09-2013, 10:04 PM   #26
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Back to the thread, do I "really" need to buy the inner ball joint.


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Back to the thread, do I "really" need to buy the inner ball joint.


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Why would you not? If you need new arms, why not do it all so you won't be back there in six months?


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Old 11-10-2013, 11:32 AM   #28
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Your right but with a baby coming, I just got married, and bills it don't have any money.


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Old 11-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #29
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Your right but with a baby coming, I just got married, and bills it don't have any money.


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Then you may have been better off buying the cheap arms and ball joints and hoping they held up a couple years. Did you place your order yet? If not, that may be an option
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:55 PM   #30
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I already place my order but in gonna order a pair of inner ball joint too anyways.


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Old 11-10-2013, 11:29 PM   #31
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BMAparts has the arms for 175 a piece do the inner ball joints while your there


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Old 11-11-2013, 02:44 AM   #32
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Even if you look hard the kit won't be less than 600 for an XI but that's the price I have to pay for it to be running like it suppose to.


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Even if you look hard the kit won't be less than 600 for an XI but that's the price I have to pay for it to be running like it suppose to.


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You'll be glad you did.

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Old 11-11-2013, 11:06 PM   #34
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Thanks!
I'm just waiting on the parts to get here.


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