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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 02-13-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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2003 325xi rack and pinion replacement!

My rack and pinion is leaking pretty bad on my 325xi, so I was wondering if I can replace it with a rack and pinion from an e46 non-awd.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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I just purchased a new steering rack for my 330xi. Apparently they are different, but I don't know definitively that you couldn't use one off of a rear wheel drive. Considering the unknown engineering that goes into these components, I wouldn't use the wrong part on any BMW system unless you enjoy doing thing twice
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:11 PM   #3
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They are different. Get one from rack doctor. Are you sure the rack itself is leaking or could it be one of the hoses?
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I went the safe route and bought an oem rack because I didn't wanna hurt my baby! How much did you pay for yours Johnny?


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Old 02-18-2014, 09:37 AM   #5
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Rack doctor is rebuilt OEM racks...
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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Yeah but I got one for about $100 less from parts geek. And I'm sure the rack was bad, a BMW tech told me!


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Old 02-18-2014, 10:49 AM   #7
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^ That means nothing to me. Unless the BMW tech showed me the leak and I confirmed it myself I'd be suspicious. If a BMW tech told you that you need a new engine would you do it without more research?
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:58 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=Solomax;16008546]Thanks for the replies! I went the safe route and bought an oem rack because I didn't wanna hurt my baby! How much did you pay for yours Johnny?

I payed $200... I wouldn't recommend other people go this route, but I found one at a local auto recycler and I wanted to swap it out the weekend I bought the car. Also, I was able to inspect it beforehand, otherwise I wouldn't have considered it... even then, its a gamble and I may be throwing $200 to the wind. I consider it cheap entertainment. Rack doctor really is the way to go and if I have to replace this again that's definitely the route I'm going. A rebuilt rack will set you back a little over $300 on the XI and it includes a lifetime warranty (can't beat that!)

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:03 PM   #9
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SoloMax did you ever find a Solution?

I recently Replaced my Rack & Pinion.

I bought mine from Orielly Auto Parts, Rebuilt one for Around $450.00
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:42 PM   #10
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Acts I bought one off eBay for $100 and installed myself, works good as new!


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