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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 04-01-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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Looking for mods!

Hey there! I'm new here and to bmw! It's my first car and it's completely stock, and I don't like it that way. I'm Looking for some cheap mods to do, simple, maybe a tad bit of time consuming but really anything to make it look better or go faster! Thanks!

2002 BMW 325xi
120k miles
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:52 PM   #2
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Fix whatever is wrong with it first.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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See now that's the reason I bought it, there is nothing wrong with it!


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Old 04-01-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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See now that's the reason I bought it, there is nothing wrong with it!


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I knew that was coming.

Do you have complete maintenance records for the past 60k miles? Have you seen the underside of the car on a lift/jack stands? Have you done a detailed inspection of the engine bay while looking for the known and common issues with an M54 engine? Have you driven it for a week to see if there are any CEL's that will pop up? It's a 12 year old used car with 120k miles of someone else driving it. Unless you know exactly what was and wasn't done, there's something wrong with it. At a minimum, it needs new ATF, TC fluid, and diff fluid in both diffs. Probably many other things too.

You are not the first to start one of these threads and then come back in a couple months asking for help fixing something. Trust me when I say that it's naive to think there's nothing wrong with that car.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:36 PM   #5
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Thing you can do:
-Matte black kidney grills
-Clear corner lights
-Change up the roundels
-Halogens
-Springs/Coilovers
-Trunk lip

There's just some possibilities, the list goes on
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #6
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At 120k miles if there's not something wrong with it, there will be soon!
Preventive maintenance is a must, don't make the same mistake I did.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:51 PM   #7
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Check maintenance records for:
-Cooling system(exp. tank, water pump, thermostat, ect.)
-Valve Cover Gasket
-Crankcase Vent Valve (Do you live somewhere cold? Get the cold weather version)
-DISA valve probably needs cleaning
-VANOS seals
-Front control arm and bushings
-Tie rods
-How do the axles look? Boots torn?
And it goes on...
As far as performance goes, I just put on some Koni shocks and Eibach springs and now it feels awesome. Now planning for a 6speed manual and superchager in the next year or so.
Take care of the car and it'll take care of you.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:58 PM   #8
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Okay, I will! Thank you! Also, I'm not sure about suspension yet, I just got the car, don't want anything to major

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Old 04-01-2014, 09:05 PM   #9
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Check maintenance records for:
-Cooling system(expansion tank, water pump, thermostat, etc.)
This is a big one. These alloy block cars with expansion NOT conventional cooling systems can melt down from any of the "weak link" cooling components listed above. It can make for a bad day when at speed the temp spikes because coolant is blowing out a split expansion tank seam. Under two gallons of fluid (total drain capacity) leaves the party quickly. You have literally seconds to shut the car down risking blowing a head gasket to warping the head stretching the head bolts!

Pay attention to this commonly known "cooling system rebuild" practice normally performed every 60-80K.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:09 PM   #10
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Hey dom. Hit me up on facebook and we can go over this pig
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:40 PM   #11
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I would get it mechanically sound first...
New pads/rotors
replace ALL fluids
Check for rear subframe cracking (common issue with the e46 series)
Replace all filters: cabin air, air, fuel, transmission (this should be done when replacing fluids)

Before you lower with springs/coilovers:
check tie rods, full assembly
check the cv joints and drive axles

Another thing I would HIGHLY recommend:
do the tail light fix outlined by the recall
replace the regulators and motors in the windows
check headliner for sags, worn spots
restore leather interior... condition or redye if needed

As far as cheap/easy mods:
window tints
springs/coil overs
wheels/tires
headlight assembly... angel eyes
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