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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 11-17-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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2003 325xi broke down today HELP!

I love BMW but dam. this is my 2nd one its a 2003 325xi auto ive only had it 2 months tomorrow it has only 123k mi on it and has ran like a dream. All but the once in awhile low idol. Anyway when i got off work I let my car warm up for a good 10 min as I did this morning as it is brutally cold here in Indiana today. I got about halfway home and dropped my buddy off at his house as i pulled off all the sudden I pressed the gas and the car didnt move.Then as it reved higher I heard a GNARLY sound metal on metal possibley. I took my foot off the gas and pushed my car to the side of the road I tried every gear nothing no clunk into gear nothing. As my tow truck buddy got to me we realized the car rolls freely in park. The trans has never even shifted hard. If i can figure out the problem I can fix it but I have searched for hours online and the only thing close to the same problem I found was on a 08 X5 and it was the transfer case . Please help. I miss my car already.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:07 PM   #2
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Anyone had anything like this ever happen?
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:03 AM   #3
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Hopefully it's just a blown axle.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:51 AM   #4
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1) It's not good for your car to warm up.. Not sure how cold it is where you are but it can't be any colder than down in East Coast Canada.

2) Sounds like a blown transfer case or maybe even transmission
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:19 AM   #5
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Do not recall how the front axles attached to the transfer case, but if they are snap in axle, one may have popped out.

If one of the axles pops out, the car will not move and the car will not hold in park.

Otherwise the transfer case or differential may be an issue.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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My bet is a broken CV joint in one of the axles.
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:07 PM   #7
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bmw says that you should drive your car in low speed to warm it up. not by revving it in park.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:45 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about your xi problems. Let me share my experiences. Oct. 13th, 2014 I bought a 2004 325xi Sport Wagon with 110,480 miles. The previous owner left receipts for the four years of ownership, totaling $8,000 parts and labor. It thought the car had been well maintained and I probably wouldn't have to spend much to own it. So far I've replaced a defective steering angle sensor, paid the dealer to program the new steering angle sensor, replaced two broken rear coil springs, had the rear view mirror re-manufactured, replaced a leaking right front axle shaft seal, and replaced both motor mounts. Today I realize that my power steering pump is worn out and I have a recurring P0171 and P0174 codes being generated. Wow, I'm thinking this is my last BMW. The good part is the paint is brilliant, the leather interior is impeccable and the handling is superb. Oh well, maybe it isn't so bad after all. It's such a pleasure to drive when the gremlins aren't causing problems!
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:58 PM   #9
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So, OP, what was it??
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:03 AM   #10
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I know this thread is dead but in case anybody else is having similar issues, I had the EXACT same issue as OP and it turned out my front left cv axle had broken. I sincerely hope this helps anybody else who is experiencing these problems.
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:41 PM   #11
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They don't even have to break, just pop out of the dif a little.
][/2003 325xi auto Stahlgrau almost modless, just lots of new parts. 1998 328is 5sp lowered, X-brace, Sparco strut brace, HIDs and almost everything blacked out
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325xi, transfer case, transmission

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