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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 03-10-2017, 02:42 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2003 330xi
2003 330xi Front end shake above 60mph

Hey all,

New member here! I've been searching around these forums for a while, so I thought I might make a post to gain more concise insights from seasoned bimmer enthusiasts.

Background on ride: I bought my xi about 3 years ago and have done some routine maintenance(ie brake pads, turned rotors, oil changes, new CV joints, etc)

Recently, I have had some shaking going on in the front end, you can see it in the steering wheel and the entire interior for that matter(shaking). It only happens at high speeds; 60mph+ regardless whether accelerating, coasting or braking. You can also feel this in the car very slightly under low speed acceleration 15-30mph, but it doesn't shake like it does at high speed, more of a shimmy or swaying. No noises made.

I am thinking this is either a bad tire, out of balance wheel, bent wheel, FCAB, CV need regreased, wheel bearing, or bad axle.

Any insights through experience?

Thanks you very much in advance!
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:14 PM   #2
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I agree with the wheel balance, bent wheel theory. Start there.
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