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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 01-30-2015, 06:10 PM   #21
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Hey guys,

Been a while since I posted here. Since then I have,

Replaced torn boot on driver side front axle - repacked with new grease.

But that is about it now that I think about it.

Ive been trying to find out where the windshield washer fluid is going and figured out my driver side headlight washer pump is leaking so i gotta replace that. I also have a nice healthy crack making its way across my windshield, and my headlight likes flicker on and off when it rains.... Believe related to a cracked driver side taillight.

Today the car decided to give me a new issue.

The EML, DSC, Brake, and ABS lights all came on and the car was starting and then cutting out.
It is colder today than it has been so I am thinking the battery is starting to go bad.

The battery is rated for about 700 CCA and still holds about 500. The car is not fun to drive at lower RPMs - are these normal signs of the battery going bad? or am I looking at an alternator or something else?
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:56 AM   #22
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Have you checked your voltage in the hidden OBC?
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:55 AM   #23
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Hey guys,

Been a while since I posted here. Since then I have,

Replaced torn boot on driver side front axle - repacked with new grease.

But that is about it now that I think about it.

Ive been trying to find out where the windshield washer fluid is going and figured out my driver side headlight washer pump is leaking so i gotta replace that. I also have a nice healthy crack making its way across my windshield, and my headlight likes flicker on and off when it rains.... Believe related to a cracked driver side taillight.

Today the car decided to give me a new issue.

The EML, DSC, Brake, and ABS lights all came on and the car was starting and then cutting out.
It is colder today than it has been so I am thinking the battery is starting to go bad.

The battery is rated for about 700 CCA and still holds about 500. The car is not fun to drive at lower RPMs - are these normal signs of the battery going bad? or am I looking at an alternator or something else?
ABS, DSC and Brake lights come on when battery is disconnected for periods of time they should self clear after you move the car a few feet once battery is reconnected.

Unless your car stays parked for longer periods of time.. sometimes it can happen that the sensor can get dirty/gummed up and that's what throws those 3 lights (ABS, DSC and Brake). That's the wheel speed sensor.

These cars are very sensitive to voltage, since your getting a EML light also I'd say take the battery in and get it tested.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:29 AM   #24
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First post.
I have the same Xi with a 130k that I've been driving for 6 months. Currently involved with a starter replacement.

Thought I'd piggyback on this thread since I'll be going through many of the same repairs.

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Old 12-17-2015, 11:53 PM   #25
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I took a look at the responses from before on this one.

Regarding the dash lights - i replaced the battery and had no other issues.

I posted pictures of the damage to the car in another thread due to a deer hit. I hope I can fix it and keep driving but we'll see how cheaply I can get the parts.

I did just put a new set of Goodyears on the car. For anyone considering tires - STAY AWAY from Hankooks. I got a set when I first bought the car and broke two belts in the sidewalls due to pot holes. Goodyears Eagle All Seasons were MUCH better but also XL load capacity - I think that is very important on these heavy cars.

Eibach Pro Kit springs with Bilstein Shocks - I have to say, I loved them on this car and it handled amazingly.

I had also replaced rear trailing arm bushing to get rid of a crazy noise in the rear and replaced the windshield. Make sure to check if the rain sensing wipers work before you leave the shop though - the Safelite guy was going to replace the windshield with different glass due it the wipers not sensing water.

I'll stick a picture of the car as it is now right here
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Old 12-19-2015, 04:51 PM   #26
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I have got Hankooks on both my cars. Nice and boyght brand new. I think reason is driving skill.
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