E46 Xi Forum
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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|07-11-2013, 06:36 PM||#182|
Join Date: Oct 2010
My Ride: 2004 330xi, 3 pedals
My E46 will for sure be my one and only, I'm moving on to something more reliable and cheap to maintain once it doesn't make sense to keep fixing this thing.
|07-11-2013, 07:15 PM||#183|
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
My Ride: 02 325xi
|07-11-2013, 11:14 PM||#184|
Join Date: Dec 2012
My Ride: 2004 330xi
Got mine in December @ 126k now it's @ 140k and I've replaced:
Both CV axles (dealer paid for it), starter, alternator, DISA, FCABs, FCAs, Inner Ball joints, Front passenger wheel bearing, Torn Intake boot, Steering Coupler/Guibo, New tires, Front brakes (pads and rotors), Power Steering Reservoir cap gasket, Front sway bar end links.
I had no knowledge of what the previous owner had done (or not done to it) because it was purchased from an auction and didn't have anything but the title.
|07-18-2013, 10:57 AM||#186|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Jersey
My Ride: 04 BMW 325XI,06 GSXR
Man where do I start...
Things I have done in the past 70000 miles...
Control arms and bushings...
Cooling system over haul...
Valve cover gasket..
oil filter housing gasket...
Brake pads and rotors (twice)...
I am actually about to drop a crap load of money on the following items in the next few weeks...
Differential fluid flushes...
Oil pan gasket...(looking like a nightmare job)
air filter./cabin filter..
both front axles again...
control arms again...
urethane bushings this time...
power steering fluid...
Water leak in battery compartment...
Luckily I am able to do all this myself and my friend gets parts at around dealer cost...Otherwise I would set this car on fire....
Last edited by RoLLiN247; 07-18-2013 at 11:07 AM.
|07-18-2013, 11:31 AM||#187|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Maryland - Land of Taxes!
My Ride: 325Xi
I have 122k miles on mine now and this is what I have dome in the last 50k miles...
Things I have done in the past 50000 miles...
Control arms and bushings
Cooling system over haul with new everything, including radiator, hoses, Stewart Water Pump, etc...
Electric fan conversion
Oil Filter Housing Gasket
Valve Cover Gasket
New Spark Plugs
1 new coil
Final Stage Resistor (Getting ready to buy another because I think this one is starting to go bad!)
New pads & rotors
New Fuel Filter
2 Window Regulators
Today I am adding new Koni Shocks & Struts, VB3 18X8.5 with Michelin Sport Pilots - 235/40/18 and getting it aligned. I also just added a new MTech bumper!
Parts I have in the shop to do soon and stuff scheduled...
New OEM Fuel Pump
Cleaning the ICV
Replacing some hoses and fittings.
I figure after all this work, aside from a widow regulator every now and then, tires every 4--50k miles and normal PM work, I'm set for the next few years. I plan on putting 300k+ miles on this car.
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|07-21-2013, 02:27 AM||#188|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: snohomish, WA
My Ride: 2003 330xi
111k Control Arm Bushings, cv boot, water pump preventative, front brakes
120k Valve cover gasket
130k "Fan with cover" on fuse box(fixes cricket noise), Oil Level Sensor, Oil Filter Housing Gasket.
133k water pump(again!), alternator, tail light recall
150k steering knuckle guibo(if you have some annoying play in the steering wheel - search on this!!)
162k fuel pump(low power, then no start - super easy fix)
Belts, idler and tensioner pulleys, 2-3 times in 5 years.
Had her since about 100k, great car!!! Did it all myself, never been to a shop so far.
Last edited by eso123; 07-21-2013 at 02:57 AM.
|07-21-2013, 11:53 AM||#189|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Soda Springs, CA
My Ride: 04 ZHP
Sold my xi for a zhp but the first week of new ownership the xi ate a fuel pump at 153k...then the filler breather line popped off the filler neck...That car was dead reliable for the 50k I drove it...never an issue then bam!
The girl loved me when she bought it now she hates me (despite me covering all the work)
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