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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 07-11-2013, 05:12 PM   #181
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Are you sure it's not the tie rid assembly? I know they cost more but it shouldn't be that much more.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #182
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Upper rad hose exploded, expansion tank broke, passenger window regulator, ground wire to tail light (fixed under recall), csb, headliner and pillars, leather stitching split a little in the top of the back seat, vcg was leaking, leaking washer fluid pump, cracked windshield cowling, sway bar end link, a single bad o2 sensor,icv or throttle body was dirty causing car to go into limp mode, and intake boot had a small crack in it. Will be getting another bmw next year hopefully an x3 (manual). Oh, and it has 168k. No lights now just need an alignment and a new window regulator.
After all of that you want another BMW?

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.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #183
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After all of that you want another BMW?

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.
I got it for 3.5k, and knew I was getting into trouble. If I'd paid more and thought it was going to be a peach I would've been pissed. Nonetheless, I don't want another e46 I want an e83 x3 hopefully they're better, that or a jeep. Besides the only thing that would have pissed me off is if the engine or the tranny died, most everything else I can work with, but you're right some things are just stupid and aren't worth the hassle with this line(imo). The only way I would get another e46 is if it were a perfectly priced and pristine zhp or maybe even an m3, but I want some more space and ground clearance so the x3 is probably going to be my decision.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #184
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My Ride: 2003 Jet Black 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.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:01 AM   #185
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Calling all high mileage xi owners (what has broken?)

Right axle.
Fuel pump. I installed aem pump 100 bucks.

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #186
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Man where do I start...
133000 miles...Auto...

Things I have done in the past 70000 miles...
Both axles...
Control arms and bushings...
Cooling system over haul...
Oil separator...
Valve cover gasket..
fuel pump/filter...
oil filter housing gasket...
vacuum hoses...
DISA valve...
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...
Trans service...
Oil pan gasket...(looking like a nightmare job)
Coolant flush..
air filter./cabin filter..
wiper blades..
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....

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #187
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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...

Both axles
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!)
GM5 Module
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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Old 07-21-2013, 01:27 AM   #188
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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.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:53 AM   #189
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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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Old Yesterday, 09:09 PM   #190
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Bump , curious to get update on what high mileage xiers have replaced, I'm at 95k now .

Did rear shock front struts ,FCABs, OFHG , high pressure power steering line.

Need to do passenger rear window regulator.
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Old Yesterday, 09:25 PM   #191
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My Ride: '01 325xiT, '85 M635
I've got 115k now.

My brakes were overdue for pads and flush. Decided to do rotors too as mine were pretty old and edges were caked with rust.

Recently did my front suspension:
Steering tie rods, sway bar end links, one of the control arm. Ball joints were pretty shot, I had clunks and some vibratio at speed.

Also did a rear window regulator.

Need to do my valve cover gasket (maybe whole cover)...still.
...................2001 325Xi Touring..................1985 M635Csi..................
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