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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 12-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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what does this light actually mean?

ok so as some of you might know i just picked up my 330xi last week. upon start up i get this light does anyone know what it means? i know the car has xenon headlights and i have figured out that if i turn the light switch to off and/or cycle it and then select the fog lights to on it goes away.

Also on a side note is it possible to change the point of engagement for my clutch? i find it extremely annoying how highly (far away from the floor) it engages. Oh, and while were on that subject i have noticed a slight clunking noise coming from the back when it engages. any idea as to that?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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check right thruster now
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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just rebuilt right and left thruster last night in my sleep
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:23 AM   #4
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Looks like your right thruster went out, uhoh.

It's on like $3 at auto zone though.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:25 AM   #5
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Seriously though.
It means your right taillight is out.

for the clutch, you and get a "T" bolt at lowes and some little rubber barstool feet and make a clutch stop for about 5 bucks. I did, best mod I've ever done
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:25 AM   #6
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Right rear bulb is out or shorting issue (ground is not good enough, very common)

Open your trunk, remove tail light assembly you will see some melting. This is a recall so you could take it to BMW to get repaired or fix it yourself in 10minutes.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=769709

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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It means that the right rear tail light assembly, one of the bulb(s) are not working. There was a Re-Call on the tail light assembly grounds, you can call BMW NA, give them your VIN Number and they can tell you a) if your car was part of the Re-Call and b) if it has been done. If not done, you can register the VIN Number with BMW NA and then take it to a BMW Dealer and have the Re-Call completed. (Make sure/stress to them that you want the negative battery terminal disconnected before they do the Re-Call, the General Module that this will save is your own (a $400.00 part not including re-programming).
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:39 PM   #8
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Same thing happened to me and replaced with new bulbs so far so good. :/
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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Right rear bulb is out or shorting issue (ground is not good enough, very common)

Open your trunk, remove tail light assembly you will see some melting. This is a recall so you could take it to BMW to get repaired or fix it yourself in 10minutes.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=769709
Ya but if you fix it yourself you don't get to have a good laugh over the list of BS problems the dealer magically finds wrong with your car.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:50 AM   #10
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thanks for the DIY and the dealership recall they are both helpful actually. any input as to the clutch situation? its almost as if it just engages hard and it only comes from the back. would the rear diff do this? and as for the clutch stop i dont think thats what im looking for. i want the clutch to engage closer to the floor im 6'3" and the clutch just engages too high for me to drive completely comfortably
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:54 AM   #11
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I'm not sure there's a way to alter the engagement point easily.

Does the sound occur if you make shifts at 2.5k+ RPMs?
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:50 AM   #12
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thanks for the DIY and the dealership recall they are both helpful actually. any input as to the clutch situation? its almost as if it just engages hard and it only comes from the back. would the rear diff do this? and as for the clutch stop i dont think thats what im looking for. i want the clutch to engage closer to the floor im 6'3" and the clutch just engages too high for me to drive completely comfortably
Where in Utica are you? I go to SUNYIT.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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I'm not sure there's a way to alter the engagement point easily.

Does the sound occur if you make shifts at 2.5k+ RPMs?
no it will do it even if i barely touch the throttle, kind of like a thud. hard to describe. its nothing cringing or anything like that and most people probably wouldnt notice it but i dot and want to be sure i can do some PM if need be
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no it will do it even if i barely touch the throttle, kind of like a thud. hard to describe. its nothing cringing or anything like that and most people probably wouldnt notice it but i dot and want to be sure i can do some PM if need be
It will for sure do it if you do it with little throttle. Try to rev it higher and see if it happens.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #15
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Where in Utica are you? I go to SUNYIT.
south Utica right off of Genny by the uptown theatre. i go to MVCC right now. what are you going to SUNYIT for?
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #16
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It will for sure do it if you do it with little throttle. Try to rev it higher and see if it happens.
yeah dont really notice it then but ill try it when i leave school. whats the cause though?
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #17
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yeah dont really notice it then but ill try it when i leave school. whats the cause though?
My thought is that there are a lot of gears that need to keep turning and what you're hearing is the gearing slowing down between shifts at lower revs. When it slows down, you hear the thud as the slop in the gear system gets taken up. When you add more power, it helps the gears to keep spinning between shifts and you don't hear the thud.

In short, don't baby it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #18
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #19
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south Utica right off of Genny by the uptown theatre. i go to MVCC right now. what are you going to SUNYIT for?
I'm going for mechanical engineering. I'll PM you.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #20
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My thought is that there are a lot of gears that need to keep turning and what you're hearing is the gearing slowing down between shifts at lower revs. When it slows down, you hear the thud as the slop in the gear system gets taken up. When you add more power, it helps the gears to keep spinning between shifts and you don't hear the thud.

In short, don't baby it.
yea but it does it when im starting out in first gear too so idk
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