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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 10-27-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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xi nasty vibration on the highway

hey guys! my 2004 325xi
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- 3 months ago i replaced the passenger front cv shaft
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i take the same route home everyday, going the same speed all the way home, lately from 90-100 im getting a wicked vibration felt through the gas pedal, the seat and steering wheel. ( i work at a service center) today i got the car up in the air, took the wheels off...inspected, balanced and rotated them. still the problem persist. has anyone had this problem before?
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:31 PM   #2
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i had to get my front right half shaft replaced when i had serious wheel shake at 50-60mph
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:04 AM   #3
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Mine did this when the cv boot was blown. Also could be an axel thing
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:23 PM   #4
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ive got the same issue. have you changed the diff/transfer case fluids? it could be the axles. What brand did go with.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:28 PM   #5
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Generally speaking, bad cv joints will tend to cause more vibration under hard acceleration. Is that one of your symptoms?

Also, with regard to the control arms, it's a good idea to replace them in sets. With suspension parts in general, if you replace a part on one side, you should replace the same part on the other side.

A number of things can cause a vibration, so it can be hard to diagnose. I had a vibration and it turned out to be a worn bearing pedestal.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:11 AM   #6
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I had a vibration and it turned out to be the transfer case Gotta look very close when dealing with vibrations.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:44 AM   #7
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the more i try to fix my xi the more i get more frustrated with it....out of topic but just saying because i have the same problem too
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:47 AM   #8
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Why do you try with a front alignment ?
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:43 PM   #9
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vibrations in the middle of the car

i have a 2002 325xi and i think i have the same issue, bmw tech said it was the front drive shaft , he lifted the car and the shaft had a lot of play.

i can also feel it when im driving . for example im on the highway i let the gas pedal go , and i press the brake and then step on the gas again to resume speed and i can hear a clunck noise and vibrations in the middle of car. im replacing my front drive shaft next weel . i will post results then.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:11 AM   #10
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My bet is that your wheel is bent.

This happened to me - despite balancing all wheels I had vibration only at a certain speed.

You may want to have someone inspect the wheels while being rotated to see if they are perfectly straight.

Good luck.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:54 PM   #11
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My bet is that your wheel is bent.

This happened to me - despite balancing all wheels I had vibration only at a certain speed.

You may want to have someone inspect the wheels while being rotated to see if they are perfectly straight.

Good luck.
Agreed. I have the exact same thing and it turns out 3 out of 4 wheels are bent. It only happens when the front wheels are bent. You won't feel much if you back wheels are bent. Another thing to notice is if a wheel uses an unusal amount of weight to balance, it's an indication that it's bent.

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Old 12-04-2010, 12:08 AM   #12
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i have a 2002 325xi and i think i have the same issue, bmw tech said it was the front drive shaft , he lifted the car and the shaft had a lot of play.

i can also feel it when im driving . for example im on the highway i let the gas pedal go , and i press the brake and then step on the gas again to resume speed and i can hear a clunck noise and vibrations in the middle of car. im replacing my front drive shaft next weel . i will post results then.
Did you have to replace the drive shaft or just repack grease in the boots? If shafts, mind saying what you paid? Think one or more of my front shafts is going bad and I will need to pay my Indy to replace. bTW, still waiting for your results from your shaft replacement.

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Old 12-04-2010, 12:33 AM   #13
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Did you perform a road force balance? A regular spin balance is not nearly as accurate. The road force balance will indicate to the operator the best position of the tire on the wheel. In other words the machine will show the correct position of the tire on the wheel by showing the operator where to mark each then break the bead and take the tire partially off so it can be rotated to the correct position on the wheel. This allows you to have the best alignment between the imperfections of the wheel and the tire.

While many tire shops offer this service you need to make sure the operator knows his stuff or he can screw it up. FYI - I'm told that all BMW dealers are required to have the road force balancing equipment.

Hope you find the problem - I've been there and it sure takes away from enjoying your ultimate driving machine.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:55 PM   #14
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Taking my car in for cv service this week. May need a drive shaft or hopefully just a new boot. Any exp regarding what price to expect from an Indy for this work?
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:16 PM   #15
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Double check the control arm bushings too - I had a similar vibration when a set of Powerflexes I had started to come apart.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:59 PM   #16
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My car just gets a vibration when I floor it. Otherwise, it seems ok. CABs give that symptom too?
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:52 PM   #17
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Yeah, that's what mine was too - it's when you're unloading the front end but still sending torque. It's worth the 15 minutes to check them out.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:11 PM   #18
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I plan to get it checked either Tuesday or Wednesday so will see what happens.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:06 AM   #19
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i am having the vibration problem right around 55mph, i think its just a wheel out of balance, or at least im praying its only that. ive also been told that it may just be because we have a certain kind of strut that does that, because the vibration goes away if i go over 60 or under 50. any ideas?
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:46 AM   #20
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Had same issue last year, was a slightly bent front wheel.
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