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View Poll Results: how should I replace the front driveshafts?
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
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Front drive shafts: final answer?

This is a 2002 325XiT Sportwagon with the GM automatic tranny. 125k miles.

After driving for a while (1hr or more) I start getting a front end vibration upon acceleration, more pronouced if using the steptronic mode. I also get a vibration if I force a downshift using the steptronic mode. I suspect the front drive shafts. Any thoughts?

Tranny is smooth, and has been flushed. Diff oil has been changed. Everything runs well except for this vibration issue...
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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Dont drive the car! Dont drive the car AND finally DONT DRIVE THE CAR!!!

Make sure you diagnosis it first. I stick with rear wheel only. But it could be a guibo/center support bearing problem. Mine was the same situation vibration only when the drivetrain was torqueing or under load. If you can still drive the car smoothly if your drive like a granny its probably the guibo and ****. If not you have to get a whole new drive train. And driving on bad parts can be very costly.

If your replacing it, never take it to a dealer a monkey could do this work it just takes time and you have to be a man and be willing to get your hands dirty. For shits and giggles i took my car to the dealer with the problem and i got a 4000 repair qoute. If it was jsut he driveshaft.

I did it myself and ended up spending 110 bucks on 2 parts. And it was really monkey work. Look up DIYs on pelican parts and ****. I also dropped the whole drivetrain in my garage. If i can dod this anyone can
because my creeper was a skateboard and my car was slammed and less than a foot off the ground on jack stands. Its a pain but you can do it inlike 3 hours if its your first time.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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I would go aftermarket if possible. LTW shaft that is stronger if you can find such a thing. If not i would just get one used off a parts car. BMW charges like 800 bucks.

I just noticed your in CT. If you want i might be able to help you out with the work. Im from stamford area. Where are you from? PM me for details if interested.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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Yeah......I called my local BMW parts dept last month...they wanted $640 for the left front axle. Freaggin Rediculous....no way will I pay that kind of cash. Advance auto had a Chinese made front axle for $78.00 with a lifetime warranty. Thankfully mine just turned out to be a loose CV boot clamp.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input.
Skippy, yes I live in CT but I am in MA for the next few weeks. Thanks for the offer though.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:23 AM   #6
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Make sure you diagnosis it first. I stick with rear wheel only. But it could be a guibo/center support bearing problem.
The OP is referring to the front axles, which are a common point of failure on the xi (AWD) models. Not the main driveshaft between the transmission and the rear diff.

Lots of folks have used the aftermarket axles with pretty good success. They can't really be much worse than the failure-prone OEM axles, right?

Sorry, don't have anything else useful to contribute; I don't have an xi.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:07 PM   #7
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I say go with remanufactures oem axles made by A1Cardone from www.rockauto.com.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=4523422

I voted OEM, but my vote should be qualified.

PS- i have no experience with reman axles, it's just a suggestion.
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