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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 04-10-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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Suspension - Sachs/Koni Combo?

I'd intended to refresh my 05 325xi's suspension using Sachs shocks and struts but Koni struts seem easier to find, and significantly less expensive. Does anyone see a problem with putting Sachs shocks on the rear and Konis on the front? Common sense tells me that sticking to one brand would probably be ideal, but maybe it doesn't matter so much. Thoughts? Thanks!
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:38 AM   #2
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Stick with one brand. Buy the Koni struts for Xi and e36 m3 rear koni shocks.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:01 PM   #3
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So the e36 M3 rear Koni's will fit a 325xit? If so why the e36 M3 besides being little stiffer?

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Old 04-13-2016, 05:55 PM   #4
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So, all Koni would be better than all Sachs? My mechanic wants to use all OEM (Sachs, going by the part #s he listed), saying that Koni and Eibach are known to leak/squeak some.

OEM is supposed to be the smoothest and most reliable way to go, yes? (That's what I *think* I understand from the lengthy-but-helpful sticky on the subject, here.) I was leaning away from Sachs due to cost, but the Koni struts are in the same $200- $300 range as the Sachs seem to be.
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Old 04-14-2016, 01:25 PM   #5
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So, all Koni would be better than all Sachs? My mechanic wants to use all OEM (Sachs, going by the part #s he listed), saying that Koni and Eibach are known to leak/squeak some.

OEM is supposed to be the smoothest and most reliable way to go, yes? (That's what I *think* I understand from the lengthy-but-helpful sticky on the subject, here.) I was leaning away from Sachs due to cost, but the Koni struts are in the same $200- $300 range as the Sachs seem to be.

No, the Koni Sports are far superior to the Sachs OE dampers. Also realize that your mechanic would NOT be making any Profit on the dampers if you personally buy them & bring them to the mechanic for him to install.

Having the ability to adjust the Koni Sports is a GREAT thing, the front struts can be adjusted in seconds, the rear shocks are unfortunately a PIA to adjust.



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