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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 02-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #1
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It's back and alive again!!!!

Just wanted to let you all know, she is back and running great again.

Some of you may recall that I slid into a curb back on 12/26 doing significant underbody damage.

Bent sway bar and links
Bent busted cross member
Shattered steering rack
Tweaked righthand frame rail where cross member bolts in
Cracked bumper and all underpan/ facia plastic parts shattered
Busted radiator, expansion tank, radiator mounts, electric fan, and belt tensioner.
Drivetrain pushed 1.5 inches rear and cracked mounting point on the transfer case
Deployed airbag, seatbelt, and battery pyros

No insurance was involved, did not carry collision on this car as it is 9 years old. At first it seemed like it could be rebuilt for under $5k. However, as usual, the costs creep upward. Over $6k now, mostly parts and my labor but she is back on the road and runs great, no ill effects and after an alignment all parameters are good to go.

Thanks to:
Ed Good Auto Body for excellent work and adherance to their estimate
Tisher BMW for low cost quality parts
Bav Auto for low cost quality parts
Faulkner BMW for the service work to align and reset airbag system
Weber Brother's Auto for the amazing deals on quality used parts
e46 fanatic Ted, for a a nice OEM front bumper skin

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
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good work buddy, that's what this is all about... elbow grease and savings... car looks great. Drive safe
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
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Well done !!!
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #4
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Nice work . . .snow tires for next year?
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:29 PM   #5
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Great to hear, Mark!! Looks great with the Mtech-1 bumper. I'll have to come up and check her out sometime.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:35 PM   #6
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Congrats.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:15 PM   #7
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That was some serious damage. Congrats on the success of the repair.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:40 PM   #8
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Glad to hear it. Looks great.
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