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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 04-09-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Looking to do some mods on my 2005 325 any ideas??


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Old 04-09-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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Or examples?


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Old 04-09-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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Maintainence may not be a mod but it'll make ur car feel better driving. Someone will say Maintainence so I'll be the first.

Cosmetic stuff
-new rims (vmr etc)
-new speakers
-some type of dynavin
-short shifter (very fun!)
-new bumpers and side skirts
-m3 steering wheel wrapped in alcantara
-repaint or wrap the interior trim in Di not
-hid retrofit (also pretty cool)
-angel eyes if u like the look.

Just some ideas. That is all I've done to my car.



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Old 04-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #4
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:58 PM   #5
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Sweet those all sound awesome. How about subs? I know a bit about speakers but nothing about car speakers. Who makes the best these days?


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Old 04-09-2014, 01:31 PM   #6
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Idk too much either I went off best reviews within my price range. I don't have subs. That's gets too complex for me plus in my mind the cabin in our cars is fairly small anyway I feel like good speakers could generate enough bass but some may not agree.

Ppl talk a ton on speakers just use search on here or on Google and specify e46fanatics to find specific threads on this site.

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:55 PM   #7
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I'm a big music guy so I'm not looking for the rattling bass but a goo emphasis on the lower tones, the stock speakers do an okay job with the higher tones and mid range


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Old 04-09-2014, 02:21 PM   #8
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Yea new speakers should make the mids and highs better. A new head unit will also make sound quality better in most cases. Real good speakers should also have good bass maybe JL audio?

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:07 PM   #9
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Look into Bavsound for your subs/speakers they seem to make pretty high quality products.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:34 AM   #10
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That sounds equipment looks nice, since it's high quality I don't see it as a problem but with a lot of new cars the sound system sounds like it underwater.


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Old 04-10-2014, 02:25 PM   #11
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Sweet those all sound awesome. How about subs? I know a bit about speakers but nothing about car speakers. Who makes the best these days?


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I replaced my entire system in January.

Alpine head unit
Alpine Type R speakers front and rear, Type S would have been sufficient but I got a deal on the Type R
JL Audio 900/5 amp
10 inch JL audio sub in the trunk.

You will need to be careful which speakers you choose. We have a very shallow mounting depth in our cars. The Alpine were a tight fit but they went in.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:15 PM   #12
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How are the tweeters on those?


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Old 04-10-2014, 08:55 PM   #13
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It was a huge improvement. I actually enjoy music in my car now.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:10 AM   #14
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I have a Kicker L7 that balances the car's much-needed lows beautifully. Wired off of the rear speakers for easy installation. If you don't have a fold down seat like I don't, you'll have to remove the bottom part of the rear seat to run the remote wire to the fuse box. Everything else should be accessible in the trunk if you are running low-level outs to the upper deck rears. Mine is a ported 12 and still fits just fine, make sure you definitely go ported for deep bass! Here's a pic of my setup before I wire tucked and put battery cover back on:

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