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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 06-22-2011, 03:00 PM   #21
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HDC has saved me numerous times last winter. My girlfriend lives at the top of a steep hill (about 50-70 yards in length) and at the bottom is a two lane road and a lake. On the way down if you lose control you have 3 options: Hit a tree, hit house, or drive into the lake. Even with a light snow covering her driveway is slick as hell. HDC does a very good job at getting the car to the bottom without hitting any of the 3 options
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:33 PM   #22
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My driveway is very steep and in the winter gets pretty sketchy. At the very bottom of it there is a sharp left hand turn and if you miss it, you hit a fence. I have found that when I try HDC my car goes too fast for that hill and I am always afraid that I won't have enough traction once I reach the bottom to steer away from the fence. So then I just use my brakes and drive carefully down the hill. I haven't found a good use for HDC personally.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:09 AM   #23
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I feel that HDC has a place on a Land Rover or something like that but not on a sport sedan.
I would have to agree. It could be nice on an extremely steep and icy grade, but for the most part, all hills that would meet this criteria get cleared off fairly fast, and it is a sports sedan, not a freight truck. But, I have yet to drive mine in the snow so I am really in no position to give my opinion. I just bought it this past april so I am excited to see how it drives in snowy conditions.
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