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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 04-15-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Best sounding exhaust for 05 325xi.

My budget is under 1000$. I am just having a hard time deciding which is the best for the money. There are alot out there and I just need some direction on what to get that sounds amazing.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:57 AM   #2
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It's a very subjective question.

Feel free to play the vid in my signature, it's a header & Magnaflow 16533 Cat-Back.



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Old 04-15-2015, 12:32 PM   #3
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It's a very subjective question.

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Ill back up the 16533. But again, very subjective. Depends how much volume you want, rasp, pitch, ect.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:12 PM   #4
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My budget is under 1000$. I am just having a hard time deciding which is the best for the money. There are alot out there and I just need some direction on what to get that sounds amazing.
Way too much IMO for what you get. better sound and very little HP increase.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:16 PM   #5
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Hit YouTube and search "E46 exhaust". You can also search with E46 leading different muffler brands you come across. You may find some solutions add annoying drone (at cruise) that may make talking or listening to music a challenge. Others produce a loud rasp reaching a certain RPM where some open systems pop like a firecracker on deceleration. There will never be any noticeable performance gain.

I like a deep, throaty, Euro-cool sound. Not to loud but not exactly stuffed up. James Bond Aston Martin tone if ya know what I mean?

Anyway, listen carefully to examples on decent full-range PC speakers with sub or use quality headphones. Remember people shoot these examples with cheesy cell phones so often the sound is misleading. You'll get the basic idea though.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:24 PM   #6
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My budget is under 1000$. I am just having a hard time deciding which is the best for the money. There are alot out there and I just need some direction on what to get that sounds amazing.


I went with the Corsa/UUC TSE3 on my 330xi. New its $1500 but I got one in great shape used for $700. It's more than I wanted to pay (my budget was $500-$600), but I love it tbh. Makes driving my car that much more fun. Sounds like a beast below 4000rpm in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd then screams at higher rpm. Its loud and aggressive but not obnoxious which is exactly what I wanted. No drone or rasp either. The twin can design with 3" tips looks sweet too. Looks relatively stock but definitely doesn't sound it!
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I went with the Corsa/UUC TSE3 on my 330xi. New its $1500 but I got one in great shape used for $700. It's more than I wanted to pay (my budget was $500-$600), but I love it tbh. Makes driving my car that much more fun. Sounds like a beast below 4000rpm in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd then screams at higher rpm. Its loud and aggressive but not obnoxious which is exactly what I wanted. No drone or rasp either. The twin can design with 3" tips looks sweet too. Looks relatively stock but definitely doesn't sound it!
Agree, the TSE3 is a good choice. But my 16533 was $300
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Agree, the TSE3 is a good choice. But my 16533 was $300
Yup, which is why if I had to do it over again I'd get a 16533 or a used Rogue Ikon and save money. It's all for sound anyways. Love my TSE3, but it was not the smart purchase, especially for a college kid like me.

Btw CarbonZHP, you have the nicest looking ZHP I've seen on here. The M6 rims and custom diffuser are badass! Just wish it was a hardtop!

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^ Nice clip enjoyed the editing - well done. I liked the tunnel idea and should be required. That thing has a wicked sound especially bouncing off 6.5K!! Hoo Hoo - BaWaaaaaaaa.
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Haha thanks. Yeah I do too sometimes. Ill save it for the future M!
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^ Nice clip enjoyed the editing - well done. I liked the tunnel idea and should be required. That thing has a wicked sound especially bouncing off 6.5K!! Hoo Hoo - BaWaaaaaaaa.
Thanks. It's still a bit choppy especially the word descriptions but I made it last summer one night and gave up.

I try to hit as many tunnels as possible when driving around. That tunnel is the best in the state that I know of but its almost an hour away. Car sounds incredible blowing through tunnels with the windows down. I was just in sport mode in that clip. It sounds even better in tiptronic/manual shift since it gives me a little more control when picking gears. Slowing down and down shifting to 2nd then POOOOOWWWWWWWEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #12
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TSE3 is freaking incredible. Heard it a few times in person, although I can't get an exhaust due to my work hours/where I park my car it is one of THE best sounding E46 exhausts.
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