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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 08-09-2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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Rear Shocks

I need to replace my rear shocks. I have ordered the Bilstein HD shocks from bavauto and they are on back order for about 2 weeks. I have been doing some reading and it seems like there is a high failure rate for the Bilstein HDs.

I have 90k miles and am running stock springs. Should I stick with the Bilstein HDs, go back to the Sachs OEM ones, or spend the extra money on M3 shocks.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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HDs would be my choice. I didn't like the m3 shocks with stock springs.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Yes, the HD's do have a high failure rate. The passenger side rear started leaking about a year after install. TMS send the old one back and I received a replacement free of charge. I am now waiting for the other side to start leaking.

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Old 08-09-2011, 01:46 PM   #4
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Yes, the HD's do have a high failure rate. The passenger side rear started leaking about a year after install. TMS send the old one back and I received a replacement free of charge. I am know waiting for the other side to start leaking.
How does the ride feel from OEM to the HDs?
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:08 PM   #5
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Being the old shocks had 92,000 miles on them and were gone, I really had nothing to compare the new shocks to. With 150,000 miles on, the car still handles very well.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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How does the ride feel from OEM to the HDs?
These are extremely hard, but if you want a solid feeling when driving then go for them. The grip is incredible.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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lifetime warranty and 10minutes to change = best buy for the money. order them up from TMS as they handle their own warranty where as BavAuto makes you go through Bilstein who just switched their warranty department to their California location leading to higher shipping costs for replacements.
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