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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 10-25-2011, 07:56 AM   #21
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I'm servicing two AWD 2003 BWM's a 325xi and a 325xit and a 1996 328i (different thread) My wagon has a few more miles 150K vs 120K for the sedan. Both seam to be following the same maintenance. Themostates, CAB's ball joints, CV boots. Replaced one DISA (flapper broke) and fix the rattle of the other with JB Weld (It's been good for over a year so far) Both ICV's were frozen, removed them, cleaned them and freed them up. Replaced the vanos seal on the higher mileage one, made a big difference in power and smoothness. Also replace on one or the other, Fuel pump, front wheel bearing, front axles. Good luck you are entering the maintenance zone where things need to be replace 100k to 150 K. i'm looking at doing a clutch this winter, fun, fun
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:49 PM   #22
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why are you changing? what's wrong with the ones in there? sometimes i feel like i'm the only bimmer owner that doesn't have thousands of money to throw into my car whenever i feel like it. it's not like i'm a high school or college student. i have a graduate degree and make good money. wtf?
Control arms and a full inspection 2 type service made a pretty incredible difference in how nice my car drives. That said, it's expensive to do all that and the car was reliable and road-worthy before I did so. there's a cost/benefit analysis to be done, as always. and that analysis has to be individualized. I'm willing to "waste" a lot of money on the car. but then, to me it's not a waste.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:12 PM   #23
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A month ago I cleaned my ICV and inspected my DISA, all good. Two weeks ago....DISA broke...WTF?!!! Replaced and all good now.....just don't tell my car that..
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:36 PM   #24
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Hey guys,
I am thinking that i have major issues but need to check everything..

This is what i've done while replacing the brake pads, I moved the wheel back and forth and heard some clanky noise.. Not sure if the wheel movement is even right (shouldn't they lock or something??)

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The steering wheel feels kinda though to turn and when turning sometimes it does not turns back.
While driving the car pulls to the left, and the steering wheel seems little off when the tires are straight.

In the morning the steering wheel also makes a funny sound.

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The car has 95K miles . I think i have to do a major inspection and see what's going on down there....
I'd prefer to take it to a shop but would also like to see it for myself.. ( so i can learn as well)

Bushings, boots I get it, they are open, leaking etc they have to be replaced, but what do i look for in the control arms to make sure if they are good or not?
how do i check the CAB's ball joints?
, what other thing should i look for?
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:13 PM   #25
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Jack up your car so you can move each wheel front to back and side to side. Really shake it. Your ball joint is probably fine if there is no play in the wheel. If the wheel feels loose and you can rock it back and forth, even though the lugnuts are tight, your entire control arm, which includes the outer ball joint, will need to be replaced.

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:50 AM   #26
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I'm going to be getting bushings, clutch/flywheel, thermostat and water pump, and all belts replaced at an independent shop.

What is a fair price for that work not including parts?



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Old 11-21-2011, 01:08 PM   #27
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Just got FCABs, CV boots and joints, all belts, water pump, and coilovers installed. Now I've got a shake under heavy acceleration. When will it end?
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:27 PM   #28
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^I'd get your tires balanced and an alignment since you changed the suspension geometry with the coilovers.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:42 PM   #29
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I had them aligned the same day the coilovers were installed. Is a balance really necessary?

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Old 11-21-2011, 04:57 PM   #30
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I had them aligned the same day the coilovers were installed. Is a balance really necessary?
Check to make sure it was all installed correctly. Your control arms might be shot at this point...
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:27 PM   #31
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I'm going back in tomorrow to have it all checked out.


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