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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 03-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #1
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Axle/Starter DIY/Repair XI specific ?

I need at least one new axle, and I also need the starter replaced. I dont have the patience to do this right now, so I will be taking this to a shop that was highly recommended. They are pretty cool and will even let me bring in my own parts, but we are stuck on pricing for the labor.

so here are my questions:

on the Labor - to replace the starter, do you have to remove the front axle (approved method), and then the starter is cake, or is there more to it than that?

On the starter, I keep seeing two different styles (bosch or ND). Is there a specific starter type I need to find?

On the axles, do you need to replace the output seals on the dif? One for each side?

On the axles, for the people with the Cardone units from NAPA, how has that gone? The price difference is overwhelming....

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Old 03-24-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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so here are my questions:

on the Labor - to replace the starter, do you have to remove the front axle (approved method), and then the starter is cake, or is there more to it than that? There's a lot more to it. There's a thread on here about DIY starter replacement. Made me never want to turn my car off...

On the starter, I keep seeing two different styles (bosch or ND). Is there a specific starter type I need to find? Check for the right PN on realOEM and then cross reference that with Pelican Parts, should get you in the right neighborhood.

On the axles, do you need to replace the output seals on the dif? One for each side? Not necessary that you replace in pairs. If one is leaking, just replace that one.

On the axles, for the people with the Cardone units from NAPA, how has that gone? The price difference is overwhelming.... No idea, haven't done it yet. Fingers crossed.

Thanks!
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