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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 03-06-2012, 06:24 AM   #1
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problem when i shift i get a clunk noise?

What does this mean? Its a2001 330xi
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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if it is a manual, then probably a bad differential bushing.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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Are you shifting before 2k rpm? If so you should rev it higher before shifting, at least 2.5k.

Mine clunks if I shift at low revs but spin it higher and it'll be just fine.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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I noticed some play in my transfer case. that could be the issue too.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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Auto or manual? I have auto and was getting some clunks. Indy re-flashed the TCU and ECU modules to update the software to current (I was still running the original 2002 vintage) and it seems like the clunks went away. Although now I have the dreaded "vibration while in D at idle" that has come up.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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Read some many threads on my iPhone app: all I have to say is..

Turnermotor has 550$ all rear bushing and you can buy transfer and differential bushing separately and jus do it all..

I say this bec it's useless to just buy part by part trying guess what it is knowing that you have 10 years old car that definitly needs All those bushings changed.

I havent done mine! But that's 3rd mission after control arm kit,brake kit
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