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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 08-10-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Location: Boise, ID
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My Ride: 02 325xi 5 speed
New to me 325xi 5 speed with 200k on it

And she is beautiful.... 5 speed, sport and premium packages. Dark grey metallic, 17" BMW rims.

Bought the car last week from the original owner who is a friend and ex co worker of mine. He is now retired. He bought it new and traveled extensively between Boise and north central Montana. So lots of highway miles. Absolutely anal maintenance records from a local shop who is very well known and reputable. 7.5k oil changes, major services regularly and had all the major cooling stuff and alternator done in the last 10k.

Had it up on my rack today and pulled all the belly pans to thoroughly inspect her and to replace all the fluids. It was due for an oil service anyway. Everything looked great. Even the transfer case mount, all the suspension rubbers, etc. looked great with no cracking. This is Idaho, and I have owned many older cars that were local and stuff just does not seem to rot here. We also do not know what rust is, so zero corrosion on anything.

Shocks and springs are on my list to do in the next few months, Rob43 has been helping me with my shopping list there. Still on original clutch and it feels great, but it will go at some point and I will do both drive axles at that point "just because". Put new Continental DWS tires on her last Saturday.

Drivers leather seat has a tear in it so I ordered new leather seat kits that should be here in a few weeks to bring the interior back to new.

I have been pouring over the threads getting a good feel for potential issues since all cars have them and what the fixes are. Cooling system was completely done very recently along with the VC gasket, CCV system and hoses and oil filter housing gasket, so no worries there.

Thanks for all the information on this forum.
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:50 PM   #2
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My Ride: 01 330Ci w/ stick
Wow, you got yourself a great Xi, congrats!
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