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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 10-24-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Starter Replacement on XI Automatic from above without removing Intake Manifold

2004 E46 330XI Starter Replacement:

I created this DIY to help others who are having issues with removing the Starter on an E46 XI automatic transmission. Most DIYs explains how to do it from under the car (not possible for this model) and others required removal of intake manifold to get access to the starter from the top. In this DIY all work is done from above and there is no need to remove the Intake manifold. I tried to include as many pictures to give the DIY’ers a clear idea about what to expect and how to get around by removing parts to get access to starter. The steps are not in order and exact details. I’m sure you can figure out the missing details while at it.

See attached PDF file for the DIY:
330xi AT Starter Removal.pdf

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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...9&d=1351129274

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Old 10-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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awesome

Sure to save time and effort for many of us!
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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Nice details and... Well done!

Wow, that new starter is a beast! Looks like they made a couple fixes and added beef.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #6
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Nice details and... Well done!

Wow, that new starter is a beast! Looks like they made a couple fixes and added beef.
Thanks.

It cranks right away and even much faster than original!
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:05 PM   #7
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Thanks all .....

I benefited a lot from this Forum and the different DIYs that it offers and this is my contribution back to show my thanks and appreciation.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:21 AM   #8
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Thank you , where did you buy the replacement starter ?, why you said do not touch one of the big bolt with exposed wire ?, i don't understand please explain.

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Old 11-23-2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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Thank you , where did you buy the replacement starter ?, why you said do not touch one of the big bolt with exposed wire ?, i don't understand please explain.
oops, my bad. I see why now you said do not touch that bolt with exposed wire lol.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:23 PM   #10
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Thank you , where did you buy the replacement starter ?, why you said do not touch one of the big bolt with exposed wire ?, i don't understand please explain.
BMAparts.com $115 after you return core. What I meant is you don't need to remove it or do anything with it.


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Old 01-03-2013, 07:42 PM   #11
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Thanks for this. I was doing the "from under" approach right now. the transmission thing is annoying. I don't think I want to remove/losen anything overly mechanical. Spent 2+ hours in the cold and snow just to jack it up. I had to lower it again cause the ramps are made of plastic(albeit, the industrial type). This is gonna make it a lot more easier for me. Thanks again.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:04 PM   #12
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actually, i have a question: I can't seem to find the vacuum cylinder.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:55 AM   #13
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I'm not sure why! but my car is an xi model and it was there as described above! Maybe on your car it's in a different location!
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:44 PM   #14
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thanks!
looks like cold weather really getting to us all =)
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:22 AM   #15
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:57 AM   #16
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Great DIY worked great.

a few more notes/tips

I had to take out the bolt on the dipstick bracket and push the dipstick out of the way to get to the nut on the vacuum canister. Even then I could not get a socket on it but a 13mm wrench worked great.

I did not have to break the metal bracket holding the fuel line. If you do break it it might be part 12527513286 but not sure.

The locating pin came out attached to my old starter. Made it harder to line up but not an issue.

Pop out the brake booster (just pull really hard) and unbolt the B+ wire at the jumper location for more working room.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:51 PM   #17
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Great I'm glad you got it all fixed and thanks for the notes .....
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:51 AM   #18
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2004 E46 330XI Starter Replacement:

I created this DIY to help others who are having issues with removing the Starter on an E46 XI automatic transmission. Most DIYs explains how to do it from under the car (not possible for this model) and others required removal of intake manifold to get access to the starter from the top. In this DIY all work is done from above and there is no need to remove the Intake manifold. I tried to include as many pictures to give the DIY’ers a clear idea about what to expect and how to get around by removing parts to get access to starter. The steps are not in order and exact details. I’m sure you can figure out the missing details while at it.

See attached PDF file for the DIY:
Attachment 475389
PDF Link:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...9&d=1351129274
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