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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 11-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #21
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Or this one?
http://www.autogallerychicago.com/we...inois/4409620/
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:24 PM   #22
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Nice ride, if u pull the trigger follow mangos new to e46 thread. Change the fluids, do fcabs and other bushings and cooling system. My car has around the same mileage and that is when stuff starts to show usage. Especially the suspension
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:51 PM   #23
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I found another one. What you guys think?

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...&&aff=national
Apple Chevy is close to Orland Park, where Bavarian Auto Werk (ask for Ryan if you call) is located. He can check the car out for you before you buy it.

Take it from me, a Chicagoland area resident that spent around 2 months either going to/calling countless lots/dealers in my general area before I bought my 325xi: be wary of small dealerships or places like Auto Gallery Chicago that was listed in a previous post. A lot of those small places are owned by Russians, Europeans, etc. and basically....they're full of ****. Not only do we have some of the best corrupt politicians in the nation residing in this glorious state, we also have some of the worst dealerships.

GSchneider, if you want me to look around for you let me know what years you're interested in and your price point.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:31 PM   #24
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Take a hike to the dealer, skip the xi and eyeball the s4 .
http://www.elitemotorsonline.com/web...inois/1126365/

Its a far better car. Mine made it over 200k without issues and it was an auto. Stock vs. stock i bet that thing would rape a 330xi at the drag strip, track even autox (flame suit on).
hahahaa, having worked at a euro shop we had a whole section of blowed up b5 s4s. Not saying e46s are really awesome quality either, just much easier to DIY.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:08 PM   #25
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I believe the listing said it has leatherette. That clearly is not the Premium Package. Also, why does the listing say Moonroof with a price and then Premium Package with another price (more $$$) for the same moonroof?
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:31 PM   #26
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^ If you made it over 200k miles in an S4 without any issues either you're the luckiest person alive or are lying. Those cars are the poster childs of unreliability, well them and Land Rovers.
I had it for 3 years/50k miles and never replaced a belt lol, just oil changes with rotella t6. That car never left me stranded unlike the xi which did twice ( the front diff ran dry, the hydraulic belt tensioner broke) and both times were far away from home. When its alternator failed at 200k i replaced it with an autozone part which only lasted a week. A new alternator from the dealer was $700 which wasn't worth the money and the effort to pull the whole front of the car again to replace it, redbull325is knows what i'm talking about. Also found out that it had a blown turbo so i got rid of it.
see where the alt. is
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:37 PM   #27
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GSchneider, be patient and find the perfect car. Sport seats are a must. With flat seats you will have more body roll than the car does.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:07 AM   #28
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Do you guys from your experience normally run into more issues if it's a manual or automatic.
Its to help me decide which one I want. I have been driving manual for 8 years now but a automatic for downtown milwaukee and the traffic also be nice.
Any opinions ?
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:24 AM   #29
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BMw claims for the auto, the ATF is lifetime-Not so. The 1st thing you should do is change the ATF & filter. I did it at 97K and the trans is smoother & shifts better than when I bought it @ 52K.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:37 AM   #30
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All XI's have their autos made by GM where the rear wheel drives use the euro made ZF flavor. The ZF has been reported to eat reverse drums and have more issues then the GM unit. The good news is, an XI transfer case is gear driven and bullet proof.

Comparing manuals to automatics is subjective to how the car is driven and taken care of. Manuals will need clutch work no matter what. Autos need servicing with fluid replacement as Rickna points out. If 200K is a reasonable goal, then either most likely can make it as many have ran the GM autos into that range. It comes down to what you want as a driver. I have an auto by choice and enjoy the smooth shifting and useful "Sport" mode. The hard cores will point out the 5% performance loss with autos. Not a concern to me as Auto-X or Ricky Racer driving is not my thing.

Don't fear a replacement auto as a purchase decision. Both manuals or autos can break. Both will cost big bucks. Some will say autos are more expensive to replace or rebuild. True, but at 200K the car is basically toast anyway. A friend at work just ate an '03 Tahoe trans. That thing was at 120K and cost $2,700 to repair. All modern autos are expensive not just Euro cars. Sorry manual lovers but your third pedals are quickly going away. Paddle shifters and CVT's are taking over the market. The basic target buyer for new sport luxury sedans likely will want an auto over manual. It's very hard to find a manual XI in my area. Very few special ordered them and the dealers don't stock them on the lots. Mercedes doesn't even offer a manual in this class. The buyer market dictates the need for retaining manual shifting as an option. Miata buyers are safe for awhile.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:34 PM   #31
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Around what mileage do you start seeing alot of issues happening to the car?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:03 PM   #32
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I found another one. What you guys think?

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...&&aff=national
Looks good to me if manual is what you're after.

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I would pass on this one.

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I believe the listing said it has leatherette. That clearly is not the Premium Package. Also, why does the listing say Moonroof with a price and then Premium Package with another price (more $$$) for the same moonroof?
The listing also states manual seats, is that true as well?

Also, seats are clearly real leather. You can tell by the fold on the seat.

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I had it for 3 years/50k miles and never replaced a belt lol, just oil changes with rotella t6. That car never left me stranded unlike the xi which did twice ( the front diff ran dry, the hydraulic belt tensioner broke) and both times were far away from home. When its alternator failed at 200k i replaced it with an autozone part which only lasted a week. A new alternator from the dealer was $700 which wasn't worth the money and the effort to pull the whole front of the car again to replace it, redbull325is knows what i'm talking about. Also found out that it had a blown turbo so i got rid of it.
see where the alt. is
So things did break.

I've had my E46 for 3 years and 75k miles now and it hasn't left me even close to stranded at all. Also running same belts.

Edit: Holy **** that's far in there. That's like the middle of the earth!

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Do you guys from your experience normally run into more issues if it's a manual or automatic.
Its to help me decide which one I want. I have been driving manual for 8 years now but a automatic for downtown milwaukee and the traffic also be nice.
Any opinions ?
I drive a manual through traffic every day. You get used to it pretty quick. Traffic in MKE isn't that bad anyway but to each their own.

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Around what mileage do you start seeing alot of issues happening to the car?
Anywhere from 1 mile all the way to 120k miles. Also, define "issues". It depends on the specific car and is impossible to tell without owning it or knowing concrete service history.

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:47 PM   #33
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SamDoe1 thanks a lot for all of this good info! I feel a lot more confident going into buying one soon.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:23 PM   #34
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to touch on the auto vs manual debate, i've driven many 2.5 & 3.0 xi and this is the way I rate them:
1. 6 speed in the later 330xi
2. auto
3. 5 speed (mainly due to the first few gears making the car "feel" heavy off the line)

My auto has had ~300ish flywheel hp & 250 tq thrown at it for a while, no complaints. I would, however suggest reprograming them with the latest firmware and replacing the fluid with D4 ATF from redline along with a fresh german filter.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #35
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Around what mileage do you start seeing alot of issues happening to the car?
10...J/K About 50-70K.
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