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E46 Xi Forum
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 09-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 2004 (high mileage) 325Xi with sport & winter package as a winter vehicle. I enjoy tinkering with projects, so I ordered the following items;

- Complete cooling system overhaul kit
- Valve cover gasket
- VANOS rebuild kit
- Stock air filter
- Oil filter housing gasket
- Spark plugs
- M Steering wheel with tri-color stitch
- Short throw shifter
- Teflon shifter bushing kit
- ZHP shift knob
- Gloss black kidney grilles
- Front license plate delete
- Exhaust tips (stock ones are in bad shape)
- Replacement fog light
- New BMW emblems (Front & Back)
- Smoked headlight corners





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Old 09-16-2015, 09:57 PM   #2
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Welcome, and have fun!
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:43 PM   #4
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What do you say is high mileage in this case? 120K+ ?
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:49 PM   #5
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What do you say is high mileage in this case? 120K+ ?
Yeah. It has 180k on her, however it's been decently maintained. I plan on going through the car and refreshing a lot of components. In addition to the list in my first post. I'm going to do a full brake system refresh and then some Bilstein shocks and H&R springs. It's a winter vehicle first and foremost, but I also want to drive it to keep miles off of my SS.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:09 PM   #6
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Oh wow, definitely earned the high mileage title there. Quite envious of your future DIY work , can't wait until I can start DIY'ing my e46 (no way to get that in now - still living with parents, going to college .)
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:26 PM   #7
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Oh wow, definitely earned the high mileage title there. Quite envious of your future DIY work , can't wait until I can start DIY'ing my e46 (no way to get that in now - still living with parents, going to college .)
Be patient my friend and definitely save your money if you're still in school. There's plenty of time for cars and tinkering.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:36 PM   #8
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If you need a suspension setup I have front and rear shocks and springs that I only used for a month with fully adjustable dampening I'll let go for a good deal
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:25 PM   #9
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Looks nice, I'm in Wi. too and have done more DIYs than I wanted to in case you need any pointers. At least you don't have style 45 wheels on it, I personally hate them.
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:20 PM   #10
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exhaust tips question

I also just got a 330xi. Mine is a 2003 and has 207,000 miles. I wanted it for the all wheel drive in the winter too, but it will be my daily driver year 'round. I was actually looking at my exhaust earlier today walking back to my parked car. They look so old, plain and boring. Can you share info on what ones you decided to get?

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Old 09-19-2015, 12:59 PM   #11
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I also just got a 330xi. Mine is a 2003 and has 207,000 miles. I wanted it for the all wheel drive in the winter too, but it will be my daily driver year 'round. I was actually looking at my exhaust earlier today walking back to my parked car. They look so old, plain and boring. Can you share info on what ones you decided to get?

Thanks,
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ECS Tuning offers stock replacements or some private label aftermarket ones.

https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325xi-M54_2.5L/Exhaust/Tips/
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:05 PM   #12
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If you need a suspension setup I have front and rear shocks and springs that I only used for a month with fully adjustable dampening I'll let go for a good deal
Define good deal.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:26 PM   #13
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Define good deal.

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