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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 11-08-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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Yearly and long term maintenance...

Brand new guy here with a few questions, but first a little background...
I am looking at buying a xi wagon as my first BMW because I live in northern MI and our winters can be harsh. I am a wines/liquor sales representative, so I spend my days behind the wheel, doing +\- 100miles a day. This car will also be the road trip machine for my wife, the dogs and I.

So, yearly maintenance costs...what am I looking at? I do not have the tools or space to do my own(there is a BMW dealer here in town along with a respected certified BMW mechanic).

Can anyone ballpark what I can anticipate spending in a "normal" year?

What about tune ups? Frequency & cost?

Mileage based maintenance- at what intervals does the manufacturer recommend them? What is done at each? Can they be done by a certified mechanic or is it dealer only?

Any general tips you can give if you where to do it all over again?

Anything I should be on guard for when shopping for my x drive wagon?

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Old 11-08-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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around $1500 a year on maintenance to take decent care of it.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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If you are doing that much driving in crappy conditions, I recommend you look for a truck/SUV of some sort. XI is good but it'll be expensive to run.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Here is a maintenance checklist. Also search for Oil Service, Inspection I and Inspection II. Those are the intervals.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:22 PM   #5
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Figure three oil changes, a tire, a front axle, a suspension component, brake parts, plus an engine gasket will be needed each year. On average. DIY would be $800/year. Indy is $2000/year. Dealer is $3,500/year. On average. Ballparked.
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