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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 12-26-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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Arrow Service Manual Suggestion?

I wanna do a lot of DIYs and own service on my BMW,

But all these e46 manuals I see show a nice fine text saying " does not include XI ( AWD) models.

not sure if it makes a huge difference or not. If it doesnt then I may just pick up a 330i manual for my 330xi

I just was wondering because if a AWD problem would arise.. i would be able to diagnose it and fix.


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I guess I should pay a bit more attention and a bit more money for manuals out there, guess the Bentley manual includes the xi models

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Old 12-27-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Bentley 3 series manual includes xi models. IMHO, it's worth the bucks for sure.
We have two 2002 xiT's and it is a decent reference. I find that reading the Bentley and then checking the forum and youtube gives me a pretty usable framework for repairs.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Bentley is definitely worth it.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:53 PM   #4
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The Bentley E46 Service Manual is the best you'll find other than the BMW factory repair manuals. It covers all models of the E46. Just know that the Bentley alone will not answer all your questions. You can find additional information here in the archives and good videos on the Bavarian Auto Sport website and uTube.
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