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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 02-01-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Cool Mods for 325xi

Ive been looking for mods for my car forever and I just cant seem to find anything. any ideas? also I was wondering if strut bars would be even worth to buy..? I know these cars aren't fast but I was also wondering if anyone had any cool interior ideas. I have a sub a deck and all sorts of stuff but I just wanna add more. Im looking for inexpensive things not like a turbo. Engine work I also do have a short ram intake but im also curious about exterior ideas. HELP!!! thanks
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Exterior: change corner lights, turn signals, side markers, add halos, led tails, black out kidney grills, wheels, etc.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Is your car completely caught up on maintenance and there is not a single thing on it that could use a replacement/refresh? If there are things that need to be done, do those before mods. JMO.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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everything on my car is fixed and I have absolutely no problems, runs perfectly fine
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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Is your car completely caught up on maintenance and there is not a single thing on it that could use a replacement/refresh? If there are things that need to be done, do those before mods. JMO.
Of course this, +1000000000
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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everything on my car is fixed and I have absolutely no problems, runs perfectly fine
How many miles on your car and what have you done in the past 10k or so miles?

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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How many miles on your car and what have you done in the past 10k or so miles?
I have about 140k and ive just done the normal oil change and maintenance nothing big but I still need answers for struts dunno if I should get them or not. and ive noticed very horrible gas mileage too what can I do?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #8
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everything on my car is fixed and I have absolutely no problems, runs perfectly fine
^ So this...

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I have about 140k and ive just done the normal oil change and maintenance nothing big but I still need answers for struts dunno if I should get them or not. and ive noticed very horrible gas mileage too what can I do?
^ Very much contradicts this.

Ok so now that you've pretty much admitted that your car needs actual work rather than mods, lets figure out what else is wrong with it.

Horrible gas mileage is likely related to fouled O2 sensors, plan on replacing your precat O2 sensors soon. New ones can be bought from Amazon for ~$50-60 each, you will need two.

Having 140k on the clock and only doing oil changes is a recipe for disaster. Do you have any prior records on this car? How long have you owned it?

If the following hasn't been done, please do all of these things before putting a single mod on your car.
- Cooling system refresh: New thermostat, water pump, expansion tank, and coolant.
- New fuel filter
- Check rear springs for cracking/breaking, replace if needed.
- Sway bar end links
- Check upper strut and shock mounts for wear, replace if needed
- Change transmission fluid, change fluid in both diffs, and change transfer case fluid.
- Change power steering fluid.
- Check valve cover and oil filter housing gaskets for leaks, replace if needed.
- Check intake runner for cracks/tears, replace if needed.
- Clean MAF
- Clean Idle control valve
- Check front control arms for play, replace front control arm and rear trailing arm bushings since they're likely shot by now.
- Check front axle boots for cracks/tears, replace before axle failure.

That's just a start and should keep you busy for a good while and will also help keep your mind off of mods.

Search around the site, there are DIY instructions on how to do all of these things. We're here if you need any help.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #9
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^ I haven't done most of those things on that list, just regular oil changes and I'm at 140k with no problems so far...except of trans of course.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #10
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^ I haven't done most of those things on that list, just regular oil changes and I'm at 140k with no problems so far...except of trans of course.
You've never changed your water pump, fuel filter, O2 sensors, and/or inspected components on your car for wear or failure?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:31 AM   #11
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^ I haven't done most of those things on that list, just regular oil changes and I'm at 140k with no problems so far...except of trans of course.
Wow.

I'm really upset I've been doing all this unnecessary maintenance.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #12
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Probably better to post on another forum where people don't get violently ill or nasty when someone mentions doing modifications to their car before they've totally rebuilt it new with OEM parts

but since you asked... New (wider) wheels, sticky tires, performance brakes, stiffer suspension, etc are all good ideas to improve looks and performance.

Exterior wise.. not sure what you'd want... but you can probably find carbon fiber bits for the standard 3 series or M that will fit.

Driveline wise... if you have an auto there isn't much to do IMO... they shift well stock.. maybe there is a chip / tune out there for better throttle response. If you have a standard you could drop the transmission and have the flywheel milled for lighter weight...

Seems like people that drive these cars are either 1) driving them for daily transport (like me) or 2) not enthusiests, so not much aftermarket support is required
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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Wow.

I'm really upset I've been doing all this unnecessary maintenance.
Me too...

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Probably better to post on another forum where people don't get violently ill or nasty when someone mentions doing modifications to their car before they've totally rebuilt it new with OEM parts

but since you asked... New (wider) wheels, sticky tires, performance brakes, stiffer suspension, etc are all good ideas to improve looks and performance.

Exterior wise.. not sure what you'd want... but you can probably find carbon fiber bits for the standard 3 series or M that will fit.

Driveline wise... if you have an auto there isn't much to do IMO... they shift well stock.. maybe there is a chip / tune out there for better throttle response. If you have a standard you could drop the transmission and have the flywheel milled for lighter weight...

Seems like people that drive these cars are either 1) driving them for daily transport (like me) or 2) not enthusiests, so not much aftermarket support is required
lol wut?

No one is getting nasty or "violently ill" about anything. Just giving the OP, who is apparentlly new with this car, some good advice about how to address the daily running of his car. I don't know about you but unless my car is a garage/trailer queen, I'd rather have a bone stock but well running car than one that looks awesome but runs like sh!t.

Spend money on maintaining your car before you spend money on modding. No one is saying don't mod, but there's a lot that can and should be done before you throw that aftermarket exhaust on to prolong the life of your car especially with many E46 cars getting up into the 130k mile plus range. I bet you could do everything on the list I posted above for less than the cost of a new exhaust and it would do a lot more good than the mods.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:32 PM   #14
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Just giving the OP, who is apparently new with this car, some good advice
+1.

Otherwise it's just pissing away cash/time on 'mods'.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:58 PM   #15
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I agree on maintenance... but LMAO you guys were right on top of the OP with the same old message... very predictable... kind of gives creedance to my sarcasm above..

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:15 PM   #16
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I agree on maintenance... but LMAO you guys were right on top of the OP with the same old message... very predictable... kind of gives creedance to my sarcasm above..
or confidence that what they are saying is true!
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #17
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or confidence that what they are saying is true!
oh come on... of course it is.. but am I the only one who gets tired of side-tangent maintenance threads?

just tryin to help the dude out... brotha said his car is maintained...

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #18
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oh come on... of course it is.. but am I the only one who gets tired of side-tangent maintenance threads?

just tryin to help the dude out... brotha said his car is maintained...
And then went on to say that it is not...

OP came in here looking for advice and that's what he got. Just not the reply he was intending to get.

You might not be the only one who gets tired of side tangent maintenance threads but there sure are a lot of us who get tired of "my car needs a buttload of work but what mods can I do first" threads.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:44 PM   #19
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hell yea n!gga mod dat ish. maintenance can wait
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:04 PM   #20
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oh come on... of course it is.. but am I the only one who gets tired of side-tangent maintenance threads?

just tryin to help the dude out... brotha said his car is maintained...
Agree with you. Too much ragging on people who want ideas on mods, not a lecture on maintenance.
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