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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 02-15-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Damn, of course it's outer ball joints

So lifted my car today to see what was vibrating up front...both outer ball joints are shot. Working on ordering both control arms and Powerflex CABs from bimmerworld. Inners are still good and I don't really want to drop an additional $190 on new ones right now.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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Vibration under braking or all conditions?
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:56 AM   #3
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all conditions, I had it up on a lift with my buddy at his shop, so I know exactly what it is.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:03 AM   #4
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Are you only doing one side?? I have a CAB that I would sell, there not available to buy just one
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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Doing both sides, both ball joints have play

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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just replace the inners while you are there. You can get them for 140 from OEMbimmerparts.

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #7
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Inner ball joints from OEMbimmerparts.com...$173
Control Arms and Powerflex CABs from Bimmerworld.com...$460

Having a smooth ride in my ultimate driving machine...priceless lol
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