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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 05-14-2013, 12:51 PM   #81
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very XI autotragic specific issue. steering coupler. cannot understand why but a reputable BMW mechanic on this forum identified the issue and even reported to BMW NA a few years ago. replaced pretty much the entire drivetrain to figure that one out.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #82
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very XI autotragic specific issue. steering coupler. cannot understand why but a reputable BMW mechanic on this forum identified the issue and even reported to BMW NA a few years ago. replaced pretty much the entire drivetrain to figure that one out.
That was while driving not at idle. Also, Xi coupler is much different than RWD coupler.

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Old 05-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #83
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Thanks Jonnie325xi, sounds like a plan. What did that job cost you?
I did the work myself and parts were @ 150 bucks,
That did not do much to fix the vibration, the motor mounts were the greatest improvement.
I have done front axels, control arms, all the front end bushings, tie rod ends, steering u-joint, guibo, drive shaft support mount and bearing. But the one that made the best improvement were the motor mounts.
I can sit at a light and read my watch now!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:17 AM   #84
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I did the work myself and parts were @ 150 bucks,
That did not do much to fix the vibration, the motor mounts were the greatest improvement.
I have done front axels, control arms, all the front end bushings, tie rod ends, steering u-joint, guibo, drive shaft support mount and bearing. But the one that made the best improvement were the motor mounts.
I can sit at a light and read my watch now!
thanks for reply and lol @ "I can sit at a light and read my watch now". My vibration not that bad, I also assume that the motor size plays a big role, I doubt this happens in a 318i.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #85
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it also can be the cylinders are not firing the same anymore being that many years of wear and tear (burning oil is a sign).
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:54 AM   #86
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it also can be the cylinders are not firing the same anymore being that many years of wear and tear (burning oil is a sign).
I just replaced the fuel pump, plugs and coil packs. At 165,000 OEM pump I felt I was on borrowed time, Compression was even across all 6 cylinders and the old plugs that came out all looked to be burning properly.
Does not burn a drop between 5000 mi oil changes.
I was looking at a 07 530XI but I figure a few more parts in this one and its NEW!
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #87
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very XI autotragic specific issue. steering coupler. cannot understand why but a reputable BMW mechanic on this forum identified the issue and even reported to BMW NA a few years ago. replaced pretty much the entire drivetrain to figure that one out.
So this would cause vibration at idle? My upper joint certainly has play, that knock knock when the wheel is turned side to side. It's about 150 bucks though and I wouldn't do that without doing the double cardan joint below as well, another 150 bucks.


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Old 05-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #88
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I was looking at a 07 530XI but I figure a few more parts in this one and its NEW!
Seriously. You have one joint done that I haven't done and now it's hard to get rid of this car because of it! I've replaced so much now at 170k. . .




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Old 05-15-2013, 08:55 PM   #89
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Seriously. You have one joint done that I haven't done and now it's hard to get rid of this car because of it! I've replaced so much now at 170k. . .
I kind of know what you mean... BUT... The BMWs aren't "disposable" cars like a Ford Focus or Chevy Cavalier. With a little PM these stay driving sweet and strong for 300k miles.

Figure it this way... For the price of a down payment on a new car... You can make your E46 new again, for the most part. If you take care of it... It will take care of you!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:09 AM   #90
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I kind of know what you mean... BUT... The BMWs aren't "disposable" cars like a Ford Focus or Chevy Cavalier. With a little PM these stay driving sweet and strong for 300k miles.

Figure it this way... For the price of a down payment on a new car... You can make your E46 new again, for the most part. If you take care of it... It will take care of you!
yes you can make your BMW new again but unless you never gonna sell it, you will never make the money you putting into it back.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:10 AM   #91
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I just replaced the fuel pump, plugs and coil packs. At 165,000 OEM pump I felt I was on borrowed time, Compression was even across all 6 cylinders and the old plugs that came out all looked to be burning properly.
Does not burn a drop between 5000 mi oil changes.
I was looking at a 07 530XI but I figure a few more parts in this one and its NEW!
I am not sure really. when I had my 330xi it was the same. vibration in gear and smooth when not.
I think it has something to do with having an AWD configuration the torque of the engine is being transmitted to the front of the car.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:31 AM   #92
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Maybe something to do with the output shaft, torque converter engaging, front input shaft from the transfer case to the front axle before engaging . . .only seems to affect xi's. If someone has changed their transfer case bushing and can attest to this as a solution out there that would be grand.
How much would you be looking at paying out for this kind of repair/replacement in money and time? I am planning a nice long weekend to get some stuff done on my xi and I might just do it along with everything else.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:28 PM   #93
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It's a wash unless the vibration can be guaranteed to an affected part and I mean absolutely attributing to that one or more parts. I just deal with it now. It's not that big a deal and I'm usually such a perfectionist that I take issue with any and all imperfections. At 172k and going strong it's a very smooth ride with an excellent original BMW suspension feel do to my replacing almost everything. The engine is smooth. The ride is just like I want it so I figure to keep it running at this point to save for the next ride in a year or two.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #94
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yes you can make your BMW new again but unless you never gonna sell it, you will never make the money you putting into it back.
I agree with what you and Jasonbimmer relate too. If the lower door trims were not starting to rot I would hinge on your assement Big Rick. Everything BUT that show that this car will run forever. I could find the doors but hundreds of dollars I am not willing to put down at this point. Into the ground it goes. (I never follow through on that claim though )
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #95
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Bought my 2004 with 133K, now at 181K. Had this same annoying vibration problem when stopped and in gear. Replaced motor mounts, front axles and those helped some, but the problem didn't go away completely until I replaced the tires that came on the car with a new set (Michelin Primacy MXV4) on my 16" stock rims. Good luck finding your solution, I would have had to trade the car it annoyed me so much.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #96
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Re: Crazy vibration while idling in D or R

Okay I am always open to new ideas, but tires? The vibrations discussed in this topic comes from engine vibrations particularly on standstill. Can we just keep that the central focus.

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Old 06-29-2013, 01:06 PM   #97
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Just relaying my personal experience and how vibrations in my case under those same circumstances were resolved. I can't explain it, it's just the way it was. Good day.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:52 PM   #98
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Thanks for the share, I didn't mean anything by it, just trying to keep the focus linear. This is really a frustrated topic for everybody who has this problem.

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Old 12-26-2013, 02:24 PM   #99
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:38 PM   #100
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