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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 03-27-2013, 03:55 AM   #1
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My Ride: 05 545i & 03 325xi
Took the plunge, 2003 325xi

We'll I did it. Picked up my new to be 325xi. It's steel Blue, auto, 113,000 miles. Weather is crappy here in the north east so once we get a break I'll get some pics. Think I did good with all the help from this board, runs real smooth, looks great.

Need to start looking for replacement mirrors, heated auto dimming and that little square knockout on the front bumper is missing. Besides that it looks great. Once the weather breaks will start looking into the cooling system. They just did fuel pump, new tires, alignment. On a nice drive home temp gauge sat dead center.

One question- I have the red dome on the review mirror, but it doesn't blink when locked, could it be burned out bulb? Has the auto dimmer mirror. Do these cars also beep when you lock or unlock. Guess I'll be reading up a lot.

I'm sure I'll have tons of questions, but for now, thanks for all the help in helping find my 325xi.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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The clown nose will not blink nor will there be a chirp unless there is an alarm installed, my guess is yours doesn't have one, mine doesn't either, doesn't sound like a popular option at the time.

First things to get to are cooling system and full fluid flush with the correct stuff, fix broken or worn out from there. OFHG, VCG and CCV will probably be the next things that will come up at that mileage but are all straight forward DIY's that should be able to be done at once. These are great cars, drive quite nicely.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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The clown nose does blink, however you need software to activate the "alarm" system. N.A. Cars I do believe dis not come from the factory with an alarm so you'd have to get one then have it coded or code it yourself. I ended up buying the PA Software and just activated it myself since shops wanted 120$ for something that took me 10 secs to do. Now my lights blink and the clown nose blinks. Need to get the alarm system eventually, but it works for now.

Congrats on the car btw. I too have a 03 325xi. Mines got 88k and is like a steel grey. Picked her up with 79k about 7 months ago. She's def fun, also a pain at times. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #4
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Yup you don't have the alarm probs. same with my car doesn't make any noises/light flashes when you lock unlock.only thing that turns on are the interior cabin lights. If you open your trunk it probably says "prewired for the oem alarm system"
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