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E46 Xi Forum
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 04-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I recently got a screaming deal on a 2004 330Xi. The vehicle was owned since new by an older gentleman, and he obviously cared for the vehicle meticulously. He had recently replaced rear springs, (LR was broken, so he replaced both), front shafts (one cv boot was split, replace both complete shafts), pads, rotors and calipres.....

What I have is a rotational noise, at coast or under very light acceleration. It is coming from the front, for sure and the noise increases as speed increases. It stops immediately on light brake application, but there is no change in the sound with steering input, except at highway speeds. It will disappear, or increase on left or right shift, as if it was a wheel bearing issue. I am a sales manager at an import dealership (Not BMW!), and a couple of our more experienced techs have driven the car, and suggest simple fixes like a brake calipre bushing to a wheel bearing, to a cv joint.

Any suggestions??? I don't want to start replacing parts by guessing, and if needed, I will search for a well regarded BMW shop for diag if needed, but your expertise and experience may have already heard of a similar issue?!?

Thanks so much.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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Location: TEXAS - Circuit of the Americas doing laps with my M5 and coming in for a pit stop.
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Check you front bearing and axles. Those bearings can get to be expensive.
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bearing, cv joint, rotational noise

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