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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 05-22-2013, 11:35 PM   #21
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Help car won't start

Once you see where the starter is you will understand....I never wanted to do it again so I bought a new one.

Advance Auto has many coupons if u order online.... I think I found one for like $60 off $200

But I was too impatient to wait for it to ship so I talked to the counter guy and he offered me the same price and found one locally.

I don't think u will be able to get it any easier from the bottom... Nor will u be able to hit the solenoid very well.

I wish u luck if its the starter.... Just be patient, the starter bolts are the worst part, get a ratcheting wrench, it helps.


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Old 05-23-2013, 12:19 AM   #22
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Sounds like a bad starter. I had same problem not while ago. Changing starter is pain in the ass. You can buy one at autozone for 125

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:31 AM   #23
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Should a trust a starter from auto zone? Or should I just make sure I get a Bosch one?


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Old 05-23-2013, 12:39 AM   #24
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Should a trust a starter from auto zone? Or should I just make sure I get a Bosch one?


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You can buy guine one at the autozone for same price. First take yours off to see what brand it is.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:50 AM   #25
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I didn't want to trust a reman... Not with how hard it is to get to. But maybe I'm a wuss and you'll find it extremely easy to do!


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Old 05-23-2013, 05:19 PM   #26
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My starter failed on Tuesday while at work. Towed it home took off the belly bans to inspect and decided the DIY was a bit too much for me. I've done almost everything on my car and knew I would just have trouble, especially on an XI. Ended up taking it to the shop. Very tricky IMHO. Good luck... Let us know if you end up DIY
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #27
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My starter failed on Tuesday while at work. Towed it home took off the belly bans to inspect and decided the DIY was a bit too much for me. I've done almost everything on my car and knew I would just have trouble, especially on an XI. Ended up taking it to the shop. Very tricky IMHO. Good luck... Let us know if you end up DIY
Couldn't see much pulling off those pans huh? Lol.... That starter is hidden and seems like it was put in a spot that was never intended to be accessed.

I hope you have a nice and good mechanic...it could be expensive. Good luck!


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Old 05-23-2013, 05:57 PM   #28
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I also took off the intake boots, cabin air filter, etc on the intake side. I could see it, just looked like too much. It was a Tuesday night and just wasn't up for it. I did take it to my standby Indy BMW shop and they replaced it. $700 all-in. A bit tough to pay that but glad it's just over and back on the road...
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:42 PM   #29
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I also took off the intake boots, cabin air filter, etc on the intake side. I could see it, just looked like too much. It was a Tuesday night and just wasn't up for it. I did take it to my standby Indy BMW shop and they replaced it. $700 all-in. A bit tough to pay that but glad it's just over and back on the road...
$700 for a BMW shop is a great deal....if I were in your shoes I woulda done the same....I have wrenched on many cars over the years and it truly was a pain to do.... Probably one of the worse things to do on these cars in the realm of normally failing items.


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Old 05-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #30
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Do you think getting a duralasy starter with a lifetime warranty for 120 is a good deal? Or should I stick with Bosch


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Old 05-23-2013, 08:18 PM   #31
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I have replaced many rebuilt things from advance auto parts w a lifetime warranty.

Free parts are great but my labor and time is not free.

I installed new...that's my take on it.


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Old 05-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #32
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Well then let me change the question. Bosch vs duralast starter?


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Old 05-23-2013, 10:04 PM   #33
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Just a preference I guess, I wanted to stick w Bosch...that's what came oem

There isn't much room there and I didn't want to be experimenting.

I coulda had a reman'd Bosch too.... Prob woulda been fine but I woulda had to wait a few days for it.

The new Bosch was in stock so I went with it.


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Old 05-24-2013, 11:34 AM   #34
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After further investigation. Me got my car up on a lift. When trying to start the solenoid rolls over. So the starter in going out. Today I hope to be getting a part wish me luck guys


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Old 05-25-2013, 01:50 AM   #35
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It's done! Took about 4 to 6 hours! The thing that made it take so long was getting the bolts off. The job sucks no doubt. Hopefully never have to do another one.


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Old 05-25-2013, 07:15 AM   #36
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Congrats, you are braver than me....any tips for getting the bolts off?
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:02 AM   #37
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Good job dude....yeah those bolts are tough. Hence my mention of the ratcheting wrench... That made a big difference for me.

Btw, did the lift help at all?

Congrats!


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Old 05-25-2013, 09:38 AM   #38
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A lift helps alot cause you can get such a better angle.
Tips for the bolts. I took off my intake tubing, and you reach behind the engine to take off the top two and from under you get the other electric bolts and one more that holds the starter.
Buy ratcheting wrenches if you don't have them they will help save your hands in the tight space.


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Old 05-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #39
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Yours must be diff.... I only had the two bolts up top... I removed the cabin filter, air cleaner, that electric intake plenum thingy and that vacuum soup can thing and got them out.

Once I had the starter loose I pulled it out and angled it up so I could get to the solenoid wires.... Then just snuck the starter up thru that gap i made. No third bolt on mine.

I did it all from the top.... I peeked under once but didn't see anything I could get to from there....the ratcheting wrenches helped a bunch.


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Old 05-25-2013, 10:16 AM   #40
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Yea I took off my cabin too and what electric intake thing?? I forgot maybe it was 2 on bottom one on top but it was 3 bolts


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