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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 12-10-2019, 11:26 AM   #1601
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Hey all, new to this forum but not to BMW's; my family car was an E60 530i. So she's an 05 330xi with the premium package, sport package, and H&K system. I purchased her in august and road tripped her back to NY from Ft. Lauderdale, I always knew E46's were amazing however I was blown away over the course of that trip! So far I've only done some preventative maintenance (fluids etc) and the flex disk & csb. Can't wait to get to the fun mods.
very nice. yeah please go over the cooling system carefully and watch for oil leaks and oil consumption. curious that your 05 has the sharkfin like my 04, but my 05 does not have it. maybe it's the premium package.
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:10 PM   #1602
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I think you get it if your car has the SOS installed? Just a guess.. I could be wrong.

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Old 12-10-2019, 12:13 PM   #1603
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I think you get it if your car has the SOS installed? Just a guess.. I could be wrong.
that's a good guess. my 04 has SOS and my 05 does not.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:38 PM   #1604
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very nice. yeah please go over the cooling system carefully and watch for oil leaks and oil consumption. curious that your 05 has the sharkfin like my 04, but my 05 does not have it. maybe it's the premium package.
I got lucky, the PO replaced the entire cooling system before I bought it!
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Old 12-26-2019, 05:47 PM   #1605
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Hey all, new to this forum but not to BMW's; my family car was an E60 530i. So she's an 05 330xi with the premium package, sport package, and H&K system. I purchased her in august and road tripped her back to NY from Ft. Lauderdale, I always knew E46's were amazing however I was blown away over the course of that trip! So far I've only done some preventative maintenance (fluids etc) and the flex disk & csb. Can't wait to get to the fun mods.
Too bad there aren't too many fun mods, almost all maintenance issues, ask me how I know
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:09 PM   #1606
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:33 PM   #1607
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:55 PM   #1608
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:08 PM   #1609
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In winter trim, with new snow tires just waiting to try them out. And with summer shoes on, 17" style 73s.

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Old 01-29-2020, 02:51 PM   #1610
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First wash of the new Xi, theres a few bugs to squash, but im in Love. Stahlgrau on Tanin slicktop


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