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noodles101
01-12-2012, 12:11 PM
a good friend of mine is looking to trade up from his jeep cherokee and he is looking for E46 XI series.

I was just wondering if theres any major issues he should know about before buying a E46 xi.. any common issues.. major problems..

his max $$ is 12,000


thanks in advance !

Blades
01-12-2012, 03:43 PM
I've owned 2 already .. 2001 330xi and 2002 325xi

reg problems

- window regulators
- control arms
- BSC button goes after a long time as well

thats it .. the rest is regular maintenance

noodles101
01-12-2012, 03:44 PM
so same as all the other bimmers..lol

so im guessing no major issues with the all wheel drive system?

noodles101
01-12-2012, 04:54 PM
what would you guys pick e46 325xi, 330xi or audi a4 quattro 3.0

damameke
01-12-2012, 05:08 PM
what would you guys pick e46 325xi, 330xi or audi a4 quattro 3.0

I have a 2003 325 xi and Blade identified some of the wear and tear issues for me minus BSC,recently replaced one of the window regulator and Mike from Maranello got me a good deal on that..also you cant go wrong with any of the cars you identifed.

Keep up with maintenance,you will be ok...

Ceeker
01-12-2012, 05:10 PM
rear springs tend to break; might not even realize they are broken but a very common problem. window reg, control arms and bush. they are honestly from my bmw tech friend's experience, the next generation e30.

Blades
01-12-2012, 08:40 PM
so same as all the other bimmers..lol

so im guessing no major issues with the all wheel drive system?

Awd system, gearbox, and clutch are solid. Zero problems after 380k .. Guy I sold my 330xi to is now at 460k and tracking the car

BmW1819
01-12-2012, 08:53 PM
yea same as e46 just the CV boots from wear and tear make sure to change the transfer case oil

lucad2
01-12-2012, 09:17 PM
My uncle had an 02 or 03 not 100 percent sure 325xi. That thing had like 270k on it and according to him nothing really went wrong. He is also the type of person that doesn't care for maintenance and goes over on his oil changes ect. So I can only imagine how a well maintained one would last till. Really nice cars too.

e24_635csi
01-14-2012, 01:05 PM
just picked up a 05' 330xi in the fall.

both rear springs were broken - went with the H&R's
no other issues so far with 110km on it now.