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Old 04-26-2004, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Poped the hood friday, just showing off to a friend, and we noticed something.

If you are standing in front of the car, looking over it, in the back left of the engine, there is a strange bucket like cavity. It's fairly large, but there is no purpose from what I can see. It's just there.

Anyone know what it's for?
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Poped the hood friday, just showing off to a friend, and we noticed something.

If you are standing in front of the car, looking over it, in the back left of the engine, there is a strange bucket like cavity. It's fairly large, but there is no purpose from what I can see. It's just there.

Anyone know what it's for?
The space is for a 30 gallon trash can.
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Old 04-26-2004, 01:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My best guess would be that that's where a battery would go if BMW hadn't been so nifty and put it in the back. Everyone has that cavity on their car... put tools in there
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Old 04-26-2004, 02:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is where the unit for all wheel drive (325xi) control goes.
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Old 04-26-2004, 08:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i vote for tool storage. or .. anything else i might need.
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i just wrap a potroast in foil, put it in the cavity, and then go for a drive. by the time i get back home, dinner is ready. :lol:
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I was told that the hold is for European vehicles with the left side sterling wheel. My wife has the 2004 and the first thing i ask when they showed us the engine was that hole..... thats what the dealer says
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My best guess would be that that's where a battery would go if BMW hadn't been so nifty and put it in the back. Everyone has that cavity on their car... put tools in there
Do you even need tools if you own a BMW???
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I'm not a mechanic at all- but my buddy's 2000 323ci 5 spd had something in that cavity & my 02 325ci steptronic the cavity is empty- neither are all wheel drive models...
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