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#1 (permalink) Old 06-26-2005, 02:45 PM
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How do these cars stand up mechaniclly are they reliable? Do u have to change all 4 tires if one goes bad do to the x drive? Have you liked your xi or do u wish u had a diffrent car?


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I'm not really sure what you are trying to figure out but I own a 2004 325xi which I picked up in europe(american specs) I loved this car it kicks a__!! I live in North Dakota so if you want tp put this car to the test this is the place to do it because of the extreme winters! It handles great in the snow and ice and the DSC kicks in the second the car feels you sliding or your tires spinning. I had no trouble starting this car at temperatures well below -70 F. I chose this car instead of the 330 because it's a few thousand dollars cheaper and I really don't need those extra horses that the 330 gives you. The only complaint I have with my car is that I wish the trunk was bigger because a suite case barely fits.
330 vs 325 the difference is some extra options, and a little more horse power, so it's up to you what's important. For me was the extra cash in my pocket. If I wanted to race I wouldn't have bought this car I would have gone with the 330. Don't get me wrong the 325 is very fast but is not a race car. I hope this helps a bit. The only thing that I heard about changing the tires is that you should at least do it in pairs.
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and i know you dont have to replace every tire if one goes bad.

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It is always recommended with ANY AWD vehicle that if one or more tire(s) goes bad that all 4 should be replaced due to the differential in rolling diameter between the new tire and the old tires. If you are looking into an Xi, be sure to get 04-05 models (there have been some issues with early Xi editions) Any other questions feel free to message me (I own an 05 330Xi and also am a tech at a BMW center in WA)

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Our two 330i(s) sport package don't feel or ride anything like our 330xi. The AWD gives it more response and better feel. Yes, the tires ware faster because of AWD....but very helpful in the snow.
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Would you still recommend putting snow tires on an Xi?
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Not unless you have to deal with a lot of snow.
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It is always recommended with ANY AWD vehicle that if one or more tire(s) goes bad that all 4 should be replaced due to the differential in rolling diameter between the new tire and the old tires.* If you are looking into an Xi, be sure to get 04-05 models (there have been some issues with early Xi editions) Any other questions feel free to message me (I own an 05 330Xi and also am a tech at a BMW center in WA)
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Do you know what kind of problem is there. I just bought 2002 330xi.
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not judge anyones knowledge in this but the new x drive will compensate for variations in tire wear. in all actuality the front tires are not actually driven unless a traction loss is sensed in the rear tire. this is done by a clutch pack in the transfercase. I too am a BMW Certified Diagnostic Technician. I could scan off the description of the x drive for you out of my S.T.E.P. books but it would take me forever to find it again. So yes you could replace just one tire with the other tires being worn down.
Some of the problems with the older xi models that are still not resolved are the front axle shafts being more prone to leakage and wear due to the steering angles always changing.
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I have a 2005 325xi US Spec here in Germany, that will be coming home to South Dakota next Feb. I have been all over Germany and France with this car. It rocks. I will be spoiled when I get back to So Dak and have to drive 75 mph - because this car LOVES to cruise at 100 mph.

This car is stable in all kinds of weather - gets good gas mileage and is a dream to drive. Now I know why they call the BMW the ultimate driving machine.

My roomate just inquired about the 2006 3 series and they are building them in all wheel drive this fall. Maybe someone else can shed light on the all wheel drive 3 series for 2006. They do list the Sports Wagon on the BMW usa website.

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