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BMW 325xi AWD drive train noise

New car. At 7000 miles noticed an annoying whine or whistle coming from the drive train at 60-65 mph.. Dealer drove car, and confirmed noise. Dealer installed "insulation to center bearing". Noise at 60-65 was minimized, but now I experienced noise at 45-50, 70-75, 80-85 mph. Dealer confirfmed "a problem" and will install a "vibrate absorber", part # 33-10-7-513-897 on 6/26/03. Dealer says noise won't go away--I just won't hear it.

I also have a "clumk" noise coming from rear differential when accellerating into a down shift Same noise when coming to a dead stop. Same noise when coasting and then resuming speed.
Dealer can't hear this noise so far. All noises are interrmittent and only happen when car is really warmed up.

Any comments or suggestions. This is my first BMW. Is this normal?

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Larry, My 325Xi hit the docks today. What year is your car and is the dealer working with you to eliminate the source of the noise?
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Car is 2003 4 dr sedan. Dealer, Concord CA, has installed factory part to eliminate drive shaft noise on 6/26/03. Dealer claims success, however I have not driven car to evaluate.

Dealer feels "clunk" noise in rear differenital normal for xi model. I drove a 325i sedan for loaner and it was as quite as a mouse.
I have a hard time believing this to be normal. If it is, then I feel BMW has a bad design. I don't have anything else to compare to at present.

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Thanks Larry. As I get use to mine, Ill let you know what / what doesn't develop.
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Larry,

Just picked up my car yesterday. I have the 325Xi. With only 200 miles so far, this is purely in the FWIW vain of feedback. The AWD drivetrain clearly produce different noises that either FRD or RWD. That is an editorial comment. . . The noises are different, not good, not bad.

Again, as I put miles on the car, I'll let you know if anything moves out of the "different" catagory and into the "bad" catagory.
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325xi drive train noise

Update on 325xi drive train noises--Dealer installed factory part (vibrator absorber). It seemed to correct the problem, but after about another 1000 miles, I began to hear the same noise at various speed levels. At 40-50 mph it is really loud and annoying-a howl like sound. Not there at other speeds. Perplexing.

I can't believe BMW intended for this to be--so back to the dealer this week and see what they will do.

I would be embarrassed for anyone to ride in my car and hear the howl. Now that is sad.

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I have a 2002 325xiT (and a brand new Z-4) with about 10,000 miles on it. Even had the car on the track at Limerock in a BMWCCA driving school. No odd noises at all. No odd vibrations. I also have driven a few other xiís. Something is definitely not right with yours. Good luck. Please keep us up to date on what the dealer does.

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RLarryJohnson, there is an owner over on the E46fanatic's bb that has the same problem as you. It might be of interest to compare your car's: Which transmission do you have? Was your car made in Germany or South Africa? Have you made any wheel or suspension mods?
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Halm, E46's are made in South Africa? Do any of these cars make it to the states?
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Jared, I learned about the Xi's and South Africa when I explored LeaseTrading.Com. That was a big deal to a couple of other potential buyers. I think they still make Z4's and some 3XX down in Spartenburg. Just not sure what, if anything, else.
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I'd wondered how the Spartanburg thign works, is it just that the cars are assembled there? Or do they actually have a foundry, and make everything as well?
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It is a huge facility and they no doubt assemble the cars there. They also probably make some of the sub assemblies too. I just don't know which ones.

The plant hosts a huge European car event each Fall. As of now I plan on attending. Maybe we'll get a tour and I can better answer your question.
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They sub out the subassemblies to three local stamping plants. It is truly an amazing factory. Worth a trip. Seeing all the Z-4 and X-5's built is great!

We took delivery of our 3.0 Z-4 last April at the Performance Center at Spartanburg. That is the only way to buy a new Bimmer. (You can take delivery of any car there. They just ship it there for del'v) BMW popped for the hotel, all the food, we got a half day driving school in one of their Z-4ís so we could really throw it around the track and skid pad, and a very VIP tour of the plant. All and all the delivery took from 8am to 4:30pm. A great day! All for the cost of air fare from Conn., and we got that back in the BMWCCA re-bate. Then a great ride home on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Too bad more dealers donít talk about that "no cost" option. BMW did everything first class.

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325xi drive train noise fix?

BMW dealer drove my car again for the 3rd time and compared it with another 325xi. It was noiseless. They have now ordered a new AWD TRANSFER CASE for mine.

It took a visit to the service manager after 3 routine visits to finally convince them I have a real problem.

They apparently put chassis microphones under the car to locate the source of the whining/howling noise.

I will let you know how the new transfer case performs.

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RLarryJohnson, there is an owner over on the E46fanatic's bb that has the same problem as you. It might be of interest to compare your car's: Which transmission do you have? Was your car made in Germany or South Africa? Have you made any wheel or suspension mods?
How do I get to the E46fanatics?

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This will take you right to the thread:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=97705&highlight=325xi
BTW, glad to hear that it looks like you are getting the issue resolved!
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Thanks

I am now in the loop with E46Fanatics.

See my post.
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If this is a new car and an ongoing problem I would look into
the Lemon Law. Most states have some type of protection for the consumer where if the problem is not fixed after 3 attempts you can invoke this process. It is not easy but something I would research and keep in mind. You should also start a journal of who you talked to what was said waht was done to fix the problem and when. These are all things that will help your case in the long run. Good luck
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BMW 324XI DRIVE TRAIN NOISE/FIX??

BMW Dealer took car on 7/16 and returned it on 7/23. Here is there diagnosis and repair--

"Road tested & found noise at 45-50 mph, Checked rear wheel bearnings and diff. Checked transfercase & found it noisy. Checked fluid (fluid is burnt & has metal in it). Ordered transfer case 7/17. Shld be here 7/21. Removed bad transfer case. pressed out transfer case mount bushings and installed bushing in new transfer case, installed new transfer case and test drove vehicle 7 miles OK at this time"

Dealer supplied loaner at no charge. Dealer comped me with free detail coupon for later use. Car returned to me in ispotless condidtion.
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