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2003 BMW E46 325XiT Sport Wagon (Touring)

2003 BMW E46 325XiT Sport Wagon (Touring)

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Details

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 139,600 Miles

Engine: M54B25 Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic Transmission (GM 5L40 gearbox)

Exterior color: Titanium Silver Metallic (354)

Interior: Black Leatherette Interior (K4SW)

VIN: WBAEP33443PF01602

Additional features:

Aluminum Trim

Cold Weather Package:

Heated Seats

Headlight Washer System

Ski Bag Pass Through

Leather Steering Wheel

Xenon Headlights

Fog Lights

Bavarian Sound Soundplicity One iPhone Integration (No Bluetooth)

Carpet Summer Floor Mats

Rubber All-Weather Floor Mats

All-Weather Rear Cargo Mat

17-Inch Style 68 E46 M Double Spoke Wheels

Yokohama ADVAN Sport All Season Tires

Clean Carfax

Old School Maintenance

Background

2003 BMW E46 325XiT Sport Wagon (Touring) exterior photo

The BMW E46 Generation (1999 to 2005 3 Series) Sport Wagon was one of the best BMWs ever built. Time has been kind to the E46, aging it with style and grace. It occurred at a sweet spot in BMW model evolution where refinement, luxury, sporting dynamics, and reliability all intersected. The Sport Wagon (“Touring” in BMW speak) was one of the best E46s. It was just the right size and one of the few models that looked as good, if not better, as a wagon than as a sedan. It was made up of the old-school recipe that defined the BMW Ultimate Driving Machine—a normally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine coupled with a 50/50 weight balanced driving platform that offered a sporting and connected driving experience. In 2002 the E46 underwent a life cycle impulse, BMW speak for a facelift, with many revisions to the exterior. This was followed in 2003 with a host of options becoming standard on the sedan and wagon. In Xi form, the added space and utility of the Sport Wagon driving through BMW’s rear wheel biased all-wheel drive system makes it the driver’s alternative to under-steering Subaru and Audi wagons. – I don’t understand what you’re trying to say here. The time to get one is now.

Summary

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This 2003 BMW 325Xi Sport Wagon has been my personal car for the last 4 years and 50,000 miles. The most important element in buying any used BMW is finding one that has been properly owned. I searched for a long time to find such an example, but one that was also post-facelift, all wheel drive, and had the more durable leatherette interior with aluminum trim. The previous owner was a BMW car club member who spared no expense with his maintenance, following the Lifetime Maintenance Schedule known as old school maintenance. I continued this maintenance pedigree throughout my ownership and have all records from both the previous owner and myself. Some of the highlights of items addressed under my care were: a complete preventative cooling system overhaul, fuel pump, window regulators, rear shocks, front CV axles, and an oil pan gasket. I added Style 68 M Double spoke wheels and a Bavarian Sound Simplicity iPhone integration unit. The Carfax is clean and it has never been in an accident.

I would like to find a new owner who appreciates this car and will care for it and enjoy it for years to come. Clean, well-cared for E46 Tourings are hard to find and are worth every penny of the premium they carry. I have priced mine accordingly. I have a roof rack and winter wheels (with no tires) I am willing to negotiate with if desired.

Exterior

2003 BMW E46 325XiT Sport Wagon (Touring) exterior photo

Titanium Silver Metallic was one of the most popular E46 colors, and for good reason—it looks fantastic all the time! The finish on this car is in great shape with no excessive paint chipping and zero failed clear coat. There are two small rust spots, one at the bottom of the driver’s side door and one at the right rear fender (both pictured on our website if you are reading this elsewhere). The previous owner lived in Iowa, but had a membership to a high-end carwash and washed it twice a week. He went so far as to show me a log of car washes throughout the winter months, showing Mondays and Thursdays as his favorite days to wash. The result is a rust-free car, sans the two spots mentioned. Furthermore, I’ve worked on this car myself and have not had trouble with seized bolts and underbody fasteners that a lot of winter climate cars often have. The body itself is free of any glaring dents or door dings. All panels are original and it has never been in an accident. The rear Roundel emblem in the pictures is faded; I have replaced it with a new OEM Roundel. All trim and black-work are present, with the exception of the front tow hook cover. To fill the space I installed a Turner Motorsport tow-hook from my racecar and it looks awesome. The windshield was replaced last year and is crack-free and un-pitted. The side and rear glass are in excellent shape. The Style 68 wheels have no bends or blemishes, sans very minor curb rash on the left rear. The Yokohama ADVAN all-seasons tires were mounted last year and have over 80% tread remaining.

Interior

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The interior condition matches the exterior. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet has no stains, rips, or tears; factory BMW floor mats—a summer carpet set and a winter rubber set—have protected it. The seats have no glaring rips, tears, or failed stitching. The seat bolsters are in great shape. The instrument cluster, radio panel, and HVAC panel have no failed pixels. All interior functions work; the heated seats work, the heat blows warm, the air condition blows cold, and all power door locks and windows work. I replaced both driver’s side front and rear window regulators and blower motor final stage resistor. There is a noise from behind the dashboard that comes and goes randomly. It is not the blower motor and there are no operational changes when it happens. I’ve troubleshot it for years with no conclusive result. The only glaring interior defect is a broken cup holder cover on the rear center armrest. It isn’t glaring and could be easily replaced. I installed an on-board computer stalk, but have not been able to get the car coded to show on-board computer functions. The rear cargo divider, ski bag, factory tool kit, and spare tire are all present. It comes with all factory owners manuals and two keys.

Mechanical

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As I said in the summary, both the previous owner and I have always followed the Lifetime Maintenance Schedule including regular oil and fluid changes. All records from the previous owner and myself are organized in a 3-ring binder along with the Carfax. Here is a list of significant items I have addressed in chronological order:

  • Last Oil and Filter Change September 2016 @ 139,000 Miles
  • Oil Pan Gasket
  • Shift Shaft Seal
  • Differential Fluid
  • Front Control Arm Bushings
  • Steering Rack Boots
  • Steering Coupling
  • Secondary Air Pump Hose
  • Heater Blower Final Stage Resistor (trouble shooting noise in dashboard)
  • Driver’s Window Regulator
  • Left Rear Window Regulator
  • Rear Shocks and Mounts
  • Cooling Fan
  • Cooling Fan Clutch
  • Repair Rear Window Washer Fluid System
  • Front CV Axles and Left Front Wheel Bearing
  • Cooling System Overhaul Including:
  • Radiator
  • Water Pump
  • Thermostat Housing
  • Cooling Hoses
  • Coolant Flush
  • All Drive Belts, Tensionsers, and Pulleys
  • Motor Mounts
  • Transmission Mount
  • Differential Fluid
  • Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Filter

All common E46 issues are either not present or have been addressed. The M54 engine starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strong to redline. The transmission shifts smoothly and has never thrown any codes. It being a 2003 model year, it is equipped with the less problematic GM5L40 gearbox, not the failure-prone ZF gearbox early E46’s had. I say less problematic, because the GM gearboxes do eventually have problems, but they are easier and cheaper to repair. I have not changed the transmission fluid, per Mike Miller’s advice in the Lifetime Maintenance Schedule for a gearbox that did not have fluid changes early in its life. I will do this if desired, but I would not recommend doing so. The transmission shows no signs of needing attention in the foreseeable future. The all-wheel drive system works perfect and makes the Sport Wagon a formidable snow-driving machine! The suspension is firm and compliant and the brakes are strong. There are no driveline noises or vibrations. Like any E46, it will need continued care and maintenance, but, as it sits this Sport Wagon is a turn-key car.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAEP33443PF01602
  • Type: EP33
  • Model: 325xi – USA
  • Development Code: E46 (3FL)
  • Chassis: Touring
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: M54
  • Displacement: 2.50
  • Power: 183 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Color: Titanium Silver Metallic (Titansilber – 354)
  • Upholstery: Black Leatherette – K4SW
  • Production Plant: Regensburg
  • Production Date: 9/2/2002

Optional Equipment:

  • 203 All-Wheel Drive System
  • 205 Automatic Transmission
  • 240 Leather Steering Wheel
  • 249 Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • 386 Roof Rails
  • 403 Electric Sunroof
  • 441 Smokers Package
  • 464 Skibag
  • 473 Front Armrest
  • 494 Seat Heating Driver / Passenger Front
  • 502 Headlight Washer System
  • 520 Foglights
  • 522 Xenon Headlights
  • 534 Automatic Air Conditioning
  • 640 Car Telephone Preparation
  • 650 CD Player
  • 676 HiFi Loudspeaker System
  • 692 CD Changer I-Bus Preparation
  • 818 Main Battery Switch
  • 925 Shipping Protection Package

Standard Equipment:

  • 210 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • 279 Lt/Alloy Wheels (Replaced with Style 68)
  • 354 Green Stripe Windscreen
  • 411 Window Lifts, Electric
  • 645 Radio Control US
  • 661 BMW Business Radio
  • 832 Battery in Luggage Compartment
  • 845 Acoustic Belt Warning
  • 853 Language Version English
  • 876 Radio Frequency 315 Mhz
  • 992 Number Plate Attachment