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Old 04-18-2011, 06:01 PM
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Mein Auto: Soon to be a 2006 330i
Front Differential Leak on 2006 330xi

Hi All,
Just bought my first BMW. It is a 2006 330xi manual with 53,000 miles. It comes with a 72-hour 100% return policy from a large non-BMW dealer. I need to make a quick decision on whether to keep it or not . I had my mechanic take a look at it (he is not a BMW mechanic) and the only thing that seems amiss was a small leak on the left front axle seal at the differential. He described it as a leak that is a 5 to 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. It is not pooling on the ground under the car but has developed a build up of "gunk" on the bottom of the differential. Is this a common problem? Has anyone had a similar situation?

It has just come off the BMW warranty and I by random chance know the previous owner. Car was maintained very well and not driven recklessly.

I plan on taking it to a local independent shop for a check up to be sure I am not sitting on a ticking time bomb.

Thanks for your feedback!
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