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Old 12-13-2012, 12:49 PM
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Need to replace front driveshaft - Why do I need to swap output flange

Folks,

2005 X3 2.5
Been chasing down used front driveshaft and not finding really good deals on.
Also no one can rebuild them, so I decided to buy new DS from Tischer BMW

RealOEM says following and my dealer confirms it.
01 DRIVE SHAFT ASSY FRONT L=718MM 1 12/2005 26207526677 $719.79 +core
only in conjunction with
-- Output flange, front 1 12/2005 27107537664 $188.11

Why do I need to purchase new output flange?

Thanks
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:33 PM
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dont buy it from the dealership, save yourself some money and buy one. Try this place: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/26207526677/

May I ask how this happened? I have never heard of someone needing a new output shaft
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:46 PM
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Well I am just going by RealOEM and what Dealer said when I called them.
I am the one that diagnosed bad U joint and while searching for driveshaft replacement I found the little blurb about needing the output shaft

So you are saying if it's OK, then don't bother spending 160 for new one?
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:03 AM
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Well I am just going by RealOEM and what Dealer said when I called them.
I am the one that diagnosed bad U joint and while searching for driveshaft replacement I found the little blurb about needing the output shaft

So you are saying if it's OK, then don't bother spending 160 for new one?
I'd get a second opinion before you drop $700 on a new driveshaft
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:14 AM
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The U joint on driveshaft side that goes to transfer case is shot. No need to get 2nd opinion on that. The question here was about having to buy new output flange with new driveshaft, as per blurb from RealOEM.

I am not going to waste money on new flange as it seems to be ok.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:09 AM
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Update. New driveshaft came in. Replaced it in 15 mins. Didn't need any output flanges. Just an FYI for everybody

U-Joint on old DS was completely shot and had it been driven little bit more, it would probably fall apart completely
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:01 PM
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I had the same problem on my X, front u joint shot. Purchase a brand new one with REPLACEABLE U JOINTS!!! for $350 out the door delivered. Swapped it out in no time and my X is running great again. Glad i didnt go the dealer way, couldnt be happier.

http://www.wholesaleimportparts.com/
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:51 PM
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Front Drive shaft

Ya I got shafted too!! 110K miles U joint on one side wore out in the pocket. 2006 X3 Got one for about $350.00 from Calif. But the 4x4 lights and ABS brake lights still on??re adjust tire sensor? reset?
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:42 PM
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what symptoms are folks seeing from broken front driveshafts? Noises, visual, wobbling? I understand how to do a visual check, but I'm wondering if they go immediately or if it starts to fail enough to get home. Mostly curious because my wife commutes in her X3 with 130K and i'd like to know what to watch for. Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:13 AM
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I heard a clicking sound at low speeds and when going up ramps. It did this for about 6 months. It is very obvious now with a quick look underneath that the rear joint of the front shaft is shot. The needles in the bearing cap are gone. This is at 145k miles. I have the replacement shaft from wholesaleimportparts.com, installing this weekend.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:48 AM
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Front shaft out

My front shaft went out at 110K miles. I heard a clicking sound almost like a nail going tap tap in a tire. The shoulder at the universal joint was warn oval . Replaced it for $375.00
plus some mechanic time $50.00
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