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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:29 PM
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Buying Used Transfer Case for 2002 325 xi

So the transfer case on my 325 Wagon is shot and I'm reluctant to shell out the 2.5K for a new one...I've found plenty used on eBay for $200-300. Might anyone be able to offer me some advice on how to increase my chances of getting a used one that's in decent shape? I really have no idea what to look out for. Thank You!!!!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:57 AM
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Possibly bmrparts.com -Bavarian Auto Recycling, salvage business - call them up and see what they have, and what their prices are. They may even warranty the part, which is probably better than eBay.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:41 PM
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The most frequent cause of failure that I have ran into is low oil. I actually had to replace one this morning on an X3 because the bearing locked up.
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