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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 07-29-2005, 10:03 PM
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Rear end noises...pun intended

My 2001 330ci has started making bad noises when I go over moderate-sized bumps. It sounds kind of like a metal-on-metal cracking noise, almost like a bushing is shot?.?? Happens at high an low speeds, and high and low RPMs. The car was bought used and didn't make these noises when I got it. It has 69K miles and an auto trans. Brakes are good as I just replaced them (made the noise before that). Any ideas?? Thanks.
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Old 07-30-2005, 12:25 PM
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My 2001 330ci has started making bad noises when I go over moderate-sized bumps. It sounds kind of like a metal-on-metal cracking noise, almost like a bushing is shot?.?? Happens at high an low speeds, and high and low RPMs. The car was bought used and didn't make these noises when I got it. It has 69K miles and an auto trans. Brakes are good as I just replaced them (made the noise before that). Any ideas?? Thanks.
Rear shock mounts, most likely. Particularly if you can cause the noise with the car parked by pushing on the rear bumper.
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