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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 10-29-2008, 06:00 PM
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Need rear coil springs for 2004 XI, not lowered

Hi BeeMees,
My rear springs found broken couple of days ago when changing to winter wheels/tires.
I trying to find who sell aftermarket rear coil springs for 325XI but standard height, not lowered. I can't find distributor who sell it. Nothing OEM on ebay or locals boards.
I don't want drop the car and don't want put originals OEM which not very reliable, or tell me I am wrong.
I had idea to buy H@R from TireRack and install just rears (1" drop) but not sure if it's good idea because of alignment and partially look, which already tank/SUV like. But I am OK with that: like go shopping during big snow storm when not many customers

Coil overs don't want since price and my shocks still OK.

Distributors from Canada welcome.
Tnx

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I don't think you have any choice but to go OEM if you want stock ride height and stock stiffness. There's just not a market for them - the OEMs don't break "often enough" or someone to be able to profit.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:11 PM
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Thanks! I almost gave up. Post this maybe, just may be, somebody know where to buy or know/did some trick like install just H@R rears.
.. then may be install front next spring.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:14 PM
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Thanks! I almost gave up. Post this maybe, just may be, somebody know where to buy or know/did some trick like install just H@R rears.
.. then may be install front next spring.
It's definitely a bad idea to install shorter springs on only one axle of the car.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:29 AM
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Thanks for advice KrisL!
small update. Bought original rear springs from the closest dealership. Nothing stock spec was on e-net available. Only lowering kits. OEM springs freaking expensive: $228 +tax CND each . About price for H&R kit for XI ! Stock suspension is sporty enough for me plus extra clearance for side roads and snow.
Yesterday with some pain and sweat had replaced in mine garage. Did it first time with some good advices found from this forum. Test drive show ride quality restored. No sudden loosing traction or jerking during cornering, better smooth ride, and most important no extra feedback on steering wheel on bumpy road. Car drives now like it was new. I don't know how long springs where broken. Crack is pretty rusty. DIY is good staff because it was not found during inspection 1, by Mr Lube during 2 oil changes and the 2 tire shops. I noticed broken spring when I was changing summer wheel to the winter set.
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OEM springs freaking expensive: $228 +tax CND each . About price for H&R kit for XI ! Stock suspension is sporty enough for me plus extra clearance for side roads and snow.
Could have saved about 20% online...
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:25 AM
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all stores online gave "no part found..." and browsing did not help either.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:50 AM
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all stores online gave "no part found..." and browsing did not help either.
Tishcer BMW (www.getbmwparts.com) sells them for US$125.
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^ yep, and the canadian dollar is about the same as the US dollar right now... come here and ask next time!
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^ yep, and the canadian dollar is about the same as the US dollar right now... come here and ask next time!
Umm...unfortunately, as an obsessive follower of the US/Can dollar, we are weak $1 dollar Canadian buys 82.6 cents US. Off its low of about 78.8 about a week back, but still weak.

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Tishcer BMW (www.getbmwparts.com) sells them for US$125.
Thanks slyfocks! I will copy the link.
For now US 125= CND 155 + shipping + customs+ about $210.. 220 CND. So expected saving on 1 spring 8..18 $, on 2 springs up to $60. Not bad but not huge difference. I am OK with dealer price and no waiting in case if shipment stuck on the border. I was really anger to fix suspension.
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Spring maintenance- replace both rear springs!

Here I am: both springs found broken at the bottom end when swapping winter to summer wheels/tires, AGAIN! Second set lasts about 140K km...
The car is in OK shape but my mood is not.
Is anybody have experience with springs cracked somewhere in the middle or upper level on XI? Is it safe to drive couple of month as is?
I wonder why is no recall on this yet?

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