Help my hurting '04 325xi please - E46Fanatics E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-06-2020, 10:34 AM   #1
NH33BMW
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 1
Help my hurting '04 325xi please

Hey everyone, I'm new here and finally have a chance to say hi :-)

So for starters I have a 2004 325xi with 191K miles on a 5 speed 2.5L L6, and she is starting to hurt.

There is a coolant leak, not bad yet, but there's a 2"-3" spot under the center front of where the motor is when I park. That doesn't happen all the time, but I want to fix that asap. I'm assuming its the water pump, but this is my first BMW so I don't know.

While I'm here I have code P0161. Downstream O2 sensor I presume?

I need a new front driveshaft, is that something I can do myself in my garage with jack stands?

Finally... after hitting a deer I had angel eye projector headlights retrofit to my car. Now my parking lamps and low beams are on all the time. I can't turn them off. I haven't had time lately to chase wires or diagnose myself.

Please, please help my car and I out!
NH33BMW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2020, 10:51 AM   #2
jmo69
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,860
My Ride: 03 325xi 98 328is
Pressure test the cooling system to find the leak and go from there. The front drive shaft should be doable on jack stands. The PO161 could be a wiring issue, I had a bad connection on my e36 that threw the heater circuit code. I got a section of harness from someone parting out a car and spliced it in, problem solved.
__________________
Alternative to expensive xi control arm bushings
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Bad outer xi ball joint?
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by jmo69; 01-06-2020 at 10:55 AM.
jmo69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2020, 01:18 AM   #3
Dogthebountyhunter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Philly
Posts: 1,163
My Ride: 03 M3 Vert 2005 745i
Hey welcome to the forums. I love the xis. Cover the whole cooling system with baby powder and let it get nice and hot. Should be able to see where the leak is coming from. Even better idea is to just replace it all at once and never worry about it again! It's a tad pricey, but it is basically the only major problem these cars have. Good luck!
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Dogthebountyhunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
angel eyes, coolant, headlamps, headlights, projectors

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) 1999 - VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.