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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-10-2017, 07:23 AM   #1
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Dolly tow a manual xi?

Can an xi with manual trans be dolly-towed a considerable distance?

After some thinking about it, I guess not, being full-time AWD.

Better question would be can it be dolly towed with the front driveshaft disconnected?

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Old 12-11-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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If you have your owners manual it says how far they can be towed with and without disconnecting drive shafts.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:02 AM   #3
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From page 155 of the manual:

325xi, 330xi: towing the vehicle with the front or rear axle raised
1. Place the transmission in Neutral
2. Switch off the engine
3. Maximum towing speed: 30 mph / 50 km/h
4. Maximum towing distance: 90 miles/150 km.

Remove the rear driveshaft for longer towing distances with the front axle lifted; remove the front drive-shaft for towing over longer distances with the rear axle lifted. Failure to comply with this will result in damage to the transfer box.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:40 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys. Flatbedding this sucker due to distance.
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:36 PM   #5
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Flatbed is the best call. If you were low on diff/trans fluid bad things could happen. No risk if you flat it. For short tows, they usually put the rear on a dolly.
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