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So, I recently found out that my car (2004 330xi) is in need of a new rear driveshaft. The mechanic in my area, stated that BMW does not make the type of driveshaft needed for my car so they will have to order the part from Germany, which will take 6-8 weeks! This is an estimated $2500 charge JUST for the part. The mechanic has had no luck with finding one, and recommended I try a salvage yard. The only problem with that is, you never know how much life is left in one of those parts if this option works. So, I did a little research and found this on carparts.com yesterday. The mechanic is a bit unsure if this will work, but I’m tempted to try and see! Anyone know of any recommendations? Or have any of you tried this website for things like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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So, I recently found out that my car (2004 330xi) is in need of a new rear driveshaft. The mechanic in my area, stated that BMW does not make the type of driveshaft needed for my car so they will have to order the part from Germany, which will take 6-8 weeks! This is an estimated $2500 charge JUST for the part. The mechanic has had no luck with finding one, and recommended I try a salvage yard. The only problem with that is, you never know how much life is left in one of those parts if this option works. So, I did a little research and found this on carparts.com yesterday. The mechanic is a bit unsure if this will work, but I’m tempted to try and see! Anyone know of any recommendations? Or have any of you tried this website for things like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! View attachment 962446
I have never used these guys myself but have read some positive reviews.

 

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There are several places you can send it to have the u- joint (s) replaced, if that's what's wrong.
Tends to cost in the $500 range. There's machining involved, and some custom jigs, so it's
not a particular overcharge on their part. I used to use Driveline Service of Portland, OR,
but I'm not sure if they still do it. There are several places in Georgia that get good reviews...

Otherwise, everything else is serviceable.

There are quite a few variations, so junkyarding is sometimes hit and miss.
Driveshafts DO typically last the life of the car, so a 'good used' one's not a bad gamble.

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There are several places you can send it to have the u- joint (s) replaced, if that's what's wrong.
Tends to cost in the $500 range. There's machining involved, and some custom jigs, so it's
not a particular overcharge on their part. I used to use Driveline Service of Portland, OR,
but I'm not sure if they still do it. There are several places in Georgia that get good reviews...

Otherwise, everything else is serviceable.

There are quite a few variations, so junkyarding is sometimes hit and miss.
Driveshafts DO typically last the life of the car, so a 'good used' one's not a bad gamble.

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Thanks for the help! I appreciate it!
 

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I have used Driveshaft Specialists in Texas. Very knowledgeable people and they rebuilt my driveshaft out of my Coupe with an 8 calendar day turnaround from Baltimore to Texas and back since they didn’t have one for my car in stock. Absolutely no issues with it since installing it ~25000 miles ago. They do the whole business, including the Center Support Bearing, u-joint(s), and the rear CV joint that my car has.
 

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Your best course of action would be to go to LKQ pick your part (google it) or similar parts yard and find a car the same model as yours, then go and pull the part (its not that hard if you're mechanically inclined) you would spend between $100 and $200 for the part. LKQ has lots of E46s in their yards. I think you can also buy the part and they will pull it from the car for you but you'd better confirm that.
 
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