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    2001 BMW 330 xi-broken coil spring

    I am wondering if anyone has an opinion on a supposed broken coil spring for a 2001 330 xi. Both were replaced two years ago because the driver's side was broken or so the dealer said and now the passenger side is broken.
    I suspect that the dealer did not replace both-or even if they did, are these things so fragile?

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    2001 BMW 330 xi -broken rear coil spring

    look at them yourself with a flash light.
    Simple - original will have dirt caked on it
    NEW will be shiny black and clean if 'just' replaced.

    Use only Original BMW springs in the case of xi's

    no lowering (alternate springs)is permitted because of the raised ride height of xi's for winter driving, and to keep your (4)
    drive-axle C-V joints in correct alignment for reliability.

    if you want to stray from factory ride height and modify
    your car by lowering - sell the xi and buy a (2)rear wheel
    drive model that you can drop to the ground as much as you want

    and back to your original spring replacement repair order -
    look at your receipt - the part numbers, quantity, and description
    of labor, labor operation code should all be itemized. Don't have a receipt? if done by your dealer - a copy is in your file - if you want to ask for another copy. LOOK under your car FIRST !

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    Re: 2001 BMW 330 xi -broken rear coil spring

    Thank you for your help.
    Do you mean that a part number will be on the coil that I can verify against the receipt? I am suspicious that even though the rcpt says that both were replaced they just did the broken driver's side.
    The original repair/replacement was two years ago so they will have both aged and not be shiny clean.
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    You might be surprised even at two years that

    there would be a difference if your original spring is indeed the broken spring. You need to take a look first.

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    Re: You might be surprised even at two years that

    Thank you. :-)

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    Re: 2001 BMW 330 xi -broken rear coil spring

    In my opinion, if the dealer said he changed 2 springs, it's true. I heard about people being cheated at smaller shops, but a BMW dealer should be as good as it gets. I am not talking about people's complaints about the hourly rate, about the work they recommend when it's not needed (this is a very arguable subject), the price for various jobs and so on. I am just talking about lying about the work you say you've done.

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    In general I agree, but all it would take is one

    to deflate the notion that this is an absolute. Could also be someone who overlooked doing the second spring after a lunch break. Lord knows I have had many mechanics overlook replacing some small component when they were backing out of the job. I've caught the oversights and remedied them.

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    Re: In general I agree, but all it would take is one

    You are right, we should not take anything for granted. I agree with sometimes forgetting some small stuff, but to forget to install one (out of the 2) springs, that to me is no longer forgetting, it's stealing... And I just like to believe that's not the case at a BMW dealer. But you are right, nothing is absolute, and everything is possible.

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    Re: You might be surprised even at two years that

    What sort of noise if any would this make? When I hit a bump hard enough, I hear a Ka-CHunk from the right rear. I too have 2001 330xi. I thought that it would be the shock mount and have bought the replacements. I sometimes almost think this noise is inside the rear door.

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    If you have this noise, you don't have the

    luxury of not inspecting the shock mounts, the rear springs and the rear subframe attachment points. Any of these left unrepaired is not acceptable.

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    Re: 2001 BMW 330 xi-broken coil spring

    I have a broken rear spring on a Z4 that has only done 12000 miles from new.

    Has anyone else had this problem

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    replacing rear springs


    Is it hard to replace a rear spring on a 2001 xi model, or should i just bring it to the dealer?

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    Re: 2001 BMW 330 xi-broken coil spring

    I have a right rear coil that's broken. ('02 325xiT) I discoverd it during a recent brake pad replacement. DIY seems reasonable and the springs not overly expensive. The repair manual says I should do both to keep the system balanced!?

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    cont, ....'01 BMW 330 xi-broken rear coil spring

    exactly right - replace BOTH springs with BMW
    Original Teile - look for a part number on the old
    spring - or check with your parts manager
    to order the correct spring which is determined
    by the options fitted to the car.

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    replacing rear springs

    if you have to ask - that means take it to a dealer
    and don't injure yerself.


    Simple if your experienced and know the dangers.


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    Re: 2001 BMW 330 xi-broken coil spring

    There's a large thread on the E46 M3 forum about this (IIRC).
    I had to have both rear springs replaced on my '01 330xi just a couple of months ago. It's a VERY common problem. I wouldn't say it's impossible to break a replacement in only a year or so.

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    Re: 2001 BMW 330 xi-broken coil spring

    I have a 2002 330xi 60k. I've replaced the passenger rear at 25k, just replaced the drivers rear at 57k and just found out the passenger rear broke again. It always seem to be the tightly wound tips of the springs that break. Bad BMW engineering, and they don't give a [Oops!].

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    Same problem... Anybody have a good procedure for a DIY replacement?

    I have a 2005 330xi. The driver side rear spring is completely broke and the passenger side spring is cracked. I want to replace both. Anybody have a link to a good procedure for a DIY replacement?
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