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X3-terrestrial
05-21-2010, 09:22 AM
I've been thinking of this for some time now and since we don't have a "one-stop thread" for DIY and general interesting facts and questions, I went ahead and started this little compilation of member's posts, please feel free to post your own or PM the link and I'll add it to the first post. Attached documents welcome!



Let's start with these:

FAQ's AND USEFUL LINKS

2005 X3 BROCHURE (http://rapidshare.com/files/404527496/2005_X3Series_Brochure_1_.pdf.html) (PDF download, 2.1 MB) NEW!

Great article on maintenance (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450779)

Sunroof reset procedure (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5265693&postcount=31)

Service Light Reset (http://www.kofla.net/bmw.htm)

SIB for Window Guide noise (http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/bulletin_graphic_temp/B512805g.htm)

Customer Assistance Program (aka GOODWILL) (http://www.bmwtis.net/tiscode/cgi-bin/omcgi.exe?sie_path=server.mappath/10599.7.B010703.xml&brand=bmwtis&sie_id=10599&usersession=875138155)

OBD II codes (http://my330i.com/odb2.php)

BMW codes (http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/stritarja/P%20Codes.pdf)

BMW especialized Indy shops (http://www.bimrs.org/)

BMW wheels by style (http://crass.on.ru/bmw/wheels/)





DO-IT-YOURSELF THREADS AND LINKS

2004-2006 OIL CHANGE DIY (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106684&highlight=oil+change)

2004-2006 X3 Trailer Hitch install (http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x3/body-style/16752-how-install-bmw-factory-trailer-hitch-2006-x3.html)

Sound System Improvement Stage One (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451804)

DIY for muffler rattle (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451407)

Front Brakes job (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=438912)

Retrofit inside rearview mirror (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=370674)

OEM Navigation Retrofit (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=432037)

Disable X3 seat belt chime (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431804)

Window Regulator Repair (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=408603)

Rear window drive dog repair and replacement by kenza (http://www.kenza.biz/rear-window-repair.doc) (DOC download, 6.46 MB) See attached documents below for a PDF version, thanks Supercourse.

Front Door Panel Removal w/pics by VodkaG (http://www.kenza.biz/Upgrading%20front%20door%20speakers%20on%202004%20 X3.pdf) (PDF download, 2.6 MB)

Rear Door Panel Removal (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4397900&postcount=9)

Cupholder removal/replacement by minicrazy592 (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390545)

X3 ULF bluetooth retrofit (part 1) (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454198)
X3 ULF bluetooth retrofit (part 2) (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454194)

DICE installation instructions (http://msbcreations.com/stuff/Dice_Installation_Manual.pdf) NEW!



PARTS

RealOEM (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do)

CROWN BMW (https://secure.webmakerx.net/Default-2.aspx?hostname=parts.crownauto.com)

TISCHER BMW (http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/index.cfm?siteid=214672&catalogid=0)

BIMMERWORLD (http://www.bimmerworld.com/)

FACTORY ACCESSORIES (http://bmw.dealerfit.com/store/bmw-x3-accessories-cat1389_1394.php)


OWNER'S MANUALS NEW!


2005 X3 MANUAL (http://rapidshare.com/files/404531102/2005_X3.pdf.html) (PDF download 4.8 MB)


MISCELANEOUS DOCUMENTS

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Evlengr
05-21-2010, 09:37 AM
I have asked Kris (moderator) to make one for us and had no response. (Edit by KrisL: Sorry about the lack of response, now sticky'd :))

Maybe if a couple more would join in he will accomodate.:thumbup:

EE

X3emist
05-21-2010, 09:58 AM
Very handy to have, it needs to be sticky and stay at the top

X3-terrestrial
05-21-2010, 08:18 PM
Thanks. Let's see if it actually makes it to the top. If not, we'll just going to have to keep bumping it!:D

kenza
05-21-2010, 08:26 PM
X3-t, i have a DIY for window regulator drive dog repair and replacement. The doc with pics can be found at www.kenza.biz/rear-window-repair.doc

cheers!

X3-terrestrial
05-21-2010, 08:41 PM
X3-t, i have a DIY for window regulator drive dog repair and replacement. The doc with pics can be found at www.kenza.biz/rear-window-repair.doc

cheers!
I tried to look for it but couldn't find it! Added!

DJH01
05-21-2010, 08:49 PM
Very nice X3-terrestrial. For common issues how about a section on the SES light and fuel cap loose issues like SIB 12 08 07.

spokelizard
05-22-2010, 01:58 AM
The first item http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450779&highlight=diy has numerous related pages which I think could be useful to list separately -- they're not easily found on the page you linked.

Note, these service recommendations are well in excess of what's included in the "free" BMW maintenance plan, with a goal of keeping the vehicle drivable for 100K+ miles. Some may view these recommendations as excessive.

Suggested service intervals: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/maintenance_post96.html

Break-in checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/BREAKINSVC.pdf

Minor service checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/MINORSERVICE.pdf

Inspection I checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/INSPI.pdf

Inspection II checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/INSPII.pdf

Trip checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/TRIPCK.pdf

X3-terrestrial
05-22-2010, 07:04 AM
Very nice X3-terrestrial. For common issues how about a section on the SES light and fuel cap loose issues like SIB 12 08 07.

Sounds good, do you have a copy of the SIB by any chance?


Note, these service recommendations are well in excess of what's included in the "free" BMW maintenance plan, with a goal of keeping the vehicle drivable for 100K+ miles. Some may view these recommendations as excessive.

Thanks!

DJH01
05-22-2010, 08:49 AM
Sounds good, do you have a copy of the SIB by any chance?


Sure.

bvkamp
05-23-2010, 10:25 AM
Removing the radio:

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-remove-radio-from-bmw-x3-143391/

kenza
05-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Is threre anyone with brake flush DIY and possibly transmission/diff fluid change DIY?

X3 Skier
05-24-2010, 05:12 AM
Great thread!! This will definitely cut down on my bookmarks list.:rofl:

Cheers

UncleJ
05-25-2010, 07:44 AM
+1! This will move it back up. How about the SIB for the relaxed goodwill policy? That might be useful to include.:angel:

X3-terrestrial
05-25-2010, 09:52 AM
+1! This will move it back up. How about the SIB for the relaxed goodwill policy? That might be useful to include.:angel:

There's a link in the first post :)

Blue Monk
05-26-2010, 11:12 AM
Unless I overlooked it here is a DIY on Replacing Power Steering Fluid & Cleaning MAF


http://www.linquist.net/motorsports/bmw/maf

Wongway
05-28-2010, 07:21 AM
bumping to get this back to the top...

Incidentally, who the heck are we supposed to get a hold of to make this a sticky anyways?

PeteC
05-28-2010, 03:23 PM
Great idea X3-terrestrial.

It should be a sticky.

Here's a list of SB's for the 2006.

PeteC
05-28-2010, 03:24 PM
Here's the instructions for installation of mud flaps - easy but time consuming. (I have pics too)

PeteC
05-28-2010, 03:26 PM
Here are the instructions for installation of the rear hatch release. ( I have pics too of my installation).

PeteC
05-28-2010, 03:28 PM
Here are instructions for adding the BMW alarm.

PeteC
05-28-2010, 03:31 PM
Here are the instructions for adding an Aux connection. (have pictures).

minicrazy592
05-29-2010, 09:52 PM
What about my cup holder replacement DIY? :eeps:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390545

X3-terrestrial
05-31-2010, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the interest to make this a sticky, I think it would be good to have as a reference. I will PM krisL (I think is our moderator) to see if he agrees.

By the way, the drive dog on my rear left window snapped this weekend while I was out of town, I secured the glass with painters tape to keep it close. I came directly to this thread to look for the DIY's. Will be doing it next weekend.

PeteC
06-01-2010, 06:54 AM
Great that this thread is now a Sticky. To date haven't seen one relating to the E83.

What is the "drive dog"?

PeteC
06-01-2010, 06:56 AM
It would be great to see a DIY for installing angel eyes on my X3. Its been a couple of years now that I purchased them but haven't attempted it yet for lack of any DIY's relating to said endeavor.

X3-terrestrial
06-01-2010, 08:31 AM
Great that this thread is now a Sticky. What is the "drive dog"?

Yes, thanks to KrisL for doing so!

The drive dog it's a plastic bracket (part of the window regulator) where the driving wire snaps in to make the window go up and down. This is the most common reported failure and there's no need to replace the whole regulator assembly (which is expen$ive). Drive dogs are around $50.00 and it's apparently a fairly easy DIY.
There's a link on the first post. :thumbup:

X3-terrestrial
06-11-2010, 07:50 AM
Added a 2004-2006 oil change DIY to the first post!

CleanKM
06-16-2010, 07:32 AM
Approved Oil from BMW is attached, figured that it should be in the FAQ or other info section, thoughts?

X3-terrestrial
06-16-2010, 07:41 AM
Added! :thumbup:

enamoured
06-17-2010, 10:01 AM
Just thought I would add my 0.02.

If your sunroof gets stuck or moves only a couple of inches with every full push of button (when it should normally move all the way) you would want to reset it before calling dealer. To reset, turn the key to position 2, don't start the car, press the sunroof button "up" (where you press it to open in tilt position) and hold it there, after about ten seconds the sun roof will cycle through entire open and close cycle, do not leave the button till it completes the cycle. The sunroof is now reset.

X3-terrestrial
06-17-2010, 10:33 AM
Just thought I would add my 0.02.

If your sunroof gets stuck or moves only a couple of inches with every full push of button (when it should normally move all the way) you would want to reset it before calling dealer. To reset, turn the key to position 2, don't start the car, press the sunroof button "up" (where you press it to open in tilt position) and hold it there, after about ten seconds the sun roof will cycle through entire open and close cycle, do not leave the button till it completes the cycle. The sunroof is now reset.

Thanks! added to the first post.

X3emist
06-26-2010, 06:42 AM
Here is a source for SIB's - http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/tsbs/tsbsearch.cfm

Funny thing is, I can't find the T-case fluid one currently being discussed.

Supercourse
07-05-2010, 10:43 PM
X3-t, i have a DIY for window regulator drive dog repair and replacement. The doc with pics can be found at www.kenza.biz/rear-window-repair.doc

cheers!

I saved ths excellent file as a PDF which uses 510KB instead of the 6.5MB that the WORD 2007 Doc uses.

To avoid that long download, might be good to replace the link with this PDF file?

Also helpful for Apple users who don't have (or want) Microsoft WORD or anything similar on their machine.

I don't believe the overhead for the WORD formatting and infrastructure is warranted for something like this.

What do you think?

X3-terrestrial
07-06-2010, 09:43 AM
Great idea, thanks. Now we just need to get ahold of Kenza to see if he can switch it. I might as well add it to the list of attachments.

Evlengr
07-08-2010, 12:00 PM
Sorry I haven't kept up to date with my sound system updates, but hopefully this pdf that helped me will make up for some of it.

This is what I used to remove the door panels and install speakers.

kenza
07-08-2010, 08:15 PM
Great idea, thanks. Now we just need to get ahold of Kenza to see if he can switch it. I might as well add it to the list of attachments.

Supercorse, thanks for this conversion! X3-t, I guess you could put it as an attachment to the first post, that way it would not depend on my home PC :)

Supercourse
07-09-2010, 10:12 PM
As it has been over 2 years out-of-warranty and no problems at all,
I thought my 2004 X3 deserved fresh fluid in the hard-working transfer case.

As with some other things, an easy job in the X3 compared to other BMW models:

Supercourse
07-10-2010, 07:51 PM
About 2 years ago I started hearing an odd noise on cold startups as soon as D or R was engaged.

Dealer could not hear it even after keeping the car overnight, but I was fairly sure it was the tensioner pulley for the alternator, water pump, PS pump.

Got around to changing it last week, and the noise is definitely gone.
Original tensioner pulley was in better shape than I expected - just a slight rumble on spinning it, no discernible rocking.
Could have lubed it and put it back for another few years, but decided to put a new one on for fun.
Now it sounds quiter overall - but that's maybe the placebo effect.

Didn't want to mess with the hydraulic upgrade - will be happy with 6 years life on the replacement mechanical tensioner.
Makes better economic sense to me, particularly as some 3-series owners had failures of hydraulic tensioners.

Quick and easy DIY:

noego
07-23-2010, 08:37 AM
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new_e46
08-11-2010, 07:58 PM
Anyone have a DIY walkthrough of oil change for the N52 engine. Mostly interested in where the drain bolt is located and the torque setting for the drain bolt.

SWMc
08-19-2010, 06:39 AM
The oil drain plug on an LCI X3 (N52 engine) is located under the front plastic cover (the square one) on the aluminum stiffener plate. I torque mine to 30nm (22 -23 ft lbs) with a 3/8" torque wrench.

madurodave
09-03-2010, 06:58 PM
The oil drain plug on an LCI X3 (N52 engine) is located under the front plastic cover (the square one) on the aluminum stiffener plate. I torque mine to 30nm (22 -23 ft lbs) with a 3/8" torque wrench.

My drain plug is exposed in a round hole (always open). It is a 2007.

I just torque my plug to 18 ft-lbs. No issues!

CleanKM
09-06-2010, 09:19 PM
Anyone have a DIY walkthrough of oil change for the N52 engine. Mostly interested in where the drain bolt is located and the torque setting for the drain bolt.

Changed my oil on my 07 si this weekend, took some pictures, will get them up some point this week.

X3-terrestrial
09-07-2010, 07:47 PM
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5450062&postcount=20

bluskye
10-12-2010, 06:20 PM
Would anyone have a DIY to get access to the rear shock mounts? If the rear shocks are like any bmw, they should be really easy to replace. Getting to the rear shock mounts are a bit different in the X3.

Anyone rip their rip their interiors out and gain access to the rear shock mounts and have detailed instructions?

Supercourse
10-12-2010, 07:48 PM
Chagrin covered it near the end of this thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271239


Worth putting the official procedure PDF (attach.) in the DIY compilation?

littleE46
11-09-2010, 10:12 PM
Is there a DIY for cleaning clogged sunroof drains? Pics?

There's a great post on the 5-series forum suggesting replacing the drain hoses with thicker, firmer hose. Has anyone tried this on an X3?

pezjunki
12-13-2010, 09:05 AM
thanks for doing this..

MattX3
01-09-2011, 09:55 AM
Hi all.

Thanks for the tips on servicing the X3. I just did an oil change on my X3 and will have to do brake pads soon. I see the recommendation is to keep with the BMW pads, although they do create more dust.

Not sure what oil you guys use but I have always bought mine from Opie Oils. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/ I'm not sure about this forum but my Impreza forum gets a good discount.

My next service in 10k miles will also include the air and diesel filter. Does anyone have a guide where these are located ?

Cheers

Matt

kenza
01-11-2011, 12:39 PM
Matt,

What engine do you have in your X3?

MattX3
01-18-2011, 03:47 PM
Matt,

What engine do you have in your X3?

Hi,

I've got the 3.0 D SE on 2007 plate.

I'm doing all of the service work myself now and going well so far :)

zeozaza
04-12-2011, 03:15 PM
wow ... love all the help and the articles found here. Thankyou to all

ron97vet
05-18-2011, 05:00 AM
Great write up on the Dice install. I just bought one for my 2007 x3. I plan to use it for Sat radio. Do you have any experience with the Sat radio install? I have to run the wire from the dice unit to the radio module and then I have to install the radio ant. I was going to put the sat module in the back with the Nav changer. Any thoughts?

X3-terrestrial
05-23-2011, 05:28 PM
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=499471

X3-terrestrial
05-26-2011, 05:40 AM
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=543634

Supercourse
07-09-2011, 03:36 PM
Just came across this:

http://k12techblog.com/bmw/2011/04/

Maybe the author is one of us (a Bimmerfest member)?

Good writeup on doing a rear diff fluid change.

njk
10-08-2011, 03:53 PM
Can you tell e roughly what a new 2011 X3 (loaded) sells for in Texas?

snowfro
10-18-2011, 06:18 AM
Hi everyone I've entered that point in my 2004 x3's life where things are starting to fail. Since I'm studying automotive mechanics I'm trying to do everything myself. Haha it's been a blast. Anyways here's my first DIY for replacing the front wishbone (according to realoem, if there is a more common name for this please let me know).

I am not an expert or a mechanic please follow these at your own risk. I'd love to know if I'm doing it right though so please, please leave me some feedback if there's anything I need to correct.

THANKS.

Here's a link to the PDF: Wishbone DIY (http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/69009741?access_key=key-1pq61ane2c3s5jgjkn6q)

kenza
10-20-2011, 08:42 AM
Thanks for sharing this Snowfro!

X3-terrestrial
10-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Yes! thanks and nice write up, much better than the T.I.S itself!:thumbup:

buzzlb
10-23-2011, 12:41 PM
Yes, thanks to KrisL for doing so!

The drive dog it's a plastic bracket (part of the window regulator) where the driving wire snaps in to make the window go up and down. This is the most common reported failure and there's no need to replace the whole regulator assembly (which is expen$ive). Drive dogs are around $50.00 and it's apparently a fairly easy DIY.
There's a link on the first post. :thumbup:

I have had to replace both rear door dogs! Not hard to do...

snowfro
10-23-2011, 03:40 PM
I finally got around to replacing my rear shocks this weekend! I had been meaning to do it for a long time but was intimidated by how much stuff had to be moved out of the way just to get to the shock mounting point. So here is part 1 of the DIY which is a step by step guide to removing the interior panels that surround the shock mounts.

I'll post the actual shock removal/installation shortly, although that is pretty straight forward.

At 106k miles, my x3 is starting to need a little attention! There's not much info out there (and no service manual :mad:) so I plan to do a write-up for each. Feel free to ask questions or let me know if there is an easier way to do things.

Here's a link (http://www.scribd.com/doc/70011533) and I've also attached it below.

Good luck!

snowfro
10-25-2011, 06:08 AM
Here's part two of the process of replacing the rear shocks. This one is not as thorough picture wise (I was in a hurry to put it back together!) but the parts not pictured should be relatively straight forward.

If anyone has the tightening torques for the various nuts and bolts of this DIY please let me know what they are so I can include them. I just winged it but I'd feel more comfortable doing it if I knew what to torque everything to.

As I've said before, I am not a mechanic nor an expert please follow these procedures at your own risk. If you have any feedback I'd love to hear it.

File is attached below and you can also reach it with this link: Rear Shock Removal Part 2 (http://www.scribd.com/doc/70228483)

Thanks.

ngcreese
10-31-2011, 08:53 AM
Hey snowfro, thanks for the writeup man! My rear shocks (and/or) rear shock mounts seem to be giving hints that they could use some TLC.

What replacement shocks did you install? Bilstein heavy duties or BMW OEMs?

Also, are you considering replacing the front end struts at some point?
Anyone replaced their oxygen sensors due to engine stuttering under heavy acceleration?

Let me know.
Thanks in advance!!

snowfro
10-31-2011, 12:16 PM
Whoa whoa whoa... What? I've been trying to figure out that stupid stuttering for years, I just thought I had put too much wear on my transmission or something. You're thinking it could be a bad o2 sensor? If your problem is the same that I'm having and the o2 sensor fixes it, well I'll be damned. Thanks.

I put Sachs shocks on there. Here's what I bought from ******************.com:


Parts Ordered
Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly Sachs Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly X3|2.5i Sachs
Price: $ 135.95 Qty: 2.00 Part #: W0133-1805976

Shock and Strut Mount Lemfoerder Shock and Strut Mount X3|2.5i Lemfoerder
Price: $ 24.95 Qty: 2.00 Part #: W0133-1806541

These were for the sports package suspension, not sure if they'd be the same for you.

I had my front ones replaced at a shop, kind of wish I had done it myself. BUT it was totally worth it! I did it at around 99k.

So back to the stuttering... I feel it most when I'm in a middle gear, maybe 3rd, going up over an underpass on the freeway, and is worse when someone is riding in the car with me. Is this similar to what you're experiencing?

ngcreese
10-31-2011, 12:45 PM
Shocks:
Don't have the sports package. Was considering (eventually) switching out all shocks / struts for the bilstein Heavy Duties.
I've done some e30 suspension work, so I'm not too too intimidated by this. Just wish it were still summer, that's all.

Acceleration stuttering:
Yes, you and I have the same symptoms... heavy acceleration with other people in the car, can be somewhat unnerving / annoying, due to the stupid stuttering.
It's slightly noticable when I'm in the car by myself, but very noticable with others in the car and/or acceleratng up hill.
When towing 4000 lbs of trailer behind me (the reason for new shocks) I never really paid attention, but I don't think it was as noticable.
And there surely was no difference in the car's behavior after towing.

Digging on the internet seems to point to bad 02 sensors on the X3.

TBH, I haven't actually changed any of them yet, but it's on my list of things to keep an eye on. Also, they're not cheap.
But, put a different way... my old e30 used to have a lot of noise coming from the rear end... and nothing short of installing a newly rebuilt posi-diff solved that issue.
So I wouldn't be surprised.

Have you gone after any of the "low hanging fruit" like changing spark plugs, the fuel pump/filter, or tranny fluid?
I haven't changed any of these things cause I'm not seeing the types of symptoms that would push me in these directions.

What have you tried, to attempt solving this problem?

snowfro
10-31-2011, 01:03 PM
Tranny fluid is next, something I should have done ages ago but one time an indy shop told me I had a lifetime fluid and recommended against changing it. Now my transmission is getting notchy and I recently realized that I should have changed it a while ago, so I will be doing that this weekend.


I will see what happens after I change the tranny and diff fluids this weekend and if that doesn't solve it I'll get the 02 sensor. Actually, changing my front control arms helped a little bit so I attributed it to loose suspension components, but it happened again this weekend so now I know that wasn't the total fix.

I'll post a DIY on the sensor once I change it.

I hear the Bilstein HDs are awesome, and solid price point. Just a little stiffer...

ngcreese
11-02-2011, 01:02 PM
snowfro, when you replaced the suspension on your x3, did you have any of the control arms, ball joints, or anti sway bar linkages/bushings changed out as well?

snowfro
11-03-2011, 07:30 AM
snowfro, when you replaced the suspension on your x3, did you have any of the control arms, ball joints, or anti sway bar linkages/bushings changed out as well?

Just the front control arms. There are two, so far I've only replaced the one they call a wishbone which has the ball joint integrated into the arm. Next I'll replace the ones that are further forward with a separate ball joint. I'll probably not touch the anti sway bar bushings but the links I think are relatively cheap so I'll probably replace those as well.

In the rear I simply replaced the shocks and the mounts. There are a few other bushings back there but I think they're fine. I assume I'll be able to tell if they're worn after I replace everything else.

Supercourse
01-01-2012, 02:49 PM
Don't think we have this anywhere, so for those needing access to the space behind the glovebox,
I have attached the TIS for removing the whole glovebox.
(Applies to M54 engine models, N52 instructions may be different.)

(I have seen other instructions, maybe for other BMW models, telling you to remove 4 screws underneath.
That is the mechanism for allowing the glovebox door to swing open and you don't want to mess with that needlessly.)

For removing the whole glovebox intact, there are 7 cross-head screws to remove.
3 on the underside of the top, 2 facing you on either side, one behind the holding strap and the other behind the plastic device on the other side.
The last 2 are facing you further in, more towards the middle, in the shiny black plastic.
You should be able to just detect the 7 holes in the first attached photo by the daylight coming through them.

I found that it is not necessary to take the light out as instructed.
You can just disconnect at the connector once the box is released.

There is a big white plastic electrical box behind the glovebox, divided into several compartments (2nd. photo).
In my case, only 1 was in use for some sort of relay or module. An X3 with more options may have more things in there.
I managed to stuff a blue Parrot BT module in one of the bigger empty slots, and crammed excess wire runs in other compartments (2nd. attached photo.)

mlukas161
01-09-2012, 09:05 AM
Hi everyone I've entered that point in my 2004 x3's life where things are starting to fail. Since I'm studying automotive mechanics I'm trying to do everything myself. Haha it's been a blast. Anyways here's my first DIY for replacing the front wishbone (according to realoem, if there is a more common name for this please let me know).

I am not an expert or a mechanic please follow these at your own risk. I'd love to know if I'm doing it right though so please, please leave me some feedback if there's anything I need to correct.

THANKS.

Here's a link to the PDF: Wishbone DIY (http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/69009741?access_key=key-1pq61ane2c3s5jgjkn6q)

Snowfro, thanks for the DIY's! This attachement may help. Please see the attached PDF showing torque values for the control arms on the e83. This also has the torque values for the front "Tension Strut". I just recently changed mine out.

It is recommened that all these parts be torqued with the X3's wheels on the ground.
Otherwise, the bushings can fail prematurely.

MADBMWX3
04-01-2012, 10:57 AM
Folks, I have search all over and cant seem to find how to remove the front bumper cover out of a 2005 X3...any help?

murderland
07-12-2012, 03:12 PM
i was thinking, it might be a good idea to add the TIS and WDS from spaghetti coders

Cchrono
08-18-2012, 12:37 PM
Just for the folks mentioning the stutter. I have replaced both precat oxygen sensors spark plugs and did countless other items and that stutter was always there. I just recently had the dealer reprogram my dme and the stuttering is 100% gone now. Feels like a different car.

jdauria
10-04-2012, 04:51 AM
Great thread, I plan on using this a lot. New to X3, but not new to BMW's :hi:

X3-terrestrial
10-08-2012, 08:41 AM
Good instructions for Fuel Filter Replacement in E83 X3's:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5620622&postcount=3

foolio
10-15-2012, 08:17 AM
This is just a quick one. I have to be honest, I did not search if something like it was already out there it's so quick!

Took me literally 3 minutes per side. Basically, tape off around your lights to avoid scratching the paint, apply product as directed, wipe clean, and voila! Nearly new looking side markers.

This was done on a 2007 X3 with about 52k miles.

I used this Blue Magic Headlight Lens Restorer with a microfiber cloth:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tsCYnfoZZ3E/UHrdOW9WJRI/AAAAAAAABqc/1JM5W9AYe3c/s640/Photo%2520Oct%252013%252C%252012%252050%252029%252 0PM.jpg

Driver's side before:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GRPsCkqwW3Q/UHrdMuTuYNI/AAAAAAAABqU/jB3F--6bOWY/s640/Photo%2520Oct%252013%252C%252012%252051%252053%252 0PM.jpg

Driver's side after:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Y5_6xb5XHRQ/UHrdOdHjw5I/AAAAAAAABqg/rmJ7inR0VEE/s640/Photo%2520Oct%252013%252C%252012%252054%252005%252 0PM.jpg

Passenger side before:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ZuIgr25ukOw/UHrdSOoj-LI/AAAAAAAABqs/VXRpbKbRW3A/s640/Photo%2520Oct%252013%252C%252012%252054%252048%252 0PM.jpg

Passenger side after:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3cw7hE7WEgk/UHrdTAOQZHI/AAAAAAAABq0/1whCYluoUZo/s640/Photo%2520Oct%252013%252C%252012%252058%252040%252 0PM.jpg

DanDanAttack
12-06-2012, 01:37 PM
Gonna do this ASAP!! That looks a million times better.

x3&z3girl
12-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Thanks for posting the pdf with the pictures. I'm stuck on Step 5. Can't get the old driving dog off. I see where a lip fits through the hole in the window and where the dog grips the rail. just can't get it off.

:mad:

Supercourse
12-16-2012, 03:14 PM
Thanks for posting the pdf with the pictures. I'm stuck on Step 5. Can't get the old driving dog off. I see where a lip fits through the hole in the window and where the dog grips the rail. just can't get it off.


Seems it can be difficult getting the old one out and the new one in.

A light spray of lubricant might be the answer, especially for the new one.

Some ideas here, such as a helper to wiggle the glass, or having glass in best position:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5603889&postcount=19

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6654830&postcount=38

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6861585&postcount=47

x3&z3girl
12-17-2012, 06:55 PM
Thank you for taking the time to respond! I went to the dealership and they popped the old one out and put the new one in for me. Now all I have to do is button it all up. The dealership parts dept gave me the driving dog for $30 on Friday. So a little frustration, but saved a bunch of money. I told them to blame it on those Bimmerfest guys for making it look so easy! lol

murderland
12-20-2012, 01:38 AM
i don't know if this has been mentioned before, but it might be nice to add alandelucia's intake boot replacement guide

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=499471

x3brian
03-14-2013, 07:02 PM
Excellent 07-10 n52 valve cover replacement DIY:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=682281

milovanov
07-19-2013, 02:38 PM
here is my thread on another forum about my wife's X3.
you are welcome to use any info and or share your info with me if i am wrong on something.


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1956682-X3-Maintenance-Intervals-and-Information

X3-terrestrial
07-21-2013, 07:25 AM
here is my thread on another forum about my wife's X3.
you are welcome to use any info and or share your info with me if i am wrong on something.


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1956682-X3-Maintenance-Intervals-and-Information

Thanks!

Gee3
07-21-2013, 11:02 PM
Is there a repair manual for the E83 X3 models? I have a 2004 so anything around that year would be helpful.

Or is there a .pdf somewhere on the net I can download?

Thanks!

Grabby544
07-22-2013, 10:58 AM
No. But you can buy a similar year bentley manual for the 3 series vehicles (e9x) and that plus this site will cover just about everything you'll need.

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ngcreese
08-02-2013, 03:06 AM
Here's a link to the BMW X3 Workshop Manual:

http://bmw.workshop-manuals.com/X_Series_E83/X3_3.0Si_N52K_OFFRD/

Tightening torques can be found in section 4.

All Bimmer Workshop manuals:
http://bmw.workshop-manuals.com/

ngcreese
08-02-2013, 03:18 AM
Rear springs were snapped. Swapped them out for Suplex HD Progressive rate OEM ride height springs.

Here's a link to my post.
http://www.xoutpost.com/949218-post6.html

murderland
08-05-2013, 12:14 PM
Here's a link to the BMW X3 Workshop Manual:

http://bmw.workshop-manuals.com/X_Series_E83/X3_3.0Si_N52K_OFFRD/

Tightening torques can be found in section 4.

All Bimmer Workshop manuals:
http://bmw.workshop-manuals.com/

maybe i should download them just incase BMW DMCAs them

milovanov
08-07-2013, 07:31 AM
could anyone tell me how to properly level the transmission when you do the drain-refill? i have to raise the rear of the car more in order for the botton of the transmission to be level to the ground. just making sure i did this right.

Grabby544
08-07-2013, 09:10 AM
could anyone tell me how to properly level the transmission when you do the drain-refill? i have to raise the rear of the car more in order for the botton of the transmission to be level to the ground. just making sure i did this right.

I think the car had to be level specifically.


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Teemo Panda
08-07-2013, 09:16 AM
This is a great Info Compilation which will help other owners alot!

milovanov
08-18-2013, 05:41 PM
I think the car had to be level specifically.


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yes, so what is the specific? Is the transmission case supposed to be level to the center of gravity or the frame? I had to jack up the rear about 18" to get tranny to be level. so that's what i did.

Grabby544
08-18-2013, 08:15 PM
yes, so what is the specific? Is the transmission case supposed to be level to the center of gravity or the frame? I had to jack up the rear about 18" to get tranny to be level. so that's what i did.

Level the four jack points.

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jlex
08-25-2013, 04:37 PM
When I changed my trans fluid & filter a week ago, I used a level that conveniently had a magnetic strip on one side. Just slapped it on the pan first parallel to the length of the car, then jacked it up so it was level. Next, I turned the level 90 degrees so it was perpendicular to the length of the car, then leveled it side to side. When I was done, I could get a good center bubble on the level front to back and side to side. Never thought I'd use the magnetic feature of that level... Used a nice rachet wrench driven by my air compressor to transfer the fluid. Noisy, but quick & efficient.

milovanov
08-25-2013, 04:41 PM
Level the four jack points.

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This levels the body, not the transmission case. Transmission case is still at angle until you would raise the rear. Thats why I am asking. Can anyone confirm what grabby544 said?

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milovanov
08-25-2013, 04:45 PM
When I changed my trans fluid & filter a week ago, I used a level that conveniently had a magnetic strip on one side. Just slapped it on the pan first parallel to the length of the car, then jacked it up so it was level. Next, I turned the level 90 degrees so it was perpendicular to the length of the car, then leveled it side to side. When I was done, I could get a good center bubble on the level front to back and side to side. Never thought I'd use the magnetic feature of that level... Used a nice rachet wrench driven by my air compressor to transfer the fluid. Noisy, but quick & efficient.

The pan itself is also at angle. At different angle that the case. So the only way to see level of the case is to place level on the pan bolts on the sides. But I am still not convinced whether you should level:

the tranny case,
the bottom of the pan,
or the car body.

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jlex
08-26-2013, 02:52 PM
I looked at the pan this evening. It is formed in two planes. The back 2/3 does indeed decline by 1/2" from front to rear. The front 1/3 is level. I had my level on the front 1/3 so I am confident that I was measuring the transmission in a level attitude at the time.

milovanov
08-26-2013, 03:11 PM
The front is also in different incline as the transmission case. So there are 4 different levels you can measure. I would like TIS doco that shows which to level.

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Grabby544
08-26-2013, 05:03 PM
Dude, jack the car and level it to the point that the vehicle is parallel to the ground. Just like you were driving it on a level surface.

I think that you are splitting hairs, you'll have to down jack the vehicle or shift it on jacks to warm up the fluid and check it again.

I just checked my Bentley's for the E9x series, and it doesn't even specify. It only says "Raise Vehicle and support safely"(pg 240-8).

So... I assume (and take it for what its worth, I am a Fighter Aircraft Mechanic not an ASE mechanic) to level the car, like it was resting on the ground on a flat level surface.

milovanov
08-26-2013, 05:28 PM
You right, I may very well be splitting hairs. But i'd rather to be overly cautions than not cautious enough. Anyone get to TIS before it got removed from the web?

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milovanov
08-26-2013, 06:15 PM
Sorry for multiple posts, but here is another though. How would I know the transmission is level the same as it was when car was new? Suspension settles and at times not evenly. So what is the height from the ground to jack point on front and rear?

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Supercourse
08-27-2013, 08:24 AM
Note that this sticky thread is intended to be a place where you can look up specific things. Debate and discussion should be in one of the regular threads.

Fuse template for 2004 - 06 models:

neosimago
11-08-2013, 07:35 PM
Just thought I would add my 0.02.

If your sunroof gets stuck or moves only a couple of inches with every full push of button (when it should normally move all the way) you would want to reset it before calling dealer. To reset, turn the key to position 2, don't start the car, press the sunroof button "up" (where you press it to open in tilt position) and hold it there, after about ten seconds the sun roof will cycle through entire open and close cycle, do not leave the button till it completes the cycle. The sunroof is now reset.

Thank you so much for the info!

8-)

More information shared please.

ArunSingh
01-21-2014, 10:17 AM
Question,
Headlight assembly on 2004 x3 is identical to later model or there is any difference . I am planning to install one with angel eyes.:confused::confused:

Supercourse
01-21-2014, 10:34 AM
Question,
Headlight assembly on 2004 x3 is identical to later model or there is any difference . I am planning to install one with angel eyes.:confused::confused:

With respect, this "Sticky" thread is for documenting DIY solutions, not for asking questions.

You should have just searched on "angel eyes retrofit" and would have found this:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=646174

Note that there are variations in how you go about it depending on model year and trim level (e.g. 'M' Sport option in 2006 has different bumper design from your 2004).

Not an easy project by the look of it.

mtblantonjr
02-15-2014, 09:15 AM
I just posted a question in the X-3 2004-2010 post about a wiper arm issue. If anybody can check out and help... Thx :)

kenza
04-22-2014, 08:19 AM
X3-t,

Here is the link to the Clutch and Dual Mass Flywheel replacement DIY:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=766846

woofster
04-26-2014, 07:06 PM
Excellent sticky. Just joined this forum to say that! And I'll probably stay for a while... :angel:

kevo409
06-29-2014, 10:11 PM
I have a 2004 X3 with an M54 engine. I purchased it it recently and noticed that where the intake temperature sensor is there was a broken-off plug. I have looked for a 2-prong, loose wire somewhere but am unable to find it. My question: does BMW put a small-diameter hole, exactly 1/2 way in the middle of the intake ONLY TO PLUG IT? To me that wouldn't make any sense! There was only a broken plug/cap where the temperature sensor SHOULD HAVE gone! So please give me your thoughts! Why put a hole in the intake only to plug it?448874


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herc63
06-30-2014, 06:57 PM
449086


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ngcreese
07-01-2014, 04:31 AM
I have a 2004 X3 with an M54 engine. I purchased it it recently and noticed that where the intake temperature sensor is there was a broken-off plug. I have looked for a 2-prong, loose wire somewhere but am unable to find it. My question: does BMW put a small-diameter hole, exactly 1/2 way in the middle of the intake ONLY TO PLUG IT? To me that wouldn't make any sense! There was only a broken plug/cap where the temperature sensor SHOULD HAVE gone! So please give me your thoughts! Why put a hole in the intake only to plug it?448874


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Try looking up your X3's engine/parts blueprints on www.realoem.com