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Forum: The MINI Board 08-08-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By timfitz63
OK, well, that points us in the right direction. ...

OK, well, that points us in the right direction. With the 2007 model year, the hardtops were the newly-introduced Second Generation, while the convertibles hadn't yet been switched over from the...
Forum: The MINI Board 08-07-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By timfitz63
Well, the specific answer to your question will...

Well, the specific answer to your question will vary according to what model (hardtop or convertible; turbo or non-turbo) your friend's car is. More information is needed to give you an exact...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 07-18-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 978
Posted By timfitz63
Typically Mobil 1 0W40 Euro can be had for less...

Typically Mobil 1 0W40 Euro can be had for less than what BMW dealers charge for their BMW-branded synthetic oil (which is almost certainly packaged by some motor oil company for them). Check around...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 07-17-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 978
Posted By timfitz63
I think the BMW-issue oil is synthetic 5W30; but...

I think the BMW-issue oil is synthetic 5W30; but Mobil 1 0W40 is on the BMW approved oil list for my vehicle...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 07-17-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 978
Posted By timfitz63
I'm pretty sure the engine in your 128i is...

I'm pretty sure the engine in your 128i is identical in this regard to the one in my X3. Last supply of oil filters I got was from Bavarian Autosport (http://www.bavauto.com/); Pelican Parts...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 116,266
Posted By timfitz63
Hmm. Leave it to the Germans to over-complicate...

Hmm. Leave it to the Germans to over-complicate something as simple as a fluid change... :tsk:

Guess I should invest in a BMW-compatible code reader...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 116,266
Posted By timfitz63
I suspect (but cannot verify) that the reason...

I suspect (but cannot verify) that the reason carbon nylon was chosen was to ensure what's called in engineering a "design failure point." If the drivetrain were to become severely bound up for some...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-03-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
And another follow-up on this point: I added...

And another follow-up on this point:

I added half a quart of oil in the engine after I got home last night. Car sat all night in the garage, and after I'd left for work this morning, I checked...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-02-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Just a quick follow-up on this: This morning...

Just a quick follow-up on this:

This morning was the first real drive with the car following the oil change. On the way to work, I periodically checked the oil level and found that it started...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
The ramps I have (56-inch Race Ramps) do not have...

The ramps I have (56-inch Race Ramps) do not have a particularly steep incline, since they were designed for use with low-profile sports cars. But before I started, I was wondering the same thing...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Yeah, I don't want this thread to degenerate into...

Yeah, I don't want this thread to degenerate into an oil-life argument either. And everything that I know for sure is based on empirical evidence: every vehicle I've owned had had the oil changed...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Just wanted to stop by and give my regards to all...

Just wanted to stop by and give my regards to all who helped me with advice and in getting all the right tools staged. Changed the oil on my X3 over the weekend; went very smoothly. I don't think I...
Forum: The MINI Board 06-26-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 641
Posted By timfitz63
I haven't put 'eyes on' the one in my '09 JCW...

I haven't put 'eyes on' the one in my '09 JCW Clubman yet, but I'm pretty sure the '13 'Justas' still had the cabin air filter in the same location: it's accessed from underneath the dashboard on...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-24-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Well, when all the dust settles, it may just come...

Well, when all the dust settles, it may just come down to which vendor provides a more convenient purchasing experience to me...

Tischer's unit price is higher, but ECS's shipping & handling are...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-24-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Thanks, Ben! Not sure if they are the same, but...

Thanks, Ben! Not sure if they are the same, but it looks essentially like the one ECS Tuning has (http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E83-X3-N52_3.0L/Search/SiteSearch/Oil_Filter/ES2167951/); I'm sure...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-23-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
OK. Well, I seem to be having trouble zeroing in...

OK. Well, I seem to be having trouble zeroing in on that part. Can you provide a link to the listing for it?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-20-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Is that the one you have, or the one "x3brian"...

Is that the one you have, or the one "x3brian" and "DangermouseX3" endorsed (http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E83-X3-N52_3.0L/Search/SiteSearch/Oil_Filter/ES2167951/)?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-19-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Will do! Thanks, Ben!

Will do! Thanks, Ben!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-15-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
OK, thanks! I presume that a standard ratchet...

OK, thanks! I presume that a standard ratchet socket will work fine if I need it?



Getting ready to order up a set of ramps. I will probably go with the two-piece 56-in. Race Ramps, like Ben...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-15-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Presuming for the moment that I'll need a socket...

Presuming for the moment that I'll need a socket or some other relatively standard tool to get the drain plug off (never can tell when someone else has done the previous change, and they may have...
Forum: General BMW 05-09-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,230
Posted By timfitz63
Only if that water dispenser is standard...

Only if that water dispenser is standard equipment on the International Space Station...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-24-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 790
Posted By timfitz63
Got it! Thanks!

Got it! Thanks!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-23-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 790
Posted By timfitz63
Thanks, "vwvwvw!" I apprecate you taking the...

Thanks, "vwvwvw!" I apprecate you taking the time to educate me!

I read through that article, and it still seems like the alternator (referring to the "Typical Alternator Circuit" schematic on...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-22-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 790
Posted By timfitz63
This article...

This article (http://auto.howstuffworks.com/alternator.htm) would seem to dispute that, but I readily concede that I'm not an expert on these systems.

Throughout the course of the article, it...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-19-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By timfitz63
Cool! Thanks for the recommendation!

Cool! Thanks for the recommendation!
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