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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 250
Posted By timfitz63
Good to know! I'm really leaning toward the Race...

Good to know! I'm really leaning toward the Race Ramps over other similar offerings, as I have a C5 Corvette that would truly benefit from their low ramp gradient. But like you said, I saw the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-15-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By timfitz63
Dead/dying batteries are funny things --...

Dead/dying batteries are funny things -- particularly in the X3. You may get good voltage, but very little current (i.e., enough to power LED's and small bulbs, but not nearly enough to crank the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-15-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 250
Posted By timfitz63
Hey, Ben! Yeah, that's where I was heading first...

Hey, Ben! Yeah, that's where I was heading first (drive-on ramps), and it seems a fair sight easier to drive up on the ramps than to jack around (pardon the pun) with a floor jack/jack stands. But a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-14-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 250
Posted By timfitz63
Good to hear; I'll give that a try. Just wasn't...

Good to hear; I'll give that a try. Just wasn't sure exactly where the drain plug was, so I figured for at least the first go I'd get 'eyes on' before loosening something I shouldn't... :eek:


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-14-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 250
Posted By timfitz63
Oil Change Particulars (Jacking, Specialty Tools)

Hey, folks!

I will be starting to do the oil changes on my X3 in the coming months. I've collected the basic stuff (new oil, filters, etc.) but now need to assemble some of the tools to make this...
Forum: E39 M5 (1998-2003) 02-27-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 499
Posted By timfitz63
I'm not up on how all the numbers mesh when it...

I'm not up on how all the numbers mesh when it comes to drive ratios, but one might make the following observation about the numbers you put in your post:

The M5 is running at the same gearing...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-27-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By timfitz63
Not sure about the noisy front end, but the...

Not sure about the noisy front end, but the dampness in the rear passenger compartment could be the washer fluid line that runs to the rear gate; they're routed under the carpeting and are prone to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Posted By timfitz63
Concur. I have fewer miles on mine (~35k), so I...

Concur. I have fewer miles on mine (~35k), so I haven't changed the transmission fluid. But at the same time, I've not seen any real reason to do so at this point...

In fact, so far as the CDV...
Forum: General BMW 02-04-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,213
Posted By timfitz63
In a perfect world, no. In the case of the GMC I...

In a perfect world, no. In the case of the GMC I had, there was no rectifying the problem...

After only 9 months and a grand total of 3,000 miles on the odometer (it had spent most of its time to...
Forum: General BMW 02-03-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,213
Posted By timfitz63
I can say with some authority that this is almost...

I can say with some authority that this is almost assuredly what happens. Some years ago, I owned a 9-month-old GMC Jimmy that was bought back under PA lemon law; I later learned that the vehicle...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-20-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,918
Posted By timfitz63
With pure highway driving I've seen as high as 26...

With pure highway driving I've seen as high as 26 mpg (average indicated on the OBC); more typically, though, I get 23-24 mpg on average. Ordinary range under these circumstances is somewhat more...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 01-09-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 511
Posted By timfitz63
Try searching on the web for a BMW dealer in the...

Try searching on the web for a BMW dealer in the UK and contact them; they should be able to help you. That failing (or in the meanwhile) BMW's US-based site has electronic (.pdf) versions of the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-26-2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,230
Posted By timfitz63
When I first got mine, I was rather annoyed to...

When I first got mine, I was rather annoyed to find the same kinds of things (rattly roof panes and the aero-acoustic 'rumble') on a vehicle of this price from a manufacturer of such apparent...
Forum: The MINI Board 11-20-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By timfitz63
Well, I didn't mean to make it sound like...

Well, I didn't mean to make it sound like problems with the X3's oil level sensor are lurking around every corner. But it's not unheard-of either. So if one does encounter a problem with it, or...
Forum: The MINI Board 11-20-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By timfitz63
No worries. Yeah, theirs has got to be the worst...

No worries. Yeah, theirs has got to be the worst design in the automotive world. But at least it has a dipstick; if you can believe it, my X3 doesn'tů One has to rely on electronics and oil level...
Forum: The MINI Board 11-19-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By timfitz63
The dipsticks in the MINI are notoriously...

The dipsticks in the MINI are notoriously difficult to get an accurate read from. That being said, you're correct that it's important in these turbo MINI's to keep the oil at the proper level...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-13-2013, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By timfitz63
Grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh: ...

Grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh: Banksville.
Forum: General BMW 10-12-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 814
Posted By timfitz63
Interesting! Well, clearly my garage won't be...

Interesting! Well, clearly my garage won't be housing one anytime soon -- including this restored one for sale in Houston...
Forum: General BMW 10-11-2013, 07:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 814
Posted By timfitz63
I have no idea what the value is, but this car is...

I have no idea what the value is, but this car is not in its original condition; it's been restored. According to the listing, the engine was rebuilt, and I'm guessing that the odometer was 'reset'...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-11-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By timfitz63
Welcome! Lot's of good information and helpful...

Welcome! Lot's of good information and helpful folks on this forum. The E83 forum is pretty active.

I'm originally from Pittsburgh; what part of town are you from?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-25-2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By timfitz63
Don't have the build sheet; leastways I haven't...

Don't have the build sheet; leastways I haven't come across it anywhere. Bought the car used; got the window sticker, manuals, etc., but not much else in the way of paperwork.

Guess I'll have to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-25-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By timfitz63
OK, thanks! Not sure if mine is pre-wired...

OK, thanks!

Not sure if mine is pre-wired for the bluetooth; the window sticker doesn't specify anything like that aside from the alarm pre-wiring. Is there an easy way to tell if it's pre-wired...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-25-2013, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Posted By timfitz63
Ah, OK. I follow you now. I don't have the...

Ah, OK. I follow you now.

I don't have the precise answer for you, but I seem to recall seeing some threads floating around here talking about replacing the batteries. Generally this isn't...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-25-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By timfitz63
Hadn't considered something like that, so thanks...

Hadn't considered something like that, so thanks for the suggestion. Looks like a pretty snazzy device, and it may be a simpler solution in the end. I'll look into it, but there's an equal chance...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-25-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Posted By timfitz63
By "non-fob key" are you referring to the valet...

By "non-fob key" are you referring to the valet key? I didn't even think that had a battery in it... :dunno:
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