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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-30-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By dukedkt442
I got a new key for my '08 earlier this year from...

I got a new key for my '08 earlier this year from the dealer because I wanted a spare. $145. Now I have 3.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-30-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By dukedkt442
Not sure if it is the same oil weep as you have,...

Not sure if it is the same oil weep as you have, but mine was weeping oil in that area as well. I thought it was the VCG at first, but the dealer said it was the eccentric shaft seal, and replaced...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-30-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By dukedkt442
Turn off traction control completely. Crunchy...

Turn off traction control completely. Crunchy snow means a layer of ice on top, which created holes that all 4 tires are sitting in. Dig out in front and behind all your tires, resistance to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-13-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,753
Posted By dukedkt442
The only thing going from 2nd to 6th is going to...

The only thing going from 2nd to 6th is going to do is lug the engine, chug fuel for no gain in forward velocity, and beat the crap out of the connecting rod bearings.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-06-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 213
Posted By dukedkt442
Sticky dash hatch lid

So the other day, the little hatch lid (where the nav would be if equipped) stopped springing all the way up, and instead only pops up about half-way before needing manual assistance. I tried...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-06-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 738
Posted By dukedkt442
Instead of guesswork and headaches, just order...

Instead of guesswork and headaches, just order BMW oil from ECS.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-07-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,191
Posted By dukedkt442
Make absolutely sure when doing this to use...

Make absolutely sure when doing this to use sealant at the hard corners of the half moons, and do NOT overtighten the bolts, or out of order. Overtightened VCG bolts are a sure-fire way to get the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-06-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By dukedkt442
Control arm bushings are notorious for going bad;...

Control arm bushings are notorious for going bad; I replaced the ones on my E46 by 55k miles. I don't know if the design is shared with the E83 though.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-05-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By dukedkt442
No need at all for the airfoil on U.S. roads.

No need at all for the airfoil on U.S. roads.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-05-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,543
Posted By dukedkt442
I get 2-3 mpg better on Hess fuel than for...

I get 2-3 mpg better on Hess fuel than for Cumberland Farms. Since the fuel trucks for both stations fill up from the same tank, thereby making the fuel the same, that leaves me to assume that the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-01-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,753
Posted By dukedkt442
What are your tire pressures? Are any of the...

What are your tire pressures? Are any of the brakes sticking? Did you actually calculate the fuel mileage (reset trip odometer when you fill up, drive 350 miles or so, fill it up again, and divide...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-01-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,543
Posted By dukedkt442
Most fuel comes from the same tank farms, as...

Most fuel comes from the same tank farms, as you'll see a dozen different brands of fuel trucks all filling up from the same tank. Noticeable "issues" between fuel brands have more to do with the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-29-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,005
Posted By dukedkt442
You are aware that most brands of fuel all come...

You are aware that most brands of fuel all come from the same generic tank farms, right? While some brands may put in additives (Invigorate, Techron, et. al.) after it is picked up from the tank...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-26-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,005
Posted By dukedkt442
Assuming that a dimensionally...

Assuming that a dimensionally thicker-when-compressed head gasket is not used, milling (shaving) the head WILL affect timing. As the head (and its camshafts) move closer to the crank shaft, the cam...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-26-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,784
Posted By dukedkt442
The dealer refills are garbage; they lasted...

The dealer refills are garbage; they lasted barely 2 months, and left the tiniest streak that of course fell directly across the rain sensor for the wipers, rendering rain-sensing mode useless (the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-21-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By dukedkt442
The sensors on the M54 are notoriously ...

The sensors on the M54 are notoriously sensitive, and fail-prone. If the crankcase pretty much does not have exactly 6.9qts in it, the light may come on. Also, the sensor itself often goes bad and...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-21-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,027
Posted By dukedkt442
I read that the next-gen Tiguan due in 2014 will...

I read that the next-gen Tiguan due in 2014 will have the TDi option... if so, the X3's existence in my driveway may be somewhat short-lived...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-19-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,027
Posted By dukedkt442
I had the pleasure of having an X1 for 2 days a...

I had the pleasure of having an X1 for 2 days a few weeks ago while my X3 was getting its oil changed. I found it to be a fairly useless vehicle; it was too low to be a "usable" SUV/SAV, yet too...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-18-2013, 05:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By dukedkt442
A dealer isn't going to splice wires, as that is...

A dealer isn't going to splice wires, as that is a jury-rigged way of fixing the problem; they are going to replace the entire length of wire, both from a safety standpoint and from a profitability...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-13-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
Posted By dukedkt442
Anti-trust regulation is NOT a regulation of...

Anti-trust regulation is NOT a regulation of consumer price, but of the manipulation of the capitalist model. Prices would be unaffected until insurance companies started merging; if you are...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-12-2013, 05:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By dukedkt442
But did they put it in? Always question...

But did they put it in? Always question everything when it comes to anyone doing work to your vehicle.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-11-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By dukedkt442
Lesson learned: to only "save" $70 over the cost...

Lesson learned: to only "save" $70 over the cost from the dealer, you spent much more in time wondering what is going on and why. Stick with guys that know these cars, as the cooling systems are...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-11-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
Posted By dukedkt442
I pay $150/mo for THREE cars... my Jetta (with...

I pay $150/mo for THREE cars... my Jetta (with just liability) is actually almost double the X3 with FULL coverage. I have high monetary coverage limits, too. Shop around, GEICO is seldom the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-10-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By dukedkt442
The cooling systems on these definitely leave...

The cooling systems on these definitely leave something to be desired, no discounting that. Cracked expansion tanks were completely unknown to my 25 years of wrenching experience prior to owning a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-08-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By dukedkt442
'84 GMC is 29, not 19, but only has 110k miles...

'84 GMC is 29, not 19, but only has 110k miles and has gone several sets of gaskets in that time. It was driven on average only 3700 miles per year. Since '07 on the Jetta, I've replaced the VC...
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