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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-25-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,210
Posted By UncleJ
Thanks AzN! Have always been a kind of "big" car...

Thanks AzN! Have always been a kind of "big" car guy. I went to the X3 back in '06 from a Tahoe because gas prices were closing on $5 a gallon (around here). It was a handy size and filled a need,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-24-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,210
Posted By UncleJ
Drove all three - T-egg, Q-7, and the Cayenne. ...

Drove all three - T-egg, Q-7, and the Cayenne. Liked the Cayenne better -- totally subjective decision. Surprisingly for similar cars, the pre owned price was not really that different. New, of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-22-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,210
Posted By UncleJ
That must be it!:D

That must be it!:D
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-22-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,210
Posted By UncleJ
Hi Guys! Well, I looked long and hard at the...

Hi Guys! Well, I looked long and hard at the Cayenne. I got a 09 "S" that came out of Marin County (very affluent area for those who might not know) that was garaged. Beautiful interior, and good...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-17-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,210
Posted By UncleJ
X3 is now gone!

My X3 with nearly 115K miles is history. Strangely the one that was most affected seeing it drive off was my wife! She, is the one who for the first two (or three) years of ownership told me how...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-10-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 797
Posted By UncleJ
Be VERY careful with the starting fluid! I have...

Be VERY careful with the starting fluid! I have used it with great success over the years, in everything except an airplane and it worked just fine -- but it can ruin your engine! I had a similar...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,476
Posted By UncleJ
Just ruminating here -- but I would think that...

Just ruminating here -- but I would think that ANY airbag light would be a serious safety issue and be covered. Just a thought.:angel:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-03-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 644
Posted By UncleJ
These tanks seem to have a "finite" life --...

These tanks seem to have a "finite" life -- usually around 80-100K miles. I suspect it is one of those "lifetime" things so beloved by BMW -- lifetime of course being until you buy a new...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-31-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,464
Posted By UncleJ
Agree with all above - the problem here is buying...

Agree with all above - the problem here is buying someone else's clutch. You have no idea how it was abused, or not abused during that lifetime. You can spin a clutch in one day if you really work...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-31-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,464
Posted By UncleJ
This is a potential money pit no matter how well...

This is a potential money pit no matter how well it has been maintained (or not). Things have a way of getting old and cracking (expensive emissions junk), leaking, fuel pump wearing out, and in the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-29-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Ok the end of the tale. On the way to the...

Ok the end of the tale. On the way to the detailer -- the lights came back on (of course!) so it was the shop for sure. Anyway after $1790 it has now been fixed with the appropriate actuator (they...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-21-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Tim, you are reading my mind!:rofl: I am getting...

Tim, you are reading my mind!:rofl: I am getting it detailed and ready for quick trade right now.:angel:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-20-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Well, when I went out to drive to the shop -- no...

Well, when I went out to drive to the shop -- no lights!:D I drove all day, no problem, the car drove fine -- although I was not aggressive. I suspect you folks were right, it was a voltage thing...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-19-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Well, on Tuesday I take it in to the shop and we...

Well, on Tuesday I take it in to the shop and we will see what it turns out to be. I wil report back with the results. With luck it will be something cheap!:rofl:
Duke - I actually looked at the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-18-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Thanks guys for the responses! FYI the transfer...

Thanks guys for the responses! FYI the transfer case fluid was changed, along with the transmission and rear end fluids at the 100K mile big $$$ service. The coolant had been changed earlier at 75K...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-17-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Thanks Tim, good info and a well discussed...

Thanks Tim, good info and a well discussed subject that I had not followed before. Looks like $$$ no matter what though.:yikes: Still, it did go 113K miles and that is something.:angel:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-17-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 959
Posted By UncleJ
Three warning lights at once!

Ok, went out and drove off with no problem -- then about 400 feet down the road a chime goes off and three lights appear! The ABS, Brake, and 4x4 icon. A check of the book (when all else fails -...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-20-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By UncleJ
+1! - Airbags are a very sensitive topic these...

+1! - Airbags are a very sensitive topic these days so I suspect there will be less inclination to gaff you off when there are problems with the system.:angel:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-28-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,071
Posted By UncleJ
The X3 is of course smaller than your Lexus and...

The X3 is of course smaller than your Lexus and does not have the same "off road" capabilities -- if you need that sort of thing. There will also be a significant trade off in ride comfort between...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-23-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By UncleJ
All of the above plus start watching out for the...

All of the above plus start watching out for the failure of the expansion tank -- which seems to degrade and self destruct around the century mark. There is a substantial amount of maintenance...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-21-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 543
Posted By UncleJ
Sounds like it might be time to move on. The...

Sounds like it might be time to move on. The Subie has some interesting innovations that have yet to reach far into BMW land -- mainly the adaptive cruise, cross traffic alert, etc, etc. that are...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 11-13-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 832
Posted By UncleJ
I suspect that the unevolved are just following...

I suspect that the unevolved are just following their instructions and have little or no leeway in the execution of those dictates, given no doubt by some sort of self important administrator who...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 789
Posted By UncleJ
I use 89 all the time and have never noted any...

I use 89 all the time and have never noted any problem -- or any lessening of performance or mileage for that matter. I suspect you have another problem (as mentioned above) or jut got some bad gas...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-07-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 572
Posted By UncleJ
erv - Bimmerfest is your friend. Do some serious...

erv - Bimmerfest is your friend. Do some serious searching on the E83 board here (past posts especially) and you will get a pretty comprehensive picture of the pitfalls and joys of owning one of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By UncleJ
So how did it go? I am assuming the colleague...

So how did it go? I am assuming the colleague went right down and got a new battery!:angel:
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