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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-05-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 197
Posted By spokelizard
Cost of fluid replacement

Hi, I just posted this as a reply in a thread about stick shifts. Then I realized it may be of more general interest, and you might skip it if you're not interested in stick shifts. So I've...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-05-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,327
Posted By spokelizard
Fluid Replacement

Well, Miloc requested the cost of fluid replacement a couple of months ago. Sorry, didn't post as promised when I got back home. But last week I had fluids replaced. So for those interested, here's...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-05-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,327
Posted By spokelizard
Don't remember what I've paid. I'm traveling this...

Don't remember what I've paid. I'm traveling this week and next, I can check when I get home.

The transfer case fluid is BMW OEM only and it's quite expensive. The rest is any good quality gear...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-05-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,327
Posted By spokelizard
If I remember right those were intervals...

If I remember right those were intervals recommended by Mike Miller at BMWCCA. Plus cheap insurance. YMMV.

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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-04-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,327
Posted By spokelizard
Sorry, I'm not a DIY'er. I take it to a reliable...

Sorry, I'm not a DIY'er. I take it to a reliable indie BMW shop. I've been replacing MT fluid + front and rear diff + transfer case fluids every 30K miles or so.

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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-12-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By spokelizard
Ah, another MT, great! :thumbup: How many...

Ah, another MT, great! :thumbup:

How many miles do you have, what motivated you to do this pro-active replacement?

Looks like you got a good deal on parts from Tischer, 20% off list. I paid...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-10-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By spokelizard
I thought so. They charged me for 2 hours labor...

I thought so. They charged me for 2 hours labor on the thermostat replacement and the coolant flush, all of which had to be done.

Then they charged me 3/4 hour for replacing the reservoir, water...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-10-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By spokelizard
Preventative cooling system work

My 2007 X3 is almost at 100K miles, so I brought it in to my indie shop for a major service.

Everything checked out fine, except the thermostat threw a code.

Shop: We recommend replacing...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-06-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,184
Posted By spokelizard
I have a Galaxy S4. Before that I had a...

I have a Galaxy S4. Before that I had a BlackBerry. For both I used the aux cable plugged into the plug in the rear ash tray. I always kept the cable plugged in and just let the connector dangle near...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-26-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 819
Posted By spokelizard
Late to the party, but just wanted to chime in. ...

Late to the party, but just wanted to chime in.

Always glad to see X3's being driven rough, they're made for it!

Really enjoyed the pictures. As a desert lover, that's an area of Oregon I've...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-12-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 421
Posted By spokelizard
How I saved $1,750

-- by not buying a BMW extended warranty :p

My CPO expired almost a year ago and I was inclined to purchase a one year BMW PowerTrain Plus warranty that was available for my car. Good for 1 year...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-26-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By spokelizard
My California indie shop quoted $450 for a...

My California indie shop quoted $450 for a pro-active expansion tank change on my 2007, so you're getting off easy in VA. Still thinking about it. They want $1,000 to do the water pump, I said I'll...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By spokelizard
Great advice! :thumbup:

Great advice! :thumbup:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By spokelizard
Well, I had an alarm installed last week, so a...

Well, I had an alarm installed last week, so a few comments.

Before the alarm was installed, the clown nose waited a couple of minutes to start blinking, then blinked at a very slow rate (I never...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-26-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 101
Sticky: Pay It Forward
Views: 39,196
Posted By spokelizard
and many thanks to ShakyDog for that switch, and...

and many thanks to ShakyDog for that switch, and for making this PayItForward thread work! :thumbup: :D
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-15-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By spokelizard
started reading your hard luck story and thought...

started reading your hard luck story and thought this is a perfect candidate for a goodwill warranty adjustment.

then I got to the end, and that what they did! congratulations :beerchug: and...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By spokelizard
Power folding mirror

So yesterday I left an appointment, walked down the street to my car, and my key fob wouldn't open the door. Tried a few times, then realized that this wasn't my silver X3, mine was about 3 cars...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,327
Posted By spokelizard
I have the 2007 X3 with MT. I've been really...

I have the 2007 X3 with MT. I've been really happy with it.

A few comments to add to the discussion.

Clutch engagement is easy, but the shifter is definitely not a short shift, and there's no...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-03-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,975
Posted By spokelizard
Sorry, but do you realize you're asking that...

Sorry, but do you realize you're asking that question of someone who posted their one and only post almost 6 years ago?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-30-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 101
Sticky: Pay It Forward
Views: 39,196
Posted By spokelizard
I'm interested. Just want to clarify: I...

I'm interested.

Just want to clarify: I have xenons, and I assume it'll work with them. I searched this forum and it looks like ECS offered a xenon and a non-xenon version of the switch. Sounds...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-30-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By spokelizard
a little late to the party, but here's my 2... ...

a little late to the party, but here's my 2...

While my X3 was under CPO warranty, I had a bad oil sensor. Dash display showed an overfill condition.

If I recall correctly, dealer did a drain...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,361
Posted By spokelizard
Didn't read this thread last summer when you...

Didn't read this thread last summer when you posted this, and it looks like you have moved on to a different connection.

But for the benefit of anyone else with this problem, here's an easy fix. I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-06-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By spokelizard
I'm surprised no one yet has posted my standard...

I'm surprised no one yet has posted my standard suggestion: have the X3 checked out at indie mechanic that specializes in BMW. No, that won't predict the future, but it sure will tell you what you...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-28-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By spokelizard
If you have a CPO, you have an extended warranty....

If you have a CPO, you have an extended warranty. There's no reason to purchase another one until the CPO expires. In fact, I found out you can't buy an extended warranty from BMW until the CPO...
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