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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-31-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,992
Posted By mariodr
Narrow Tires.

I wonder if a more narrow tire would allow for a softer ride, like a 225/60/17. Anyone have experience with a more narrow combination?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2012, 12:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,992
Posted By mariodr
Costco has a policy to only install as per...

Costco has a policy to only install as per original manufacturer spec, no exceptions. We have the 60 series, and they work fine. Nice improvement over the 55's. Take it from someone who has 40K+...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-03-2012, 12:17 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 131,284
Posted By mariodr
Vibration.

This is a common and known issue with the 2007 X3. It affects most owners in either minor or major fashion. Probably a design flaw right from get go, most likely need to replace transfer case, and...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-16-2012, 05:57 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 131,284
Posted By mariodr
Shudders on X3's are pretty common, ours has had...

Shudders on X3's are pretty common, ours has had it for years now. We replace the transfer case fluid regularly. We have come to accept it as standard. It is usually worse in colder weather. The...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-19-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,183
Posted By mariodr
Motor Vibration.

We have an 07 X3, and it has started to exhibit vibration from the motor, mostly felt in the steering wheel, but also in the shifter. It happens all the time, whether the vehicle is in neutral, or...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-06-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 886
Posted By mariodr
I think it was not connected, fuse is good. ...

I think it was not connected, fuse is good. Pulled it out and checked. For some reason, BMW decided not to connect it. Too much risk in taking the rear console apart now, may not go together...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-03-2012, 05:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 886
Posted By mariodr
I looks like it may be an option on the car, as I...

I looks like it may be an option on the car, as I don't think the original owner ever touched it. It also has a blank plug on top of it. Perhaps an option that was never purchased?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-02-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 886
Posted By mariodr
Power Plug.

We have a 2007 X3, and it has an auxiliary port and a power plug / lighter outlet in the back. The auxiliary plug works OK, not much of an issue there. But the power plug provides no power. Has...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,043
Posted By mariodr
Thanks for the insight, most helpful.

Thanks for the insight, most helpful.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-28-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,043
Posted By mariodr
Gasket.

Thanks guys for the responses. The first valve cover gasket replacement at the Indy shop ran me $250. The oil now seems to be coming from the left side of the engine near the front (the left...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-26-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,043
Posted By mariodr
Question Valve Cover Gasket.

We replaced a valve cover gasket on our 2007 X3 last winter due to a burning oil smell. After the repair, the smell gradually came back, but disappeared entirely during the summer. After winter...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-20-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,343
Posted By mariodr
Size.

I can back that as well, the larger size has been excellent.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-19-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,232
Posted By mariodr
Transmission.

I was speaking to an executive from GM recently, and he mentioned that the GM built transmission for the X3 was originally designed for a lighter vehicle, and was not intended for an SUV. BMW...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2012, 04:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,118
Posted By mariodr
I would try the Michelin's as well, they are...

I would try the Michelin's as well, they are better. The other option is to raise the profile of the tire from a 235/55-17 to 235/60-17. We did that on our 2007 X3, and it helped a lot. The extra...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-02-2012, 07:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,635
Posted By mariodr
Don't know about the DIY information, but you...

Don't know about the DIY information, but you have to be careful with the valve cover gasket. We had the same issue, and later realized that the valve cover itself was warped, and needed to be...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,944
Posted By mariodr
Thumbs down Warranty

Yes, I agree. BMW's warranty system is very poor. If it not obviously broken (car will not run, or fault light on dash), they are not interested in fixing it. There seems to be no interest in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2011, 06:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,944
Posted By mariodr
You would have to look at the supply chain. ...

You would have to look at the supply chain. Chances are the supply chain for the plant in the US is from local suppliers, while the cars built in Germany source components closer to home. That...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2011, 05:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,944
Posted By mariodr
I think BMW quality has gotten better on the 3...

I think BMW quality has gotten better on the 3 series. The older ones had more issues, while the new ones are very solid. The older X3 is in a different class as it was not built by BMW, while the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-02-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,343
Posted By mariodr
No problem. I've encountered numerous complaints...

No problem. I've encountered numerous complaints about the hard ride, have been looking for practical alternatives to the situation ever since.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-02-2011, 06:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,343
Posted By mariodr
I would add that the larger size combined with...

I would add that the larger size combined with the new Goodyear Comfortread in the grand touring version would be the best for the X3's unique hard ride. That will be our next tire once the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-30-2011, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,151
Posted By mariodr
Sadly, this is a common problem on an X3. Most...

Sadly, this is a common problem on an X3. Most likely coming from the transfer case, drive-line, or rear differential. Unless you are under warranty or have the time and $$$'s, it's best to ignore...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-10-2011, 05:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,900
Posted By mariodr
We have the same humming noise coming from our...

We have the same humming noise coming from our 2007 X3, and it has been so for the last two years. We had the dealer look at it under warranty, and the answer has ranged from "we can't duplicate...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-29-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,206
Posted By mariodr
I really think the X3 will not match the ride in...

I really think the X3 will not match the ride in the 325 by a long shot. The X3 will ride firmer even with 17" rims and soft tires, and will lag in performance and handling. The space advantage...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,980
Posted By mariodr
Question Oil Smell.

We have a 2007 X3 with 60K. Recently, we had a burning smell coming from the engine compartment, so we replaced the valve cover gasket. Since then, the burning smell is gone, but we get an oil...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-29-2011, 09:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 814
Posted By mariodr
Shell claims to have no ethanol in their top tier...

Shell claims to have no ethanol in their top tier gas, and that is all we use. So, I don't suspect it is a gas issue. I also pour the same gas in my 335i, and exhibit no problems. The tires were...
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