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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-21-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By al_macaroni
I believe that is your front tow hook cover. You...

I believe that is your front tow hook cover. You can find the specific part number for your year and model at www.realoem.com.

Make sure to look in your glove box, console and under the cargo...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-12-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By al_macaroni
I have a 2008 with 105k miles. At around 98k, I...

I have a 2008 with 105k miles. At around 98k, I started noticing a rough idle when I would first start the car. Fast forward to 100k miles and my car would stall occasionally when turning after a it...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-26-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By al_macaroni
I got Bosch ignition coils in the $29 range from...

I got Bosch ignition coils in the $29 range from FCP Euro.

Using a swivel sparkplug socket or a sparkplug socket and a wobble extension make it much easier to get to the sparkplugs in #6 and #4.
...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-17-2014, 04:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By al_macaroni
Yes, the camshaft position sensor is called a...

Yes, the camshaft position sensor is called a pulse generator on real OEM.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-16-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By al_macaroni
Check to see if you have any ODB II engine error...

Check to see if you have any ODB II engine error codes. I have a 2008 with 102k miles. Mine probably started acting up with the vibrating at idle at around 90k. It got really bad at 100k.
...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-10-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 374
Posted By al_macaroni
The headlight washer should spray the first time...

The headlight washer should spray the first time the window washers are used when the headlights are on.

Turn on your headlights and give your windshield a spray. The headlight washers should...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-08-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By al_macaroni
It could be the (intake) camshaft position...

It could be the (intake) camshaft position sensor.

The exhaust and intake cam position sensors are located right by the vanos solenoids you swapped.

Google e90 n52 cam position sensor to see...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-03-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,313
Posted By al_macaroni
Check out post # 47 ...

Check out post # 47

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=457330&page=2
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-02-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,108
Posted By al_macaroni
How old are your spark plugs? If you have over...

How old are your spark plugs? If you have over 80k miles on them, they could be going bad. Old plugs can cause idling issues which in turn cause jerkyness when coming to a stop.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-07-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,313
Posted By al_macaroni
Sounds like a good deal.

Sounds like a good deal.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-05-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,313
Posted By al_macaroni
I replaced both the top and bottom hat on both...

I replaced both the top and bottom hat on both sides. I got all 4 OEM BMW hats for the rear for $34.

One of my bottom hats was punctured by the broken spring. The top hats looked good, but for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-05-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,313
Posted By al_macaroni
I was able to fit both top and bottom new pads on...

I was able to fit both top and bottom new pads on the installation of the new spring. To be more clear, the top pad only fits on one side of the spring and the bottom pad only fits on the other side...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-05-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,313
Posted By al_macaroni
Technically, you should probably replace in...

Technically, you should probably replace in pairs.

If you are taking it to a shop to have the springs replaced, have them do both. It is probably just a matter of time until the other one goes. ...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-30-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By al_macaroni
See posts # 29 & # 30 for some tips ...

See posts # 29 & # 30 for some tips

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=667160&page=2

The first picture in post # 30 is the original halogen halo bulb. There are also...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-28-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,313
Posted By al_macaroni
I discovered this ugliness last week when...

I discovered this ugliness last week when rotating my tires at 97k. Both rear springs were broken and the drivers side lost more than the pigtail.
I had a suspicion that I had a broken spring-...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-24-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,108
Posted By al_macaroni
I had an SES light appear this morning. I have...

I had an SES light appear this morning. I have over 97k miles on my 2008 X3.
I stopped by Advance Auto at lunch to have the code read.

The returned code is:
P0015 - Exhaust (B) Camshaft...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 04-22-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By al_macaroni
I've used AP Tinting in Sykesville on both my...

I've used AP Tinting in Sykesville on both my 535i and X3. I like their quality of work and the Pinnacle Formula 1 line of tint they use. I will definitely be taking my next BMW to them for tinting....
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-28-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By al_macaroni
Very true, and understandable when the sun shade...

Very true, and understandable when the sun shade is used or the tint is very dark.

But, it was an issue on my car before the 80% tint was installed. You can't tell that the car is tinted with...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-28-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By al_macaroni
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=729023&highlight=dim
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-03-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 294
Posted By al_macaroni
If you are buying a hydraulic floor jack, you can...

If you are buying a hydraulic floor jack, you can get a jack pad adapter to use with this type of jack.

I use one of these with my rolling floor jack.
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES251251/
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-19-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 647
Posted By al_macaroni
We had a 2006 330i (e90) before getting our 2008...

We had a 2006 330i (e90) before getting our 2008 X3. I think our X3 with 18" wheels rides and handles very similar to how the e90 with 17" run flats handled. But, you definetely sit higher and there...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 01-16-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By al_macaroni
It is definetely a warranty item. I also thought...

It is definetely a warranty item. I also thought I had a blown speaker, but it turned out to be an issue with the head unit. A new unit was ordered and installed all under warranty.

Good luck
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-20-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By al_macaroni
Brakes

Regarding special tools, you will need a 7mm and 8mm Allen sockets. They are not special, but you might not have them in your toolbox.

If you have not worked on BMW brakes , look for a brake DIY...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 12-13-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 992
Posted By al_macaroni
I would add the Multi-Contour Seats.

I would add the Multi-Contour Seats.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-18-2013, 06:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,965
Posted By al_macaroni
Hey Al, I totally hear you. I do have my...

Hey Al,

I totally hear you. I do have my mirrors adjusted as you recommend. 99% of the time glare is not an issue.

The point that I'm trying make is there is a distinct change in the way BMW's...
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