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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-19-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 602
Views: 207,815
Posted By timfitz63
This would tend to support the previous...

This would tend to support the previous suggestion that your battery may be the culprit. Later model vehicles like your X3 are more temperamental about battery power. If the battery is older, and...
Forum: The MINI Board 03-05-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By timfitz63
Hello and welcome! Not trying to discourage...

Hello and welcome!

Not trying to discourage you from remaining an active member of this forum; but the MINI sub-forum here at Bimmerfest isn't a particularly active forum. You might find better...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-13-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 602
Views: 207,815
Posted By timfitz63
I've been making that case for a while now. ...

I've been making that case for a while now. While metal replacement gears are undoubtedly more durable, the reason for the plastic gear is to protect more expensive parts by creating what's referred...
Forum: The MINI Board 01-03-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By timfitz63
Prior to 2009, there were no factory-produced JCW...

Prior to 2009, there were no factory-produced JCW MINI's; there was a kit, usually dealer-installed (but no necessarily), that boosted engine output. There was also various trim kits attributed to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By timfitz63
Well, I was thinking about general road...

Well, I was thinking about general road conditions (potholes, etc.), but yeah, your story sounds like something PennDOT would pull... Just be thankful you weren't trying to navigate the western side...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By timfitz63
Yeah, I hear ya. I'm not generally going more...

Yeah, I hear ya. I'm not generally going more than ~5 mph over either.

What frosts me, though, is -- like seemingly many other aspects of life in our country -- one effectively gets penalized for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By timfitz63
You're the third person in a week that's asked...

You're the third person in a week that's asked about this. See this earlier thread (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=804638) for more information.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By timfitz63
Well, at least now no one can use this excuse...

Well, at least now no one can use this excuse (always hitting red lights) as evidence of my alleged lack of sanity... ;)



That's just plausible enough to be the case. At least I can see some...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-27-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By timfitz63
I see similar decreases in mileage during the...

I see similar decreases in mileage during the winter months; I've always attributed it to the winter blends of fuel, increased engine warm-up times, and generally richer fuel mixtures in colder...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-26-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By timfitz63
Well, I'm kind-of glad to hear I'm not the only...

Well, I'm kind-of glad to hear I'm not the only one! I was beginning to develop a persecution complex, thinking the State of Texas was trying to frustrate only me...! ;)

Frankly, I think a lot of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-25-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By timfitz63
I typically see between 24-26 mpg on the highway,...

I typically see between 24-26 mpg on the highway, and sometimes as high as you were observing. Once I got 32-33 mpg drafting behind the Penske moving truck my brother was driving when I came back to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-25-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By timfitz63
See this thread...

See this thread (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=804638).
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-25-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By timfitz63
For the standard halogen headlight array, the...

For the standard halogen headlight array, the high-beam headlights (the ones to which you're referring) are used (lower light intensity) as the DRL's. The only way to disable them is through the...
Forum: The MINI Board 08-08-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,276
Posted By timfitz63
OK, well, that points us in the right direction. ...

OK, well, that points us in the right direction. With the 2007 model year, the hardtops were the newly-introduced Second Generation, while the convertibles hadn't yet been switched over from the...
Forum: The MINI Board 08-07-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,276
Posted By timfitz63
Well, the specific answer to your question will...

Well, the specific answer to your question will vary according to what model (hardtop or convertible; turbo or non-turbo) your friend's car is. More information is needed to give you an exact...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 07-18-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,334
Posted By timfitz63
Typically Mobil 1 0W40 Euro can be had for less...

Typically Mobil 1 0W40 Euro can be had for less than what BMW dealers charge for their BMW-branded synthetic oil (which is almost certainly packaged by some motor oil company for them). Check around...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 07-17-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,334
Posted By timfitz63
I think the BMW-issue oil is synthetic 5W30; but...

I think the BMW-issue oil is synthetic 5W30; but Mobil 1 0W40 is on the BMW approved oil list for my vehicle...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 07-17-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,334
Posted By timfitz63
I'm pretty sure the engine in your 128i is...

I'm pretty sure the engine in your 128i is identical in this regard to the one in my X3. Last supply of oil filters I got was from Bavarian Autosport (http://www.bavauto.com/); Pelican Parts...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 155,336
Posted By timfitz63
Hmm. Leave it to the Germans to over-complicate...

Hmm. Leave it to the Germans to over-complicate something as simple as a fluid change... :tsk:

Guess I should invest in a BMW-compatible code reader...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 325
Views: 155,336
Posted By timfitz63
I suspect (but cannot verify) that the reason...

I suspect (but cannot verify) that the reason carbon nylon was chosen was to ensure what's called in engineering a "design failure point." If the drivetrain were to become severely bound up for some...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-03-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,008
Posted By timfitz63
And another follow-up on this point: I added...

And another follow-up on this point:

I added half a quart of oil in the engine after I got home last night. Car sat all night in the garage, and after I'd left for work this morning, I checked...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-02-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,008
Posted By timfitz63
Just a quick follow-up on this: This morning...

Just a quick follow-up on this:

This morning was the first real drive with the car following the oil change. On the way to work, I periodically checked the oil level and found that it started...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,008
Posted By timfitz63
The ramps I have (56-inch Race Ramps) do not have...

The ramps I have (56-inch Race Ramps) do not have a particularly steep incline, since they were designed for use with low-profile sports cars. But before I started, I was wondering the same thing...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,008
Posted By timfitz63
Yeah, I don't want this thread to degenerate into...

Yeah, I don't want this thread to degenerate into an oil-life argument either. And everything that I know for sure is based on empirical evidence: every vehicle I've owned had had the oil changed...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,008
Posted By timfitz63
Just wanted to stop by and give my regards to all...

Just wanted to stop by and give my regards to all who helped me with advice and in getting all the right tools staged. Changed the oil on my X3 over the weekend; went very smoothly. I don't think I...
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