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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Today, 10:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 499
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, 04:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 10:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 10:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 10:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 10:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 05:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 660
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, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
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, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 880
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, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
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, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
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, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 698
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, 08:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
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, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
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, 07:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
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:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-01-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By UncleJ
Personally I would not do it, but if you decide...

Personally I would not do it, but if you decide to then you should go to a public scale and get a certified weight slip giving the actual weight of the Z3 and trailer as ready to be towed. This is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-01-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By UncleJ
Bev, the coolant light might come on when you...

Bev, the coolant light might come on when you turn on the engine and the coolant begins to circulate through the heater grids - usually it goes off in a short time as the car warms up. It also might...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-31-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 702
Posted By UncleJ
MTBR - Automatic, A/C off, speed between 60-75...

MTBR - Automatic, A/C off, speed between 60-75 depending on traffic, avg. about 65 I suspect. Oh yes, 89 octane gas too.:angel:
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 10-30-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,457
Posted By UncleJ
I still see many older M-B 300/190 diesels on the...

I still see many older M-B 300/190 diesels on the road here (no salt, mild winters, cars last longer) that look like they just came off a car lot. The "smoke screen" I used to lay down in my old...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-30-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By UncleJ
While I agree that a manual box is the best for...

While I agree that a manual box is the best for the X3 it is not really the best choice for driving in the city and holding on the steep hills. The auto box shines in that kind of driving keeping...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 10-28-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,457
Posted By UncleJ
I suspect that it will be what CA (thanks to the...

I suspect that it will be what CA (thanks to the beloved, omnipotent, unelected and unaccountable CARB) is experiencing now -- gas prices about 80+cents higher than everyone else and diesel fuel...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By UncleJ
Go on cars.com and check out what they have on...

Go on cars.com and check out what they have on offer there. Lots of E83's for sale. For $25K you might want to move up as Joy mentioned. If I were driving much in the City I would want something...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 702
Posted By UncleJ
Just finished a 900 mile round trip from the Bay...

Just finished a 900 mile round trip from the Bay Area to LaLa land via 101 which included two days of driving while down there. Set my gas mileage computer at --- before I left and when I returned...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-16-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By UncleJ
Joke - If this is a BMW store before you buy...

Joke - If this is a BMW store before you buy wander over to the service center and have them pull the maintenance/repair history to see if there are any recurring issues that may return to bite you. ...
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