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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-23-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,350
Posted By mikelahti
To todd92: A one word brushoff reply to a new...

To todd92: A one word brushoff reply to a new member on his first post in this forum is not very friendly. We can do better than that. Either provide a direct answer to his question or a more...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-02-2011, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By mikelahti
Any expenditure to increase power in an old 2.5...

Any expenditure to increase power in an old 2.5 liter X3 is not going to be cost effective. Heavy car, small displacement & low power increases in a normally aspirated motor, no matter what is bolted...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-10-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,109
Posted By mikelahti
There is a real lack of speed parts for the X3. ...

There is a real lack of speed parts for the X3. I have a 2008 with the sport package. Apparently, Supersprint makes an exhaust system, consisting of headers, catalytics & mufflers. Cost is over...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-08-2011, 06:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,182
Posted By mikelahti
I participated in this thread some 6 months ago,...

I participated in this thread some 6 months ago, but have not seen anything since that is actually useful. Exactly what can be done for coding options to the late model X3 and is there anyone out...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-08-2011, 06:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,579
Posted By mikelahti
There is no cost effective way to provide any...

There is no cost effective way to provide any meaningful power increases for this car. The available methods to increase performance will only make incremental differences, without forced induction...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-17-2011, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,347
Posted By mikelahti
Definitely some confusion on this thread. ...

Definitely some confusion on this thread. Anything information whatsoever about a diesel or turbocharged engine here is irrelevant. Blowing check engine lights with simple reprogramming on a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-07-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,879
Posted By mikelahti
I have a 2008 X3 with the sport package. It has...

I have a 2008 X3 with the sport package. It has zero defects in 3 years of service and has been very satisfactory as a second car. My observations regarding performance are as follows:
-The ride...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-09-2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,182
Posted By mikelahti
I am not sure that "trial and error" programming...

I am not sure that "trial and error" programming is the way to go on a car you actually want to drive. Is there an authoritative source out there as to what can be done with programming and how to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-30-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,561
Posted By mikelahti
Some of the numbers I have seen bandied about in...

Some of the numbers I have seen bandied about in this thread are wildly optimistic. There is no way that a 2.5L motor that makes about 200 hp stock at the crank can get 25 hp from simple bolt-ons....
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-27-2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,561
Posted By mikelahti
There is no way a muffler & throttle body will...

There is no way a muffler & throttle body will add 25-30 horsepower. Headers, catalytic convertors, muffler, airbox and ECU reprogramming together may make an additional 20 rear wheel horsepower,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-26-2011, 11:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,561
Posted By mikelahti
There is no practical or cost effective way to...

There is no practical or cost effective way to obtain more power for a 2.5 X3. It is not a performance car. For a 7 year old vehicle with nearly 100K miles, don't do anything but basic maintenance.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-26-2011, 11:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,533
Posted By mikelahti
It is considered normal for cars that are used...

It is considered normal for cars that are used for frequent short trips to have low battery life. The high parasitic load of modern cars does not help. Three to four years between battery...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-02-2011, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,215
Posted By mikelahti
Conventional wisdom would be that trading for a...

Conventional wisdom would be that trading for a similar car with 50K more miles is a truly bad decision. Keep what you have and live with its perceived deficiencies.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-02-2011, 12:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,781
Posted By mikelahti
I have a 2008 with a sport package. Even though...

I have a 2008 with a sport package. Even though I have recurring lower back issues, I find the seats to be very comfortable. The range of adjustments is good, too, I am tall with long arms & legs,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-29-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,952
Posted By mikelahti
The dealer had an aftermarket remote starter put...

The dealer had an aftermarket remote starter put in my X3 when I purchased it. Uses a separate remote. No paperwork with it, have no details about manufacturer.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-04-2010, 01:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,219
Posted By mikelahti
With a 3000 lb boat and at least 1000 lb trailer,...

With a 3000 lb boat and at least 1000 lb trailer, the load on the car's brakes is doubled. Aside from brake wear problems, the lack of the necessary brakes on the trailer can and will result in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-01-2010, 06:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,219
Posted By mikelahti
I have seen people drill a hole in a beater car's...

I have seen people drill a hole in a beater car's bumper, bolt a ball to it and use it to tow a small boat. Saw a guy on the highway with a compact truck, towing a heavy boat on a single axle...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-29-2010, 05:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,219
Posted By mikelahti
Given that the rated towing capacity of an X3 is...

Given that the rated towing capacity of an X3 is 3500 lbs, it is probably safe to pull 5000+ lbs for relatively short distances. A Class II hitch is definitely overloaded at this point. With a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-28-2010, 05:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,219
Posted By mikelahti
Other frequently known issues with towing...

Other frequently known issues with towing include:
-Use a drawbar with the correct drop/rise to connect the trailer to the receiver. The trailer should tow level, accelerating or braking with a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-21-2010, 05:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,219
Posted By mikelahti
Add up all the numbers to check: -Published...

Add up all the numbers to check:
-Published boat weight usually doesn't include the motor, batteries or fuel.
-Weight of trailer.
-All equipment, such as safety gear, anchor, etc.
-Coolers,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-11-2010, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,522
Posted By mikelahti
Here's how you can figure it out, good for any...

Here's how you can figure it out, good for any size of tires and transmission/final drive ratios. Its just conversion of units & everything is linearly proportional. Numbers here are for 2008 sport...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-02-2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 952
Posted By mikelahti
Great advice. Spend the cost of a new X5M to...

Great advice. Spend the cost of a new X5M to install an offroad racing diesel & sequential transmission in a stock street X3 and get it to work. Won't pass state inspection & wretched driveability,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-13-2010, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By mikelahti
X3 Emergency Key

It turns out that an emergency key (plastic wallet size) is available for the X3. It can be ordered from the dealer. Why it was not included in the delivery of the car is incomprehensible, but this...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-21-2010, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 828
Posted By mikelahti
I have no complaints with the sport seats. I...

I have no complaints with the sport seats. I have a bad back and am subject to periodic back discomfort. Some days, the only place I am comfortable is in my 997 or the X3.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-13-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By mikelahti
It is normal for the drawbar to rattle in the...

It is normal for the drawbar to rattle in the receiver. Even with the usual clearance, rust can cause it to freeze in place. I have had to remove drawbars with a sledge hammer. Take the drawbar...
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