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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-22-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By al_macaroni
The angel eye bulbs are halogen bulbs. They look...

The angel eye bulbs are halogen bulbs. They look like this:
http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-bulb-socket-e39-e63-e83-hella-63126904048

The bulbs can be changed from under the hood.
On the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-18-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 463
Posted By al_macaroni
I agree, you need to address the voltage...

I agree, you need to address the voltage situation first.

Just one tip on the O2 sensor install - on the LCI X3's with the N52 engine, it may be difficult getting a standard O2 sensor socket on...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-17-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By al_macaroni
Check your gas cap. If you gas cap is not...

Check your gas cap. If you gas cap is not properly tightened, the check engine light will illuminate.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-16-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 350
Posted By al_macaroni
Both NGK and Bosch supply the OEM BMW branded...

Both NGK and Bosch supply the OEM BMW branded spark plugs. You can use either NGK or Bosch non-BMW branded as replacements. Continental sells a belt service kit that has the belt, tensioner and idler...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-10-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 567
Posted By al_macaroni
+ 1 You might also want to think about...

+ 1

You might also want to think about changing the VANOS solenoids at the same time. It is easy to reach them when you have the belt off.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-09-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 618
Posted By al_macaroni
For the transfer case, the recommended change...

For the transfer case, the recommended change interval is every 60k miles.

For the AT, there are differing opinions. It can be lifetime, every 100k, or every 50k depending upon where you look for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-09-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 152
Posted By al_macaroni
I got Bosch (non-BMW branded) units from FCP Euro...

I got Bosch (non-BMW branded) units from FCP Euro for much less than the BMW branded Bosch coils.

Check them out.

They also usually have coupon codes available that you might be able to take...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-08-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By al_macaroni
differential oil specifications

463490463491
BMW transfer case fluid:
P/N 83 22 0 397 224

The BMW fluid is the only choice for the transfer case. There are no alternate manufacturers of this oil.

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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-03-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By al_macaroni
I'm using the Yakima RailGrab system with the 58"...

I'm using the Yakima RailGrab system with the 58" crossbars. The bars do extend out past the roof rails, but it provides me with extra real estate to carry wider items.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-01-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,869
Posted By al_macaroni
Please see post #11 regarding my experience on...

Please see post #11 regarding my experience on which items need to be loosened or disconnected to perform the install.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=768029&highlight=spring
...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-22-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By al_macaroni
It sort of sounds like the torque converter might...

It sort of sounds like the torque converter might be on its way out. Especially since you are not encountering any error codes.

I had a similar surging issue when decelerating to a stop or when...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-22-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By al_macaroni
The C110 is great. It will read BMW codes that...

The C110 is great. It will read BMW codes that generic ODB readers will not see. It saved me a bundle on reading error codes that I could DIY repair.

Depending upon mileage, your belt tensioner...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By al_macaroni
2008 X3si high pitched whistle at idle/stalls

What codes are returned with the check engine light? Were the VANOS solenoids replaced?

I had a similar sound and behavior on my 2008 that went away when the VANOS solenoids were replaced. But,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By al_macaroni
Not the best wire tuck job ...

Not the best wire tuck job
459810459811459812459813


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By al_macaroni
It's not all that cool, but it is relatively...

It's not all that cool, but it is relatively inexpensive and it works.

Wires all over the place drive me crazy. I tried to do my Sportster install in a way that would allow me to minimize wire...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By al_macaroni
I'm running Sirius with one of the original...

I'm running Sirius with one of the original Sportster receivers and it is connected via the AUX input on the back of the console on my 2008. The sound quality is OK when I listen to the music...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-19-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 815
Posted By al_macaroni
I'm with you, I would check out the starter...

I'm with you, I would check out the starter first. If that checks out OK, next I would look at the ignition switch as being a possible source of the problem.

Good luck
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-12-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 900
Posted By al_macaroni
Here are some examples of the BMW specific...

Here are some examples of the BMW specific trouble codes I pulled off the C110 the last time I had issues.

458094458095458096


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 900
Posted By al_macaroni
Is your Check Engine Light on or has it come on...

Is your Check Engine Light on or has it come on in the recent past?
See the above posts regarding reading the CEL codes. This reader is geared toward BMW specific codes, but you can stop by an auto...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 900
Posted By al_macaroni
+1 Definetely get the C110 code reader. I have...

+1
Definetely get the C110 code reader. I have a 2008 and had the very same issue. I got one and it allowed me to see exactly which items were sending error codes.
Thank you joylove for the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,000
Posted By al_macaroni
My bank 2 sensor went about 500 miles after my...

My bank 2 sensor went about 500 miles after my bank 1.

If you only change the bad sensor, and not the two pre-cat sensors, you will save $100. But you will run the risk of having to spend the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,000
Posted By al_macaroni
I agree with swampX3. If your CEL code is for the...

I agree with swampX3. If your CEL code is for the pre-cat O2 sensors. Go ahead and replace them. If you are a DIY person, it should not be that difficult. Amazon currently has a 15% e-coupon for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-08-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,233
Posted By al_macaroni
I was able to replace them without removing the...

I was able to replace them without removing the strut brace. I used the Gearwrench 5/8 spark plug socket with the built-in swivel extension. It made it possible to work around the strut brace on my...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-08-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,233
Posted By al_macaroni
I used these NGK's on my 2008 with the N52...

I used these NGK's on my 2008 with the N52 engine.

NGK (1208) ILZFR6D11 Laser Iridium Spark Plug

I purchased from Amazon.


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-04-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By al_macaroni
2008 X3 with N52 engine - currently 107,000 miles...

2008 X3 with N52 engine - currently 107,000 miles

Over the past 4 months and 10,000 miles (97k - 107k), I've replaced these items. Some are maintenance items and others might or might not be...
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