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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 59
Posted By Supercourse
That's a clear symptom of low refrigerant in the...

That's a clear symptom of low refrigerant in the E83. Might be a leak, but hopefully just needs a recharge.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 07:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By Supercourse
Yes, a couple of screws that are only accessible...

Yes, a couple of screws that are only accessible with the air vent panel out of the way.

The very early 2.5i came standard with just a cover there, not a tray with lid, and it was secured in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By Supercourse
My SWAG would be that a new battery and a check...

My SWAG would be that a new battery and a check of the serpentine belt tensioner pulley and the deflection pulley is required.

Gravelly sound may have been dry bearings on one or both of those...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-11-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,106
Posted By Supercourse
Yes, see: ...

Yes, see: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7750467&postcount=3

It is surprising that combo. is a better (or exact) match for height and revs/mile than the official BMW sizing.

I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-10-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,761
Posted By Supercourse
That car definitely has leather seats. BMW...

That car definitely has leather seats.

BMW vinyl has different texture of material on the sides from the main seating surface, and that can always been noticed in a picture.

The piping in the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-10-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 392
Posted By Supercourse
Take a look at the 245,000 Mile X3 thread to...

Take a look at the 245,000 Mile X3 thread to balance off the cautionary tone of others, and deduce that an '04 -'06 X3 can be a reliable and entertaining vehicle to own.

But the reasons for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-08-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By Supercourse
Someone has had that interior panel off to either...

Someone has had that interior panel off to either replace speakers or fix the window regulator and not put the lock back correctly.

Will require at least partial removal of the panel to reseat the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-07-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 243
Posted By Supercourse
1. Old oil spilt onto underbody shield after...

1. Old oil spilt onto underbody shield after recent oil change. $0.

2. Oil filter housing gasket leaking. $7 part, $200 - $300 labor.

3. Crankcase Vent Valve hoses cracked. $75 parts,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-06-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Supercourse
Surely, just the front uses the orange bulb for...

Surely, just the front uses the orange bulb for parking lights and the rear uses the red tail light (for N. American models)?

Have you tried the one-sided European parking lights a.k.a as standing...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 104,127
Posted By Supercourse
No published maintenance schedule for the...

No published maintenance schedule for the transfer case. And that's the point.

BMW uses an algorithm relating clutch pack resistance/pressure to remaining life of the fluid.

But the only way...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 246
Views: 104,127
Posted By Supercourse
^ That's a good summary - it explains very well...

^ That's a good summary - it explains very well why some X3 owners achieve well over 150K miles with no wear on the actuator gear, while others have premature failure.

Routine change of fluid is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-02-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By Supercourse
Some possibilities: - tire is not sitting...

Some possibilities:

- tire is not sitting symmetrically in the carrier (does valve feel like it's centered in the access hole?)

- the plastic edge of the carrier has deformed over time or got...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By Supercourse
If you are not getting water to either washer the...

If you are not getting water to either washer the person who sold you the car has messed things up.

The pump for the front must be dead (and maybe leaking) while the pump for the rear (same part...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 17,959
Posted By Supercourse
Lots of discussion on forums for other models...

Lots of discussion on forums for other models regarding BMW advising against greasing the pins.

e.g. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=398500

I think the grease attracting dirt...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-27-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,220
Posted By Supercourse
Don't think build date within the year matters -...

Don't think build date within the year matters - you have the M54 engine so you have a mechanical pump.

Fairly easy to confirm that you have a mechanical water pump by looking at the serpentine...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-26-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 185
Posted By Supercourse
But be careful with the vapor barrier. Make sure...

But be careful with the vapor barrier. Make sure it is properly adhered before putting the panel back on or you will have water ingress issues.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-26-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 479
Posted By Supercourse
Always a good practice to avoid turning the key...

Always a good practice to avoid turning the key in one rapid movement through all three positions to Start.

The incremental turns of the key probably reduce wear on the switch as well as giving a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-25-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By Supercourse
Never a good idea to buy a used BMW even at a...

Never a good idea to buy a used BMW even at a bargain price missing its black maintenance booklet showing that prescribed services were performed at least during the warranty period.

And...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-20-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By Supercourse
Hard to say. Either way it's an uncaring owner...

Hard to say. Either way it's an uncaring owner who likely didn't use an oil that met specs. for the engine, nor paid any attention to other maintenance.

It just needed a quick visit to this forum...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-18-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 373
Posted By Supercourse
If the high-mounted brake light LEDs all light up...

If the high-mounted brake light LEDs all light up you should be able to exclude that.

Not sure if the license plate light is considered important enough from a safety aspect for it to be part of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-17-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By Supercourse
The black box is probably something unrelated to...

The black box is probably something unrelated to the audio, such as the yaw sensor.

Did you disconnect the factory aux cable at the back of the radio and was it the same connector as on the new...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-17-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 373
Posted By Supercourse
No reset needed (or possible). If you...

No reset needed (or possible).

If you changed all the stop and tail bulbs (no double filament nonsense for BMW engineers) in both the tailgate and the main body, including the expensive...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-15-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By Supercourse
A slightly rough idle problem could be caused by...

A slightly rough idle problem could be caused by a number of things.

Does it smooth out if you put it in neutral while stopped?

If so and it needs just a very slight increase in idle speed...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-13-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 182
Posted By Supercourse
50 series will do it. 235/50 18's.

50 series will do it. 235/50 18's.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-13-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 143
Posted By Supercourse
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Coope...

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Cooper-Bussmann-ATM-fuse-tap/_/N-255s?itemIdentifier=32416
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