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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-15-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,107
Posted By slilley
Loose bolt holding Lower reinforcement plate

I had the same problem as didymos. It was especially noticeable when backing out of the garage. It felt like something was happening right under the footrest where you rest your left foot.

I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-29-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 17,738
Posted By slilley
I tried this process on my 2007 X3 without Nav,...

I tried this process on my 2007 X3 without Nav, and it didn't work. It's the same process documented in my X3's Telephone addendum to the owner's manual. I did manage to pair a new phone without...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-25-2010, 05:51 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 55,153
Posted By slilley
I just replaced the battery on my '04 330i this...

I just replaced the battery on my '04 330i this weekend with the Walmart Everstart Maxx-94R Battery. It was an identical fit to the 330i stock battery. $82 after core refund.

I visited the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-24-2009, 10:30 AM
Replies: 1,734
Views: 339,892
Posted By slilley
Knock on wood...updates have transformed our X3!

I've been following this thread weekly over the past 7+ months. I even added my complaint about my wife's 2007 X3's transmission on page 21 of this thread (see post 522). Long story short, I hated...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-01-2008, 04:44 AM
Replies: 1,734
Views: 339,892
Posted By slilley
madurodave, thanks for the update! Does your...

madurodave, thanks for the update! Does your service invoice have any details as to what version software they loaded, or the updates they made?

It's easier for me to get what I want from the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-14-2008, 06:24 AM
Replies: 1,734
Views: 339,892
Posted By slilley
Just wanted to chime in on this thread, now that...

Just wanted to chime in on this thread, now that we've owned our CPO 2007 X3 for 2 months. This is my wife's car; it's our 3rd BMW and the first one with an auto transmission (oh, the shame!). ...
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 05-13-2008, 08:26 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,075
Posted By slilley
X3 Option Credits?

Thanks for all the valuable info! Are there similar "option credits" on the X3 right now? My wife's Benz wagon was crushed by an out-of-control tractor trailer while innocently parked two weeks...
Forum: Wheels and Tires 10-27-2006, 09:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 473
Posted By slilley
FS: 4 Mille Miglia MM11-3 17" x 8" w/ Bridgestone S-03 Tires, $600

For sale: set of four (4) Mille Miglia MM11-3 17" x 8" wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Position Tires, size 225/45YR-17. These will fit on any non-M E46 3 Series, E36 3 Series, most Z3...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-25-2005, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,268
Posted By slilley
I use the pressure bleeder in a slightly...

I use the pressure bleeder in a slightly different way than most people to avoid this problem entirely. Instead of filling the pressure bleeder with fluid, I just leave it empty and use it for a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-18-2005, 06:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,272
Posted By slilley
Don't like them? Disable them!

I had previously complained on this list about my rain-sensing wipers not working properly. For the most part, setting the stalk to the rain-sensing position was almost the same as putting it to the...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-17-2004, 01:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,739
Posted By slilley
You won't be the only one! I run 225/45-17...

You won't be the only one! I run 225/45-17 Bridgestone S-O3's all around in the summer, and Dunlop M2's in the winter. I'm using Mille Miglia MM11-3 17 x 8 wheels both summer and winter. They...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 09-08-2004, 05:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,589
Posted By slilley
In my case (and in most cases), the ball joint...

In my case (and in most cases), the ball joint fails before there are any problems with the bushings. (In the picture of the control arms I posted, the ball joint is below the number 1 - ball joint...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 09-06-2004, 11:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,046
Posted By slilley
Here are my jack stands...I have a pair of each. ...

Here are my jack stands...I have a pair of each. On the right, we have the Griot's Garage 3-ton Jack Stands. About $70 per pair, including the yellow rubber pads. On the left, we have my...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 09-06-2004, 05:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,589
Posted By slilley
Unfortunately, even the newer control arms are...

Unfortunately, even the newer control arms are prone to the problems with bushing failures. I went thru a couple sets on my 2000 323i, so I was pretty familar with the situation from talking to the...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 09-06-2004, 05:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 23,448
Posted By slilley
I'm going to continue to jack the rear using...

I'm going to continue to jack the rear using point (A) in the pictures above. That's the way I did it on my 2000 E46 323i (probably a hundred times), and that's the way I'm doing it on my 2004 330i...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 08-14-2004, 12:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,088
Posted By slilley
Here's the reason that BMW stopped recommending...

Here's the reason that BMW stopped recommending tire rotation:

Back in the day when it was still recommended by BMW, they'd find customers would complain when a slightly out-of-balance rear wheel...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 08-14-2004, 05:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,088
Posted By slilley
Yes, by all means, rotate them!

If you have equal-size wheels AND tires front-to-rear, then I'd recommend rotating them if you want them to wear at the same rate. I normally try to rotate the tires every 5-10K miles. I use the...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 07-03-2004, 07:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,482
Posted By slilley
Beware: Performance Friction 97s

Hey, I'm a little behind, but I saw someone recommend the Performance Friction 97s for DE events. I used them for one two-day DE back in 2002, and they were great. HOWEVER, the stuff they left...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 01-03-2004, 08:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,114
Posted By slilley
I've been meaning to check out these guys,...

I've been meaning to check out these guys, located in New Jersey about 2 hours away from me: http://www.zeckhausen.com/CDV.htm

Looks like they'd do it for $60, which seems very reasonable. Or,...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-06-2003, 01:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,230
Posted By slilley
Down on the street, but up on the track. At the...

Down on the street, but up on the track. At the track, I actually use a clotheline to tie it to the back seats so it doesn't flop forward under hard braking.

Regards,
Steve
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-06-2003, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 551
Posted By slilley
I remember that Zygmunt (Bimmerpart.com) had good...

I remember that Zygmunt (Bimmerpart.com) had good prices on the Bentley service manuals. Check here:...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-05-2003, 07:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,882
Posted By slilley
Unless I'm grossly mistaken, it'll still be at...

Unless I'm grossly mistaken, it'll still be at least an $8-10K difference between a well-equipped 330Ci ZHP and a similarly-equipped M3.

I absolutely love the cloth seats and the fuzzy steering...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-03-2003, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,110
Posted By slilley
If you are talking about snow or ice on the road,...

If you are talking about snow or ice on the road, then the answer is probably. When I got my 323i back in 1999, my plan was to keep the summer tires on all winter, and drive it like an old lady when...
Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 12-02-2003, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By slilley
If you do a lot of maintenance work yourself, the...

If you do a lot of maintenance work yourself, the one of the best investments you can make is a good cordless impact wrench! I can't tell you how often I use mine...it's one of the most useful tools...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-02-2003, 06:21 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,510
Posted By slilley
Having done a number of track events over the...

Having done a number of track events over the last few years, I feel that I'm fairly competent when it comes to discussions of wheels and tires. So here's some random comments, observations, and...
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