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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Today, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 255
Posted By Supercourse
On the question of genuine BMW-branded parts: ...

On the question of genuine BMW-branded parts:

spark plugs - concur that the same plug in a Bosch or NGK box at half the price will not affect performance in any noticeable way

v.c. gasket -...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-15-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 18,345
Posted By Supercourse
The icon may be a battery, but it doesn't really...

The icon may be a battery, but it doesn't really report on the health of the battery.

Could be a slipping serpentine belt, but most likely the alternator itself.

If the battery developed an...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-15-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By Supercourse
Seems it is difficult to cut open the diamond key...

Seems it is difficult to cut open the diamond key without somehow compromising the internals.

Which is confirmed by the reported low number of successful attempts at doing this.

But if the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-13-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By Supercourse
I'm confused. Isn't the transponder (for...

I'm confused. Isn't the transponder (for communicating with the immobilizer) imbedded in the metal of the key.

Similar to the flat plastic valet key. It's just the PCB and rechargeable battery...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-12-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 588
Posted By Supercourse
This is getting out of hand. UncleJ has...

This is getting out of hand.

UncleJ has provided thoughtful, and sometimes whimsical, input to the forum for more years than I can count. He just had a run of bad luck with it in the last year or...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-12-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By Supercourse
That's the infamous thumbwheel for getting...

That's the infamous thumbwheel for getting outside (cooler) air directed to the driver's face when in heater mode.

In Germany, they consider it important that the driver doesn't get too relaxed...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-11-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Supercourse
Here's the before and after vinyl seat damage...

Here's the before and after vinyl seat damage pictures as promised.

Very satisfied with the result. It is just noticeable in bright sunlight when viewed head on.

But in normal light and at an...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-10-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,965
Posted By Supercourse
Confirming that you can use any 12V car battery...

Confirming that you can use any 12V car battery that meets these key requirements:

1. dimensions that allow it to fit properly in the tray and be secured with the existing clamp

2. +ve and...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-09-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 984
Posted By Supercourse
Yes, all tires harden as they age and the tread...

Yes, all tires harden as they age and the tread wears down, so anything new would feel much less firm.

Just have to be careful not to cross over into being squishy.

You might find that you are...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-08-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By Supercourse
1L if you don't spill any.

1L if you don't spill any.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-06-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By Supercourse
Look for a standard audio chassis-mount jack: ...

Look for a standard audio chassis-mount jack:

- in the glove box (as specified in the official BMW instructions)

- in the ashtray (a better idea)

- in the storage compartment atop the dash...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-06-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Supercourse
UncleJ - I will be getting my seat bolster...

UncleJ - I will be getting my seat bolster restored by a mobile operator for $95 in the next week, so will post before and after pictures.
Don't expect it to be unnoticeable, but should be a good...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-06-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By Supercourse
You are the original owners then? The vent...

You are the original owners then? The vent system must have failed in some other way.

Could be just a mechanical failure such as tubing collapsed, or still could be excess gasoline in the vent...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-06-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By Supercourse
You do a search on aux-in and find lots of recent...

You do a search on aux-in and find lots of recent posts like this:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8565061&postcount=5

Hard to believe that there are still 2004's and 2005's out...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-05-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By Supercourse
Any chance someone was in the habit of topping...

Any chance someone was in the habit of topping off the tank after the auto shut off?

That can mess up the vent system.

Used to be common practice for decades up until the '70's when gas caps...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-04-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Supercourse
You are on the right track - keeping reading...

You are on the right track - keeping reading relevant threads on this forum, and you will come to recognize clues as to which X3's have had the right previous owner(s).

Avoid ones that appear to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-04-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Supercourse
I wouldn't trust a Chrysler dealer's description...

I wouldn't trust a Chrysler dealer's description of a used BMW. They probably just picked it up from the auction.

That doesn't look like Montana leather - fairly sure it's the sand beige vinyl...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-03-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By Supercourse
Sorry no one pointed you in the right direction,...

Sorry no one pointed you in the right direction, but there have been so many new owner questions lately on things that have been covered many times.

Here's where I recently commented on the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-03-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 617
Posted By Supercourse
Doesn't matter these days, does it? It's a...

Doesn't matter these days, does it? It's a global village.

You buy what you need wherever it's available and at the best price.

I bought an ISO connector to BMW harness at BassJunkies in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-02-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 360
Posted By Supercourse
I'll jump in before UncleJ! Nothing wrong with...

I'll jump in before UncleJ! Nothing wrong with buying a good example of an '04, '05 or '06 X3 if you know what you are about.

It is the best driving SUV in its class, and the ride quality is just...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-01-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By Supercourse
Welcome! Don't know how your 'rents...

Welcome!

Don't know how your 'rents managed without an aux-in - essential equipment.

If they hadn't enable BT either you might need to look into handsfree kits. I find the Parrot CK3200...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-31-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By Supercourse
That sounds more like it. I was just...

That sounds more like it.

I was just thinking, "now there is standup dealer who will replace a fuel pump for less than 1 hr. labor".
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-31-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,599
Posted By Supercourse
For the final year, BMW seemed to want a Canadian...

For the final year, BMW seemed to want a Canadian model spec'd to a price point (sub-$40K which they hadn't achieved before - unlike U.S. models of course).

This meant that good things like Xenons...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-27-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,061
Posted By Supercourse
I am fairly sure you will find your plugs are...

I am fairly sure you will find your plugs are single electrode.

The "laser" iridiums apparently use a platinum ground electrode - that's what makes them different from basic iridiums, to give them...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-27-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,061
Posted By Supercourse
Keep in mind that the 2007+ models use a...

Keep in mind that the 2007+ models use a different size/reach/heat range plug from the 2004-2006 engine.

I think (without me doing a check) you have referenced plugs for pre and post 2007.
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