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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-12-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 280
Posted By spokelizard
How I saved $1,750

-- by not buying a BMW extended warranty :p

My CPO expired almost a year ago and I was inclined to purchase a one year BMW PowerTrain Plus warranty that was available for my car. Good for 1 year...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-26-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By spokelizard
My California indie shop quoted $450 for a...

My California indie shop quoted $450 for a pro-active expansion tank change on my 2007, so you're getting off easy in VA. Still thinking about it. They want $1,000 to do the water pump, I said I'll...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By spokelizard
Great advice! :thumbup:

Great advice! :thumbup:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By spokelizard
Well, I had an alarm installed last week, so a...

Well, I had an alarm installed last week, so a few comments.

Before the alarm was installed, the clown nose waited a couple of minutes to start blinking, then blinked at a very slow rate (I never...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-26-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 92
Sticky: Pay It Forward
Views: 33,784
Posted By spokelizard
and many thanks to ShakyDog for that switch, and...

and many thanks to ShakyDog for that switch, and for making this PayItForward thread work! :thumbup: :D
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-15-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 454
Posted By spokelizard
started reading your hard luck story and thought...

started reading your hard luck story and thought this is a perfect candidate for a goodwill warranty adjustment.

then I got to the end, and that what they did! congratulations :beerchug: and...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By spokelizard
Power folding mirror

So yesterday I left an appointment, walked down the street to my car, and my key fob wouldn't open the door. Tried a few times, then realized that this wasn't my silver X3, mine was about 3 cars...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 591
Posted By spokelizard
I have the 2007 X3 with MT. I've been really...

I have the 2007 X3 with MT. I've been really happy with it.

A few comments to add to the discussion.

Clutch engagement is easy, but the shifter is definitely not a short shift, and there's no...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-03-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,613
Posted By spokelizard
Sorry, but do you realize you're asking that...

Sorry, but do you realize you're asking that question of someone who posted their one and only post almost 6 years ago?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-30-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 92
Sticky: Pay It Forward
Views: 33,784
Posted By spokelizard
I'm interested. Just want to clarify: I...

I'm interested.

Just want to clarify: I have xenons, and I assume it'll work with them. I searched this forum and it looks like ECS offered a xenon and a non-xenon version of the switch. Sounds...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-30-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 349
Posted By spokelizard
a little late to the party, but here's my 2... ...

a little late to the party, but here's my 2...

While my X3 was under CPO warranty, I had a bad oil sensor. Dash display showed an overfill condition.

If I recall correctly, dealer did a drain...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,048
Posted By spokelizard
Didn't read this thread last summer when you...

Didn't read this thread last summer when you posted this, and it looks like you have moved on to a different connection.

But for the benefit of anyone else with this problem, here's an easy fix. I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-06-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 634
Posted By spokelizard
I'm surprised no one yet has posted my standard...

I'm surprised no one yet has posted my standard suggestion: have the X3 checked out at indie mechanic that specializes in BMW. No, that won't predict the future, but it sure will tell you what you...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-28-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By spokelizard
If you have a CPO, you have an extended warranty....

If you have a CPO, you have an extended warranty. There's no reason to purchase another one until the CPO expires. In fact, I found out you can't buy an extended warranty from BMW until the CPO...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-23-2013, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By spokelizard
I've had a couple of alignments done in the 4 1/2...

I've had a couple of alignments done in the 4 1/2 years I've had my X3. In neither case was my car pulling to one side, and I've never had any noticeably uneven tire wear. In both cases though I had...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-23-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By spokelizard
If you're looking at a car with < 80K miles you...

If you're looking at a car with < 80K miles you might qualify for a BMW Powertrain Plus extended warranty. Check with any BMW dealer. I think 2007 is still recent enough to qualify.

Opinions vary...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-25-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By spokelizard
I have a carport, no garage. Keeps it out of the...

I have a carport, no garage. Keeps it out of the sun, which is good. Of course, we don't have temperature extremes here near San Francisco Bay, no snow, ice, nor extreme heat.

Just brought it back...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-17-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,228
Posted By spokelizard
+1. Generally I pay about $90 for dealer special...

+1. Generally I pay about $90 for dealer special and get OEM parts. This includes a new 328 loaner.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-17-2013, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 711
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks for the reminder! I've had it on my to-do...

Thanks for the reminder! I've had it on my to-do list to buy this for about 2 years now. I think I'll actually do it.

Question for Uncle J: I thought you could fit one under the driver's seat too....
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-16-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 711
Posted By spokelizard
I located a pdf file I have of the 2007 sales...

I located a pdf file I have of the 2007 sales brochure. If you're still looking this may be helpful to figure out what you're looking at.

The only M logo mentioned in the booklet is on the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-05-2013, 04:06 AM
Replies: 534
Views: 57,186
Posted By spokelizard
Hit 80K miles last night. Which means I'm...

Hit 80K miles last night.

Which means I'm officially on my own for all repairs from now on. My CPO ran out last May, and I was considering buying a Powertrain Plus warranty (available until 80K)...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-29-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By spokelizard
Brake job is done. Calipers didn't need...

Brake job is done. Calipers didn't need rebuilding or replacing. I've been getting brake flushes annually.



I agree, I've been pleased with both shops as far as integrity and honesty. No...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-29-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks, Supercourse. I was perfectly willing to...

Thanks, Supercourse. I was perfectly willing to do the brakes before the warning light, but when I questioned them both insisted that there was no benefit. So I assumed that their nagging me about...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-28-2013, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By spokelizard
Brakes worn out -- no warning light

For the last 5,000 miles or so, both the dealer service department and my indie mechanic have been warning me that my rear brakes are really worn. But both said it was safe to wait until the warning...
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