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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-11-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By spokelizard
Well I bought 4 new Pirelli Scorpions, all...

Well I bought 4 new Pirelli Scorpions, all triggered by the right rear which was down to 2/32". Tire dealer has contacted Pirelli to submit a claim, so maybe I'll get a percentage of the cost of one...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-08-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By spokelizard
(Quoting myself!) Picked up my car at the...

(Quoting myself!)

Picked up my car at the shop today, they insist that the treadwear on the right rear was even, and that there would have been uneven wear patterns if there were suspension...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-08-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks! 2. Aha, that may be it, I'll have...

Thanks!

2. Aha, that may be it, I'll have the shop check. I was aware about 10K miles ago of a "bouncier" ride. I had them check it out, and they thought suspension components did not need...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-07-2017, 05:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By spokelizard
Tire Wear

Hi,

I have my X3 in the shop for routine maintenance, and I specifically asked them to check the tire wear, since they seemed to be wearing prematurely.

I'm on my third set of Pirelli...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-12-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 987
Posted By spokelizard
Well, I'll really miss you for two reasons....

Well, I'll really miss you for two reasons. First, always appreciate another MT on this forum. And second, you've posted a lot of awesome road pictures. I've been promising for years to post some of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-12-2017, 10:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By spokelizard
I installed the European switch a few years ago,...

I installed the European switch a few years ago, thinking that it would give me better rear illumination for backing up at nght on wilderness roads. But it's a red illumination, doesn't really help...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-14-2016, 02:35 AM
Replies: 126
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Views: 66,314
Posted By spokelizard
Do you still need? Do you know what part # you...

Do you still need?
Do you know what part # you have?

I upgraded my sound system earlier this year and still have the OEM speakers which worked fine. Mine was a base sound system as sold in the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-03-2016, 10:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By spokelizard
My indie shop charges I think $75 to check it,...

My indie shop charges I think $75 to check it, then $200 for alignment if needed ($75 applied against the $200). I always have it checked when I come back from a road trip where I've gone on unpaved...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-02-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,423
Posted By spokelizard
My indie shop, which always advocates proactive...

My indie shop, which always advocates proactive repairs (such as expansion tank, water pump, and hoses) said I could wait for codes before changing the oxygen sensors. That surprised me.

On the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-15-2016, 11:08 AM
Replies: 655
Views: 342,258
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks, good analysis of the cost of keeping this...

Thanks, good analysis of the cost of keeping this car!

The update is that the gear was stripped and they replaced it. Lowest cost option. Hopefully it holds.

I've been facing a lot of repairs...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-15-2016, 11:03 AM
Replies: 655
Views: 342,258
Posted By spokelizard
Well, they opened it up, saw that the gear was...

Well, they opened it up, saw that the gear was seriously stripped and replaced it. So I got the cheapest option, but no guarantee that there's not also something wrong with the actuator or xfer case....
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-14-2016, 08:15 PM
Replies: 655
Views: 342,258
Posted By spokelizard
Well, my number has come up. Got the triad...

Well, my number has come up.

Got the triad of lights about 5 days ago, it went away, then today they came on again when I was about 5 miles from my indie mechanic, so I decided to make a pit stop....
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-01-2016, 01:34 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,774
Posted By spokelizard
True, but at the end of 36 months in one case you...

True, but at the end of 36 months in one case you still have a car worth $10K, in the other nothing after you turn in the lease.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-30-2016, 08:49 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 195,249
Posted By spokelizard
About a month ago I did an upgrade to my audio...

About a month ago I did an upgrade to my audio system. This was not a DYI project, I took it into a professional high end installer and took his recommendations. (It all started because a CD was...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-13-2016, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,333
Posted By spokelizard
I agree that a car with a known history is better...

I agree that a car with a known history is better than buying an unknown used car.

But the cost of keeping a car for four years whle driving it minimally is high! I've done it when I kept my old...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-13-2016, 12:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,333
Posted By spokelizard
James, I'm in the same situation, I have a 2007...

James, I'm in the same situation, I have a 2007 manual, intend to keep it as long as possible, 136K miles so far. I missed that Porsche no longer offers manual transmission in Cayenne, that was...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-13-2016, 07:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,840
Posted By spokelizard
When my thermostat went bad, my mechanic...

When my thermostat went bad, my mechanic suggested doing a few other things while they were in the neighborhood. Including preventative replacement of water pump, which he did for the price of the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-25-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 720
Posted By spokelizard
Try pricing the warranty at various dealers. You...

Try pricing the warranty at various dealers. You can check with dealers at Bimmerfest and elsewhere. I think the BMW warranties are better than third party, but dealer prices vary. When my X3 went...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-05-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,861
Posted By spokelizard
In Praise of Scorpions

Just got a new set of Scorpions last week. Tire Rack has a good price right now ($156) which my local tire dealer matched, so I bought from him since I prefer to buy local. (Though it cost me extra...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-29-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By spokelizard
I had to swap both front and back a few months...

I had to swap both front and back a few months back, my indie mechanic did it. I didn't even question using BMW parts for the job, reading this I wonder about it. I think I paid about $225. My 2007...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-06-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By spokelizard
Have 2007, never had any trouble getting mine...

Have 2007, never had any trouble getting mine smogged.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-02-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 862
Posted By spokelizard
I have a 2007 X3, had lots of repairs until...

I have a 2007 X3, had lots of repairs until warranty ran out at 6 yrs/80K miles. next to no cost to me for warranty repairs. Been very reliable since. Now have 120K miles, I've done the cooling...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-10-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,589
Posted By spokelizard
Late to the party, haven't been here for a while....

Late to the party, haven't been here for a while.

Will miss you Uncle J. Especially your rants which proved that this little nook in Bimmerfest is not a fanboy site. When I first checked in, when...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-08-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By spokelizard
What were your other vehicles? I know that when I...

What were your other vehicles? I know that when I rent a U.S. car, I can expect a cruising RPM of 1500-2000. Then I'm happy when I'm back in my BMW that is higher revving. I don't know enough of auto...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-27-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 590
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks! I ordered (pre-ordered). And I...

Thanks! I ordered (pre-ordered).

And I don't even work on my own car, just want to know more about it, and maybe I'll end up doing a little more than I do now.
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