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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-08-2008, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,177
Posted By jamesbirkholz
X3 Rear Cargo Cover Squeak/Rattle

Since new, my 2007 E83 has had a perpetually squeaking, occasionally rattling rear cargo cover. When I remove it (put it on the floor or totally take it out) it resolves. The dealer addressed this...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-04-2008, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,213
Posted By jamesbirkholz
My '07 rattles like crazy over the bumps with the...

My '07 rattles like crazy over the bumps with the snrf and inner screen closed, and with the snrf closed but screen open. It is literally within the shop as I write this. We shall see.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-04-2008, 10:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,589
Posted By jamesbirkholz
BMW v Aftermarket Bars

I have used Thule, Yakima and BMW over the years. The BMW bars are by far the quietest on the X3. Oddly, when I used the round Yakima bars on my old Jeep Liberty they made little noise (I guess the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-16-2008, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,598
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Swapping the Head

There was no "break" involved with the head per se. The ticking actually was worse afterwarming up during cold weather, so probably a lifter issue. They performed the oil bleeding procedure (? that...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-16-2008, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Where/how is it clicking?

Where/how is it clicking?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-06-2008, 11:03 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 22,479
Posted By jamesbirkholz
X3 with manual transmission. Good torque, power,...

X3 with manual transmission. Good torque, power, bad-weather traction, and all at reasonable MPG.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-05-2008, 08:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,598
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Umm....

...isn't this the engine with the ticking lifter issue and top end lubrication problem, as Zoltar mentioned?

Had the swapped out on mine. Otherwise, yep, nice torque, etc. Buuuuut...what happened...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-03-2008, 08:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 600
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Corrosion Warranty Question

The 2007 E83 manual says in the passage regarding the 12 year corrosion warranty something to the effect of "the undercarriage should be cleaned with water every spring. Your SAV center will perform...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-27-2008, 01:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,328
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Mpg @ 16k

...had just reset the ODO after a refill, but left the MPG on during a long, recent PA TPK trip from Harrisburg to the area of Meyersdale and Sand Patch to do some rail-fanning. This also included a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-19-2008, 05:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,440
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Clunk

Where is the clunk? Whenever I drop out of second (same conditions as yours) I get a little stickiness,so I have just been extra gentle with it (a little more gas and easy clutchwork).

If you are...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-13-2008, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,782
Posted By jamesbirkholz
X3 (and others) Dirty Windshield/Streakiness

No matter how hard I try (frequent washing, etc) my windshield always seems to have a film on it. Whenever it's raining and the wipers are running, there are zillions (that's a real technical phrase)...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-02-2008, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,486
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Leasing

Good point. I don't lease, so I didn't realise that was an issue as well!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-02-2008, 08:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 976
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Build Sheet

Where was the sheet in the glovebox? Just curious.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-02-2008, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,486
Posted By jamesbirkholz
A lot to do with gas prices?

Actually, the decline in X3 sales is relatively isolated (if I remember a similar post correctly). As none of the BMW line is really all that fuel savvy at the moment, it would stand to reason that...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-02-2008, 08:09 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,809
Posted By jamesbirkholz
More slushboxes? Ya gotta be kiddin' me!

I have yet to see a well executed BMW slushbox. Ditto for their paddleshift (try a comparo drive w/some other high-end brands), which shifts when it is emotionally ready to, and the stars are...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-28-2008, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 810
Posted By jamesbirkholz
The clutch thing might be a random thing I've...

The clutch thing might be a random thing I've assigned importance to. I will check into the exhaust valve thoughts. Thanks much
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-28-2008, 10:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 810
Posted By jamesbirkholz
'07 Manual X3 Rear Vibration/Humming

My ride has developed a humming/vibration sound that seems to be emanating from the rear. This is the problem:

1) I only hear it shortly after starting.
2) I only hear it with the clutch...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-18-2008, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,361
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Funky: 4x4 and amber "Brake" Lights Stay On

Yesterday I popped out of DSC (held the button for a while) on my '07 E83 for some sporty driving. It did fine as usual :thumbup: but after I re-depressed the DSC button to toggle back to normal...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-18-2008, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,378
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Dis-"Comfort" Seats for the Tall

Having had several BMWs before, most had comfortable seats (i.e. 1984 E30). I ordered the comfort seat because it felt comfortable "in the showroom".

BIG mistake. I am 6'2" and the lumbar support...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-18-2008, 06:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,654
Posted By jamesbirkholz
PA to NH

Hummelstown, PA to Franconia, NH - 512 mi/way = 1024 mi. total. Drove like a dream and made the 9-10 hour trips seem like 4 or 5. :thumbup:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-10-2008, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,251
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Me too...

I thought this was supposed to be eliminated in the '07+ E83s? Did I miss something? Couple of potholes are enough to rattle mine. :confused:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-07-2008, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,367
Posted By jamesbirkholz
I have the Yakima (Big Horn 4, I think) on my '07...

I have the Yakima (Big Horn 4, I think) on my '07 E83 X3 that folds down from the hitch.

Pros: Easily accomodates 2 bikes (haven't tried 4)
Easy to swing down (but if your bikes are on...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-07-2008, 07:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,402
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Fit and Finish?

While I agree that the U.S. cars may not have the most attractive or highest quality interiors, BMW's interiors from the last several years leave a lot to desire.

The fact that BMW perseverates...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-02-2008, 08:26 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,675
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Thanks for the real data! I hope BMW/BMWNA looks...

Thanks for the real data! I hope BMW/BMWNA looks at these numbers carefully.

I am a *big* fan of the classic BMWs, but the frustrating electronics and arrogant engineering of the new ones is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-27-2008, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 959
Posted By jamesbirkholz
Input appreciated. First one w/CDV as far as I...

Input appreciated. First one w/CDV as far as I know. I know that my old E30 318i didn't have one:rofl:, same w/the 325i E30. Not as sure about the E36.

Maybe it will take some getting used to,...
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