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Old 01-08-2012, 10:37 AM
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Location: Lorena & San Antonio, TX
Join Date: Aug 2010
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Mein Auto: 2007 X3 (MT)
Originally Posted by mhiggi02 View Post
Can you tell me what went wrong with the ... lifter?
Originally Posted by pdisher View Post
The lifter issue is apparently the cause of a "ticking" noise that sometimes occurs when the car is driven on short "errand" type trips. If I drive the car less than a mile then drive it again after cooling the car motor would sometimes "tick"...
Here's a thread on the E83 X3 forum with an imbedded video that provides a pretty representative audio demonstration of the lifter 'tick.'

It seems to be a relatively common thing with recent versions ('06-'08) of the BMW inline six, regardless of the platform in which it's installed; I had to have the lifters on my X3 replaced under warranty as well. BMW has apparently engineered some corrective measures into the replacement parts, and engines starting with roughly the 2009 model year had these improvements incorporated from the start.

Congrats on the new wheels! I've always liked the 1-Series!

X3 w/6-speed & Sport Package:
A sports sedan disguised as an SUV...
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