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Old 10-03-2012, 02:22 PM
al_macaroni al_macaroni is offline
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Originally Posted by 883sportster View Post
My wife and I have been looking around for a SUV with a 6 speed manual plus sunroof. I just found a 2006 X3 manual with 66k on it for a decent price (17k).

We plan to go look at it this Saturday if it's still at the dealership (not a BMW dealer). I searched on the forum and have a few questions.

To try and avoid the sun roof problem what should I look for? How can I tell if the tracks have already been replaced.

When test driving it, is there anything specific we should really pay attention to, things that unless your looking for might not be noticed right away?

I've read suggestions to take the VIN to a local BMW dealer ship and ask them to run the service history on it. Has anyone done this? Are the dealerships cool with doing that sort of thing?

Cheers and thanks in advance.
To try and avoid the sun roof problem what should I look for? How can I tell if the tracks have already been replaced.
--- Not really sure of a way to tell the sunroof is broken other than opening it and listening for noises that should not be there and visually watch to make sure the sun shade and glass move as expected. Usually, if a repair is performed at a dealership, they replace the entire sunroof cassette rather than only the tracks.
-- I believe one of this year's BMW CCA Roundel issues has a DIY to lubricate the sunroof tracks.

When test driving it, is there anything specific we should really pay attention to, things that unless your looking for might not be noticed right away?
-- Pay attention to the ride. X3s tend to have a stiffer ride than other SUVs and cars.

-- These are not big problems, at least usually not very costly in BMW terms and they all can be repaired by a DIYer. They are wear items that tend to show up on some X3s. These should not be considered deal breakers, but more of a negotiation point if you happen to see one of these issues.
You can search this forum for more detailed information on them
1. Check power window function - drive dogs are plastic and tend to break
2. Check the valve cover for oil leaks. The gasket tends to get brittle and break.
3. Check for water leaks around the coolant expansion tank. The tank is plastic it can crack.
4. Check the rear springs. Does the rear of the car sit even or is one side higher than the other? Sometimes the "pigtail" at the bottom of the coil spring breaks off.
5. Check for wet carpets. Could be a door vapor barrior needs to be re-sealed.

I've read suggestions to take the VIN to a local BMW dealer ship and ask them to run the service history on it. Has anyone done this? Are the dealerships cool with doing that sort of thing?
-- I have not tried this my self, but in some recent posts on the F10 5-series forum it seems dealerships are not as willing to do this due to privacy issues. It seems as though the original owner's infomation is associated with any of the work performed and that cannot be divulged.



-- Good luck on your test drive. X3s are a great driving SUV.
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