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Old 07-20-2004, 06:20 PM
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Time for the X3's first service visit...

I need to make a service appointment to have a few issues addressed with our X3, so I figured I'd share my issues/discoveries for all on the board to see/discuss.

1. Car/Key Programming that was never done. Looking over the X3-specific form that I was able to pull from bmwtis.net, I've noticed that there is an option for "convenience closing by remote control" to be activated-- this is the feature that we're normally not given in the US whereby you can close all the windows/moonroof by remote (just like you can open them). I've heard this was not available in the US, but seeing it on the form is making me want to see if it can actually be done on a US-spec car. Also, I plan on activating the "visual confirmation upon locking/unlocking without alarm installation".

2. Squeeking from front door area on passenger side-- car was fine for a while, but we just noticed a faint squeek from the top part of the passenger side door, mostly when the car is turning/under load. Note that the noise is very faint, and you have to be totally silent and have no noise in the car to hear it. There is a service bulletin that describes this symptom and says it is coming from where the door seal meets the body. I'm going to have them look at it and see if the bulletin solves the problem.

3. Where's my f'ing flashlight?! As per a recent bulletin, I'm going to request my free glovebox mounted flashlight. There is a bulletin, but the dealer will only install it if you ask, so don't expect them to volunteer this info.

I'll post updates once I've had someone look at the car and give me an idea of what I'm looking at.

What, you didn't think I was actually having problems with the car, did you? Other than the very minor squeeking and the minimal inconvenience it has caused, I think the X3 is fantastic. This is a car you have to drive for a while to truly appreciate all it's many virtues.
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:35 PM
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I think the X3 is fantastic. This is a car you have to drive for a while to truly appreciate all it's many virtues.
I wholeheartedly agree.

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Old 07-21-2004, 08:23 AM
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Sarafil,

That's a real coincidence. I also need to schedule a service appt for the exact same three items PLUS the addition of the moonroof drain check valve (eliminates noise at highway speeds caused by water gurgling in the drain tube). If you want to check out the latter, try the following:

wash the car.
Drive to nearest highway.
Keep all windows closed.

There's a thumping noise that seems to come from the lighting array.

The noise will stop if the moonroof is opened into vent position.
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Old 07-21-2004, 02:30 PM
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I made my appt for next Tuesday for all three items. Except for #1 I just want it to autolock when i drive off.
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Old 07-21-2004, 03:53 PM
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I made my appt for next Tuesday for all three items. Except for #1 I just want it to autolock when i drive off.
I've got a hectic schedule this week, so I'm just going to have them do the key programming and check the squeak tomorrow (they've also got to replace one of the windows, but that's another story, and not due to any defect with the car). I set up my appointment today, so I wouldn't be able to have the flashlight socket in by tomorrow unless I rushed it, which I think would be foolish.

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Sarafil, that's a real coincidence.
Kind of funny that both of the X3s are 3.0 models in Bluewater Metallic, also!
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:05 AM
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Im Having The Same Squeak Problem. I Also Want To Knw How I Tell Them Theyhave To Intall The Flashlight? Is There A Officail Memo? Also With The Lights Advisign You If It Is Locked/unlocked, It That Available Also?

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Old 07-30-2004, 09:40 AM
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Im Having The Same Squeak Problem. I Also Want To Knw How I Tell Them Theyhave To Intall The Flashlight? Is There A Officail Memo? Also With The Lights Advisign You If It Is Locked/unlocked, It That Available Also?

Thanks!
There's another thread about the squeek/flexing sound; the door seals need to be lubed. And if i remember reading correctly, i believe there is a post about the flashlight issue having bulletin. Or was it that you specifically have to ask for it, otherwise they wont' give it to you. (read Sarafil's first post, item #3).
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Old 08-04-2004, 03:20 PM
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1. Car/Key Programming that was never done. Looking over the X3-specific form that I was able to pull from bmwtis.net, I've noticed that there is an option for "convenience closing by remote control" to be activated-- this is the feature that we're normally not given in the US whereby you can close all the windows/moonroof by remote (just like you can open them). I've heard this was not available in the US, but seeing it on the form is making me want to see if it can actually be done on a US-spec car. Also, I plan on activating the "visual confirmation upon locking/unlocking without alarm installation".
Were you successful with the key programming (convenience closing and visual confirmation)?

Is there any place that we can get the X3 specific form (dealer no help)?
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Old 08-04-2004, 03:50 PM
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Were you successful with the key programming (convenience closing and visual confirmation)?

Is there any place that we can get the X3 specific form (dealer no help)?
Visual confirmation is activated, but I didn't have a chance to get them to look at the convenience closing.
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Old 08-08-2004, 09:44 PM
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Visual confirmation....

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Visual confirmation is activated, but I didn't have a chance to get them to look at the convenience closing.
I bought my X3 about 3 weeks ago and had some programing done. But, the dealer said that they didn't have the software out yet to program the lights to flash when you lock/unlock. Is this true????
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Old 08-09-2004, 03:06 PM
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I bought my X3 about 3 weeks ago and had some programing done. But, the dealer said that they didn't have the software out yet to program the lights to flash when you lock/unlock. Is this true????
I have it programmed on ours, so I don't know what they're talking about.
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Old 08-09-2004, 03:26 PM
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Here is BMWNA's official response re which car/key programming options are supported on US vehicles (in reply to my complaint that I couldn't get all the programmable options enabled):

Thank you for contacting BMW of North America, LLC regarding the
dealer-programmed options on your new X3. I apologize that the dealer is not
able to program all of the options that you would like. Your Owner's
Manual is used for vehicles delivered in many countries, so many of the
features and options are not available for vehicles delivered in the
U.S.

Therefore, I researched the additional options you submitted and found
the following results:

(8) Visual confirmation of locking (without alarm install) - Option not
available in the U.S.
(9) automatic activation of rear window defroster - Option not
available in the U.S.
(10) acoustic warning if ignition key remains in the ignition lock -
Standard feature of the vehicle
(11) automatic adjustment of driver's seat and exterior mirror position
for each key - Programmed with key memory by your BMW retailer
(12) angle of downward tilt of mirror on passenger side - Option not
available in the U.S.
(13) convenience opening - Available
(14) locking and securing - Option not available in the U.S.

Please be aware that your Owner's Manual does include a disclaimer and
notations that some options are country specific and may not be
available. However, your authorized BMW retailer can provide a form to select
all of the features which you would like activated.

If you have any further questions, please respond to this e-mail or
call us @ 800-831-1117, Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm, Eastern
Standard Time.

Sincerely,

Casey Roach
National Customer Relations and Services
Representative
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Old 08-09-2004, 09:43 PM
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I have it programmed on ours, so I don't know what they're talking about.
Do you have THE FORCE or something? How come your dealer and no others? Can ours call yours?
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Old 08-11-2004, 06:28 PM
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I have it programmed on ours, so I don't know what they're talking about.
I went into the service dept today. They are now going to program my visual confirmation.
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