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Old 04-18-2008, 08:25 AM
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Search Help... pre 50,000mi last service list

I am trying to search threads but can't seem to find the right keywords that get me where I need to be.

Wifey's X3 has 48,000mi on it right now and due for an oil change (reminder is telling her that.)

I want to put together a nice list of other things to tell the dealership to look into 1 last time before warranty is up.

So far I have:

Windows Squeaking.
Sunroof Rattle.
Wiper's streak.
E-Brake doesn't hold car at all.
Driver's seat lurches when motor moves it forward and back.


What should I list in terms of engine and mechanical components?

Thanks guys.

I'm happy with responses that tell me to search as long as that response includes what keywords to search with.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:35 AM
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for what it is worth when I took my 04' x3 3.0 in at 49k I had noted the following:
popping noises when rolling the windows up: replaced two rear window regulators
blower noisey when cold start: replace blower motor
noise from steering wheel when turning: replace steering wheel bushings
you have noted most of the rest other than maybe brake fluid change and or brake service.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:43 AM
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I'm hoping the xbrake not holding the car even when parked on the driveway means new brakes all around.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:09 PM
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I'm hoping the xbrake not holding the car even when parked on the driveway means new brakes all around.
First, emergency brake not holding the car does not necessarily mean new brakes unless your brakes really need to be replaced. Go check if your brake pads are really thin, especially at the rear. If they are close to the limit, you might tell them that you think the stopping power is a little weak, or is not as good as before. Normally, they would only replace if the brake sensor is triggered. But some of the dealers will do it if they find it close to the sensor.

Also, by mentioning some common problems (as stated in the above thread) is good so that they can be checked one last time before warranty is up. But don't expect them to replace anything unless they can replicate the problem. Most of the time you'll end up with comments like "No problem found" or "Could not duplicate problem". But it doesn't hurt to give a try.

The two most common and biggest expenses you have to spend outside of the warranty are on the brakes and window regulators. If those can be taken care of, you should be good for quite some time.

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Old 04-21-2008, 06:39 AM
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First, emergency brake not holding the car does not necessarily mean new brakes unless your brakes really need to be replaced. Go check if your brake pads are really thin, especially at the rear. If they are close to the limit, you might tell them that you think the stopping power is a little weak, or is not as good as before. Normally, they would only replace if the brake sensor is triggered. But some of the dealers will do it if they find it close to the sensor.

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I have to disagree with you that brake thickness is the only reason to replace the brakes.

I'm guessing the rear pads are glazed over and therefore no stopping power. I'm not sure if there is something else to be done, but I dont think an ebrake cable adjustment is going to fix the issue.

Plain and simple that if hte ebrake cant hold the car on the driveway, something is getting replaced.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:38 AM
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Plain and simple that if hte ebrake cant hold the car on the driveway, something is getting replaced.
Not always.

On BMWs the parking brake is a different system then the service brake.

The parking brake is a cable operated drum brake inside the rear brake rotors. You can adjust the shoes without removing the service brakes. If the dealer can't adjust them to hold the car, they might have to replace the shoes.


Here is a good DIY that includes the parking brake. It is for an e36, but the X3 isn't all that different.

http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36brakesystem/
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:49 PM
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Also, by mentioning some common problems (as stated in the above thread) is good so that they can be checked one last time before warranty is up. But don't expect them to replace anything unless they can replicate the problem. Most of the time you'll end up with comments like "No problem found" or "Could not duplicate problem"
My warrenty is about to expire so I went into BMW with a list of what another shop told me was a few issues, the stealer came back and said we cant find anything, but we are going to charge you $250 b/c u have to pay for shop time! I talked them down to $140..I feel ripped off..
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