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Old 05-21-2010, 09:22 AM
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BMW X3 FAQs And DIY compilation

I've been thinking of this for some time now and since we don't have a "one-stop thread" for DIY and general interesting facts and questions, I went ahead and started this little compilation of member's posts, please feel free to post your own or PM the link and I'll add it to the first post. Attached documents welcome!



Let's start with these:

FAQ's AND USEFUL LINKS

2005 X3 BROCHURE (PDF download, 2.1 MB) NEW!

Great article on maintenance

Sunroof reset procedure

Service Light Reset

SIB for Window Guide noise

Customer Assistance Program (aka GOODWILL)

OBD II codes

BMW codes

BMW especialized Indy shops

BMW wheels by style





DO-IT-YOURSELF THREADS AND LINKS

2004-2006 OIL CHANGE DIY

2004-2006 X3 Trailer Hitch install

Sound System Improvement Stage One

DIY for muffler rattle

Front Brakes job

Retrofit inside rearview mirror

OEM Navigation Retrofit

Disable X3 seat belt chime

Window Regulator Repair

Rear window drive dog repair and replacement by kenza (DOC download, 6.46 MB) See attached documents below for a PDF version, thanks Supercourse.

Front Door Panel Removal w/pics by VodkaG (PDF download, 2.6 MB)

Rear Door Panel Removal

Cupholder removal/replacement by minicrazy592

X3 ULF bluetooth retrofit (part 1)
X3 ULF bluetooth retrofit (part 2)

DICE installation instructions NEW!



PARTS

RealOEM

CROWN BMW

TISCHER BMW

BIMMERWORLD

FACTORY ACCESSORIES


OWNER'S MANUALS NEW!


2005 X3 MANUAL (PDF download 4.8 MB)


MISCELANEOUS DOCUMENTS

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Attached Files
File Type: pdf remote key initialization.pdf (53.8 KB, 2163 views)
File Type: pdf xDrive.pdf (159.1 KB, 2864 views)
File Type: pdf SIB-GM5 tranny delayed upshift.pdf (15.3 KB, 1414 views)
File Type: pdf E83 Car and Key Memory Settings.pdf (73.3 KB, 3197 views)
File Type: pdf E83 Recall No 08V-384.pdf (108.3 KB, 2333 views)
File Type: pdf iPhone3G-BMW bluetooth.pdf (90.5 KB, 1688 views)
File Type: pdf E39_E53_E83AuxPortInstallInst.pdf (561.8 KB, 3192 views)
File Type: pdf BMW BT Voice Control.pdf (122.5 KB, 1407 views)
File Type: pdf bluetooth_info.pdf (92.7 KB, 2072 views)
File Type: pdf SIB-Air Conditioning Odor.pdf (91.1 KB, 1345 views)
File Type: pdf SIB120807-Check Gas Cap.pdf (26.8 KB, 897 views)
File Type: pdf BMWCurrentListing_of_SyntheticOils.pdf (13.1 KB, 1508 views)
File Type: pdf SIB 512805-Window Guide Noise.pdf (145.0 KB, 1221 views)
File Type: pdf X3 Hilights for 2006.pdf (208.8 KB, 1662 views)
File Type: pdf rear-window-repair[1].pdf (510.8 KB, 3231 views)

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Old 05-21-2010, 09:37 AM
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I have asked Kris (moderator) to make one for us and had no response. (Edit by KrisL: Sorry about the lack of response, now sticky'd )

Maybe if a couple more would join in he will accomodate.

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Thanks

Very handy to have, it needs to be sticky and stay at the top
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:18 PM
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Thanks. Let's see if it actually makes it to the top. If not, we'll just going to have to keep bumping it!
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:26 PM
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X3-t, i have a DIY for window regulator drive dog repair and replacement. The doc with pics can be found at www.kenza.biz/rear-window-repair.doc

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Old 05-21-2010, 08:41 PM
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X3-t, i have a DIY for window regulator drive dog repair and replacement. The doc with pics can be found at www.kenza.biz/rear-window-repair.doc

cheers!
I tried to look for it but couldn't find it! Added!
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:49 PM
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Very nice X3-terrestrial. For common issues how about a section on the SES light and fuel cap loose issues like SIB 12 08 07.
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:58 AM
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The first item http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&highlight=diy has numerous related pages which I think could be useful to list separately -- they're not easily found on the page you linked.

Note, these service recommendations are well in excess of what's included in the "free" BMW maintenance plan, with a goal of keeping the vehicle drivable for 100K+ miles. Some may view these recommendations as excessive.

Suggested service intervals: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/maintenance_post96.html

Break-in checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/...BREAKINSVC.pdf

Minor service checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/...NORSERVICE.pdf

Inspection I checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/INSPI.pdf

Inspection II checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/INSPII.pdf

Trip checklist: http://www.bavarianmachine.com/docs/service/TRIPCK.pdf
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:04 AM
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Very nice X3-terrestrial. For common issues how about a section on the SES light and fuel cap loose issues like SIB 12 08 07.
Sounds good, do you have a copy of the SIB by any chance?

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Note, these service recommendations are well in excess of what's included in the "free" BMW maintenance plan, with a goal of keeping the vehicle drivable for 100K+ miles. Some may view these recommendations as excessive.
Thanks!
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Sounds good, do you have a copy of the SIB by any chance?
Sure.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:25 AM
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Removing the radio:

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-re...bmw-x3-143391/
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:52 PM
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Is threre anyone with brake flush DIY and possibly transmission/diff fluid change DIY?
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:12 AM
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Great thread!! This will definitely cut down on my bookmarks list.

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+1! This will move it back up. How about the SIB for the relaxed goodwill policy? That might be useful to include.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:52 AM
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+1! This will move it back up. How about the SIB for the relaxed goodwill policy? That might be useful to include.
There's a link in the first post
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:12 AM
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Unless I overlooked it here is a DIY on Replacing Power Steering Fluid & Cleaning MAF


http://www.linquist.net/motorsports/bmw/maf
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:21 AM
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bumping to get this back to the top...

Incidentally, who the heck are we supposed to get a hold of to make this a sticky anyways?
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:23 PM
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Great idea X3-terrestrial.

It should be a sticky.

Here's a list of SB's for the 2006.
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Here's the instructions for installation of mud flaps - easy but time consuming. (I have pics too)
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E46 2001 - 18.5 wheels/tires (summer), 17 stock (winter), Homelink, NAV software upgrade, 16:9 display, BMW video module, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,OEM alarm install, Mini ITX computer, tank battery(removed) & remote starter.
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Here are the instructions for installation of the rear hatch release. ( I have pics too of my installation).
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E46 2001 - 18.5 wheels/tires (summer), 17 stock (winter), Homelink, NAV software upgrade, 16:9 display, BMW video module, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,OEM alarm install, Mini ITX computer, tank battery(removed) & remote starter.
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Here are instructions for adding the BMW alarm.
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E46 2001 - 18.5 wheels/tires (summer), 17 stock (winter), Homelink, NAV software upgrade, 16:9 display, BMW video module, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,OEM alarm install, Mini ITX computer, tank battery(removed) & remote starter.
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Here are the instructions for adding an Aux connection. (have pictures).
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E46 2001 - 18.5 wheels/tires (summer), 17 stock (winter), Homelink, NAV software upgrade, 16:9 display, BMW video module, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,OEM alarm install, Mini ITX computer, tank battery(removed) & remote starter.
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What about my cup holder replacement DIY?

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Thanks for the interest to make this a sticky, I think it would be good to have as a reference. I will PM krisL (I think is our moderator) to see if he agrees.

By the way, the drive dog on my rear left window snapped this weekend while I was out of town, I secured the glass with painters tape to keep it close. I came directly to this thread to look for the DIY's. Will be doing it next weekend.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:54 AM
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Great that this thread is now a Sticky. To date haven't seen one relating to the E83.

What is the "drive dog"?
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E46 2001 - 18.5 wheels/tires (summer), 17 stock (winter), Homelink, NAV software upgrade, 16:9 display, BMW video module, Radio to V53, AUX, USB IBUS interface,OEM alarm install, Mini ITX computer, tank battery(removed) & remote starter.

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