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Old 10-04-2012, 04:51 AM
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Great thread, I plan on using this a lot. New to X3, but not new to BMW's
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:41 AM
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Good instructions for Fuel Filter Replacement in E83 X3's:

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Old 10-15-2012, 08:17 AM
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Refresh Yellowing Side Markers DIY

This is just a quick one. I have to be honest, I did not search if something like it was already out there it's so quick!

Took me literally 3 minutes per side. Basically, tape off around your lights to avoid scratching the paint, apply product as directed, wipe clean, and voila! Nearly new looking side markers.

This was done on a 2007 X3 with about 52k miles.

I used this Blue Magic Headlight Lens Restorer with a microfiber cloth:



Driver's side before:



Driver's side after:



Passenger side before:



Passenger side after:

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Old 12-06-2012, 01:37 PM
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Gonna do this ASAP!! That looks a million times better.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:22 PM
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x3 Driving Dog...I was so close

Thanks for posting the pdf with the pictures. I'm stuck on Step 5. Can't get the old driving dog off. I see where a lip fits through the hole in the window and where the dog grips the rail. just can't get it off.

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Old 12-16-2012, 03:14 PM
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Thanks for posting the pdf with the pictures. I'm stuck on Step 5. Can't get the old driving dog off. I see where a lip fits through the hole in the window and where the dog grips the rail. just can't get it off.
Seems it can be difficult getting the old one out and the new one in.

A light spray of lubricant might be the answer, especially for the new one.

Some ideas here, such as a helper to wiggle the glass, or having glass in best position:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...9&postcount=19

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...0&postcount=38

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...5&postcount=47
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:55 PM
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Thank you for taking the time to respond! I went to the dealership and they popped the old one out and put the new one in for me. Now all I have to do is button it all up. The dealership parts dept gave me the driving dog for $30 on Friday. So a little frustration, but saved a bunch of money. I told them to blame it on those Bimmerfest guys for making it look so easy! lol
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:38 AM
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i don't know if this has been mentioned before, but it might be nice to add alandelucia's intake boot replacement guide

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=499471
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:02 PM
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Excellent 07-10 n52 valve cover replacement DIY:

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Old 07-19-2013, 02:38 PM
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here is my thread on another forum about my wife's X3.
you are welcome to use any info and or share your info with me if i am wrong on something.


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...nd-Information
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:25 AM
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here is my thread on another forum about my wife's X3.
you are welcome to use any info and or share your info with me if i am wrong on something.


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...nd-Information
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:02 PM
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Is there a repair manual for the E83 X3 models? I have a 2004 so anything around that year would be helpful.

Or is there a .pdf somewhere on the net I can download?

Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:58 AM
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Re: Bmw x3 FAQ And DIY compilation

No. But you can buy a similar year bentley manual for the 3 series vehicles (e9x) and that plus this site will cover just about everything you'll need.

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Old 08-02-2013, 03:06 AM
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BMW X3 e83 Workshop Manual

Here's a link to the BMW X3 Workshop Manual:

http://bmw.workshop-manuals.com/X_Se...Si_N52K_OFFRD/

Tightening torques can be found in section 4.

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Old 08-02-2013, 03:18 AM
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e83 Broken Rear Springs swapped out

Rear springs were snapped. Swapped them out for Suplex HD Progressive rate OEM ride height springs.

Here's a link to my post.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:14 PM
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Here's a link to the BMW X3 Workshop Manual:

http://bmw.workshop-manuals.com/X_Se...Si_N52K_OFFRD/

Tightening torques can be found in section 4.

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maybe i should download them just incase BMW DMCAs them
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:31 AM
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could anyone tell me how to properly level the transmission when you do the drain-refill? i have to raise the rear of the car more in order for the botton of the transmission to be level to the ground. just making sure i did this right.
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Re: Bmw x3 FAQ And DIY compilation

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could anyone tell me how to properly level the transmission when you do the drain-refill? i have to raise the rear of the car more in order for the botton of the transmission to be level to the ground. just making sure i did this right.
I think the car had to be level specifically.


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Old 08-07-2013, 09:16 AM
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This is a great Info Compilation which will help other owners alot!
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:41 PM
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I think the car had to be level specifically.


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yes, so what is the specific? Is the transmission case supposed to be level to the center of gravity or the frame? I had to jack up the rear about 18" to get tranny to be level. so that's what i did.
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yes, so what is the specific? Is the transmission case supposed to be level to the center of gravity or the frame? I had to jack up the rear about 18" to get tranny to be level. so that's what i did.
Level the four jack points.

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Old 08-25-2013, 04:37 PM
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When I changed my trans fluid & filter a week ago, I used a level that conveniently had a magnetic strip on one side. Just slapped it on the pan first parallel to the length of the car, then jacked it up so it was level. Next, I turned the level 90 degrees so it was perpendicular to the length of the car, then leveled it side to side. When I was done, I could get a good center bubble on the level front to back and side to side. Never thought I'd use the magnetic feature of that level... Used a nice rachet wrench driven by my air compressor to transfer the fluid. Noisy, but quick & efficient.
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Level the four jack points.

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This levels the body, not the transmission case. Transmission case is still at angle until you would raise the rear. Thats why I am asking. Can anyone confirm what grabby544 said?

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Old 08-25-2013, 04:45 PM
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When I changed my trans fluid & filter a week ago, I used a level that conveniently had a magnetic strip on one side. Just slapped it on the pan first parallel to the length of the car, then jacked it up so it was level. Next, I turned the level 90 degrees so it was perpendicular to the length of the car, then leveled it side to side. When I was done, I could get a good center bubble on the level front to back and side to side. Never thought I'd use the magnetic feature of that level... Used a nice rachet wrench driven by my air compressor to transfer the fluid. Noisy, but quick & efficient.
The pan itself is also at angle. At different angle that the case. So the only way to see level of the case is to place level on the pan bolts on the sides. But I am still not convinced whether you should level:

the tranny case,
the bottom of the pan,
or the car body.

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Old 08-26-2013, 02:52 PM
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I looked at the pan this evening. It is formed in two planes. The back 2/3 does indeed decline by 1/2" from front to rear. The front 1/3 is level. I had my level on the front 1/3 so I am confident that I was measuring the transmission in a level attitude at the time.
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