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Old 07-13-2013, 02:13 PM
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Hello Bimmerfest, I'm Bill, I just recently purchased a 2006 X3 6-speed manual. I have been driving Honda's my whole life- so I'm a bit out of my comfort zone when it comes to all things BMW.

I purchased the Bimmer to help preserve my 1991 Honda Civic Wagon; and beat up on/dailydrive the X3. Most people think I have it backwards.

I also enjoy beer. snowboarding. skateboarding. photos/film.

I like this website- I've been reading a lot of the quick links. Great info on some OEM X3 mods.

pix. The day I brought it home.


I havent done much. I plasti-dipped the wheels black as they weren't in incredible shape and I like the "murdered-out" look if you will.












and perhaps for your commedic enjoyment. This is Wendy.


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Old 07-14-2013, 09:20 PM
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teh funnay!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:42 PM
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I'm finding out, what ever you do. DONT. TOUCH. THE. SUNROOF.

good job bmw
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:21 AM
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Sick Wagovan If only people realized how rare they are and hard to find in great condition I use to daily my Sti and kept my dc2 parked, so I def understand where your coming from. Clean X3 btw

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Old 07-17-2013, 07:13 AM
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Well the good news is you won't be able to see the brake dust on your wheels now.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:24 PM
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Sick Wagovan If only people realized how rare they are and hard to find in great condition I use to daily my Sti and kept my dc2 parked, so I def understand where your coming from. Clean X3 btw
Thank you sir, Its a civic wagon (not a wagovan- the moderators on Civicwagon.com will have your hide for not using the correct terms, lols ) Like calling every gsr a type-r or the opposite of that. Wagovan was the lowest model of civic wagon and I believe only made in 88-89. And there are bunch of other differences but no one cares... So yeah do you still have your DC?

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Well the good news is you won't be able to see the brake dust on your wheels now.
Correct. ITs a win win!
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:24 PM
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Hey welcome! Liking the wagon. I saw this vid once and your car reminds me of it. Can you make a vid like this for us>?????

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Old 07-24-2013, 02:47 AM
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phat civic dude!

i did a CZ swap for a guy a few years back..

yep dont touch the sunroof..
keep on the oil changes..
watch that transfer case... and enjoy!
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:50 PM
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Hey welcome! Liking the wagon. I saw this vid once and your car reminds me of it. Can you make a vid like this for us>?????
ahh yes the famous wago video, an enjoyable video.

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phat civic dude!

i did a CZ swap for a guy a few years back..

yep dont touch the sunroof..
keep on the oil changes..
watch that transfer case... and enjoy!
thanks sir. she's about due for an oil change. Stealership said its 98 bucks, is that normal? The Hondar can have a year supply of oil changes for that price. This must be what they call the BMW tax.

Anyways the X3 got a few new accessories.
Window visors.


sun roof visor




valve caps.


some friends came into town, So we took them for a hike up to Red Rocks. I am really enjoying my X3...





I will take some better photos of the X3 soon
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:57 PM
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she's about due for an oil change. Stealership said its 98 bucks, is that normal? The Hondar can have a year supply of oil changes for that price. This must be what they call the BMW tax.
Looking good, and welcome aboard

My indy charges me $95, and tells me he makes $10 after buying the redline oil i specify (sounds about right after you look at quart prices of redline online), I think BMW here charges 90-$100 as well. You are paying for full synthetic, and hopefully high quality oil, and of course BMW's labor rate of $120/hr. Also, you get free coffee and internet while you wait, so that has to be paid for too

Remember though, you don't need an oil change every 3k like with the Honda. While BMW recommends 15k while under their warrantied service, most people will recommend a change every 5k-7500 from what I find. I set out for the 5k interval myself, and usually get it in the shop by 5500.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:33 AM
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Looking good, and welcome aboard

My indy charges me $95, and tells me he makes $10 after buying the redline oil i specify (sounds about right after you look at quart prices of redline online), I think BMW here charges 90-$100 as well. You are paying for full synthetic, and hopefully high quality oil, and of course BMW's labor rate of $120/hr. Also, you get free coffee and internet while you wait, so that has to be paid for too

Remember though, you don't need an oil change every 3k like with the Honda. While BMW recommends 15k while under their warrantied service, most people will recommend a change every 5k-7500 from what I find. I set out for the 5k interval myself, and usually get it in the shop by 5500.
Where do you get a BMW labor rate of $120?

I was quoted $1200 to install a hitch. I was also quoted, by the same dealer (hereafter known as the schmealer), a hitch kit price of around $400. I assume the hitch kit costs them 50% of retail so they were quoting $1000 for a few hours work.

For the noob, problem areas for this car:

- transmission
- sun roof cassette - very expensive to replace, I agree about not using it unless you have to. I open the interior piece but leave that enormous glass thing alone. I cannot remember if the motor burns out or cheap plastic clippies break. Maybe both.
- roof drains need to be cleaned or water flows into the interior
- front drain underneath windshield needs to be cleaned or water flows into the interior
- bumpy ride
- printing on steering wheel does not hold up - IIRC no one is supposed to put anything on their hands like lotion while touching it. Yes, I actually heard that one and then I did this

Otherwise, a more-than-usual reliable car (according to the internet so it must be true) for a BMW.

N=1 current schmealer stinks.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:44 AM
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Where do you get a BMW labor rate of $120?

I was quoted $1200 to install a hitch. I was also quoted, by the same dealer (hereafter known as the schmealer), a hitch kit price of around $400. I assume the hitch kit costs them 50% of retail so they were quoting $1000 for a few hours work.
I'm pretty sure that's what was printed on the wall in the shop... That doesn't mean if the job takes an hour it's $120 in labor though of course, if the book calls for 2.5 you get charged for 2.5, regardless of how long it actually takes (benefit of having a good Indy you can trust if you are out of warranty).

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- sun roof cassette - very expensive to replace, I agree about not using it unless you have to. I open the interior piece but leave that enormous glass thing alone. I cannot remember if the motor burns out or cheap plastic clippies break. Maybe both.
The plastic parts go to $hit with time. There is the mod to take care of the back glass panel from sticking in the vent position, but I've learned the fronts will eventually crack anyway... Going to replace all plastic parts soon on my own, not a fun task from what I can tell.



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Old 08-05-2013, 06:33 PM
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Yeah the sun roof is a pile of poo (cant say ****)- but its fun to open when you get up the mountains and are cruising around.

As for a hitch install (PPXYZ), You should just do it yourself, there is a great how-to in the quick links, with pix and step by step instructions. I guess it all depends on what your time is worth to you???

Not a mod Im interested in at the moment, but maybe some day.

And thanks Sixspeedz for the info and the warm welcome!

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Old 08-06-2013, 03:20 PM
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My local dealer wants $700 for the hitch kit over the counter.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:32 PM
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:41 PM
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Hey Billboard! Beautiful ride dogg!
Get the membership so you can save $$$.

Loving the black rims!
Welcome!!

And here's that OEM hitch for $320... that's where I bought mine. Great for hauling my mountain bike around!
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:09 PM
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Thanks, I just ordered one, that is a great price.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:39 PM
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As for a hitch install (PPXYZ), You should just do it yourself, there is a great how-to in the quick links, with pix and step by step instructions. I guess it all depends on what your time is worth to you???
as to installing the hitch.

Just kidding. I don't actually want to tow anything, I just need the receiver for this step:

http://www.amazon.com/Otto-Step-Pet-Ramp/dp/B000WQ823E

I was told that the square in this photograph to the right and above the hitch is a "tow hitch" for when the X3 needs towing. Seems like there should be a receiver behind that as well. Maybe that is all I need....need to look into this a bit more.

http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/gr...73_v3_1000.jpg

Of course I could do all this and the dogs will probably not use it anyway.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:34 AM
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as to installing the hitch.

Just kidding. I don't actually want to tow anything, I just need the receiver for this step:

http://www.amazon.com/Otto-Step-Pet-Ramp/dp/B000WQ823E

I was told that the square in this photograph to the right and above the hitch is a "tow hitch" for when the X3 needs towing. Seems like there should be a receiver behind that as well. Maybe that is all I need....need to look into this a bit more.

http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/gr...73_v3_1000.jpg

Of course I could do all this and the dogs will probably not use it anyway.
Ah! A little clarification of terms....
Heheh... given that I've had to have my X3 flat-bedded once... dead starter...
That little square covers a threaded whole where your towing eye ( for if you break down...) screws in. The eye is stored in a little tool compartment under the left rear of the trunk floor. Don't know if anyone else makes stuff that can screw into that hole.

I originally got my trailer hitch receiver to carry my mountain bikes around... then my wife and I bought a house... next thing you know I'm renting uhaul trailers all the time for home improvement projects...

... like bringing home wood flooring.
Or...

...hauling a piano home, from Florida... lol!! On that trip, I drove down with the bike carrier on attached to the receiver, coming back I tossed everything in the trailer.

Have receiver... will... haul.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:30 AM
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I intend to use mine for a bike carrier most of the time but it might pull my boat a couple of times a year. It is 3500 pounds all up and I will only pull it 35 miles a couple of times a year. There are advantages to living in a flat state. The link does work in spite of the jolly roger, it takes you to the sailing site where I am active.


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Old 08-07-2013, 08:13 PM
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Ah! A little clarification of terms....
Heheh... given that I've had to have my X3 flat-bedded once... dead starter...
That little square covers a threaded whole where your towing eye ( for if you break down...) screws in. The eye is stored in a little tool compartment under the left rear of the trunk floor. Don't know if anyone else makes stuff that can screw into that hole.
THX for the info. It looked too good to be true!
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