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X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:27 AM
750driver 750driver is offline
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2007 x3 3.0 starter replacement

My wifes car is a 2007 x3 with the 3.0 engine and I need to replace starter. Can I do it from the bottom on thatcar? Thanks for any help
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:33 AM
SonicBoom SonicBoom is offline
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Afraid not. You have to do it from the top. The entire intake manifold comes out.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:33 AM
pbowler pbowler is offline
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yikes!

Unless there is some change in design between an 05 and an 07 it can be done from the bottom.

Remove the driver side wheel, remove the black accumulator, the Starter is just above that.

You'll need looong extensions, like three or four of difference lengths, I ended up with about 2.5 to 3 feet of extensions with 1 wiggle joint right at the socket.

I was cranking all the way behind the transfer case, got all three bolts like that.

Reinstallation is reverse of removal.

Make sure you tighten all the starer bolts nice and tight, mine came loose after 8 months and I almost went crazy trying to figure out why my X3 wouldn't start!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:17 AM
swampX3 swampX3 is offline
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while doing starter

do the mini accumulator vac hoses while in there ...... 5 bucks of ~ 3mm hose can save loads of where did that vac leak come from head scratching later
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:46 PM
pbowler pbowler is offline
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yeah good call, mine were dry, but not broken.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:18 AM
SonicBoom SonicBoom is offline
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yikes!

Unless there is some change in design between an 05 and an 07 it can be done from the bottom.

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LOL, yes there was. The N52 engine began in 07.
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