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Old 04-19-2012, 07:46 AM
ragamuffin ragamuffin is offline
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Front Drive Shaft Play

Hi Folks,
I had my oil change done recently by my indy on X3 2005 3.0 @ 187K. While changing the oil he stated that my front drive shaft had excessive play. When I went under the car he showed me how it moved laterally (side to side). He thought this was too much play and could potentially break. To get a second opinion I took the car to my BMW dealer who popped it up and explained to me that the lateral play was normal for these cars.
He also noticed oil leaks not sure from where( possible VCG or Oil Filter, hopefully not from the transfer case. Taking it in next week for further investigation.
Aside from the oil leak issue has anyone else had this problem with front drive shaft? If it is a problem what sort behaviors should I be experiencing while driving? I do get a occasional forward clunk driving in 1 to 2 gears in stop and go traffic. Thanks.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:00 PM
DuffMan818 DuffMan818 is offline
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My X3 front shaft went out about a month ago... took it to the dealer and have not gone back after they gave me a price of over a thosand dollars to fix the problem. After calling around I came across a company that specializes in drive shafts and I was able to score a brand new front sshaft for my x3 with replaceable u joints for only $350. Drive shaft was received by my mechanic and to his surprise after hearing the price, it was "Excellent quality" "Better than the original"... Glad to say after install drive shaft works great and my X3 is running the way a BMW should.
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:41 AM
jlex jlex is offline
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Nice to know about the replacement part. When the driveshaft "went out" what were you experiencing? Would be good to know what to look for if mine ever decides to flake out.
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