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Old 11-05-2013, 07:36 AM
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:01 PM
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:32 PM
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^^^^ That's awesome, congrats on the big 150!

Just hit 124k this month on my 2005 BMW X3 3.0i with Sport Package. Third owner, purchased when it was at 105k. So far so good!
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:33 PM
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:47 AM
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Our '08 X3 now has 90K miles. While we really like the car, especially the way it drives/handles, I have to concede that it has been high maintenance so far...can't count the number of leaking seals, etc., it has had.

Fortunately, it was a CPO car...good until 100K. So soon we'll probably move on to a new one.

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Old 12-03-2013, 02:46 PM
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:51 AM
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Really glad to see some high mileage E83 still going strong. I have a big maintenance overhaul coming soon on mine since nothing has really been done besides the regular oil changes. I already know my front right shock is leaking so the entire suspension will have to be done, Im creeping up to 75k so spark plugs, valve cover (if leaking), and diff/transfer case flush/fill are up next.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:36 AM
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:37 AM
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Really glad to see some high mileage E83 still going strong. I have a big maintenance overhaul coming soon on mine since nothing has really been done besides the regular oil changes. I already know my front right shock is leaking so the entire suspension will have to be done, Im creeping up to 75k so spark plugs, valve cover (if leaking), and diff/transfer case flush/fill are up next.
Consider trans fluid and filter change too!


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Old 12-13-2013, 08:38 AM
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Just turned over to 100K in my '06 and took a trip to SoCal from the Bay Area. Set my computer at --- when I left and after 924 miles it registered 23.7 mpg. Not bad for an old gal. Still and all it is time to start thinking something else. I know it is just a matter of time before the big mechanical stuff starts breaking. I pay enough for the niggling little electronic, seals, etc. that trigger SES lights now. Have to say though it ran like a champ down 101 (into Santa Barbara - "Hi Jon!") and on to LaLa land. Nice trip and a smooth ride. These really are nice little machines -- except for the ride on rough roads.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:12 PM
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Just turned over to 100K in my '06 and took a trip to SoCal from the Bay Area. Set my computer at --- when I left and after 924 miles it registered 23.7 mpg. Not bad for an old gal. Still and all it is time to start thinking something else. I know it is just a matter of time before the big mechanical stuff starts breaking. I pay enough for the niggling little electronic, seals, etc. that trigger SES lights now. Have to say though it ran like a champ down 101 (into Santa Barbara - "Hi Jon!") and on to LaLa land. Nice trip and a smooth ride. These really are nice little machines -- except for the ride on rough roads.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:12 PM
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Just turned over to 100K in my '06 and took a trip to SoCal from the Bay Area. Set my computer at --- when I left and after 924 miles it registered 23.7 mpg. Not bad for an old gal. Still and all it is time to start thinking something else. I know it is just a matter of time before the big mechanical stuff starts breaking. I pay enough for the niggling little electronic, seals, etc. that trigger SES lights now. Have to say though it ran like a champ down 101 (into Santa Barbara - "Hi Jon!") and on to LaLa land. Nice trip and a smooth ride. These really are nice little machines -- except for the ride on rough roads.
Always surprised about your rough roads comment. Do you have the sport suspension?

My standard suspension X3 is great on rough roads. I live off a gravel road, and it has been great for all these years!


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Old 12-14-2013, 08:24 AM
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Mad - No, but I do have the factory 18" option -- originally came with Scorpions but changed to Pilot Sport Plus's for better ride at 48K miles and now have Hankook Ventus for even better ride. Surprisingly gravel roads (or unpaved tracks) to not seem to be a problem -- it is the potholed streets, raised expansion jointed connections, and broken pavement that give everyone in the car loose fillings and bruised kidneys.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:35 AM
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Mad - No, but I do have the factory 18" option -- originally came with Scorpions but changed to Pilot Sport Plus's for better ride at 48K miles and now have Hankook Ventus for even better ride. Surprisingly gravel roads (or unpaved tracks) to not seem to be a problem -- it is the potholed streets, raised expansion jointed connections, and broken pavement that give everyone in the car loose fillings and bruised kidneys.
Understood. Part of the trade off to have the Ultimate Driving Machine!

I have lots of potholes, frost heaves etc in NH. Not too bad with my 17" wheels and Michelin tires.


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The good news for y'all is that BMW has softened everything with their current models, if at the expense of some driving excitement.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:34 PM
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The good news for y'all is that BMW has softened everything with their current models, if at the expense of some driving excitement.
Doesn't sound like good news to me !


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Doesn't sound like good news to me !
Based on the complaints about the "hard ride", I'm sure the majority are pleased with the tradeoff.
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Based on the complaints about the "hard ride", I'm sure the majority are pleased with the tradeoff.
They should have gone with a marshmallow like Lexus then...


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They should have gone with a marshmallow like Lexus then...
Oh no, but they want the sophistication of a German vehicle.

Haven't you realised? Since a year or so ago, BMWs aren't the most hard-edged, involving to drive in any of the main categories.

Arguably, the most driver-involving vehicles in the respective classes in North America today:

Midsize luxury class: Cadillac ATS (never mind they can't sell these)
Executive luxury: Audi A6/S6
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:22 PM
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Oh no, but they want the sophistication of a German vehicle.

Haven't you realised? Since a year or so ago, BMWs aren't the most hard-edged, involving to drive in any of the main categories.

Arguably, the most driver-involving vehicles in the respective classes in North America today:

Midsize luxury class: Cadillac ATS (never mind they can't sell these)
Executive luxury: Audi A6/S6
Full-size: Jaguar XJ
I know - a very sad state indeed!

I test drove a variety of vehicles when I got the estimated repair bill from my dealer. I hated most, disliked the others. Kept the X3! It will be hard to change next time!

Maybe a Mini. Noisier, but handled nicely!


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I know - a very sad state indeed!

I test drove a variety of vehicles when I got the estimated repair bill from my dealer. I hated most, disliked the others. Kept the X3! It will be hard to change next time!

Maybe a Mini. Noisier, but handled nicely!


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I've driven the standard Fiesta numerous times and it is a happy little car. The Focus is good too, but the ST version is overshadowed by its smaller, more amusing brother (and I cant stand the clutch which engages at the bottom). And in this past week's brutally cold temperatures in Michigan (business trip), I never worried about "oh, short trips will kill the battery" and still averaged 7,4 l/100km in spite of the -13C mornings and short trips. Warms up bloody fast too, and is good in the snow, better than expected.

Mini tends to be a reliability nightmare, moreso than BMW.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:19 AM
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I am not a fan of the new f25 x3 but have enjoyed driving the f30 with a manual transmission. I hate the lack of steering input but it is what is with fresh EPA fleet mpg requirements. Still leaning this way when my 09 is ready for replacement at 300k miles.

Last week I was in France and had a Citroen C3 with a manual tranny as my rental car. I absolutely loved it! It reminded me of a e36 318 from a handling and agility stand point. It's a shame we are limited in our car offerings in the states. I agree the ATS with a manual might be our closest fun car out there.

Now back on topic...

09 at 128,960. No issues to report. Just put on new Michelins 2k miles ago (3rd set of tires). Still runs and looks new...

3 sets of tires
16 oil changes
3 transmission fluid changes
3 front/rear differential fluid changes
3 transfer case fluid changes
2 brake fluid changes
1 coolant flush
1 power steering flush
2 sets of spark plugs
1 set of rear pads (75k miles)
1 set of front pads/rotors (100k miles)
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And a partridge in a pear tree....


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I am not a fan of the new f25 x3 but have enjoyed driving the f30 with a manual transmission. I hate the lack of steering input but it is what is with fresh EPA fleet mpg requirements. Still leaning this way when my 09 is ready for replacement at 300k miles.

Last week I was in France and had a Citroen C3 with a manual tranny as my rental car. I absolutely loved it! It reminded me of a e36 318 from a handling and agility stand point. It's a shame we are limited in our car offerings in the states. I agree the ATS with a manual might be our closest fun car out there.

Now back on topic...

09 at 128,960. No issues to report. Just put on new Michelins 2k miles ago (3rd set of tires). Still runs and looks new...

3 sets of tires
16 oil changes
3 transmission fluid changes
3 front/rear differential fluid changes
3 transfer case fluid changes
2 brake fluid changes
1 coolant flush
1 power steering flush
2 sets of spark plugs
1 set of rear pads (75k miles)
1 set of front pads/rotors (100k miles)
1 set of struts and shocks
3 alignments

And a partridge in a pear tree....


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Wow - that 'a a lot of PM! You have my list beat!

I am still not sure about my rear differential and engine oil (pan seal lea k). Put on 4k miles since diagnosis. Oil level indicator still says full! Minor vibration at hard acceleration, but nothing else so far! Knock on wood!


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Finally replaced front rotors and pads at 97300 miles along with spark plugs and a new set (#3) of Scorpions. Good to go for another ski season in Steamboat Springs.

Had a X1 loaner and it was nice. Same you can't get it with a manual transmission or I would do an ED for one in a year or so. Time to look elsewhere?

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