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Old 03-03-2014, 01:59 PM
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X3 drive issues!?

I've owned my X3 from new ( a good 8 years) but it's developed what I'd class as knocking and movement scenario's especially when driven slowly round corners or more distinctly from a stationery position to motion when on full lock. A 3 point turn would achieve the scenario quite well.

Anyway, could someone please let me know what are the probable elements that are worn? I'm the type of person who likes DIY resolutions before giving up and so far BMW have failed to pick up the issue hence passed MOT with flying colours (besides I want a car that's in good perfect order.)

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Old 03-03-2014, 06:10 PM
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Sounds like bad CV joint(s)...
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:57 PM
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I concur.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:48 PM
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Maybe the front thrust arm bushings? Those can knock when worn.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:23 PM
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I thought the same. The main drive that runs from gear housing to rear transmission box is the main issue as well. It sounds like the exhaust is about to go but when inspected everything looks fine. BMW main dealer ought to pick this one easily!

It's very obvious from the back end.

So, what are the suggestions then? Dealer and tell them what is required or ask them to inspect and come back with a whole load of this and that scenario? Time = money which I want to avoid at all costs...

Anyone have parts number codes etc for these probable parts?

Thank you for the info...
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:02 AM
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is the noise coming from front or back axle? I m confused now...

A knock on full lock usually means CV joint as mentioned or lower control arm. (front axle noise)
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:13 AM
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Find a good independent

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I thought the same. The main drive that runs from gear housing to rear transmission box is the main issue as well. It sounds like the exhaust is about to go but when inspected everything looks fine. BMW main dealer ought to pick this one easily!

It's very obvious from the back end.

So, what are the suggestions then? Dealer and tell them what is required or ask them to inspect and come back with a whole load of this and that scenario? Time = money which I want to avoid at all costs...

Anyone have parts number codes etc for these probable parts?

Thank you for the info...
If you don't trust your local service advisor and the BMW technicians or that they know what they are doing then you have a few choices:

1. Learn - Which is what you're doing her and that's great, but unless you're actually doing the work you will not see what they see when they get under the car, which is a big disadvantage.

2. If you don't trust your dealers reliability or honesty try to find another dealer.

3. Or find an independent mechanic you trust, which here in the US is almost as hard as finding a BMW dealer willing to look into a problem.

Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:27 AM
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...which here in the US is almost as hard as finding a BMW dealer willing to look into a problem.


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Old 03-05-2014, 11:56 AM
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I'm buying a trolley jack + stands to look at it myself. The knocking comes mostly from the rear and front left (front near side). The car isn't as stable as it used to be and I'm expecting that bushes somewhere are simply worn.

New lower control arms already fitted to the front which has made a change.

Funny how something that simple is a HUGE job to BMW mechanics!

Thanks alot.
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