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Old 08-28-2016, 12:56 PM
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U Joint on 2004 X3

On my 2004 X3 I started hearing a sound like chain being dragged and hitting something at low speed. My mechanic said it is the universal joint on front drive shaft. I have to wait fro the part for 3 days. How safe is it to drive this car? Can the transmission get damaged?
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:36 PM
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The X5 front drive shafts have been granted a warranty extension to 10 years/120K miles. There have been horror stories of them breaking. Recently consequent damages have been reported at (!) $30K!
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:19 PM
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The X5 front drive shafts have been granted a warranty extension to 10 years/120K miles.
Ouch! Due to what cause? Bad U-joints, or ...?

Any reports of similar failures in our X3s?
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Ouch! Due to what cause? Bad U-joints, or ...?

Any reports of similar failures in our X3s?
In place of a recall for my MY, an SIB was issued specifying inspections of the U-joint for excessive play (without defining it), inspection for failed U-joint bearing seals evidenced by displaced seals, slung rust and grease.

Some have reported AC condensate drains flowing onto the U-joint, and I imagine that would exacerbate the situation.

I have not noticed previous mention here - the only BMW forum that I regularly read - of failed X3 U-joints. Like many other systems though, I don't imagine that BMW reinvents the wheel very often.
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