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Old 02-10-2011, 09:33 AM
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Have the same year and model at only 68,000 miles--very encouraging to hear your longevity!
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:28 PM
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I think you should be thinking car, not SUV!

If you need some utility, why not consider a T version of the 5 series with AWD? You can still haul things if needed and carry 5 in premium comfort!


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I need something.

I have gotten used to about 75% of the bouncing suspension but the transmission is worse in colder weather. I don't know if it is related to the hard shifting at low speeds but today it started to slide back on a small hill while going from a stop in D.



I think something is up but at least my mpg is up to nearly 16.5. Huzzah.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:43 AM
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How do you all manage to keep such low miles!? I have an 07 that's 300 miles shy of 60k.

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Old 02-12-2011, 03:03 PM
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12,000-15,000 miles per year is pretty normal.

My mileage is abnormal and I could probably do it in a golf cart if it were street legal. BMW considers less than 6K/year low mileage at least for their maintenance plan.

I try to bundle my few miles together though so at least the car isn't stone cold each time.

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Old 02-12-2011, 08:13 PM
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How do you all manage to keep such low miles!? I have an 07 that's 300 miles shy of 60k.
I should hit 85k on my 2007 next week.


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Old 02-13-2011, 11:14 AM
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:27 PM
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Anyone has any idea when to replace transmission fluid and trasfer case fluid? Thanks!
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:46 PM
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2004 X3, 3.0i 89K.


Anyone has any idea when to replace transmission fluid and trasfer case fluid? Thanks!
About 30k ago. No seriously, get both done as soon as possible.

My X3 ticked over 103k a little while ago. It's actually easy to track my mileage since the data and mileage (km) shows up by clicking the fuel consumption icon below.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:33 PM
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About 30k ago. No seriously, get both done as soon as possible.

My X3 ticked over 103k a little while ago. It's actually easy to track my mileage since the data and mileage (km) shows up by clicking the fuel consumption icon below.
Thanks a bunch!

PS, gas mileage is about 19 mpg , 70% highway, maybe I need to make tire pressure higher, did not check it for last 6 months or so.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:24 PM
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Just bought a 2004 3.0i 55k miles. Looks like it was very well maintained but I don't want to take any chances. What is the first thing I should do maintenance wise? I read to replace transmission fluid and transfer case fluid. Anything else?
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:46 PM
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2004 X3 121,000 and going strong! It's great to see someone who has 170k+ miles. It seams odd because I've never had a car over 80,000 and the x3 seams to perform as good as when I got it at 20,000 miles. I hate McDonalds but I'm loving it! lol
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:52 PM
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Just bought a 2004 3.0i 55k miles. Looks like it was very well maintained but I don't want to take any chances. What is the first thing I should do maintenance wise? I read to replace transmission fluid and transfer case fluid. Anything else?
In the order of importance (based on how dirty):
1. Transfer case
2. ATF
3. Brake fluid (every 2 years regardless of miles/km)
4. Power steering fluid (ATF)
5. Coolant
6. Diff fluid.

Doesn't have to be all done at once, and some of them can be done by yourself (especially #4 and 5).
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:19 PM
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In the order of importance (based on how dirty):
1. Transfer case
2. ATF
3. Brake fluid (every 2 years regardless of miles/km)
4. Power steering fluid (ATF)
5. Coolant
6. Diff fluid.

Doesn't have to be all done at once, and some of them can be done by yourself (especially #4 and 5).
1 and 6 are very easy. ATF will be done this year.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:02 PM
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I turned in my 3 year old leased '08 X3 at the end of December with 7,155 miles. Someone out there in the Washington, DC area bought a terrific, lightly used X3!
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:29 PM
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:37 PM
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:55 PM
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In the order of importance (based on how dirty):
1. Transfer case
2. ATF
3. Brake fluid (every 2 years regardless of miles/km)
4. Power steering fluid (ATF)
5. Coolant
6. Diff fluid.

Doesn't have to be all done at once, and some of them can be done by yourself (especially #4 and 5).
My 04 X3 is about to turn 119k; and I will be doing my own oil changes now at 6k intervals instead of prevous 12k.

But both the dealer, and respected independant shop said that other lubricants are lifetime, and not to change them??

Both said that changing others often begets more problems?

This flies in the face of common sense to me, but I am no expert on modern machines... THX!!
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:06 AM
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In the order of importance (based on how dirty):
1. Transfer case
2. ATF
3. Brake fluid (every 2 years regardless of miles/km)
4. Power steering fluid (ATF)
5. Coolant
6. Diff fluid.

Doesn't have to be all done at once, and some of them can be done by yourself (especially #4 and 5).
I just bought a 2004 x3 3.0. It has 48,000 miles. It was previuosely cpo so 3,4,&5 are done. I just did the rear diff. And will do the front diff transfer case and manual trans oil next week.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:39 PM
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2006 X3 3.0i, bought in August of '09 with 50,000 miles.....Just rolled over 109,000 miles coming home from vacation. Have done the front brakes and Oil/Inspection services myself....The dealer replaced the DISA flap in January. I'm now gearing up to DIY the Oil Separator....Starting to use oil, blue smoke on startup, etc......

Despite it all, we love it!!! My wife wants to keep it long enough to "drive the wheels off of it"
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:25 AM
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2004 X3 with 142K miles here. It's blue water metalic exterior with the Terrecota leather interior. It has the premium package, nav, 6 speed manual, 3.0 engine, non sport, xenon's that turn with the car.
This car has been absoutely wonderful, The car was a 100K CPO. BMW replaced the AC compressor at 60K. We try to replace all the drive train fluids every 60K miles (transfer case, diff and trans fluids). We had the valve cover gaskets and vanos replaces at 130K.
Overall the X3 has been a very reliable car, we have a 2004 Acura MDX and a 2000 BMW 540i as well. The X3 has actually been more reliable than both of these cars, even the MDX. The X3 truly drives like a sports sedan. My wife wants to own the X3 forever and usually only wants to drive the MDX when she might experience a lot of traffic (automatic). Long live the X3!
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:31 PM
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:47 PM
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:11 AM
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Thought it's about time to do another Mileage update
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:24 PM
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Just rolled 70000 on my 05 2.5 MT. Looks like the brakes will be ready for their first replacements in a bit. Other gas, oil, BMW Inspections, Tires and other normal services, that will be the first real expense.

My plan to trade/sell for an X 1 ED before the brake job have certainly dimmed.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:29 PM
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2004 3.0i X3 with 64K miles. Just bought it last month with 63K on it, well maintained. Just replaced the front and rear differential fluids with Lubro Moly 75W-90 gear oil, the transfer case oil with the factory fluid (I've also reset the transfer case with DIS/GT1), transmission pan drain and fill (Valvoline MaxLife ATF) and ATF filter, replaced about 1/2 Qt of the power steering fluid with Pentosin ATF (Turkey baster method) and will replace more at every oil change. Getting ready to do a cooling sustem overhaul this weekend (new water pump, new thermostat/housing, new expansion tank, new hoses, new belts, etc.) followed by replacing the CCV and hoses with the cold version of the CCV (winters can be very cold here in CO). I've also changed the spark plugs with the NGK platinum version and the engine and cabin air filter. I'm also planning on replacing the valve cover gasket and the oil filter housing gasket and possibly the VANOS solenoid seals this summer. Then I hope I'll be done for the next 60K miles!
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