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Old 08-29-2011, 01:49 PM
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I'm surprised by the few numbers of automatic transmission failures in the GM 5-speed (pre 09/06 production). I mean, it uses the same gearbox as many of the E46 3ers and they seem to have more issues than X3s (*knock on wood*)
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:58 PM
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I'm surprised by the few numbers of automatic transmission failures in the GM 5-speed (pre 09/06 production). I mean, it uses the same gearbox as many of the E46 3ers and they seem to have more issues than X3s (*knock on wood*)
Gives me hope for my GM6!
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:17 AM
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I'm surprised by the few numbers of automatic transmission failures in the GM 5-speed (pre 09/06 production). I mean, it uses the same gearbox as many of the E46 3ers and they seem to have more issues than X3s (*knock on wood*)
I worry about this all the time. I'd hate to pay $6,000+ for a transmission!
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:23 AM
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Thats awesome! Nice color by the way.

Just curious: What tires do you typically use?
Same question regarding brake pads... Thanks.
The first set of Tires was Bridgestone Turanza that came with the car
The Second and third set I went with Pirelli Scorpions..

Regarding the Brake: The first one was done by the dealer under extended warranty.. For the second one I bought the pads (front and rear) at the dealer (circle bmw, NJ)..
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:05 AM
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The first set of Tires was Bridgestone Turanza that came with the car
The Second and third set I went with Pirelli Scorpions..
Hooray! Someone went to, not away from, Scorpions. I've been really happy with mine, but they get a lot of bad talk on this forum.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:39 AM
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Hooray! Someone went to, not away from, Scorpions. I've been really happy with mine, but they get a lot of bad talk on this forum.

Not from me! On my second set after 50000 or so on the first ones and good in all conditions including 18" of fresh powder some days in CO.

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Old 08-30-2011, 11:09 AM
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Coming up for 56k miles (89K km.) on original Scorpions.

Close to the wear bars on the rears - which have now been moved to the front, to delay replacement time until winter.

Could probably squeeze 60K miles out of them, but that might be risky.

No complaints - surprisingly good in snow when tread is not worn down much.

Hard riding, especially when old and well worn, but still excellent cornering performance on dry roads.

Will be replacing with Yoko Envigors to sample the quietness and smoother ride, and hope that cornering ability and snow performance isn't too bad when needed.

Nothing against replacing with Scorpions - just want to try something different.

Might have gone with Nokian WR G2s, but kind of pricey, and maybe too much of a compromise of winter over summer performance.
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Just turned 60K today, on our 'new' 05 X3 3.0i.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:46 PM
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120008 on my 2004 X3. Thermostat and hoses have been replaced along with brakes. So far trouble free.
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:24 AM
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120008 on my 2004 X3. Thermostat and hoses have been replaced along with brakes. So far trouble free.
Nice. How often have you changed your oil and what brand did you use?
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:34 AM
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My 2009 x3 just hit 63,500 and is now back in my garage.

I replaced original scorpions at 57k, and they were right at wear bars. I was very happy with them, but went with a set of Toyo tires. Similar ride.

Other than oil changes, I did transfer case, transmission and differential at 50k. Still original brake pads.

Issues so far (all fixed under warranty):

1) Front differential failure at 63k. BMW covered parts, I covered labor.

2) passenger seat mat sensor for air bag was replaced (around 20k miles)

3) Washer reservoir pump failed at 45k.

5) peeling steering wheel trim was replaced (around 40k)

6) exhaust butterfly valve rattle started at 63k. Fixed by disconnecting vacuum line (good enough for me)

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:48 AM
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'04 X3 with 75k, 3.0 6-speed fun machine.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:26 AM
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My high mileage 2004 X3

I purchased a high mileage 2004 X3 2.5i this past weekend after several test drives, conversations with service advisors who knew the former owner and the vehicle well, and some deep thought on whether this was the right vehicle for me. The X3 is in absolutely superb shape and was a one owner vehicle, religiously maintained by the same BMW dealer it's whole life. It has the premium package, cold weather, xenon, privacy glass, and automatic transmission.

The reason for my deep thought prior to purchase is it has 135,700 miles on the clock. The owner had daily commutes of over 40 miles, so the vast majority of the miles are highway. So, I am hopeful I can continue to keep it in prime condition and push it well beyond 200,000! I will report my experiences to this forum as I enter this high mileage zone!

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Old 09-26-2011, 07:25 AM
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I purchased a high mileage 2004 X3 2.5i this past weekend after several test drives, conversations with service advisors who knew the former owner and the vehicle well, and some deep thought on whether this was the right vehicle for me. The X3 is in absolutely superb shape and was a one owner vehicle, religiously maintained by the same BMW dealer it's whole life. It has the premium package, cold weather, xenon, privacy glass, and automatic transmission.

The reason for my deep thought prior to purchase is it has 135,700 miles on the clock. The owner had daily commutes of over 40 miles, so the vast majority of the miles are highway. So, I am hopeful I can continue to keep it in prime condition and push it well beyond 200,000! I will report my experiences to this forum as I enter this high mileage zone!

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Congrats! Looks sharp!
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:14 AM
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Looks like a great buy.

Goes to show that a high-mileage X3 can still look like new after 7 years.
No visible creases or scuffs in the leather seats, and no peeling on the center cupholder!

One owner, with a long commute, no frequent ingress and egress for sales calls and coffee stops, etc. - can't beat that.

Might not always be so because of multiple drivers in the family, different usage, etc.
I recall that some people found that wearing denim jeans could lead to scuff marks on the leather seats,
from rivets, and even color transference of the blue denim dye in some cases.
This original owner must have always wore a tailored suit.

The only thing I would do is check whether the dealer ever changed the transfer case fluid.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:31 PM
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Still sub 10K miles!
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:26 AM
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Still sub 10K miles!
You should drive that X3!

I was looking at my inspection sticker. 27k miles in under a year! Probably get close to 30k!
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You should drive that X3!

I was looking at my inspection sticker. 27k miles in under a year! Probably get close to 30k!
I have never driven anywhere near that many miles in a year. Max was probably 15K. Used to average 10-12K.

These days I can qualify for the free maintenance oil change (sub 6K miles) once a year with no problem. If I drove a Prius I could gas it up once every two months.

Even with low miles I am trying to keep the car on the highway as much as possible. MPG inching up to 17 on average.

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Old 10-01-2011, 11:41 AM
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I have never driven anywhere near that many miles in a year. Max was probably 15K. Used to average 10-12K.

These days I can qualify for the free maintenance oil change (sub 6K miles) once a year with no problem. If I drove a Prius I could gas it up once every two months.

Even with low miles I am trying to keep the car on the highway as much as possible. MPG inching up to 17 on average.
I am still around 24 mpg average!
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Me too. I haven't reset my consumption 2 mpg in my nav in six months and the combined average is 23 mpg. My usual of freeway only is 24 mpg.
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I'm catching up. Just hit 67,000
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Almost at 103,000 now!

Just had thrust arm bushings replaced. $550 job!

Replaced transmission fluid and filter myself.

Running strong!
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:13 PM
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:52 PM
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50,000 miles

Except odometer shows 50,001, didn't get off the freeway in time to capture exactly 50K.



Bought my X3 in June 2009 with about 24,750 miles. So that's about 25,000 miles in just shy of 2 1/2 years, works out to about 11K miles per year.

Repairs, all under warranty:

Replace valve lifters
Replace cylinder head, when the lifter fix didn't work
Replace driver seat gear mechanism for power seats
Replace switch for driver seat mechanism (apparently broken when they replaced the mechanism)
Replace engine oil sensor (multiple times, until they got one that worked)
Replace seal at rear differential
Replace peeling steering wheel pieces
Replace cracked clutch pedal pad

Despite so much repair work, I still consider this to be relatively trouble free. Still hoping to get another 100K miles, we'll see.

Overall, I love the driving experience. Especially the tight steering and the smooth MT. Also the xenons. I still find the cabin quite stark and some of the control logic quite strange. I don't find it a warm friendly car, just a great driving car with good capacity for multiple uses.
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