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Old 04-23-2015, 08:43 PM
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Picked up my 2007 X3 today. I'm familiar with BMW from owning two E28's; an 1987 535ia and a 1986 528e. These old cars are a blast to drive, but nothing compared to this X3. I can't keep it out of sport mode and top end torque and acceleration are out of this world. I can't believe this is an SUV. I'm very impressed. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing and seriously spanks butt.

I bought this car from a Mercedes dealership and trekked over to the BMW dealer to get a detailed service history. Shortly after the car was purchased, one of the old owners was having issues with the transmission of the kind described here which was resolved with some software updates. They had to replace some coils about 10,000 miles back and the most serious thing was a shift rod breaking in the trans which was replaced for $ 900. Other than that, it was basic maintenance. I'm planning on overhauling the cooling system at the first opportunity as a preemptive measure as nothing has been done with it
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:56 PM
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I didn't see a question. Regardless, your enthusiasm is infectious. Sounds like the car is running great and yes they are a hoot to drive. How many miles are on the rig, just curious? There are a bunch of smart guys on this forum (not me) who would be happy to tell you (and remind the rest of us) what critical maintenance tasks are next on the agenda.

Congrats! Mine is a 2006. I'm like the 4th or 5th owner. I think it started life as a leased car. BUT! I've got an analog oil dip stick (you know, the kind you wipe with a rag)....

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Old 04-23-2015, 11:26 PM
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I didn't see a question. Regardless, your enthusiasm is infectious. Sounds like the car is running great and yes they are a hoot to drive. How many miles are on the rig, just curious? There are a bunch of smart guys on this forum (not me) who would be happy to tell you (and remind the rest of us) what critical maintenance tasks are next on the agenda.

Congrats! Mine is a 2006. I'm like the 4th or 5th owner. I think it started life as a leased car. BUT! I've got an analog oil dip stick (you know, the kind you wipe with a rag)....

PS. Welcome to the best forum in the world, if you're a newbee. I'm pretty green here too.
This forum is a lot more active than others and thanks for the welcome Cyber. My car has 100K on the clock and is a 2007. I'm the third owner. The first guy leased for 2.5 years and the second guy had it for nearly 5 years. Both of them had all service done at the local BMW dealer. I won't be continuing that as there are two or three independents close to me that I'll take the car to if there's something I don't want to do myself. I'm accustomed to working on the E28's I have, so there are a few basic things I can do myself.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:43 PM
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Does the service record show ALL of the drive line fluids being replaced sometime in those 100 grand. BMW is funny about their "lifetime" fluids and appear VERY resistant to changing them. Simple logic suggests that some of them should be refreshed at maybe 40 or 50K (i.e. Auto transmission service, Transfer case, both differentials, power steering, brake fluid flush, maybe even coolant, etc.) I still need to do the last two on my (new to me) '06 with about 86K on the clock.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:10 AM
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Does the service record show ALL of the drive line fluids being replaced sometime in those 100 grand. BMW is funny about their "lifetime" fluids and appear VERY resistant to changing them. Simple logic suggests that some of them should be refreshed at maybe 40 or 50K (i.e. Auto transmission service, Transfer case, both differentials, power steering, brake fluid flush, maybe even coolant, etc.) I still need to do the last two on my (new to me) '06 with about 86K on the clock.
The trans fluid was changed when they repaired the shift rod about 10K miles ago. No differential fluid, brake or coolant changes are shown, so those need to get done as well. The service guy was even trying to resist giving me the service history saving that BMW doesn't like them to give them out.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:26 AM
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One fun part of the X3, it's is far more nimble than most other SUV's.

Preventative maintenance is key to ownership happiness. Change all the fluids, Brake fluid was not mentioned, and needs to be done every 3 years.

I learned from my BMW motorcycle ownership that the key to happy BMW ownership is treating it like a high maintenance mistress. if you think she will like something replaced or maintained just do it without hesitation.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:53 AM
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One fun part of the X3, it's is far more nimble than most other SUV's.

Preventative maintenance is key to ownership happiness. Change all the fluids, Brake fluid was not mentioned, and needs to be done every 3 years.

I learned from my BMW motorcycle ownership that the key to happy BMW ownership is treating it like a high maintenance mistress. if you think she will like something replaced or maintained just do it without hesitation.
Brake fluid should be done every 2 years in these cars. They take DOT4 (high temp fluid) which has a 2 year lifespan. Other cars like Hondas and such take DOT3 which has a 3 year lifespan.

Personally, I change it every year since it's so cheap and easy.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:15 AM
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Brake fluid should be done every 2 years in these cars. They take DOT4 (high temp fluid) which has a 2 year lifespan. Other cars like Hondas and such take DOT3 which has a 3 year lifespan.

Personally, I change it every year since it's so cheap and easy.
Sadly most cars on the road have never had it changed at all.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:36 AM
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Sadly most cars on the road have never had it changed at all.
Truth. My '84 GMC is probably still running its original brake fluid, as is my 442.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:44 AM
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My car has 100K on the clock and is a 2007. I'm the third owner. The first guy leased for 2.5 years and the second guy had it for nearly 5 years.
Bought mine last week under the same circumstances.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:08 AM
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Picked up my 2007 X3 today. I'm familiar with BMW from owning two E28's; an 1987 535ia and a 1986 528e. These old cars are a blast to drive, but nothing compared to this X3. I can't keep it out of sport mode and top end torque and acceleration are out of this world. I can't believe this is an SUV. I'm very impressed. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing and seriously spanks butt.

I bought this car from a Mercedes dealership and trekked over to the BMW dealer to get a detailed service history. Shortly after the car was purchased, one of the old owners was having issues with the transmission of the kind described here which was resolved with some software updates. They had to replace some coils about 10,000 miles back and the most serious thing was a shift rod breaking in the trans which was replaced for $ 900. Other than that, it was basic maintenance. I'm planning on overhauling the cooling system at the first opportunity as a preemptive measure as nothing has been done with it
What version did you get? 3.0is?
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:22 AM
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What version did you get? 3.0is?
I got the is (si?) version. Comparatively speaking, this car is spartan vs the competition, but the competition can't match the performance. I was going to choose between this car and a Infiniti FX35, but the latter was more ostentatious that I wanted to be. The X3 is not as elegant, but just as fun and more fuel efficient.
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:44 PM
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I've had my '08 x3 for the last year and as the OP mentioned in the first post, it's a great performing suv. I also drive an '08 528i which is the same N52 engine but the X3 has an extra 20HP and the AWD makes it feel nimble and faster than the E60.

And by the way, I just replaced all the fluids, diffs, trans and TC and it made a big difference! it "rolls" better, it's the best way I can describe it.
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I've had my '08 x3 for the last year and as the OP mentioned in the first post, it's a great performing suv. I also drive an '08 528i which is the same N52 engine but the X3 has an extra 20HP and the AWD makes it feel nimble and faster than the E60.

And by the way, I just replaced all the fluids, diffs, trans and TC and it made a big difference! it "rolls" better, it's the best way I can describe it.
Drove an 07 x3 and it was nice, guess I'm just used to the BMW v8 and m engines
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Drove an 07 x3 and it was nice, guess I'm just used to the BMW v8 and m engines
Yeah, I don't doubt it. The point I was trying to make was that the same naturally aspirated N52 engine was modified to put out 20 extra HP for the X3.
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Yeah, I don't doubt it. The point I was trying to make was that the same naturally aspirated N52 engine was modified to put out 20 extra HP for the X3.
sorry i misunderstood, more HP is always nice, glad you are enjoying it.
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I just picked up an 07 X3 si (127k) earlier this month. I've driven another friends 05 and 10 X3 for a couple years now. After my 05 Pontiac Grand Prix finally quit this spring with 204k miles, i was back car hunting and decided the X3 would be a good fit, especially since I drive a lot of miles. So much fun to drive compared to the Grand Prix
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Yeah, I don't doubt it. The point I was trying to make was that the same naturally aspirated N52 engine was modified to put out 20 extra HP for the X3.
The N52 was detuned for the E90 328i; the 330i had the same hp as the X3. I'm glad they didn't detune the motor for the E83, the extra weight needs it.
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Just about ready to pick up our "new" `09. has about 45K miles on it and is immaculate. getting our older cute ute ready for sale, the X3 and `01 330c I cabby' should get along great. LOL the `01 just rolled over the 60K mile mark. Got to get it ready for a road trip, plugs, throttle body and brakes. Then I'll go over the X3
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