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Old 09-15-2014, 10:37 AM
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Just got rid of the X3

Well, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their help and advice on the X3 boards here.
We just traded in the 2004 X3 with 167,000 miles. I ended up getting a new 2015 Subaru Forester for my Wife and daughter.

The X3 was a great vehicle in many ways. It definitely handles better than the new Forester, even though its 10 years old. I was just getting tired of working on it when I could be spending more time with the family and working on the house. My average maintenance was averaging 1,200 a year (not including tires and with me doing most of the work)

I'll still be around the Bimmerfest forums.
I'm keeping my 2003 330i hopefully for many more years.

Thanks everyone and best wishes!
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:47 PM
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you will be missed .....not many have changed the evaporator and documented it like you did.....enjoy the wheelbaru and save for another X....enjoy the 330 ....that fest can be a bit like fractured fairy tales buy y'all can survive and prosper on it !
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:12 PM
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Thank you for all great contributions and good luck!
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:06 AM
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ditto, thanks for all the help
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:02 AM
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Good luck and fair winds! The '15 Subie has some pretty impressive safety features that BMW would do well to emulate. Unfortunately at Subie at this time some are options -- but I suspect that sooner rather than later this sort of equipment will be incorporated as standard equipment across the board throughout the industry.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:55 PM
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Hot rod sub test

loads of fun in this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL...&v=fS6AXjNcTPU

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Old 09-17-2014, 04:03 PM
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Yep, big thank you for your contributions to this forum!
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:28 AM
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:43 PM
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There's gonna be lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth by the other guys who were on the "chugging at high speeds" thread. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=790428
Am sure they were looking to a mechanically-inclined guy like you to solve the riddle.
Don't know what you'll do with all the free time generated by not having to work on the X3 Have fun with the new car!
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:04 PM
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. I'll still visit the X3 boards once in a while to say hi!
Nice video Swamp X3, I watched that today. I would have looked at other X3's but with a young daughter and a stay at home Wife, it wasn't in the budget.

Jlex, the chugging was one of the reasons I decided to let the X3 go.
I was concerned that it could be the torque converter starting to fail.
That's outside of my realm of DIY projects.
Hopefully it's just a reset of the adaptations and updating the DME that's needed...

Also, had a few other X3 projects that would need addressing in the near future.

So far so good with the Forester. Only has 80 miles on it now.
Here's a little review on the Subie. I got the Limited model.

Subaru Pros:
-pano sunroof works!
-power tailgate
-GPS
-Bluetoooth
-nice soft suspension on bumpy roads
-34 mpg supposedly, I'll check when I fill up next
-87 octane gas
-roomier than the X3
-remote start
-excellent crash test ratings

Subaru Cons:
-not loving the CVT transmission, but that's what give it good MPG
-not at sporty handling as the X3
-not as good looking as the 10 year old X3 IMO
-no idea how to work on a boxer engine!!
-slower
-car payments again

So essentially its a family hauler that is still a nice size and good in the snow.
We live in ski country and this is the Wife's car, so I wanted something safe.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:55 PM
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mlukas161 - I just did the same thing back in June. Sold the '04 X3 after 4.5 years and 70k miles and did a 3 year lease on a 2014 Outback. Mine was running great and that's the time to sell. I miss it a lot but I too was tired of laying on cold concrete and changing out the rear driveshaft, etc. I agree that the 10 year old X3 drove better than the new Subaru but you gotta choose your battles. I learned a ton about modern engines and that means a lot to me. The M54 is a GREAT engine but does have its quirks. I always wanted to try the H-4 or H-6 engine layout only found on Porsche, Subaru and older VW and Cessnas. :-) I also recently bought a new VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI and am thoroughly impressed with that drivetrain! 45 mpg at 70 mph! Love it! Another novel engine layout. 50% cars/light trucks sold in Europe are clean diesel and only 5% here if that. Why is that?

Good luck with the Forester!

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.....and used extensively in GA engines from Continental, Lycoming, Rotax, etc. as well as car makers as disparate as Tatra and Ferrari not to mention the opposed BMW bike engines. The boxer is an unusual but by no means unique configuration and one that has served well down through the 120 years since its invention. The Subies do suffer from head gasket problems (chronic) but then so do BMW's. The new Forester Turbo looks like it would run off and hide from an E83, even saddled with the CVT -- which box has been favorably reviewed in many buff books and blogs. And who can forget the strange but wonderful Jowett Jupiter 4cyl boxer engine sports car winner of its class in the 1950 Le Mans.

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Old 09-18-2014, 03:30 PM
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It is hard to be without a BMW badge in the garage. Did I mention that I'm looking at E46 convertibles?
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