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Old 09-16-2014, 08:20 AM
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Hi All, I have been reading a lot of threads, diff models, and fixes. So very intersting. I purchased a used 2007 bmw x3 and a few months ago and was getting an est on possible issues unknown before winter kicks in. Well, my local bimmer shop gave me a quote on: Valve cover gasket and spark plugs, serpentine belt tensioner, brake flush and coolant flush total 1,700. Wow! I will go through the threads to get an idea as well but, My question is what parts genuine vs. local should be used.
If I known better I would have gotten this done withing my 30d warranty so they could have fixed all above.

I think Iam in the wrong forum, sorry

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Old 09-16-2014, 08:23 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to the E83 X3 forum, you'll get more help in here.

Those sounds like common maintenance items. I would use genuine parts for all of that, except the brake fluid, any high quality fluid will be fine.

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Old 09-16-2014, 09:16 AM
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Think about the long term. These vehicles, well maintained, will last a long time. My X3 manual is an '06, and it has been remarkably trouble free. I'm planning to keep it at least another eight years. Enjoy it!


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Old 09-16-2014, 09:37 AM
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thanks for inte info. I did fail to say that it was purchased at 97,000k now 101,000 in sept '14'. So I had it checked out. The local foreign shop wants use only the spark plugs for the genuine. Serpentine belt, brake and coolant fluid, valve cover gasket - not sure. Just wanted to make sure I am heading in the right direction.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:06 AM
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Both NGK and Bosch supply the OEM BMW branded spark plugs. You can use either NGK or Bosch non-BMW branded as replacements. Continental sells a belt service kit that has the belt, tensioner and idler pulley included. When I changed my belt, it appeared that some items in the kit had the same markings as the original parts I took off the SAV. Brake fluid can be any DOT 4.

The coolant and valve cover gasket parts will probably need to be BMW parts.

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:44 AM
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$1700 for a service?
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:17 PM
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$1,700 total repairs from rep Co

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$1700 for a service?
Thanks Al Macaroni. I can at least act like I know when I return to my second opinion guy.

Yes Joylove. I was quoted that for the all parts n labor 32pt check up at a cert. bmw specialty auto repair. So I went to another local auto and they had lower prices, I did not mention the valve cover gasket. Without that so far it's about $350. (Will be My 1st repair)
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:02 PM
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Sounds good at 350. The VGC only needs doing when it starts weeping. Leave it on the back burner.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:34 PM
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Have you considered doing some of these things your self?

I did the spark plugs on my car and it cost $60 for the plugs and all you need for tools is really is a socket set.


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Old 09-17-2014, 04:14 AM
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not exactly car mechanically inclined. But the VCG would be easier to get done while spark plugs r being done. Just trying to get things over with before something else happens. After all it's over 100k
I have a bit of hesitation at start up on chilly morns.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:19 AM
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Sounds about right for what a dealer would charge. If you are not DIY inclined I would not do the plugs yourself -- air filters and cabin filters are about the extent of what I do these days! You always run the risk of breaking off a plug in the head or similar day ruining experience if you are not experienced. Check with a good indy and get a second estimate. At that mileage there are some other issues with the MT that might raise their head -- clutch assembly, flywheel and clutch relief valve come to mind. Since you bought it used you don't know how the car was driven during its first 98K miles or how he clutch was treated. Not saying it is due, but it needs to be watched as they do not last forever. That said, the '07 with the larger engine and the MT is IMHO the best of the second version of the E83 which suffered initially from the 6 speed A/T (see sticky) problems. The MT version was of course immune to these.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:40 AM
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And if you ever need to replace a clutch, there is a DIY
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:10 AM
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On the question of genuine BMW-branded parts:

spark plugs - concur that the same plug in a Bosch or NGK box at half the price will not affect performance in any noticeable way

v.c. gasket - some people think the BMW-branded one made by Elring Klinger looks a bit different color than the same one in standard Elring Klinger packaging (who knows?)

belt tensioner - if the BMW-branded one failed early why not use a non-BMW branded one from a known O.E. supplier that might last longer?

brake fluid - BMW-branded fluid is marked low viscosity and could have slight advantages over standard DOT4 fluid, and at the low cost involved for 1qt (~ $15) not worth looking at options
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Welcome to Bimmerfest. As far as using Genuine BMW parts compared to OEM
parts, it's really up to you. OEM parts are from the same manufacturers that
supply parts to BMW. It really depends on the situation. Feel free to reach
out to me with any questions on parts, I'd be more than happy to help. We
have all of the parts you listed in your post for less than $200.
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