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Old 07-20-2012, 03:10 PM
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Oh and btw, now that i noticed that you have a white X3 ( looks amazing too! ) I have a passender side mirror body in white if you ever are in need (which i wish not).
Thanks again for the compliment!

I'll keep your offer in mind if it comes to it. Is it a full mirror or just the housing? Mine doesn't have the power folding option either; as I recall, the power-folding and manual-folding mirrors aren't interchangeable.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:04 PM
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Its just the body (manual folding), the cover (white with a nice scratch) and the glass (simple, no dimming).

I got it from the local scrap yard for $250 cause i needed the actuator from inside as mine was busted.

I m sure the bodies are not interchangable, (since the folding motor is inside it) but the actuator was.

Mine is folding, memory, heated and dimming and it works fine again.

So what I have left over are the parts I did not use.

If you ever need it, let me know. (you ll only pay the postage )
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:47 PM
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I guess our expectations are different. I bought the X3 naively thinking it was based on the 3 series and that as time went by and it got longer in the tooth I could make slight improvements to adjust for time and familiarity. At that time I did not do my research well I can see in hindsight.

As such I will be getting rid of the X3 in about 3 months and if anyone wants an MT I will be putting it up for sale. It has been maintained well, washed every week, cleaned inside every two, and detailed every month.

Since BMW insists on shoving RFT's down my throat I will be moving to an Audi S4. At least at 333 bhp if I get bored I can make changes.
In my experience, washing and detailing (nor most mods) has very little effect on the value of a car. You do it for your own satisfaction.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:43 PM
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In my experience, washing and detailing (nor most mods) has very little effect on the value of a car. You do it for your own satisfaction.
I tend to agree with you about modifications. But while detailing doesn't add any direct value via the Blue Book, it's always been an indication to me of how well the vehicle has been cared for. If the owner dotes over the appearance aspects of the vehicle (finish, interior, etc.), it's a good bet that the mechanical aspects of the vehicle have been given similar attention. Conversely, the peace of mind that provides to the buyer usually brings better money (i.e., full value) to the seller.

This, however, doesn't carry over to most used cars offered at dealerships, where inventories are routinely 'spit-shined' to give them the false appearance that they're 'premium' quality vehicles...

And once you've trained your eye, you can easily tell a well-cared-for vehicle from one that's simply been detailed for the sake of a sale...

At least that's my theory...
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:21 PM
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I tend to agree with you about modifications. But while detailing doesn't add any direct value via the Blue Book, it's always been an indication to me of how well the vehicle has been cared for. If the owner dotes over the appearance aspects of the vehicle (finish, interior, etc.), it's a good bet that the mechanical aspects of the vehicle have been given similar attention. Conversely, the peace of mind that provides to the buyer usually brings better money (i.e., full value) to the seller.

This, however, doesn't carry over to most used cars offered at dealerships, where inventories are routinely 'spit-shined' to give them the false appearance that they're 'premium' quality vehicles...

And once you've trained your eye, you can easily tell a well-cared-for vehicle from one that's simply been detailed for the sake of a sale...

At least that's my theory...
I can immediately tell if a car has been dinged one too many times, or "Spit-shined" (ex military I take it..nothing like kiwi and a soft cloth). I only mention it as I will put it up for private sale come September and want those who might be interested to know that my X3 was well maintained inside and out. Oil changes at earlier intervals, coolant flush, wheel alignments, etc... Also, maintaining the leather like I do will prolong it's life since it will not dry out and crack or discolor like one that has not been cared for. The minor mods only another BMW driver would appreciate and I dont want to see them wasted if possible. Black/Silver carbon fiber roundels (not appliques, but actual roundels), aluminium pedals, etc... not going to take them off since I am leaving BMW. Not looking for a value appreciation. Just a nod and a smile from the new owner.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:33 PM
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... "Spit-shined" (ex military I take it..nothing like kiwi and a soft cloth)...
No, just the son of a former (notice I didn't say "ex") Marine...

And yes: Kiwi and a soft cloth was the way my dad did it...!

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... I will put it up for private sale come September and want those who might be interested to know that my X3 was well maintained inside and out. Oil changes at earlier intervals, coolant flush, wheel alignments, etc... Also, maintaining the leather like I do will prolong it's life since it will not dry out and crack or discolor like one that has not been cared for. The minor mods only another BMW driver would appreciate and I dont want to see them wasted if possible. Black/Silver carbon fiber roundels (not appliques, but actual roundels), aluminium pedals, etc... not going to take them off since I am leaving BMW. Not looking for a value appreciation. Just a nod and a smile from the new owner.
Good luck with your sale, "Evlengr!" I'm sure whoever buys your X3 will appreciate the care and upgraded features!
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:51 PM
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For anyone interested: Just purchased SuperSprint SS catback system for my '05 X3 3.0...all stainless..with integral clamps..$642/shipped WC..$397 for the rear can+ $187 mid muffler(and all related piping)$58sh...This was from BMP "Clearance" listing and is a substantial savings(about$500)...They had only one rear muffler($397) and about ten mids left..does not have a vacuum fittings like oe(fwiw) ..Looks at others: this was the best available..should fit '03-'07 for sure..probably up to '11(not including?/just guessing)..just in case anyone was looking..this has to be the best deal around(usa).. regular listing didn't discount..must have "SS clearance" page to buy at the discount..Cheers! dk
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:40 PM
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I can immediately tell if a car has been dinged one too many times, or "Spit-shined" (ex military I take it..nothing like kiwi and a soft cloth). I only mention it as I will put it up for private sale come September and want those who might be interested to know that my X3 was well maintained inside and out. Oil changes at earlier intervals, coolant flush, wheel alignments, etc... Also, maintaining the leather like I do will prolong it's life since it will not dry out and crack or discolor like one that has not been cared for. The minor mods only another BMW driver would appreciate and I dont want to see them wasted if possible. Black/Silver carbon fiber roundels (not appliques, but actual roundels), aluminium pedals, etc... not going to take them off since I am leaving BMW. Not looking for a value appreciation. Just a nod and a smile from the new owner.
Random question, but where did you get the rear roundel? I have searched every where and ended up double bubbling a newer one to my existing one, which looked pretty good.

I found tons for all the other BMWs but none for the X3, because it has the larger backing.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:55 AM
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Its time to talk about the BMW x3's PERFORMANCE.

So I found a dinan throttle body on eBay, used for $300. Just don't know how I feel about a used throttle body seeing as he bought it used.


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