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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:56 AM
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noka No worries i was sure to be careful with the tools. IK what kind of car i'm dealing with lol i dont want to be paying for a seat... trust me haha
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:03 PM
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Don't take the wrong way but if that were my vehicle, I'd rather see the seats covered with something when tools are laying on them, to avoid additional repairs .
+1

The interior wood grain panels scratch so easily and the leather seats can as well. How will you get the interior looking spotless when you are done? There seems to be a fine layer of grit/dust in every nook and cranny. Just curious as I am obsessive compulsive when it comes to keeping my X3 clean. I cringe every time I look at the photo's even though I think this thread is awesome!
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:53 PM
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I wanted to thank the OP for the great pictures and details. I'm extremely anal and know what you are saying, but realistically it is obvious that the poster is taking great detail and taking many pictures which is great. I know other shops I've been in were a mess compared to this one. You'd be amazed the sh$t that goes on in some shops.

I'll say this - BMW sure doesn't make these things easy to work on. Every little interior clip seems like a one time use item.

I really appreciate the battery and trunk details as I've been thinking about adding more sound insulation to decrease exhaust and road noise.

Definitely a great reference thread.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:34 PM
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I wanted to thank the OP for the great pictures and details. I'm extremely anal and know what you are saying, but realistically it is obvious that the poster is taking great detail and taking many pictures which is great. I know other shops I've been in were a mess compared to this one. You'd be amazed the sh$t that goes on in some shops.

I'll say this - BMW sure doesn't make these things easy to work on. Every little interior clip seems like a one time use item.

I really appreciate the battery and trunk details as I've been thinking about adding more sound insulation to decrease exhaust and road noise.

Definitely a great reference thread.
+1!!! OP has done an AWESOME job. Interesting to see the car being "de-constructed" and then put back together. BMW is using a LOT of plastic to keep the weight down on this car. My question to the OP is, what parts of the vehicle do you think will develop squeaks and rattles over time (due to so much plastic used)?
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:37 PM
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UPDATE 1.14.13






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TKO88 Can you help me? I'm Carlos from Spain I've got a X3 without paddles, I've done some progress like to change steering wheel with paddles and I've done the wire harness, but I think something wrong, can you tell me if the wires paddles ends at switch selector gear, I'm afraid that I haven't supose well, cos I've saw one of your pictures where I see the conector badly and I think that the numenbers is equal at mine that not have paddles, can you check my picture and tell me if the conector has 7 or more wire?



Thanks, sorry for my poor english
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:21 PM
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kitercarlos Man i really am not sure what to tell you?? where is that plug located??

Want the Thrill I'm also our detailer here. So I'll be going thru it with a fine toothed comb haha!! I'm the same way with my interiors!!

glennk With my experience as a Lexus tech, ive noticed the interment cluster will squeak over bumpers and rattle a little but these BMW's are solid so i've seen! I'm Very Impressed by how well their interior is put together!! I dont think you'll find much squeaking!

UPDATE 1.17.13

All the Interior is back together!! I'll have some updates for you guys very soon!!

=)

If i can answer and questions plz let me know! AND i love hearing your feed back! Thanks for posting guys!!
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:11 PM
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kitercarlos Man i really am not sure what to tell you?? where is that plug located??

Want the Thrill I'm also our detailer here. So I'll be going thru it with a fine toothed comb haha!! I'm the same way with my interiors!!

glennk With my experience as a Lexus tech, ive noticed the interment cluster will squeak over bumpers and rattle a little but these BMW's are solid so i've seen! I'm Very Impressed by how well their interior is put together!! I dont think you'll find much squeaking!

UPDATE 1.17.13

All the Interior is back together!! I'll have some updates for you guys very soon!!

=)

If i can answer and questions plz let me know! AND i love hearing your feed back! Thanks for posting guys!!
Hey TKO88, I would like to know if this connector (photo 1) have 7 or more wires?

If It haven't more than 7 wires, can you tell me if the paddles are connected to this other connector (photo 2)?

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:26 AM
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TKO, when you get this all wrapped up and detailed out, it would be nice to see a "before and after" photo -- along with the final cost of this little adventure! You really have put together a really instructive thread here that has shown up parts of the X3 that we never even knew existed! I now understand a little better the exorbitant rates for repairs we are charged. Thanks again!
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:36 PM
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TKO any updates on the X3?
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:13 AM
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Guys dont worry i havent forgot about you!!!! hahaha
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:26 AM
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UPDATE 2.11.13

WOW I'm soooooo behind!! So sorry guys!! It's been sooo busy here!!

Ok well the car is nearly done! So i'll get with it!!!

Got the headliner out and drilled out the rivets holding in the side curtain.


New head liner going in. And drivers side knee bag in place.


I had to de-pin and re run all the passenger side air bag wires sense they were melted in the accident.


New harness being ran.


Pinned into the air bag ECU.


New air bag harness ran and hidden.





Everything interior wise is wrapped up!










Waiting on a windshield.


Here's a little before middle and after.


Finally got the windshield after receiving the wrong one....




We hung the fenders and hood to get it ready for paint!!




Had to tear the doors down for paint... (They were blended to help match the dog house to the rest of the car)




You can see how much room there is between the front of the can and the front of engine


Looks like a car again!


Continued....
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:29 AM
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CONTINUED UPDATE 2.11.13

So we finally got her moved over to paint!
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and here she is all painted!


Our painter doing some buffing... LOL


Back to it's original resting place...


MORE UPDATES SOON TO COME!!!
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Great pictures again TKO88... I never thought I'd see her put together again.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:50 PM
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What a massive job!
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Great job! Question: How long has this customer been out of this car? I seems like months which would have had me so pushing for it to be totaled with the insurance company, although if I owned it the care you have put into it would count for a lot
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:46 AM
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Great job, you are a craftsman for sure!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:55 AM
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Great job! Question: How long has this customer been out of this car? I seems like months which would have had me so pushing for it to be totaled with the insurance company, although if I owned it the care you have put into it would count for a lot
Good point. This thread was started at the end of November so it is getting close to 3 month that it has been in the shop. That seems a little crazy to me, if they just totaled it from the beginning the customer could have ordered a new one from BMW and had it by now.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:56 AM
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My wife's minivan was in the shop for two months and it was half as involved (about $17k in damage vs 29k)....it's all about what is cheaper to the insurance company not what is most convenient. In this case repair was cheaper than a new one.

No one at the insurance cares about you being out for a rental car or lost value when the accident is your fault...and I am pretty darn sure this one was the drivers fault. Yes I am laying blame but a front end collision like this required some significant speed against a stationary object...
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:40 PM
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Someone ran a red light and hit him. I'm not sure how fast they were going but i know it was a good enough hit! haha

The X3 has been here sense Nov. 2 2012.. =-\

I've got more pictures for you guys! I've been learning a lot off this car and the build is nearing its final days!! Pictures will be up very soon!! In a way i'm kind of sad, but i'll be really glad to see it go!
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If someone hit them I would have fought that insurance company tooth and nail for a new car...

You do awesome work!!!! At least this owner has a car that was fixed the right way. I wouldn't have any problems driving it after your repairs.
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Well thanks! Yeah i'm still lost on how the insurance company didn't total this? But it was a fun learning experience!
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when are the final pic's coming?
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TKO88 : Could you confirm how you got the X3 into neutral when there was no power? The following post of mine (in another thread in this forum) has a reference to the BMW documentation with their procedure (removing panel underneath vehicle and turning bolt). The post also references your thread (above) with your comments about how you did it (removing leather shift boot and turning bolt from above, inside the vehicle). I'm really puzzled because there two procedures do not agree at all:

http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthr...t=#post7401728
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It was at the beginning of the thread noka.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...40&postcount=8

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TKO88 : Could you confirm how you got the X3 into neutral when there was no power? The following post of mine (in another thread in this forum) has a reference to the BMW documentation with their procedure (removing panel underneath vehicle and turning bolt). The post also references your thread (above) with your comments about how you did it (removing leather shift boot and turning bolt from above, inside the vehicle). I'm really puzzled because there two procedures do not agree at all:

http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthr...t=#post7401728
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