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Old 03-22-2013, 07:12 AM
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Water pump fail / smart wife win

My wife was driving her '07 x3 home from work the other day, it's about 30 miles on the highway. About 5 miles in, she notices that the heat wasn't really warm yet (strange) but didn't worry yet, it was pretty cold out. Then she notices the temp creep up so she pulls over immediately, and it went back to normal. We had the car towed to a nearby shop and apparently the water pump is on its way out. But thanks to her quick action, the temp never got over 225 according to the computer. And the shop works mostly on BMWs so as much as I really wish I could just do it myself, I know they'll do a great job. Plus when we go pick it up I'm going to test drive a 2002 525i sport package 5 speed wagon they have on their lot.

She said when she first noticed something wasn't right, she could hear me in her head going "if the temp creeps up AT ALL, pull over and shut the engine off..." haha well, it saved the engine from a lot of damage in this case. Worst part by far is the $$$ electric water pump!
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:34 AM
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Good news! Good story!

How many miles do you have?
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:06 AM
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:19 AM
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Good news! Good story!

How many miles do you have?
112,000 ish - bought it with around 85k so I'm assuming it's the original pump.

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haha, she's pretty sharp with engine / car noises and abnormalities. She heard a slight whistle in her Volvo like a week before the check engine light tripped. It was a similar thing to the infamous CCV system in the BMWs, and I was able to fix it before any other major problem occurred.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:13 PM
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this further enforces my decision to replace the water pump and thermostat on my wife's '07 a few months ago. Hers had 85k at the time and I'd seen several of these electric pumps fail between 80k-100k. It is much more of a job to replace these components on the X3 than it is on the E90. My guess is that your shop probably charged well over $1,000 for this repair. It is a royal pain because the pump is hidden behind the subframe. Glad your wife was smart enough to pull over.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:33 AM
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this further enforces my decision to replace the water pump and thermostat on my wife's '07 a few months ago. Hers had 85k at the time and I'd seen several of these electric pumps fail between 80k-100k. It is much more of a job to replace these components on the X3 than it is on the E90. My guess is that your shop probably charged well over $1,000 for this repair. It is a royal pain because the pump is hidden behind the subframe. Glad your wife was smart enough to pull over.
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Yep, it's just over $1,000 with the t-stat replacement. A lot of labor, and an expensive pump! My e46 would take me about 1.5 hours, total. And the pump is 1/3 the price.

I'm assuming the advantage of the electric pump is not running a belt over it constantly, robbing a little power? Like electric power steering, etc.

Picked up the car Saturday and took the e39 for a spin (sport package 5 speed wagon). Great car! If I could convince the wife to replace my car with that one...
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