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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:38 PM
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Beware of tailpipe burns

While grabbing some grocery bags out of my car this afternoon, I inadvertently leaned my leg up against the bumper allowing my bare leg (I was wearing shorts) to come in contact with the tips of the tailpipe. Created a minor and painful burn on my leg, but I'll survive.

Please beware that the tips of the tailpipe stick out further than the bumper does. This is not something I'm used to compared to my 2003 325xi. Please be careful! I also learned today the same thing happened to my partner a few weeks back.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:47 PM
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Note to self... Have wife load the car from now on.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:21 AM
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:36 AM
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Same. I've had this happen to me too. Pretty decent burn.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:06 AM
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tailpipe design flaw?

We've had our 2013 X3 35i for about 2 weeks. My husband was unloading cargo this weekend and got a pretty bad burn when his leg pressed against the tailpipe. I was shocked to see how much further the tailpipe sticks out beyond the bumper. I find it hard to believe this isn't a major design flaw. Is it like this on the prior models? thanks
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:46 AM
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tailpipe design

I took a photo of the tailpipes last night that shows how much they protrude past the bumper, so you can see how easy it is to get burned when unloading cargo. Has anyone ever had these chrome tailpipes switched out with shorter ones? thanks
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:22 PM
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I took a photo of the tailpipes last night that shows how much they protrude past the bumper, so you can see how easy it is to get burned when unloading cargo. Has anyone ever had these chrome tailpipes switched out with shorter ones? thanks
FWIW on my older generation E83, the rear bumper sticks out beyond the tailpipes. When I look straight down on the bumper (as in previous photos), the tailpipes are completely hidden. So it appears a burn would be less likely. I have the factory chrome finishers on the factory exhaust system.

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Old 09-06-2012, 05:59 AM
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I took a photo of the tailpipes last night that shows how much they protrude past the bumper, so you can see how easy it is to get burned when unloading cargo. Has anyone ever had these chrome tailpipes switched out with shorter ones? thanks
Hi I just looked at my 2011 X3 and the tail pipes do not protrude past the bumper. I would take it back to the dealer.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:31 PM
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528I Leg Burn

I went golfing friday and was chaging into my golf shoes by my trunk and burn my leg pretty bad. I was most glad it wasnt my child or anyone else. Are they working on a fix for this?
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Are you telling me the exhaust pipe from an internal combustion engine gets hot? I had a girlfriend who discovered the same thing on my motorcycle 30 years ago.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:33 PM
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If you pull the chrome tips off, the stainless tips wont stick out and you wont burn your leg.
Don't throw them out, send them to me!
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:39 PM
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Are you telling me the exhaust pipe from an internal combustion engine gets hot? I had a girlfriend who discovered the same thing on my motorcycle 30 years ago.
Maybe we need more caution sticker on our cars Just like McDonald's coffee.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:58 PM
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Hey, I've burned my tongue on that damn coffee.

... all joking aside I think this is at least the second post I've seen on this topic and to be transparent, I've heated my leg up a bit on the exhaust tip when washing 'er.

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Old 10-09-2013, 06:24 AM
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Maybe BMW should move the exhaust to underneath the car, like the new Mercedes ML.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:28 PM
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I took a photo of the tailpipes last night that shows how much they protrude past the bumper, so you can see how easy it is to get burned when unloading cargo. Has anyone ever had these chrome tailpipes switched out with shorter ones? thanks
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