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Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) Today, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 53
Posted By russwright
X3 2017 spark plug life

My dealer recommended spark plug change at 45,000 miles, citing the recommended BMW schedule. I thought it a bit soon, but went with it anyhow. I am now at 88,000 miles, car is running great. ...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) Yesterday, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By russwright
Nothing to do with the engine issue, but how was...

Nothing to do with the engine issue, but how was your experience with Ameri-Plus? My 2017 X3 is pushing 88,000 miles (purchased in October 2016) and I purchased a platinum BMW extended warranty...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-16-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 601
Posted By russwright
My seats (2000 Z3 44 k miles) seats were ok, but...

My seats (2000 Z3 44 k miles) seats were ok, but I tended to sweat a lot on my back. I installed some custom fitted lambswool seat covers which eliminated the sweat issue and made the seats more...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 11-11-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By russwright
Battery tender

I'm out of town for 6 weeks Jan-Feb and think I should get a battery tender. I park my 2017 X-3 in an attached but not heated garage and it gets below zero in extreme cold. I have a 12v 750...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 11-11-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By russwright
Just switched from dealer installed oil - no clue...

Just switched from dealer installed oil - no clue what it was - to Liqui Moly 0w20 which was preferred by my Indy mechanic. Car seems to run better and cooler with that brand. 84k miles on my...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 10-14-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 529
Posted By russwright
My 2000 Z3 purchased in 2017 had 33k miles with...

My 2000 Z3 purchased in 2017 had 33k miles with no apparent rust. I stored it from end of November until I was sure it would not snow again (Chicago winters) and that we had a good rain to wash...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 10-03-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 621
Posted By russwright
I'm in the RogerEH camp regarding "how much". My...

I'm in the RogerEH camp regarding "how much". My mantra is that it usually cost twice as much when I do it my self.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 10-03-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,681
Posted By russwright
I got the AutoZone AGM battery and had to get a...

I got the AutoZone AGM battery and had to get a vent tube kit. Easy drop in replacement.
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 10-03-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 473
Posted By russwright
2017 X3 GPS display goes dark

My '17 X3 GPS and radio display went completely dark for about two minutes today. Radio would stopped (using XM at the time). Radio would not work while the screen was black. It came back with...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 10-03-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,942
Posted By russwright
Dealer recommended spark plug replacement on my...

Dealer recommended spark plug replacement on my '17 X3 at the 45k mileage, which I did. Thought this was a bit soon, but my indy mechanic (who I trust more than the dealer) confirmed it.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-13-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 58,986
Posted By russwright
Purchased my 2000 Z3 in 2017 w 33, 800 miles. ...

Purchased my 2000 Z3 in 2017 w 33, 800 miles. Now has 45,400. New tires, new battery after purchase. Three weeks ago, new power steering hose, and sway bar had to be reattached on right side. ...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-03-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,984
Posted By russwright
I'd go to a professional hitch install shop. ...

I'd go to a professional hitch install shop. But then again, most everything concerning this car (2000 Z3) is mystery to me..

I was researching hitches for my X-3 and noticed a manufacture that...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-03-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,553
Posted By russwright
I had the Pirelli OEM run flats on my X-3 and got...

I had the Pirelli OEM run flats on my X-3 and got 48,000 miles on them. At 11,000 miles I had a puncture (middle of the tread) that Discount Tire patched. I switched to the same tire as non-run...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-19-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By russwright
Rear Sway Bar

During a recent oil change and inspection, my mechanic had to re-attach the rear sway bar on the right side. I had heard a slight clunking/rattle from that side when slowly going over bumps,...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 06-07-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,091
Posted By russwright
I used Safelite through my insurance company to...

I used Safelite through my insurance company to replace windshield about two months ago. No problems, and rain sensor works fine. Don't know if they use OEM or aftermarket.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-28-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 375
Posted By russwright
2.8 2000 Z3 spark plug change

When should spark plugs be changed? My 2000 Z3 with 43,000 miles runs like a top, but was wondering when spark plugs need changing? My 2017 X3 (different motor of course) had them changed at...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-28-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
Posted By russwright
My 2000 Z3 manual transmission oil I thought was...

My 2000 Z3 manual transmission oil I thought was lifetime. It has 43,000 miles on it. Still shifts well. Is it worth it to change transmission oil?
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-22-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,135
Posted By russwright
I purchased my 2000 Z3 in 2017 after researching...

I purchased my 2000 Z3 in 2017 after researching roadsters for six months. Thought about a Miata but the reviews indicated it was a bit tight inside compared to the Zs. The other criteria used was...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By russwright
Plastic gas cap

My 2000 Z3 has a metal gas cap that occasionally falls out of the holder on the inside cover of he gas filler door. I am concerned this may eventually chip the paint. Does anyone know of a plastic...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 03-19-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,822
Posted By russwright
I did not think the HUD was worth the money when...

I did not think the HUD was worth the money when I bought my 2017 X3 . I figured it was one less electronic thing to break down. I live in Illinois and the heated steering wheel is a nice option...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-17-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,570
Posted By russwright
Where did you get that rubber cradle? I've been...

Where did you get that rubber cradle? I've been looking for a easy mount for my phone.
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 02-06-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,902
Posted By russwright
After 48k miles, I swapped the run flats for...

After 48k miles, I swapped the run flats for normal tires on my 2017 X3. Purchased a Green Slime repair kit for the trunk. Takes up less space than spare and jack, and will get me to a tire...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-25-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,290
Posted By russwright
I have owned a 2000 Z3 since November 2017, and...

I have owned a 2000 Z3 since November 2017, and also own a 2017 X3. The road noise in the Z3 is a bit excessive at times on the interstate highways - mostly road noise from truck tires - even with...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-22-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,818
Posted By russwright
I researched both models. Put down a deposit on...

I researched both models. Put down a deposit on a pristine 2003 Z4, but backed out after reading about 500 complaints about sticky steering lock up in hot weather. BMW went to an electric assist...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 01-18-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,007
Posted By russwright
I recall reading somewhere in this forum that...

I recall reading somewhere in this forum that your symptoms could be indicative of a pending turbocharger failure.
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