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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-01-2020, 11:41 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,793
Posted By spokelizard
Last summer I had a flat, drove on my donut spare...

Last summer I had a flat, drove on my donut spare for about 80 miles, and after that decided after 12 years to pro-actively replace the donut.

The tires on my car are 235/55R-17. The old donut was...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-11-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,239
Posted By spokelizard
I haven't done a cross-country trip, but I took a...

I haven't done a cross-country trip, but I took a vacation trip California --> New Mexico --> Colorado --> Wyoming --> California last year. Total trip mileage 3K with starting mileage at 186K.

My...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-12-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,610
Posted By spokelizard
Well, enjoy your new car! Are you planning to...

Well, enjoy your new car! Are you planning to keep using it for that long commute?

And hope you keep posting here on behalf of your daughter, or maybe she'll start posting on her own.

I'm up to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-04-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
running 32 PSI on all 4, per BMW spec on door

running 32 PSI on all 4, per BMW spec on door
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-03-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
As an update, just got a new set of tires....

As an update, just got a new set of tires. Switched the Scorpions which I've been running for the last 170K miles for the Firestone Destination LE-2 which were more highly rated on Tire Rack. Both of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-13-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By spokelizard
May I suggest this website: True Delta...

May I suggest this website: True Delta (https://www.truedelta.com/index.php)

They have very detailed histories of many cars, including mine. Unfortunately, they recently stopped updating their...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-13-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
I've never noticed any slippage. I accelerate...

I've never noticed any slippage. I accelerate from a red light ahead of many, but not all, of the stopped cars.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-13-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
Don't even know what a "one wheel peel is"....

Don't even know what a "one wheel peel is". Please explain, and is it just driving style, or can it be eliminated by a correction to the tire or wheel setup.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-13-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
Don't know a whole lot about alignment specs. ...

Don't know a whole lot about alignment specs. You gave the specs for a 2.5i while I have a 3.0si. Don't know how much difference there is between the two.

The only items out of spec on the rear...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-13-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
I plan on rotating when I get my next set of...

I plan on rotating when I get my next set of tires.

I didn't rotate when I got the vehicle, I didn't want BMW to void the warranty on a technicality that I wasn't following the instructions in the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-13-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
Thanks, double checked with my mechanic on all of...

Thanks, double checked with my mechanic on all of these, we're OK on them all, not an issue.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-07-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By spokelizard
2 tire questions

Hi,

I've been running Pirelli Scorpion STR's since I got this car at 25K miles -- now I have 192K miles. The reason I use these is that they're the OEM tire, and they're supposed to be more like...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-22-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By spokelizard
Well, this is not going to win prizes for beauty,...

Well, this is not going to win prizes for beauty, but it's definitely practical. No permanent installation on dash. Prongs just slide into the ventilation louvers. Lose a little ventilation as a...
Forum: General BMW Questions 12-26-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 16,934
Posted By spokelizard
I have a 2007 X3 with 180K miles, it's been a...

I have a 2007 X3 with 180K miles, it's been a good vehicle. Fun to drive, relatively trouble free.

Take a look at the E83 X3 section of Bimmerfest, lots of good information. Other people have...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-25-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,041
Posted By spokelizard
So you have a mechanic you like and trust who...

So you have a mechanic you like and trust who will watch out for you to avoid shady pricing. But you don't want to pay $30 more per hour, and be nickel and dimed on parts and extras. But you also...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By spokelizard
Yep, I have a key that fits in my wallet....

Yep, I have a key that fits in my wallet. Intended for doors, not for ignition. (At least I once had that key, I better double check my wallet tonight!) :thumbup:
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-23-2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,128
Posted By spokelizard
Am I the only one here who runs with Pirelli...

Am I the only one here who runs with Pirelli Scorpion STR's? They were the original tire specced out by BMW for my 2007 X3. I'm on my fourth set, been reasonably happy with them. Good tire wear,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-08-2017, 10:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 590
Posted By spokelizard
Don't know whether this helps. When my car was...

Don't know whether this helps. When my car was still under warranty I was getting screwy readings, mostly overfill condition. Dealer replaced the unit, still got screwy readings. They drained the oil...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-08-2017, 10:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,110
Posted By spokelizard
FYI, I added an alarm for exactly the same...

FYI, I added an alarm for exactly the same reason, wanted the audio reminder that I had actually locked the door.

I had the alarm installed by my indie mechanic. If I'm remembering correctly I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-24-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,376
Posted By spokelizard
I don't think any of the fluids are lifetime....

I don't think any of the fluids are lifetime. I've been changing transfer case and front and rear differentials every 30K miles. Also, the MT gear oil. You have AT, I assume, so I don't really know...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-30-2017, 03:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Posted By spokelizard
Nice! Congratulations! Enjoy! And take...

Nice!
Congratulations!
Enjoy!
And take good care of her!

Welcome to this forum. Good place to learn. Remember, search is your friend, lots of experience is archived here. :)
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-26-2017, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By spokelizard
When I had a couple of months left on my warranty...

When I had a couple of months left on my warranty I paid for a used car inspection at an indie mechanic specializing in BMW's. An inspection of my own car! Paid I think $150. They found enough...
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-17-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,760
Posted By spokelizard
Hey lfstedman, If it makes you feel any...

Hey lfstedman,

If it makes you feel any better, the same thing happened to me. Battery died over a weekend, I got a jump and dropped it off at the dealer (close to where it died) Sunday night,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-14-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By spokelizard
Before this thread grows, why don't you check out...

Before this thread grows, why don't you check out these threads, and maybe add to them instead?


Mileage Check In (https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291640&highlight=200+000)

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Forum: General BMW Questions 07-12-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,282
Posted By spokelizard
I bought my X3 CPO in 2009 with 25K miles....

I bought my X3 CPO in 2009 with 25K miles. Between the remainder of the original warranty and the CPO I estimate I had $7K of repairs done. The biggest one was to take care of "ticking sound" in the...
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