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Old 02-03-2015, 09:05 AM
albowwow albowwow is offline
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Mein Auto: 2007 BMW X3 Sport
2007 X3 Sport 3.0 100,000

Oil leak 2 vanos replaced - $1500 fixed
Eccentric shaft sensor gasket and valve tropic motor gasket 2x $800 fixed
Valve cover and oil filter housing and cooler gasket replaced - $1500 fixed
Dreaded ABS 4x4 Brake light first replaced transfer case gear $800 didn't fix
Then replaced entire transfer case assembly with rubber mounts $1500 fixed
Sunroof rattles a little but ok and some irritating steering wheel trim and window lift mirror switch plate paint wearoff
PS otherwise just maintenance items hey what kind of mileage are you averaging on the 3.0 AT? I'm getting about 21.5 mpg
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:00 AM
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Problems i encounter ( Not fixed yet )

1. Delay on shifting in lower gears and sometimes a jerk when shifting lower gears.

2. Left Rear coil spring broken and piece came off.

3. Shocks are dead ( i dont know which or how many but the car rides really rough)

4. Car shakes and service engine light comes on. ( Dealer replacesd coil on cylinder 3 and two weeks after same thing happens )

5. Sometimes when shifting i hear a clucking from rear and the car jerks changing gear when this happens.

6. Rain Sensors not working.

7. Mirror on passenger side declines and sticks in the declined position when car is put in reverse.

8. High smell of gas when car is started in the morning.

9. When driving in snow a noise sometime comes from the rear like im dragging something and the 4x4 light flickers on the dash. I come out and check and there is nothing under the car.

Any Help or quote to fix very much appreciated.
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:59 AM
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Most of those are Maintenance items.

#1 - transmission fluid and filter change needed, do the transfer case and differentials as well.
#2 - bad shocks caused this.
#3 - shocks should have been replaced a while ago, probably the struts in front as well, get them replaced.
#4 - replace ALL spark plugs and all coils, supposed to be done at 90,000 miles
#5 - most likely related to #1
#6 - replace rain sensor
#7 - corroded connectors for mirrors, clean and reconnect.
#8 - Sounds like a leaking injector, this will destroy your oxygen sensors, get a fuel system leakdown test done.
#9 - rear wheel bearing needs replacement, could also be low oil in rear differential, should be changed every 60,000 miles. You may have a dragging caliper as well, when was the last time you had the brakes services and all the brake fluids flushed? It's supposed to be done every 2 years or every 30,000 miles.

Quote to fix it all? At a dealership, Probably around $5000-$6000 for them to fix everything plus some extras you dont know about. Sounds like that X3 has not had a lot of the preventative maintenance done, I suggest getting all fluids flushed/changed as well. Some have the water pump replaced every 100,000 miles to avoid it's catastrophic failure that will strand you.
On your own? it depends on where you can get the parts and what your abilities are. Some stuff is easy in the driveway, others are harder.

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Old 02-17-2015, 09:46 AM
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Thank you so much.
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:05 AM
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Mein Auto: 2.0d X3, 2015
2009 X3, 3.0D, 61K Kms, 1st owner.

-windscreen wiper pumps failed again at 61K Kms, they were replaced at 20K kms under warranty.
- Diesel particulate filter blocked at 45k kms, replaced by a aftermarket part. Noticed the OEM filter leaves no soot at the outlet but the aftermarket one does leave a bit soot.
-rubber turbo hose cracked, spraying oil onto alternator belt, causing the alternator belt snapped at 50k kms.

Otherwise the car still drives well.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:48 AM
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Mein Auto: 2006 X3 2.5i MSport
06 X3 2.5i M sport 95K KMs

1. Leaking expansion tank
2. Leaking head gasket
3. Transfer case actuator motor - replaced the gear.
4. LCM and both headlights replaced after a non compatible headlight was fitted by indy mechanic. This was after an accident where only one headlight was damaged.
5. Hesitation on hard acceleration and at between 1800 and 2400 RPMs - Not solved yet, but lots of googling led me to failing O2 sensors [waiting for O2 sensors to be delivered]

Others
1. K&N air filter
2. Brake pads change - using Akebono Ceramics
3. Planning to change tyres to Dunlop SP SportMaxx TT summer tyres - I'm in the tropics
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:25 AM
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2007 X3 3.0is - 116k

* one coil replaced 76k
* water pump / thermost 80k
* valve cover gasket 100k
* belts / tensioner 110k
* oil cooler gasket 105k

Note: transmission has never given me a problem works flawlessly and I drive it hard.
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:13 PM
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X3 2004 270k
Window regulators brakets (breaks in winter)
BMW logo stolen (1 per year)!!!!
Coolant tank crack (common on BMW)
Air intake rubber boot (common on BMW)
Final stage unit resistor (blower not working and battery draining) (common on BMW)
Rear left passenger water on the floor (common on BMW)
A/C compressor (common on BMW)
Cooling fan relay (common on BMW)
Driving shaft sticky
Driver side material (Common on X3 X5)
Passenger side airbag senoir (recall)
Tires, tires, tires
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:32 AM
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2007 X3 3.0si w/50k miles

1) late up shift from first, but typically only when cold
2) valve cover gasket leaking
3) fabric on front sunroof shade starting to fall
4) occasional slight ac blower fan squeal at certain settings
5) early downshift while inclining
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:02 AM
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I would suggest getting your transmission fluid changed. I got my X3 with about 50k miles and it was one of the 1st things I did, along with the transfer cases and the (differential?).
It made a world of difference.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:07 AM
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Transfer Case actually needs it every 40K-50K no matter what BMW engineers say. #1 failure with BMW engineers is allowing corporate to let dealers lie to customers about lifetime fluids.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:31 PM
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The only thing that worries me about having the trans fluid changed is stirring up crap and having it shift like crap. I've had that happen on 2 different vehicles. The only way I've ever been able to avoid a slushy shifting trans is by dropping the pan and draining it.

The transfer case doesn't sound like a bad idea though.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:52 PM
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Transmission fluid change

I think the issue happens if you have a transmission flush rather than a simple drain and fill. You only get a little more than half (Ithink), but it can make a significant difference. At least that was my experience.
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:01 PM
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I think the issue happens if you have a transmission flush rather than a simple drain and fill. You only get a little more than half (Ithink), but it can make a significant difference. At least that was my experience.
Are you saying you had a flush, or a drain and fill? I'd only be doing the drain and fill...I will never do another flush, especially since I've only had this vehicle for 1000 miles and don't know its history, other than it was a one owner.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:13 PM
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Most people drop the pan, change the filter and then refill.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:03 AM
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:59 PM
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Drain and fill is less likely to stir things up. You might want to do it more often this way, however
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:43 PM
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What's in the pan, stays on the bottom of the pan, that is, unless you drive your car on the roof.

That said, the purpose of the filter is to prevent large particles from leaving the pan. Now a really dirty filter can limit fluid flow, and that is a problem.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:37 PM
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What's in the pan, stays on the bottom of the pan, that is, unless you drive your car on the roof.

That said, the purpose of the filter is to prevent large particles from leaving the pan. Now a really dirty filter can limit fluid flow, and that is a problem.
Yes, on a drain and fill yes. During a flush however, whatever is in the system at all, gets stirred up. I have three instances where the transmission worked perfectly fine until a flush. All three times the transmission needed a rebuild shortly after due to clogged arteries.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:31 PM
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2005 X3 3.0I 122,000 miles

I know this thread is pretty old. Came upon it while I was searching on google and I'd like to share my experience. Just got the car a month ago through private party. Issues I have encountered since then:

1. Transponder key won't work(system glitch)
2. Left mirror won't tilt when in reverse, only the right one does
3. Brake pad sensor replaced
4. Takes a few cranks to start sometimes. Starter maybe? Fuel pump?
5. Sunroof cassette is shot. Will open but won't close. Clear silicone glue was my solution since the glass didn't close all the way anymore
6. Water leaking through sunroof. clogged drain easy fix

I'll keep this updated if anything else shows up

This is kinda really late lmao. I traded it(X3) in back in April due to some seriously expensive engine problems. Don't know what caused it though. But I ended up getting a Honda Accord ex-l 4 cyl. Will be coming back to a BMW in a few years. Hondas aren't the same

These were the problems I later discovered:
-leaking oil filter housing gasket
-leaking valve cover gasket
-bad coolant temp sensor gasket
-leaking door vapor barrier(Used gorilla blue to fix it but it STILL leaked. That was when I decided it was time to dump the car)
-bad piston o rings. Not sure if this was caused by the sudden oil loss(burned off) or if it was a result of a leaking spark plug gasket.
-Xenon bulb turned purple the day I was supposed to pick up the Honda. Luckily it was sunny and the dealer didn't see it!

And reading about the X5s HPFP issues, I'm pretty sure mine was on it's out(if these used the HP units).

Overall it was a decent car, and if the piston rings didn't blow or if the doors didn't leak, I'd probably still have it.
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:35 AM
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Hello Everyone,I hv a BMW x3 3.0i 2006 5speed automatic;upon my arrival frm a 3weeks trip,I noticed,gear will NOT select frm P to any other possition & when extra effort is used to select gear,lever moves into selected postion with lots of load & vibration from the final drive unit or rear axle area,vehicle has since been parked & NOT drivable for fear of futher extensive damage,also noticed secondary air pump doesn't come ON at start,please can anyone give an advice.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:10 AM
Tony Diepiriye Tony Diepiriye is offline
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Automatic gearbox will not or very hard to select frm "P" to any other position.

BMW x3 3.0i 2006; automatic transmission,...Vehicle was parked For 3weeks,no faults was recorded at the time of parking,I came back Frm my trip & started the engine several times with "transmission fault" & "service engine soon light" ON but,gear lever won't move & extra effort required to move selector with an accompanying vibration frm the rear axle area,also noticed battery power & charging rate low bcos,interior lights fluctuates into dim & bright during engine acceleration,also notice,secondary air pump will NOT run at engine crank, & inoperative....Pls can anyone help with any advise what could lead to a solution to the problem....thanks.
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:10 PM
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My '08 suffered sudden shifter failure a couple weeks ago. After a full day of mixed driving it wouldn't move in any gear selected. I had it towed to my Indie and then to Aamco who diagnosed the problem and found the gear selector in two pieces when hey removed the bottom pan on the transmission. They order the part installed it and I was on my way in under 3 days and under $600.
Kudos to Santa Cruz Aamco!
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Old 09-28-2015, 04:26 PM
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...... ,also noticed secondary air pump doesn't come ON at start,please can anyone give an advice.
Check the electrical connection to the air pump, it might have become dislodged during the vibration you mentioned.

It is located below the pump close to where a wire harness is clipped to the edge of the valve cover. But if it was that it would have turned on the CEL/SES warning light.
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:25 AM
Tony Diepiriye Tony Diepiriye is offline
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Thanks....Suppercourse,I will check on that but,will such loosed connection result in inability to select any gear frm "P" position ? Or gear will select but,requires excessive force to move the gear selector lever.
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