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Old 01-08-2018, 10:07 PM
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Maintenance for the long term

After going back and forth for a month or more on whether to trade my 2013 Msport 35i for a new model X3 or even an MB AMG GLC, I've decided to keep the one I have and add the Dinan upgrade kit (360HP, 394 ft/lbs). My X3 has been relatively problem free and is paid for, so sinking a little extra into preventative maintenance seems to make more sense than dropping $60k for a little extra power and options on the new X3. I decided the gear shifter on the column is a deal breaker for me on the MB; not to mention the cost.

I currently have 85k miles on my X3 and would like to keep it another 4-5 years. At the rate I'm driving, that would mean to about 150k miles.

I'm putting it in the shop next week. Other than the items listed below, what else should I have them change?

All fluids (brake, antifreeze, oil, transmission, differential)
All belts
Any hoses that feel soft
Rear brakes (fronts still have about 30% left)
Spark Plugs
Coils???

I put question marks by the Coils because I have not seen any discussions on this board about seeing a benefit of changing them until they fail. Coils are a known performance improvement for turbo Porsches and are often changed when the spark plugs are changed. They are about $60 each. Since the X3 is also a turbo vehicle, do you see any benefit to changing coils at the same time as the spark plugs; especially if I add the Dinan power kit?

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Old 01-09-2018, 05:51 AM
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Have you already changed the plugs/coils once? If not, and you're at 85k, I'd change the plugs AND coils.

I would add transfer case fluid to that list - the fluid is expensive (about 50 bucks) but labor should be easy. Some do the front a rear differentials too, and if you're already under there and keeping it another 4 years I probably would.
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Might want to have them swap out the battery.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:37 PM
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If you donít mind can you post what you decided to have done. And the cost. I too plan on keeping my x3 for the long term and want to know the ballpark maintenance would cost me. Thank you!
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Sunlight damage sneaks up on you. I put a towel over the steering wheel and leather gear shift knob and boot when I park the car for any length of time. Armor-All for the black plastic.

I use wax for the paint. But, there's probably something better out there. The horizontal surfaces get more direct sunlight and get it all day. The sides, front, and back of the car get a glancing blow of sunlight and are in the shade half the day. So, I wax the horizontal surfaces twice as often as the vertical surfaces. I do the nose, mirrors, and A-pillar then too, but for added bug splat protection.

Since you have heavy tinted glass in the back, you could focus efforts on protecting the interior in the front. When I was parking at work all day, I'd throw a towel over each front seat and the dashboard. Eventually, the A-pillar upholstery came unraveled at the bottom on my E46. Putting a piece of poster board on the outside of the windshield above the bottom of the A-pillar would have prevented that.

It helps to park you car in different directions in sunlight. A had a neighbor with a west facing carport. The front of their car was fine. But, the back of it was fried to a crisp from sunlight damage.

In addition to the belts, there's also a tensioner that could be replaced. There are horror stories about loose belts getting wrapped around a shaft and sucked up the shaft into the engine.

Squirt some protectant on the CV boots on the drive shafts every once and a while. The outboard front ones get the brunt of degradation, since they have to flex with the steering angle.
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Never changed coils or plugs. I'll do both at this time.

Toast, changed my battery last year around October but good idea if it was the original.
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Have you already changed the plugs/coils once? If not, and you're at 85k, I'd change the plugs AND coils.

I would add transfer case fluid to that list - the fluid is expensive (about 50 bucks) but labor should be easy. Some do the front a rear differentials too, and if you're already under there and keeping it another 4 years I probably would.
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Sunlight damage sneaks up on you. I put a towel over the steering wheel and leather gear shift knob and boot when I park the car for any length of time. Armor-All for the black plastic.

I use wax for the paint. But, there's probably something better out there. The horizontal surfaces get more direct sunlight and get it all day. The sides, front, and back of the car get a glancing blow of sunlight and are in the shade half the day. So, I wax the horizontal surfaces twice as often as the vertical surfaces. I do the nose, mirrors, and A-pillar then too, but for added bug splat protection.

Since you have heavy tinted glass in the back, you could focus efforts on protecting the interior in the front. When I was parking at work all day, I'd throw a towel over each front seat and the dashboard. Eventually, the A-pillar upholstery came unraveled at the bottom on my E46. Putting a piece of poster board on the outside of the windshield above the bottom of the A-pillar would have prevented that.

It helps to park you car in different directions in sunlight. A had a neighbor with a west facing carport. The front of their car was fine. But, the back of it was fried to a crisp from sunlight damage.

In addition to the belts, there's also a tensioner that could be replaced. There are horror stories about loose belts getting wrapped around a shaft and sucked up the shaft into the engine.

Squirt some protectant on the CV boots on the drive shafts every once and a while. The outboard front ones get the brunt of degradation, since they have to flex with the steering angle.
I'll have them check the belt tensioner as well. Good idea.
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If you donít mind can you post what you decided to have done. And the cost. I too plan on keeping my x3 for the long term and want to know the ballpark maintenance would cost me. Thank you!
I'll follow-up with what I have done and the total cost.
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