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Hopefully this can be turned into a sticky or just be a really popular thread. I used to be a frequent VWVortexer, and every Model discussion thread would have a "What did you do to your ___ today?" These threads imo are very interesting since they give us modding ideas (pictures are great too). Or simply it can be a post like "took the X3 with us to camping, etc.." I was hoping to see this on Bimmerfest....but they didn't exist :(. Well now this thread exists :)
 

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Good idea :thumbup:

1) Bought a proper battery for it. Got one from O'Reilly's (made by Deka) Not cheap but we all know that. The battery it came with was a crappy little AutoCraft 500CA.
2) Changed the oil again. It's only been 1,300 miles but when I bought this, it was obvious oil changes weren't a priority to the PO. Even after only 1,300 miles, it looked like it had been 5kmi. I'm gonna change it again in another couple thousand.

As for modding, the only thing I'd like to do is get the rear fog lights working. I've got them on my Volvo (Land Rover had them too) and they're nice to have. The fog here in the Smokies can be really bad, even a couple hours after the sun is up. Odd thing is the Volvo & Land Rover have rear fogs standard but front is an option and as far as I can tell, the rear fogs on a BMW aren't even an option in this country. :dunno: I may just put a toggle switch below the dash and run a wire back although I'd like to find an "OEM" fix.
 

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Good idea :thumbup:

1) Bought a proper battery for it. Got one from O'Reilly's (made by Deka) Not cheap but we all know that. The battery it came with was a crappy little AutoCraft 500CA.
2) Changed the oil again. It's only been 1,300 miles but when I bought this, it was obvious oil changes weren't a priority to the PO. Even after only 1,300 miles, it looked like it had been 5kmi. I'm gonna change it again in another couple thousand.

As for modding, the only thing I'd like to do is get the rear fog lights working. I've got them on my Volvo (Land Rover had them too) and they're nice to have. The fog here in the Smokies can be really bad, even a couple hours after the sun is up. Odd thing is the Volvo & Land Rover have rear fogs standard but front is an option and as far as I can tell, the rear fogs on a BMW aren't even an option in this country. :dunno: I may just put a toggle switch below the dash and run a wire back although I'd like to find an "OEM" fix.
Nice! Got the Deka too...they're good batteries. Luckily the LCI's (2007-2010) use the brake light as rear fogs, so just adding a switch works....did that to mine a couple of weeks ago. New Audi's also have them standard, but BMW still does not supply the EU switch for NA....lol.
 

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Nice! Got the Deka too...they're good batteries. Luckily the LCI's (2007-2010) use the brake light as rear fogs, so just adding a switch works....did that to mine a couple of weeks ago. New Audi's also have them standard, but BMW still does not supply the EU switch for NA....lol.
Wondering if I got the switch from someone in Europe (thru eBay) if it's plug & play or needs coded :dunno:
Since it has the progressive brake lights, is there a wire on the brake light switch that you ran the switch to for it to work?
 

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Wondering if I got the switch from someone in Europe (thru eBay) if it's plug & play or needs coded :dunno:
Since it has the progressive brake lights, is there a wire on the brake light switch that you ran the switch to for it to work?
It's kinda plug and play, but you do have to run a wire from the back headlight connector to the front...the headlight switch I think. Here's the guide: http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x3-e83-forum/37533d1257013256-euro-spec-rear-fog-lights-question-rear-foglamp-retrofit.pdf

LCI models are already pre-wired, so just plug and play.
 

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The 04 x3 has been sitting for a week now waiting for the rear shaft refurbishment. So I used today to clean the disa valve, MAF sensor,throttle body and idel control valve also finished up on refreshing the cowl from the day before.


05 X3 181k
 

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It's kinda plug and play, but you do have to run a wire from the back headlight connector to the front...the headlight switch I think. Here's the guide: http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x3-e83-forum/37533d1257013256-euro-spec-rear-fog-lights-question-rear-foglamp-retrofit.pdf

LCI models are already pre-wired, so just plug and play.
Thanks for the link! I may find a way to tie them into the front fogs though im not sure which pin on the LCM does that & also dont want to risk overloading the LCM. Think my best bet is to a switch. Dont think the dealer will code it for me. I’ll assume i can get those parts thru ECS.

Also I’ve downloaded the manual for the radio since mine didn’t come with it & i had no idea what some of those buttons did. The auto volume while driving is a nice feature.
 

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bolted back on the rear drive shaft today...made all connections secure...went for a loud slow test drive...to loud and slow for me to tell if the replacement has addressed the problem. I should button up everything tomorrow on the 04. this will include: heatshield and reconnecting and hanging the exhaust. need to clean the MAF sensor too. Then I plan to go for a couple of hours joyride.

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Ordered the parts for the rear fog lights. Ran the wire from the plug up to the front. Was fun trying to get it thru that rubber grommet. I've got the wire up to the lower dash panel and now trying to find a power source for the switch without running another wire beneath the dash to the fuse panel. Was hoping to tie into the cigarette lighter but that seems to be a project removing it.
Also I can tell I'm not the first person to remove the panel and trim for the lift gate. Some of the tabs for the panel are missing and just about all the tabs for the trim are busted off. It was just flopping around back there. Hopefully I can find some at the junk yard.
One project leads to another.....
 

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Did all I said I would do from yesterday...also sorted out the headlights (they were kockeyed) during test run to hiltonhead picked up various items for the 04...found some ultra vision headlight bulbs on clearance regularly 45 bucks got them a little more than half off. I wait another week or so and see if they get discounted more be nice to have for the 05. just driving to get to know the car it had been sitting most of the time since I got her. not today got up the 100 twice while out on the hwy. Come to notice a couple of things: the annoying turn signal sound went silent for a few minutes.
There's also a slight whine coming from the engine I hope it's the steering needing the fluid changed. or it's the transfer case or is it the front dif...i start with steering and then see. also there is a BMW audio aux connection but for iPod ...i don't do iPod well that's it for now thanks.

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Cold AC again :thumbup:










don't jinx it, don't jinx it, don't jinx it
 

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Ah, but I bet the Lowes ones aren't slightly out of focus :)
 

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Rear fogs installed. :thumbup: Hardest part was fitting the wire thru that rubber grommet on the trunk lid. Second hardest part was finding a power source under the dash. I ended up splicing into the red wire that goes to the power seat. I ran that wire under the center console to a toggle switch I put beneath the steering column. From there I ran the wire back per the recommendation in that link frisbeeguy provided. Instead of the standard 1156 bulb for the fogs, I opted for a pair of 1003 bulbs. The brightness is in between tail lights & brake lights. Hard to tell by the pic (stupid cell phone) but they really aren't as bright as the pic shows. I should've had someone step on the brakes just to show the difference. Nice cheap mod for under $50 :beerchug:
 

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Removed dash and disassembled IHKA to replace Evap and heater core. 3 hours total to remove. I’m guessing I’ll be. At 8 hours all in to complete. Book estimates were 12 at BMW. I don’t work fast, so they have padded the crap out of this job.

Frisbee...were you inALB area for that junkyard? I need a few cosmetics in grey
 

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Removed dash and disassembled IHKA to replace Evap and heater core. 3 hours total

Frisbee...were you inALB area for that junkyard? I need a few cosmetics in grey
3 hrs! That's an all day or week job...you had a helper? and you've no doubt, have done this job before? Give me some tips...im bitten the bullet and taking the 05 in to Indy...he seems to have a good understanding of the bmw a/c systems. hoping he can find a simple solution to this no cold air problems.

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changed out the atf fluid for the 04s steering....it stunk ,was brown and muddy-ish thought I was addressing that whining (whine-up toy) sound. once fluid was changed...the sound is back but seems to be when I engage the a/c. anyway, steering wheel turns a bit more smoother...the 04 personality is more truck like, slightly bigger beefier slightly less faster but only on take-offs...it is a 2.5 (I wanted that nps) the 05s personality: quicker, nimble and prompts the driver to enjoy the accelerator. also picked up another pair of those headlight bulbs... clerk discounted them down to $13 bucks! The first pair work great on the 04...now I have a pair for the 05!

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