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General X3 Forum (E83) / Rear Spring-Favour Please
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:22:05 PM »
Hi, I’ve recently renewed my rear springs on my 2007 3.0sd m-sport. Now,there is huge confusion over springs for this m-sport model. I used Kilen 51039, the parts shop assured me they would be the right fit for my suv. They were easy the source and a good price.
The job was easy (with two jacks) the car look fine, it sits the same as before and rides great. The old springs were pig tail, the replacement normal. The distance to the ground was the same after replacement with the car still raised up and wheel on. It’s the compressed measurement I did not check.
Could someone with a similar car please measure the distance from the underside of the wheel arch to the lowest point on the wheel rim, straight down, mine measures 690mm, I know I should have measured before!!

Btw I have my winter wheels on, 235-50-18. This may result in different results.

Many thanks.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Who's running non BMW star rated tyres
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:20:42 PM »
Hi, I'm due all four tyres very soon on my 3.0sd X3. I've read that it's best to buy the Pirelli star rated tyres as are fitted now, or face transfer box noises and faults! A full set for my 19" rims is circa £700  :o from tyre leader. I can get the same size, mid range for half the price. So, options are invited from y'all.


General X3 Forum (E83) / Changed the glow plug controller and plugs today
« on: November 03, 2016, 08:57:16 PM »
Is anyone is thinking of carrying this out now the cold mornings are showing up any glow plug problems?
I had five glow plug errors and a controller error on one plug, so I bit the bullet and changed everything! It's a totally doable diy job, but very fiddly, there are lots of layers to take off before you reach the glow plugs. Both air boxes, air intake manifold etc. I also had to disconnect the coolant hose from the cylinder head to get the controller out. Lots of generic videos on you tube for E60 cars to give the general gist. There are tales of this taking two hours, I would pay good money to watch someone take two hours on the 3.0sd like mine, more like four-five, but I'm methodical. All faults cleared and run for 20mls to checkout any issues, thankfully there were none. I'm happy to offer any advise if anyone need some help or encouragement. Cheers.

General X3 Forum (E83) / 3.0sd coolant temperature and MPG
« on: June 26, 2016, 05:50:33 PM »
Hi all. New 2007 X3 owner here. I've made my introductions in the new member section and recived a friendly response, thanks.

So engine temp and coolant; I've read on here and other BMW forums they the running temp is quite crucial to achieving decent MPG results, people are recommending the need for high 80's. So I did a test run and only archived 77c. So I have changed the easy EGR stat today and am now getting 79-82c, temp gauge straight up in the middle. Checked on the torque app. I also purchased the main stat (opens at 88c). In your combined wisdom is it worth the 2-3hours it looks like it is going to take me to replace the main stat, it's looks fairly well buried under the EGR heat exchanger. By the way, I'm currently achieving 23mpg on my short journeys and circa 28mpg on a 50-70 mile run.

Any advice / opinion will be gratefully recived.


Newbies section / New X3 3.0sd M sport owner.
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:19:44 PM »
Hi all. Well the X3 is my first Diesel 4x4, I have owned an X-Trail for the past five years! Used as a work horse and my "winter car,  my daily driver in the short english summer is a Jaguar XK8. I've only had the X3 since yesterday evening but so far I'm impressed, she sure is quick. So I'm reading the owners manual and reading the forum to see what I should get done to keep it in tip top shape. I hope to keep it for at least another 5 years. I'm looking forward to being a member of this forum learning and contributing. Tony.

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