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General X3 Forum (E83) / Passenger door mirror...
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:43:17 AM »
...isn't heating or moving. The original option code is 313 "Exterior Mirror Package", and FWIW I have heated seats with manual adjustment. The RHS mirror does not appear to have electric folding. So I think I need the 5-wire version? Looking at a few breakers' spares on the 'bay, and some guides on YT, it does seem feasible to swap the mirror cover to retain my current paint colour finish. The job would involve removing the door trim, airbags, etc. Anyone done this or similar?

Would definitely like a usable reverse gear kerb view tilting function as not doing too well on parallel parking!

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Newbies section / Re: New E83 3.0Si Owner
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:25:05 AM »
Nice!  :thumbsup:

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The lounge / Re: BMW 7 Series nicked in under 60 seconds
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:19:49 AM »
Do these RFID pouches actually work?

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General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Driver's heated seat fault?
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:13:58 AM »
Hmm, I've disconnected the battery several times and not felt that I've missed any significant "stored data". If you do disconnect it, make sure not to close the rear hatch, as otherwise you'll have to crawl into the back and poke around the lock from the inside to reopen it.

The seat fix I've seen in a YT vid looked like quite a lot of effort...

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Also note a common issue, search "bmw e83 valve cover gasket" which leads to a whiffy smell of oil smoke around the engine and in the cabin. Relatively easily fixed, albeit a bit fiddly in places, some good vids on YT. Expect to need to do this at least by 100K miles or before; also get spark plugs changed at the same time.

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General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Hard wire
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:48:08 AM »
When done, a post in the How-To section with some pics would be great!

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General Discussion / Re: London 'T' charge
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:19:33 AM »
The official proposals on this change have now been published: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/air-quality-consultation-phase-3b/?cid=airquality-consultation

The proposals confirm the extension of the controlled ULEZ area up to but not including the North and South Circular roads in London. It would start in April 2019 with residents having an exemption until October 2021. This would apply to:
    Diesel cars, vans, minibuses and similar vehicles – Euro 6 NOx and PM
    Petrol cars, vans and similar vehicles – Euro 4 NOx
    Motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and similar vehicles – Euro 3 NOx

One particular irritation about the proposal is that the charges would apply every day, whereas the Congestion Charge applies only on weekdays.

Although described as a "consultation" I would be very sceptical about any material change.

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General X3 Forum (E83) / Coolant light initially on, then goes off
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:31:29 PM »
Car model as in sig, recently started showing coolant warning light when cold, but light goes off after ~4 mins when engine warms up. The top-up float indicator shows the main reservoir is absolutely fine, and no apparent coolant loss is seen. Might be associated with recent colder weather. Ideas?

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I've found YouTube an excellent source of instructional videos on basic interior tasks.

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General Discussion / Re: London 'T' charge
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:10:34 PM »
So, how did those emissions numbers get on my V5C?

Further investigation provides the answer. If one goes to http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/ and follows the link entitled Find fuel consumption and emissions information on a new or used car and then answers the various successive queries, one ends up on a web page like this:



A full dataset of emissions information may be downloaded as a CSV at http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/downloads/default.aspx if the above fails.

The thing I really don't like about this whole thing is that the taxing authorities appear to be delegating to the car manufacturer to declare Euro conformity when all the information is already available and in their database. The idea that a car company would undermine their opportunity for new car sales by endorsing conformity when it wasn't obligatory is laughable. :(

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General Discussion / Re: London 'T' charge
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:16:35 AM »
Well, clearly at any given point in time a manufacturer can only state compliance with regulations in effect, or notified, at that point in time. However, if a given model has declared (and presumably has had verified) specific emissions outputs which comply with later standards, then the authorities should recognize the model as so compliant.

So, how did those emissions numbers get on my V5C?

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