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General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Engine Noise?!
« on: July 03, 2018, 01:27:47 PM »
That is unusual for 57k engine to have that problem, possibly one has just broken due to a manufacturing fault, get a metal tube and place it on the chain cover and put your ear the other end and listen...I use that method when trying to locate strange noises on engines...its worked for me on many things....

This is a great suggestion, I will do that and see what conclusions I draw.

Horizon, I'm by no means eliminating the suggestions, I'm just trying to form and educated guess as to what is going on. The noise doesn't increase in my engine when I rev it, it's not present upon revs or upon acceleration. It is only present when sat idle, in drive. It appears at a far lesser degree when idle, in park.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Engine Noise?!
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:45:48 PM »
I should also add that the engine only has 57k miles on it.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Engine Noise?!
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
Alternator bearing or water pump

Thanks for the suggestion mate. Just wondering what makes you say water pump or alternator bearing? I would have expected to see other symptoms if it was either of these two.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Engine Noise?!
« on: July 01, 2018, 10:32:06 PM »
Thanks Marti. That's a useful suggestion. My thoughts (and another member of a different forum) were all based around idlers or tensioners. So this is a useful, and fairly inexpensive, consideration. I'll post on here once I've fixed it and confirm what was done.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Engine Noise?!
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:23:19 PM »
Thanks Marti. I've actually posted a link to a video of the noise itself. I realise it's all a process of elimination, but I had hoped someone more expert than I might be able to help suggest what it might be.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Engine Noise?!
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:09:51 PM »
Hi guys,

Wondered if I might be able to ask some opinions. My 3.0i X3 has developed an extremely irritating noise coming from the engine (M54). The noise is most significant when the car is in 'Drive' but stationary, once I shift it to 'Park' the noise reduces but remains on a more sporadic basis. Once I accelerate/drive the noise disappears and only reoccurs when I stop at lights etc.

I thought this might be something familiar to guys on here with the same engine. I'm working on an assumption that it's something tensioner/pulley related, but this is just a hunch.


Any input is welcome.

Thanks :thumbsup:

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Passenger mirror packed its bags
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:31:29 PM »
Interesting continuation on this issue, I went out to the car this morning and decided to give the switch panel a bit of a tap to see if there is perhaps a bad connection. What do you know, the passenger mirror begins to work again. So I think you may be right Alan, I think it could be the control switch. I'm hoping (but doubting) it's a serviceable part, no doubt it'll need replaced  :noexpression:

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Passenger mirror packed its bags
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:20:20 AM »
I did think that yesterday, but I figured because the switch is still correctly folding the driver mirror that the issue wouldn't be there. It's a nightmare, always hate issues with electrics!

General X3 Forum (E83) / Passenger mirror packed its bags
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:12:28 PM »
Despite thoroughly enjoying the first couple of weeks of ownership, my X3's passenger side wing mirror has decided to pack its bags (it seems). The control panel on the driver side now won't allow me to adjust or fold the passenger mirror.

Given that both the folding and adjustment aren't working, any ideas what might be going on? Motor? Can the motor be replaced? I found the below bit on eBay:


General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: What is the correct battery?! Help please
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:58:00 PM »
Cheers guys. I ended up with a 95AH Bosch S4 013 battery, which is a like-for-like replacement on the old battery. It seemed to tick all boxes I could identify using online searches and speaking to BMW, it's not AGM, but as the previous battery wasn't either it shouldn't be of any consequence.

Thanks for all the help on this guys. The car has been bought and it seems as though everything is in order at this stage. Always helpful to know the things to look out for though.

General X3 Forum (E83) / What is the correct battery?! Help please
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:56:03 AM »
Morning all,

Seems the car needs a new battery, after a long journey I came back to found the car completely dead, the remote key wouldn't even work. It started fine with a jump and the alternator seems to be working absolutely fine. First port of call is a battery change, if the problem persists I guess I'll have to look for the source of parasitic drain.. :noexpression:

Problem is, I'm getting a complete mish-mash of information on what the correct battery for the car is. It currently has a 95ah Bosch in place, at Euro Car Parts and GSF I get various 95ah and 100ah suggestions. I called BMW and they have told me their system says 70ah or 90ah  :blink:!? They are also telling me that they're not sure if it needs a standard battery or AGM battery.

Can anyone shed any light on what the actual requirement is? The car is a 3.0i from '04.

Thanks very much!

Newbies section / Re: Soon to be E83 owner
« on: April 03, 2018, 12:28:26 AM »
Hello and :hi:

PS we ignore pvr on here too  :P

Thanks for the messages guys, this gave me a laugh too!

Thanks for the replies guys. Picking the car up on Wednesday, with an added bonus/peace of mind. The car is going in for a health check at the current owner's local BMW dealer garage. I will get a report/receipt of this work.

I'll let you know once it's been picked up and will upload some pics.

Thanks very much for that Horizon!

I will keep you posted.

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