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Gallery / Re: Finally got the new wheels on...
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:47:04 PM »
Looks nice....painted calipers?

 Thanks. No, i've not painted them. Not sure if i will, but if i did, probably in black. It has a few problems atm, one being discs needing replacing, so probably getting a set of drilled and grooved. May have a bash at the calipers when they are off doing that job.

Gallery / Finally got the new wheels on...
« on: June 01, 2018, 05:57:07 PM »

So finally got my wheels on. Was hoping for a eBay bargain, but these eventually cost me a lot more than I was hoping. Still, happy with the end result...

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: DIY help needed.
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:22:24 PM »
Ta for the links guys, both pretty useful. hopefully be tackling some jobs by the weekend.

General X3 Forum (E83) / DIY help needed.
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:05:50 PM »
Hey guys.

had a few problems with my car lately. just got it back from the garage where it was patched up but not permanently repaired. I am looking at a potential bill of over £1500.... But there are some thing that were on the list, that i'm sure i could do myself if someone could point me in the right direction with any suitable links.

The car need rear discs, pads and shoes. now i have changed pads before no probs, and i have found a pretty helpful vid on the disc too, but none for the handbrake shoes. Although i have found vids for 3.0 e46 3 series, would i be right in thinking they are pretty much the same, and just follow the process for my car?

Also they have listed the breather assembly (with pipes), this part alone was £146 ex vat, they did say these were dealer prices and was giving me the worst case scenario, but i believe i found this part much cheaper, but it was called a pcv crankcase vent valve breather hose kit. Is this the same unit? If so, any how too links on fitting? Again can find other models but struggling to find any x3 in english. (found a great one in German)

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Yes, as previously stated the mismatched tires are the top one to look out for, non staggered fit is the best way to go, or you will be looking at 'star' marked tires, and well, they are not cheap.....

I have had mine for nearly a year now, and apart from horrendous mpg i still very much like it, the car is not fast, but certainly not slow either. The only issue i have really had was with a sensor that kept throwing the engine check light on, but again, the car drives fine with the faulty sensor, just makes my mpg worse than it already is. 16.5mpg.....!!  :o

But as with most cars, give it a good drive make sure the box changes smoothly through the gears, and drops down when you give it some, and all the obvious other bits, brakes don't pull, suspicious sounds from the engine bay, look for leaks, tho with the shielding underneath, that may be a bit tricky, so try to look down from above the engine. All electrics work, sunroof/windows/mirrors/seats etc, like i say all the usual stuff... I assume its the early 231bhp not the later 265bhp one? Again, i think these are pretty strong engines if looked after, my mates 330i has been going strong for many years now.

Good luck.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Engine check light?
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:58:15 PM »
The battery seem fine, tho i have no tools to check for that sort of thing, it starts up without any effort. but it did come on for the first time after we had some heavy snow, obviously being winter it was dark going to and from work. So lights/wipers/heating/radio all on all the time. (the days are lighter now, but the engine light is still on) Other than that i do have a dash-cam with constant live permanently on. If i dont drive over the weekend it struggles to start up on a monday morning, but still does it. i think over a third day it would have drained the battery.....

General X3 Forum (E83) / Engine check light?
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:44:01 PM »
Hi Guys.

So a while back my engine light came up on my dash, car was running fine, but booked it into the garage. They said there was some stored codes, but could not find anything wrong, so cleared them for me. This lasted about a week and then on it came again. Garage said that if a code has come up, then this could be what the fault was. So in it went, tho annoyingly enough, the day i went to take it in, the light went off by itself, but i thought best to get them to look as it was all arranged. Again, they could not find anything wrong.... This has lasted a couple of weeks and this morning what was on? Yep the engine light.....!!

Now obviously i don't want to keep handing my cash over to the garage for them to find nothing wrong, Is there some sort of pedal test so i can check for codes myself? and anyway of clearing the engine light? As again, car is running perfectly.... (car is 2004 e83 3.0ltr petrol if that helps)

Any help would be much appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Navigation updates
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:37:54 PM »
Yes you are right it is a dvd disc and case i have. 2002 tho, rather annoyingly you can not put the whole postcode in, so unless you know the name of the road too, it wont find it. Was hoping a newer disc would solve this, but the only ones i can find are for cars 2007 and newer....

General Discussion / Navigation updates
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:05:50 PM »
I have a 2005 e83. The navigation is a bit dated. Is there a cd update I can buy? If so, can anyone point me in the right direction.


General Discussion / Re: BMW 179 borbet rims.
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:44:23 PM »
Still trying to get the actual bolts off. Worried about shearing them.....

General Discussion / BMW 179 borbet rims.
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:30:17 PM »
I have got hold of a set of these alloys. here's a link if you need to see them. http://www.alloywheelsdirect.net/bmw_alloy_wheels/3_series_e90_alloys/19_bmw_179_wheel_1045

The alloys are not kerbed however underneath the laquer on the rim it is pretty badly discolored/reaction going on so was considering a refurb. Does anyone know if these are two piece? If so, what is the best way to removing the bolts? been soaking in wd and they wont budge.....


General X1 Forum (E84) / Re: Dings, Dents and Chips
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:59:13 PM »
Might be worth looking for a mobile smart repair in your area. Quite a few do it these days. Had a pretty bad scratch on my front bumper. Came to my work and had it all done in a few hours. Cant even tell it was there now....

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Kidney grills.
« on: August 29, 2017, 07:21:34 PM »
Thanks for that. I thought that was the case when I was rooting about under the bonnet, trying to figure it out. Don't think my hex bolts have been undone since the car was built. Even with a soaking with wd the only one that I could get to move felt like it was about to sheer off.....

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: wheel max load?
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:23:39 PM »
Out of interest, would you or anyone on here know if a wheel with max load of 654kg would be ok for a 3.0 petrol x3, or do people think its a little too low a load rating?


General X3 Forum (E83) / Kidney grills.
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:57:58 AM »
I always thought myself as quite a hands on kind of guy, and can normally do things by having a good look first, having swapped engines and restored cars in my past. however, getting the kidney grills out of my e83 x3 has me stumped. Searched here, looked for how to vids online and can not find anything. The car is fitted with the factory aerodynamic pack, and i can not seem to access the clips from behind from anywhere.... Any tips?


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