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General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Transfer case fluid change
« on: August 07, 2018, 05:17:13 PM »
Hi, im all set to do this, one Q if i may:-what wizardry device did you use to pump the oil in. I have the ravenoil fluid, but noticed the filler hole is up higher than pouring angle when looked st the transfer box.



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) / Re: A question about music connectivity
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:44:28 PM »
I have the same, including a female usb, but it’s connected to my parrot hands free. Could be an old installation.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Suspension help please
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:34:14 AM »
Hi, I have one broken spring, but the MOT tester did not spot it. I have been in contact with this Ebay item 350483436747 (search for it) seller. After giving my reg number, they assured me it we he correct one for my car 3.0sd m-sport. I’m going to change both in the warmer spring weather, no pun intended!

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Who's running non BMW star rated tyres
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:15:57 PM »
Non staggered use different rims - in case you hadn’t spotted that bit.
Mmmmmmm, Horizons opinion and thread reference appear to differ.

I used a C110 on my 2007 X3, plugged into the obd port by the front footwell.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Who's running non BMW star rated tyres
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:49:52 AM »
Thanks for the opinions, this gives my food for thought.

Uniroyal rainsport 3, the only ones i can recommend for staggered x3 set up.
I like the look of the Uniroyal option but cannot see any Uniroyal Front tyres listed anywhere. My current size is Front 235/45 R19, Rear 255/40 R19. What size do you run kkx5??

I'm also going to look at a non staggered setup too, with 255/40/19 all round. My winter wheels are non staggered I think, they are in storage so will look sometime soon.

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) / Re: x3 2.0d glow plugs and other problems
« on: November 20, 2016, 03:17:28 AM »
Hi , recently changed my glow plug controller. It's a p.i.t.a but the controller on my 07 3.0sd is in mounted on the side of the engine block (near side). If in dought follow the glowplug leads to the controller. It's about the size of a cigarette box with two plugs on the bottom. One is the power and the other is the output leads to the glow plugs.
All the best.

Cheers jagr, I'll have a go tomorrow.

Jagr, what is the trick to getting the plastic mesh around the fog lights out, I also have the m-sport with angle eyes and xenon head lights and would like to replicate the look of the led lamps you fitted.

Hey, yes all done along with the two thermostats around May/June of this year. No fault codes on the glow plugs or I could have done the whole caboodle in one go, oh well. Idle hands and all that. Next job will be fitting the winter wheels and putting the XK8 to bed for its winter hibernation.

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 / Re: New X3 3.0sd M sport owner.
« on: June 10, 2016, 07:33:27 PM »
Hi, many thanks for the welcomes. I'm looking to buff the X3 up some what before it gets a photo shoot, as its been "scratched and dried" by the local car wash guys. Here is one of the XK.

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