X3: buying/viewing guide or tips needed please.

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X3: buying/viewing guide or tips needed please.

Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:54 am


I’m going to view an X3 in the next few days.  As such I was hoping you guys may be able to give me some tips on what to look for on the vehicle and the paperwork if possible?

It’s a 2005 X3 diesel manual transmission with 109k on the clock. The service book shows stamps to 91k and then there receipts for the rest from what the owner tells me.

He also said the sat nav voice doesn’t work and the handbrake needs adjusting. It also only has the one key so I’d need to source a spare. Apart from those bits it runs and works as it should.

He’s asking just under £3k to add some context. What should I be checking and how much should I be budgeting to fix/replace the above?

Thanks I’m advance!
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Re: X3: buying/viewing guide or tips needed please.

Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:49 pm

Voice Assist will depend upon whether it is actually fitted.  They all got the button on the steering wheel regardless of the option.  Use the last 7 of the VIN to get the build spec from somewhere like BMWvin dot com.

Any competent Indy should be able to adjust the handbrake.

Check the tyres.  If the wheel sizes are different front to back (staggered) then you really do need the correct rubber on them, and that means ‘*’ marked tyres.  The E83 is one of the worst for not liking the wrong rubber.  It can result in a broken transmission.
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Re: X3: buying/viewing guide or tips needed please.

Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:44 pm

The sat nav voice not sounding should bear no relation to the Voice Assist? By Voice Assist do you mean Voice Control? Sounds like a little system glitch to me...

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