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BMW X3

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    Any chance that your wife may have a habit of leaving the parking brake engaged while driving from time to time?

    The X3 gives the driver a continuous warning chime if you drive off with the parking brake handle lifted by just one notch. Even if that wasn't the case, BMWs have a separate parking brake assembly that uses shoes that act against a drum which is cast into the rear rotors- as can be seen here. I checked a couple of X3 boards that are much more technically oriented, and their members confirmed that the rear brakes DO tend to wear out before the fronts. My Service Advisor also stated that X3s are harder on the rear pads.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I didn't know that about the X3 --- thanks for the info! :)

    Do you know if that warning chime applies to all BMWs?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    thanks for the info!

    Glad to help.

    Do you know if that warning chime applies to all BMWs?

    I believe that all new BMWs have the warning chime, but I don't know when it was first introduced. I do know that my 1995 3 Series doesn't have it, and our 1997 528i also lacked the feature.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    It would be a useful feature for sure. I've been guilty, on a couple of occassions, of being half way down the block before realizing the parking brake is still on. :blush:
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    I've been guilty, on a couple of occassions, of being half way down the block before realizing the parking brake is still on.

    Me too... :P

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    the outside RR pad had begun to score the rotor but the pad wear sensor on the inside RR pad hadn't worn through yet- we never got a brake lining warning light.

    A similar thing happened with my '05 325Ci a couple months ago, although I don't know which wheel. Basically, one of the outside pads was down to "0%" by the time the inside pad was low enough to activate the wear sensor. The good news is that the brake pads and rotors were replaced at all 4 corners, at no cost, thanks to BMW's maintenance plan.

    Who did the brake work for your X3? I'm guessing it was an independent shop who specializes in BMWs, correct? Is this one area of maintenance where $$$ are saved by using an independent shop? May I ask how much this service cost you?

    One reason I'm asking is because a service advisor (not my "regular" advisor) warned the brake services for an X3 are very expensive -- more expensive than on the 3-series cars. If so, I'm guessing it is only because the rotors are larger? He was advising me to consider buying the extended maintenance plan; but considering all of my X3's brake pads are fairly new, and our X3 is now 4 years old today, I didn't think it was a smart move.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    Who did the brake work for your X3? I'm guessing it was an independent shop who specializes in BMWs, correct? Is this one area of maintenance where $$$ are saved by using an independent shop? May I ask how much this service cost you?

    In this case I used the dealer, for a couple of reasons. Normally I would have used my independent shop, but when I discovered the scored rotor I thought it was possible that the caliper was seized- which would be covered under the CPO warranty. Secondly, my indie shop is usually booked a couple of days ahead, and the X3 is the only car my wife drives(it's the only one with an automatic). The dealer was able to get it in and out the same day. The main cost was the parts- $620 for rotors and pads at all four corners. The final damage was a tick over $900. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but the cost per mile was about the same as my wife's old 528i- which needed front pads every 20K and rotors every 40K. The rear pads and rotors lasted @ twice as long. To put things in perspective, my indie shop charged @$600 to R&R the pads and rotors on my 318ti, using BMW rotors and Axxis Metalmaster Pads. That said, in 100K miles the 3er went through only one set of rotors(F&R), 2 sets of front pads and one set of rear pads. At least the X3 wont need any brake work for another four years...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • saab2saab2 Posts: 6
    "At least the X3 wont need any brake work for another four years..."
    We do a lot of highway miles. Had brakes at 35k and at 70k, both no cost on warranty or service plan, so I don't think dealer was taking advantage of us. Not the greatest intervals.
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    $620 for rotors and pads at all four corners. The final damage was a tick over $900.

    But... Just Brakes advertises replacement of all four brakes for only $99! You could've saved $800! :P

    Seriously, that number is less than I expected. I was expecting the cost to run between $1200-$1500, for replacing all 4 sets of pads and rotors at the dealer.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    But... Just Brakes advertises replacement of all four brakes for only $99! You could've saved $800!

    NOW you tell me!!! :mad:

    Seriously, that number is less than I expected. I was expecting the cost to run between $1200-$1500, for replacing all 4 sets of pads and rotors at the dealer.

    I checked my reciept and the actual amount was $981.79 after my BMW CCA discount. I think that my dealer's service prices are definitely on the low side; I read about one poor sod who got hit for $900 just to R&R the front pads and rotors on an X5... :surprise:

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Has anyone had this happen with their X3? Mine is a 2004.

    I parked my car in the garage and several hours later when I went back to it, all four windows had opened-- including the sunroof. No, it's not poltergeists. Later that same week, the same thing happened again.

    Also, there are times when the remote key will unlock the driver's side door but not the passengar's. After several attempts the remote will not even re-lock the door and the dashboard mounted locking button won't even open or lock the doors. The only way to unlock the front passengar door is with the inside handle release.

    I've taken it back to the dealer and they cannot find anything wrong with it.

    Any suggestions?!
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,088
    We picked up my wife's new '08 X3 yesterday and turned in the '05.

    The refinements are numerous and perhaps for some folks, subtle.

    My wife loves the new 260HP 225 lb ft power first and foremost. She is also impressed with HD radio and the many near lux or entry level lux upgrades.

    The new one is almost silent, even at speed, compared with the '05.

    We have the SAV package, this time, NOT the sport package -- the improvements in ride are not sublte -- it rides and handles much more like the last 3 series we were loaned when the X3 was in for service.

    Couldn't be happier -- in fact, at this point, the X3 is (for her, for us) the best overall Bimmer for the money.

    36 months 48K miles, $632/mo, No sec dep, Sales tax on lease, first month and prepaid miles.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    I may be taking an X6 on a TN to CA road trip... :surprise:

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • x3lemonx3lemon Posts: 5
    I'm considering getting another X3. I purchased one right after they came out and it was a lemon, but I'm hoping/guessing that some of the problems I had have been fixed. At the same time, could anyone tell what sort of mileage they're getting now, approx. for normal driving and for freeway driving, please.
  • bruceomegabruceomega Posts: 250
    ..... My wife loves the new 260HP 225 lb ft power first and foremost .....

    For the '05 you traded in, did you have the 2.5 or the 3.0 engine?

    Thanks
    Bruce
  • Dude. That is SO sweet. What is this for and when is it?!?! Do you work for BMW, or is the x6 out now?! Ive been asking about it everywhere is this some type of promo thing?! Can I take an X6 on a roadtrip from TN to CA!!!!?????
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    One of my friends is driving a BMW NA press loaner from the official launch in SC to the Left Coast where it will become part of the BMW west coast press fleet.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,088
    3.0 and the manual in the '05.
  • dionngdionng Posts: 4
    I have a 2008 X3, and getting about 15-17 MPG in City and 24 in Highway. It seems one full tank of gas last about 280-300 miles. I thought I have read some articles in 2005 they are going to make a hybird verson of X3, but don't know when will come out.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,088
    Look for a diesel, soon.
  • lougheedlougheed Posts: 2
    I’m looking for quality x3 performance parts (Cold air intake, Strut tower brace bar). Any reliable vendors?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    I'd go with Dinan. Be aware that there's not much cheap horsepower to be found in today's naturally aspirated BMW engines.
    You do know that the X3 already has a front strut brace, right?

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Dude. That is seriousley awesome. Does your friend work for BMW?! How does he get to drive the SICKEST car across the country that is sooo tight. Are you going with him?! Tell us what the cars like, i bet its amazing that is such an awesome car. You are so lucky man
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    I had to take a pass on the trip. My friend is a journalist who is doing a story on the X6. If you are covering a launch BMW will let you do a "drive away" which means that you drive a car back home and BMW's transport company comes and picks it up in 10 days or so.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,391
    That sounds great!!

    It seems I just missed you... My son and I were on the way back from the kennel that day, dropping off the pooch, as we were leaving on vacation...

    We swung by there, to see if we could spot your car... around 0930 AM.. Just a little too soon.. ;)

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  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,088
    Two weeks into the new X3 -- took it back to the dealer to have the Touch Signalling and Daytime Running Lights activated. No charge, free wash and vacuum, love the Touch Signalling -- dealer sales didn't even know about it, in fact claimed it did not work on the X3 since it doesn't have iDrive.

    Wrong! It works just fine.

    Loving the power and now the economy is improving with over 500 miles on it.

    Very quiet, 6 speed adaptive auto is a joy -- this is my wife's first automatic car, and she has no regrets.

    HD radio -- WHO KNEW? There are so many stations in our big town (Cincinnati) that have HD2 channels of completely new and different stuff -- even AM sounds better for Pete's sake.

    The only typical option (typical for my wife) not on the thing is the upgraded radio speakers -- but we had it on the 2005 and compared the standard to the upgraded, even using our own CD (U2 rattle and hum) and noticed what would appear to be an upgrade in the base system (more bass, actually) and since she listens mostly to Sirius, which, good as it is, is still compressed audio -- didn't see the need for the upgrade.

    Instead went with a $475 paint upgrade and the SAV package (not the sport package -- and my fillings and kidneys are so glad.)

    The interior -- the two tone leather option -- looks more upscale than the somewhat coarse and, er, rugged interior of the 2005 vintage. The dash is so much nicer, I'll guess they brought out the first crappy dash (although at the time it was OK) perhaps because no one ever expect the X3 to be such a brisk seller (at least here in the moderate snowy region of the US, it is.)

    Accessory: custom kleen wheels which keeps those SAV package 18" wheels looking shiny, never dull.

    Tires: Pirellis -- HP All seasons -- only comment so far, THEY ARE STONE SILENT.

    Heated steering wheel, very nice -- too bad it is not offered with the sport package.

    A pushbutton smart key and back up camera (which is offered aftermarket, don't you know) would be sweet, too.

    Needs a factory standard alarm system at this price ($49K).

    All in all, for $632 per month, 36 months 48K miles (we prepaid the miles and the state sales tax on the lease, no sec dep, first month's payment) -- a very nice upgrade from the 2005.

    The X6 is now here -- and, truth be told, it is too big. My hope and dream is that the replacement X3 has the "8/10's X6 look," the 300 HP i6 turbo engine and a 7 speed auto offered and here in 2011 just as the wife gets her new car at that time.

    All in all, very very pleased.

    People carp about the MSRP -- and I agree.

    But, an Acadia lease with a sec dep is about the same -- BMW subvents these leases so the MSRP is somewhat not relevant, unless, of course, you are buying -- then they stick it to you, from a certain point of view :surprise:
  • x5mex5me Posts: 3
    am wondering if anyone out there might have an idea what is wrong with my x5 its a 2001 4.4 i recently changed the alternator after that it has been leaking a lot of anti freeze its coming from somewhere between the engine & the transmission while am driving it its okay it does not leak but when i park it for about 15 to 1/2 hr it starts to leak the anti freexe can anyone help me please or has anyone had this problem before?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,621
    Your truck has a water cooled alternator. If the problem began immediately after that repair, I'd suggest checking to see if the o-ring sealing gasket(Part #3 in this diagram) was damaged upon reassembly.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,285
    ". . .then they stick it to you, from a certain point of view."

    That would be, from above and behind. If one has the appropriate tatoo, they can enjoy the view while they're at it.

    Glad to hear your family is enjoying the new X3, but having just bought (yeah, I never learn) a new vehicle, having driven the old one most of eight years, I'm still interested in that piece of the puzzle.

    Most aren't, I realize.
  • x5mex5me Posts: 3
    hey roadrunner thank you for that response i actually already checked that and that part is completely dried any more ideas any other places i could check?
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