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#1522 of 4187 Re: 05' X3 Suspension Changes
Nov 08, 2004 (6:41 am)
I got this from another board. This guy is a BMW Mechanic, and his info has been reliable to date.
It cover the Sport Package only. No info yet on Non-Sport.
2005 X3(SPORT)softer Ride? changes? it's mm's :
Message: this is my finding after
new car prepping 2005
X3 Sport Package 2.5 and 3.0
(stick & auto trans) for delivery this week:
for 2004 , the info on Sport Package suspension bits:
anti-sway bar front dia. 23.6 mm
anti-sway bar rear dia. 18.7 mm
front coil spring wire dia. 14.4 mm (same as non-sport package)
rear coil spring wire dia. 17.5 mm ( .4mm thicker than non-sport)
front shock # .... 110+800 (different than non-sport)
rear shock # .....22.214.171.1240.516 ( different than non-sport)
............ the seat of pants feel of tiny to small road bumps is a "sharp" or "hard edge" feeling to tiny impacts
for 2005 , the Sport Package suspension bits:
anti-sway bar front dia. 23.5 mm
anti-sway bar rear dia. 18.5 mm
front coil spring wire dia. 14.6 mm
rear coil spring dia. 17.4 mm
front shock # ........260+800
rear shock # ..... 126.96.36.1990.843
........... the seat of pants feel of the 2005 Sport package over small road bumps is "soft" or "rounded edge" feeling . Much nicer indeed ......
#1523 of 4187 Re: Seat key memory [jane3]
Nov 08, 2004 (10:52 am)
Your truck needs to be programmed for key memory. This is just, for lack of a better analogy, initializing your keys for the truck. If you lose your keys, you'd have to go over this process all over.
You cannot do this by yourself - the truck needs to be hooked to the BMW computer.
You should be set once your keys are initialized. It will remember (Or revert back to!) your settings - Seat, mirror, climate control, radio station, etc.
Also, my experience has been that the settings are dynamic....it remembers your last settings. If you adjust your seat position while the key is in the ignition...the setting will change to the new position.
#1524 of 4187 I could be wrong, but....
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 08, 2004 (12:20 pm)
I doubt the seat position is dynamic... Let's say key #1 is hooked up with seat memory position #1.. Every time you use key #1 to open the door, it just moves the seat, mirrors, etc. to position #1, whatever that is..
In other words, the key doesn't store the seat position.. it just actuates whatever memory setting that it was hooked up to.... It is the same as if you adjust your seat while driving... Unless you store it in the memory, the next time you actuate the memory setting, it will go back to the last setting stored.
#1525 of 4187 Re: I could be wrong, but.... [kyfdx]
Nov 08, 2004 (2:22 pm)
Yah, this memory seating stuff is really funky. Still have not figured it out 100%.
On the Radio. It remembers the last memory bank...so if you pressed 3 last, it'll remember 3 the next time around, If you used AUX last, it'll remember AUX. The climate control works exactly the same, it remembers the last temperature you set.
The seats seem to be similar in nature - I changed the settings while I was driving and it retained those settings. My memory position #1 had my previous programmed settings. I had posted earlier whether we had 3 or 7 seat memories, because that is what I seem to have - 7?!!
Another thing to consider is that the X3 manual advertises that 4 individuals can have their own preferences of seat and mirror settings.....how is that possible???
We've (my wife is, it works for me each time!) been having some issues with the seat setting. I (like you!) do not get to drive the BMW a lot, so can't give a 100% accurate answer.
You seem to be right about the key not storing anything...just actuating the seat memories, but how do you account for the 4th driver memory?????
Anyway, can't worry about these trivial things today - HALO 2 is out tonight!!! ;o)
#1526 of 4187 Re: Creaking fix !!!?? [jimbob533]
Nov 08, 2004 (8:47 pm)
Having read Jimbob's helpful statement as to the service bulletin for the creaking noise, as well as Harplayr's use of same, we took our car in about a week ago for "the fix." The service guy seemed bemused, and didn't indicate this was a known problem to him but he looked up the information, treated the car and so far so good. Before this service our car seemed to only creak on the left side doors and it wasn't noticeable except at low speeds on less than perfect roads. We're hoping the problem doesn't come back (Harplayr, is your fix still working?).
Anyone who has the creak and didn't catch Jimbob's earlier information, I think it is message number 1291 on this board, and was posted in July, 2004.
On a different topic, has anybody bought the roof cross bars, and if so, what do you think of the look?
#1527 of 4187 Re: Creaking fix !!!?? [jed]
Nov 09, 2004 (6:39 am)
Yes, so far so good on the creak fix. I haven't washed the door jams yet, so that will be the real test for me, to see what happens when I do. I just know that I'll never wax the door jams again, as that is what made the creak real bad to begin with.
#1528 of 4187 A "Chick Car"?
Nov 11, 2004 (1:12 pm)
I've been thinking about getting an X3 for a little while -- the fun driving of a 3 series with a little more utility sounds like a good combo to me. I told a friend that I was going to check them out, and he said, "What? That's a chick's car!" After that, I started looking out for them on the roads, and I have noticed that the majority of X3 drivers I've seen are women. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area...anyone else notice this? Or is my friend nuts? (OK, I know he's nuts, but is he right?)
Nov 11, 2004 (2:00 pm)
pmor... If you have any doubts just buy Chrysler 300 and fire up a stogie. Problem solved.
#1530 of 4187 Park Distance Control / NAV / European Delivery
Nov 11, 2004 (4:35 pm)
Curious if anyone had any feedback on the X3 regarding:
1) if you have the NAV and Park Distance Control, does the NAV screen display a pictogram of which PDC sensors are going off? A dealer told me this, but he didn't have an X3 with PDC and Nav on the lot for me to see for myself...
2) for the absolute best rock bottom purchase price, is European Delivery the way to go, or can dealers usually do better than the 7% ED discount mentioned on BMW's website?
Thanks for any feedback.
#1531 of 4187 Re: Park Distance Control / NAV / European Delivery [wcnetsurfer]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 11, 2004 (8:53 pm)
You really need to look into ED more thoroughly..
The ED MSRP and invoice are both 7% lower than US MSRP.. but, it is still negotiable..
So, even if the dealer would give you 10% off MSRP for US delivery, you might negotiate the same discount off the ED price...
IOW, you'll always save more with ED.. whether it is worth the cost of the trip,etc.. is a personal decision.