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#3199 of 4187 Re: 05 bmw x3 2.5-48k [kayleigh22]
Apr 06, 2009 (5:32 pm)
Stick the warranty money into a MM account and self insure. My wife has a 2004 X3 2.5 and it has needed exactly one warranty repair-the passenger seat SRS sensor. Check and see if the brake pads have been replaced; you may need pads/rotors in the 50K-60K range. Ditto for tires(I recommend Tire Rack for quality tires at a great price). Around 100K you may need a water pump, but that should cost less than $400, max. Here is a brief synopsis of service requirements:
On an X3 some services are determined by time, some by mileage, and some by the on-board Service Interval(SI) system(which calculates service based on driving conditions).
The time based services are: Brake Fluid(every 2 years) and Coolant(every 3 years-even though BMW doesn't call for it)
The mileage based services are: Spark Plugs, ATF, and Oxygen Sensors(every 100K miles for all three).
The SI system has 3 levels of service: Oil Service, Inspection I, and Inspection II. An Oil Service is called for at 15K intervals(or every year, whichever comes first). It is just an oil change. It costs $80-$125
The Inspection I rolls up at 30K; it is an oil change, a cabin air filter change, and a comprehensive inspection of the car. Figure $250-$300
Inspection II occurs around 60K and is essentially an Inspection I + an engine air filter change. Costs average $350-$500
Since you're going to hang on to it for a while I'd advise changing the automatic transmission and transfer case fluid every 50K. Change the final drive oil(front and rear) at 100K. I change the engine oil myself on my wife's X3 at 7.5K intervals due to the fact that the truck chews up its oil in less than 9K miles(based on used oil analysis). Some people go 15K without any problem but I'm not one of them. Our X3 has 75K on it and is as tight and rattle-free as new. My son will take it to college in a bit over four years. We fully expect to get a minimum 150K miles out of it. Based on my experience with BMWs, that is a very conservative expectation.
#3200 of 4187 Re: 05 bmw x3 2.5-48k [roadburner]
Apr 07, 2009 (12:03 pm)
"Stick the warranty money into a MM account and self insure."
You might as well just put it under your mattress. Similar return and probably safer!
Apr 10, 2009 (4:41 pm)
Does the '09 X3 provide a visual warning on the dash, as well as an audible warning, if you drive off with a door/hatch/hood not securely latched? I've read an '04 owner's manual which does not talk about that, but I would expect the X3 to have that feature since even the Mini has it.
Does the navigation package also include a hard drive that you can upload mp3 music files onto?
#3202 of 4187 Re: 09 X3 [bodble2]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Apr 11, 2009 (6:23 am)
I don't know about the '09, but I'm pretty sure that on our '08, you only get a visual warning... nothing audible..
Actually, I don't remember any of our cars having an audible warning for a door being ajar..
#3203 of 4187 Re: 09 X3 [kyfdx]
Apr 11, 2009 (10:02 am)
On the Mini, it would beep at you if you drove off without latching the hatch or a door properly. We've done that a few times with the hatch. It's somewhat odd that the warnings only come on after the car starts moving. You would think it should warn you as soon as you start the engine.
#3204 of 4187 BMW X3 315MHZ Antenna Problems
Apr 20, 2009 (10:31 pm)
Can anyone advise where I can find the Antenna for my X3 series BMW since I am having problems with the distance in the wireless key entry. The key only works when you are within 9 feet from the X3.
I saw someone had a problem and they got the garage to fix it. Please advise what I need since I am not located in the USA but in Barbados.
#3205 of 4187 Re: bruceomega [nyccarguy]
Apr 20, 2009 (10:45 pm)
I have the same problem with my X3 and I need to get the Antenna 315MHZ replaced. DO you know where I can find this unit on the X3 and to check if it is version A 1 or higher?
That version seems to have the problem with limited distance of 9 feet only.
Sometimes the key works other times it does not and you have to be right next to the X3 for it to work.
Apr 21, 2009 (8:54 am)
I believe they are mounted in the drivers side mirror. Not very smart in my opinion. They should have mounted them in the shark fin on the back roof.
Check Bimmerfest--excellent resource.
#3207 of 4187 buy an '07 or '06 X3? Tranny problems?
May 11, 2009 (11:40 am)
Thinking of starting the hunt for a used X3. Normally I'd go for the newer model, but all the reported Transmission problems on the '07's have me kind of spooked. Would a test drive or 2 on an individual vehicle be adequate to determine? I'd want a 3.0 in any case. TIA!
#3208 of 4187 Re: buy an '07 or '06 X3? Tranny problems? [woodyww]
May 26, 2009 (6:35 am)
There is a reason so many post about the 07 AT. It's dangerous. It's not a quirk, or inconvenient. It's just plain dangerous. The major problem is it only surfaces 5% of the time you are driving, and it always happens at the worst time. Entering a slowed traffic area, trying to avoid a semi in heavy traffic, trying to accelerate out of the way of oncoming traffic. In order to properly test for the problem you will need a weekend of driving. Make sure the vehicle has NOT had a recent computer update as this puts the vehicle in learning mode for at least 300 miles (it won't display bad habits during this "break in"). Your best bet is to buy an 06 or get a manual. Rolling the dice on my family's well being is just not worth it.