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      11-29-2012, 10:50 AM   #23
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Upgraded 19" Style 179 with non-standard rubber,
staggered: 19x8 F and 19x9 R
rubber: 245/45R19 F and 275/40R19 R

no rubbing - I was glad I went only 19" and slighty larger rubber
softened the ride a little, otherwise the sport suspension was a killer
also the above setup was very close match for the front & back outer diameter for the tires

see: http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=684276
That looks incredible. Never saw the Aero kit before - and it's very aggressive looking! the 179's add a great touch to the car as well! need more rear shots
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nice work with the plasti-dip, I have been pondering the idea for my winter setup as well.
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      11-29-2012, 04:40 PM   #25
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nice work with the plasti-dip, I have been pondering the idea for my winter setup as well.
$40... 4 cans, 4 wheels. You can probably even get away with 3 cans... I thought of it this way... at the worst, the plastidip will protect the wheels from the elements. If/When i get tired of the look, i can just peel it off and have a brand-new looking wheel Highly recommended
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No real worries but ensure it comes with FBMWSH.
Expect to pay 10k for 1/2 owner in goo shape. Options can alter
Price dramatically. Tyres are not cheap either @ 200 each.
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I just purchased a 2004 x3 in January with 90,000 miles. I had the dealer replace a master window switch, thermostat, a leaky oil filter gasket, the cooling system reservoir and change the transfer case lube. All in all, I love this car. Look for a late 2004 or later as the early ones aren't set up for cell phone or satellite radio. Mine is one of the first ones so no fm input to the radio either.
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I just purchased a 2004 x3 in January with 90,000 miles. I had the dealer replace a master window switch, thermostat, a leaky oil filter gasket, the cooling system reservoir and change the transfer case lube. All in all, I love this car. Look for a late 2004 or later as the early ones aren't set up for cell phone or satellite radio. Mine is one of the first ones so no fm input to the radio either.
glad you love your e83. ended up picking up an e83 msport, and all is good. I have the extended warranty on it, so i have a couple of things I want to get checked out before the warranty runs out this year.

1- driver's window - not sure if the seal is off, but i get pretty noticeable wind noise (leaking noise) after 80mph.

2- not sure if it's due to the sport suspension, but the panoramic sunroof rattles on bumps - sounds like the mounts or something's off... it's a pretty loud rattle over bumps, etc.

other than that, gotta love the x3... the n52 motor is silky smooth, and it's a bit beefier than the n52 on my e90.
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Just acquired this lovely ride w/57,000 miles but no warranty. Very happy with it overall, great performance and confidence inspiring handling. However, 4 days into ownership, it threw the SES code though there's no noticeable difference in performance, including gas mileage. I'm fearful of a bad O2 sensor but am also suspicious of that air intake boot that was mentioned awhile back. I've yet to have the code pulled/read so stand by. . .
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Just acquired this lovely ride w/57,000 miles but no warranty. Very happy with it overall, great performance and confidence inspiring handling. However, 4 days into ownership, it threw the SES code though there's no noticeable difference in performance, including gas mileage. I'm fearful of a bad O2 sensor but am also suspicious of that air intake boot that was mentioned awhile back. I've yet to have the code pulled/read so stand by. . .
Hows your panoramic roof? That's the only issue i'm having with mine... Idk if it's because of the stiff sport suspension or what not, but when i go over bumps, the rattle drives me nuts. No leaks, thank god, but with the amount the sunroof rattles, I'm afraid it will leak soon. Sounds like the seals are bad or what not. I have warranty until October, so I'll get it serviced soon.

As for the air intake boot, keep us posted. Your white Msport e83 looks great in your avatar!!
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No problems with the Pano Roof so far. Sure is Panoramic! Heading in to have the code pulled and hoping it's easily discerned and then repaired by me. Fired up the car yesterday and ran some propane around the air intake boot to check for a rise in RPM but no show. So, I'm thinking now the problem's elsewhere on the car, perhaps the 02 sensor. Thanks for the compliment on the Avatar, too! BTW, you know all that is featured on these cars with the Msport Package?
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No problems with the Pano Roof so far. Sure is Panoramic! Heading in to have the code pulled and hoping it's easily discerned and then repaired by me. Fired up the car yesterday and ran some propane around the air intake boot to check for a rise in RPM but no show. So, I'm thinking now the problem's elsewhere on the car, perhaps the 02 sensor. Thanks for the compliment on the Avatar, too! BTW, you know all that is featured on these cars with the Msport Package?
Good luck with your fix... hope it's nothing major.

I'm not too sure what's on these cars. I think the only thing I'm missing is PDC and Xenons. I do love the M steering wheel (nice and thick), and the little suv handles/corners well, so I'm happy. the n52 motor is as smooth as butter, and have no complaints thus far.

I think the Msport package consists of: 19" wheels, sport suspension, silencer exhaust (exhaust tips are different from other models, looks like PE tips), shadowline trim, m steering wheel, sport seats... not sure if i'm missing anything.

FYI, if you were thinking about getting OEM roof racks, they compliment the car real well. Not much of a noise difference either, and gas mileage is pretty much the same as without.
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So, as I started the car this morning to drive to a local AutoZone to have the codes pulled, the light goes OFF! What? No SES light today Guess because it's Friday! . Nonetheless, I pulled the codes and will attach a pdf with the printout. I'm curious about the HVAC operation because when I adjust the temperature I do not get any noticable change, which one of the codes seems to support. Any thoughts on these?

I'm still baffled by the disappearance of the light. . .I thought when they threw a code the light remained on until manually cleared by a reader. . .
I also found a significant amount of debris/dirt/bugs in the air filter box, vacuumed it out and banged out the air filter while I await a new K&N to be delivered. I can't imagine this is the cause of the SES but I'm sure cleaning the area didn't hurt.

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66lherrnsstat heater csntrol circuit open
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d60pen sr short circuit condition
Probable cause
661.- Poor electrical connection
662.- Failed engine c00lin9 thermostat
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So, as I started the car this morning to drive to a local AutoZone to have the codes pulled, the light goes OFF! What? No SES light today Guess because it's Friday! . Nonetheless, I pulled the codes and will attach a pdf with the printout. I'm curious about the HVAC operation because when I adjust the temperature I do not get any noticable change, which one of the codes seems to support. Any thoughts on these?

I'm still baffled by the disappearance of the light. . .I thought when they threw a code the light remained on until manually cleared by a reader. . .
I also found a significant amount of debris/dirt/bugs in the air filter box, vacuumed it out and banged out the air filter while I await a new K&N to be delivered. I can't imagine this is the cause of the SES but I'm sure cleaning the area didn't hurt.

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AutoZone
Troubleshooting P0597
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t}efinition
66lherrnsstat heater csntrol circuit open
Explanation
d60pen sr short circuit condition
Probable cause
661.- Poor electrical connection
662.- Failed engine c00lin9 thermostat
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wish I can read codes... but that air filter clean definitely didn't help. Good luck on your troubleshooting, and let me know what the culprit is.
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