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      08-13-2018, 01:48 AM   #1
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X3 G01 active kidney grille Install ?

I want to install grille shutters on my X3 G01. Anyone knows how to wiring it ?

part: 51137497227 I think.
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      08-13-2018, 07:25 AM   #2
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Doesn't come this as standard?
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Doesn't come this as standard?
My G01 x3 doesn't come with grille shutters
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My G01 x3 doesn't come with grille shutters
Why would you want them? The benefit is negligible and they have been problematic on G12 and G30 vehicles.
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My G01 x3 doesn't come with grille shutters
Hmm, I though it was a standard on all models but apparently it doesn't. I can find only one reference in my brochure to it as "Active Air Stream kidney grille". But that's it, on the German brochure it's mention as standard option on xLine, M-Sport and Luxury line as "Active Air Stream Niere mit Nieren-Längs-stäben Vorderseite in Optik Aluminium satiniert". So it probably is market specific, not sure if it will be on mine.

Anyone knows if it is listed as an option code on anyone's VIN option list?
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My G01 x3 doesn't come with grille shutters
Hmm, I though it was a standard on all models but apparently it doesn't. I can find only one reference in my brochure to it as "Active Air Stream kidney grille". But that's it, on the German brochure it's mention as standard option on xLine, M-Sport and Luxury line as "Active Air Stream Niere mit Nieren-Längs-stäben Vorderseite in Optik Aluminium satiniert". So it probably is market specific, not sure if it will be on mine.

Anyone knows if it is listed as an option code on anyone's VIN option list?
It's generally regions with hot climates that don't get them, I assume you will get them in Netherlands?
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It's generally regions with hot climates that don't get them, I assume you will get them in Netherlands?
I assumed we get it, but looking at pictures of X3's on the stock of dealers it shows all grilles being 'open'. (https://bmw-ekris.nl/bmw-occasions/b...benzine/319289 and https://bmw-ekris.nl/bmw-occasions/b...benzine/326743)

Or is the default setting sets the grill 'open'? So I'm not sure about it.
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It's generally regions with hot climates that don't get them, I assume you will get them in Netherlands?
I assumed we get it, but looking at pictures of X3's on the stock of dealers it shows all grilles being 'open'. (https://bmw-ekris.nl/bmw-occasions/b...benzine/319289 and https://bmw-ekris.nl/bmw-occasions/b...benzine/326743)

Or is the default setting sets the grill 'open'? So I'm not sure about it.
That's Interesting, I thought the active grills would be on all euro models but I am obviously wrong

Mine are closed all the time when car is off, I have never noticed them open at all but maybe I have not looked at right time

If yours doesn't come with them it would be a worthwhile upgrade although there maybe a reason that they aren't fitted?
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That's Interesting, I thought the active grills would be on all euro models but I am obviously wrong

Mine are closed all the time when car is off, I have never noticed them open at all but maybe I have not looked at right time

If yours doesn't come with them it would be a worthwhile upgrade although there maybe a reason that they aren't fitted?
Hmm, I further investigated this comparing diesel cars and petrol cars and it looks like it's only on diesel cars.
Here's a 30d from Germany with active kidneys: https://suchen.mobile.de/auto-insera...ction=parkItem

Here's a 30d from Holland, with active kidneys: https://www.autoscout24.nl/aanbod/bm...8-4d91337610b6
And a 20d from Holland, with active kidneys: https://www.ekris.nl/bmw/voorraad/bm.../diesel/274670
And a 20i which doesn't have it: https://www.ekris.nl/bmw/voorraad/bm...benzine/319289

Diesel engines need to heat up before they operate well, a cold diesel you need to run soft and wait for the oil to become warm after that you can push it. That could be a reason why it's just on diesels as they benefit the most from a quicker warm-up time. Probably it will also reduce emissions.
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That's Interesting, I thought the active grills would be on all euro models but I am obviously wrong

Mine are closed all the time when car is off, I have never noticed them open at all but maybe I have not looked at right time

If yours doesn't come with them it would be a worthwhile upgrade although there maybe a reason that they aren't fitted?
Hmm, I further investigated this comparing diesel cars and petrol cars and it looks like it's only on diesel cars.
Here's a 30d from Germany with active kidneys: https://suchen.mobile.de/auto-insera...ction=parkItem

Here's a 30d from Holland, with active kidneys: https://www.autoscout24.nl/aanbod/bm...8-4d91337610b6
And a 20d from Holland, with active kidneys: https://www.ekris.nl/bmw/voorraad/bm.../diesel/274670
And a 20i which doesn't have it: https://www.ekris.nl/bmw/voorraad/bm...benzine/319289

Diesel engines need to heat up before they operate well, a cold diesel you need to run soft and wait for the oil to become warm after that you can push it. That could be a reason why it's just on diesels as they benefit the most from a quicker warm-up time. Probably it will also reduce emissions.
UK petrol model seem to get it, my 40i has the shutter and I looked at a few used 20i models and they have it as well, not sure why it should be different with us being so close

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classif...01807288906852
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Hmm interesting, and a bit strange as I would assume our weather climates are similar. But probably BMW UK made a different decision than BMW NL. Anyway good to know it's different for each market.
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I would code them open if i could. I find they reduce performance , these engines get hot
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