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Old 10-30-2011, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by bakersx5 View Post
Good, thats what i have been running. How often do you change it? i have been changing it every 10,000 miles
generally between 10 and 12K

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Old 10-31-2011, 03:16 AM
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Milage on my X5-Good Post

Mine is a Year 2000 (01/2000) 4.4i.
When I got it at 97K it was dealer-maintained by the book.
Prior to 97K I learned it had the following:
Alternator replaced (the water-cooled one)
all 4 window regulators, then the usual brakes and such.
After I got it I did the following:
Water Pump & Stat, Coolant recovery bottle. Rear shocks.
It ate up a left rear tire in short order, leading to suspension control arms, bushings & ball joints all around. Then new tires. Did the Powerflex upgrade on all the bushings at the same time. Very nice holding onto the road now.
Big mistake at 130K. I decided (after much encouragement from the dealer) it was a good idea to change the transmission fluid & filter. What transmission does not want to run on fresh clean fluid & a new filter? The ZF trans in the X5 after 100,000mi. When they say lifetime, they mean lifetime. There is a reason why there is no dipstick. Mine went South 3,000mi. after the "freshen-up". Check out the other info on the ZF trans in this & other Club websites. It all points to the same outcome. My new transmission (had it rebuilt by 1st Stop Trans in AZ.) runs flawlessly - maybe better than new since its supposed to have a new-generation valve body in it now. The shifting is smooth and predictable in all conditions.
Today it has 137000mi. When the trans was out the rear main seal was doing its job, not a drop. I am getting some leakage at the valve covers & possibly the valley pan gasket. I see an oil diverter replacement in the future.
The parts are spendy but compared to what? Nothing compares to the quality of the drive.
The BMW is all about preventive maint. EXCEPT the ZF transmission.
I suggest you run it untill it goes no more.

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Old 10-31-2011, 04:20 AM
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69,000 [email protected] 45,000 miles, 2 years ago. dealer replaced MAF( actually they left it off while doing maintenance), replaced all 4 tires. Dealer Replaced faulty dvd screen for RSE. Dealer replaced rear brakes. Recently topped off with castrol syntec 5w30 synthetic. Noticing engine temp not @ centerline around 1045 to 1130ish while highway driving. Using my seat heaters for warmth. Turn on heater on highway, temp drops to the line. Is topoff to blame? Yearly oil change comming up so dont know if i should wait or is this something serious.
E53 06 3.0i

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Old 10-31-2011, 10:23 PM
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03 4.6is with 146,000
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:03 PM
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2002 4.6IS
135,000 KM (not miles)

Since February 2011
Alternator & A/C Belts
Coolant flush
(doing this week) Timing Chain guides - which includes;
valve cover gaskets
pretty much every seal, o'ring etc, gasket etc... up top
water pump

...and considering a brain diagnostic scan on myself not the car to ensure my brain is functioning correctly when I keep paying to fix this thing. I'm sure there's a fault code in there somewhere
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:12 PM
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200k this week...
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:11 PM
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well at i'm at 51k+ other than regular maintenance so far i changed stablizer links, cv boot, passenger door handle carrier(shitty piece of technology from BMW). anyway still love my beast.--- and now to entice you into individualizing your X here are some of my mods= HID fogs, Xpipe, eisenmann race exhaust, full LED interior, chrome cluster rings, 20" rims staggered, lemanns fender flares, wheel spacers, painted calipers silver, all glass tinted even the pano-roof, 3M cf wrap steering wheel trim. and other interior parts ect. and still planning more. lol
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:30 PM
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I have owned mine since 39k, now up to 82k. Brakes, tires, and cv boots - no other issues. I always fill up with 92 octane, 93 if possible. Wife's 325 is well over 100k with no major issues. All regular maintenance has been performed on each.
2004 BMW X5 3.0i - Mine
2011 BMW 328i xDrive - Hers
2002 BMW 325xi - waiting for a new owner
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:44 PM
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just turned 99K this past weekend. My baby is getting old

Excited for the 100k mark. just bought a random orbital from phil with some menzerna and einzett products to give her a 100k birthday present
2015 M3 / 2012 X5M

Kiss French, Wear Italian, Drive German
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:00 PM
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Mine is 1 year older than Naz's and it's just passed 89k miles. It keeps its worth even though I wring its neck out when I drive it. The past few days have been especially harsh on the X5 as I've had to blast around town getting to the fire station in the blizzard -- it now has a nice thick coating of mud in the wheel wheels and plenty of scratches from low hanging/fallen branches on the roads. I think I'm going to keep the mud as a "trophy" after the Nor-Easter; the mud also fits well with the aggressive General Artic snow tires I have on it too.
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