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  1. Pics for your viewing pleasure It's been a while since I had a "modern" BMW and I've got mixed feeling about it. It's got a massive amount of space and in general drives really well plus it's got pretty much FSH. HOWEVER The seats (this being the sport model) are VERY firm and not a patch on either my focus or my 21plate transit custom for comfort. It's probably just me but I've got my doubts that my back will still be in one piece after a long journey. The ring gear lash from thr rear diff is very noticeable at parking speeds or when doing sharp turns. This is mostly to do with the fact it wearing budget tyres all round. The rears are newish but the fronts are right on the limit and perishing. With it being permant 4wd it really should have had them all changed at the same time. Which leads onto the next point. There are only really two brands of tyre that can be fitted to X3's becuase of the fine tolerances that the drivetrain was set up for. These being Dunlop SP01 or Pirelli STR's both having BMW's (*) rating which denotes OEM for their xdrive system. These are about £450 all in for a set of four. I'm happy to take advice and be proved wrong but there plenty of x3 owner on the net that have solved their driveline jerk by fitting a full set of these tyres. Other issues are that i'm pretty sure the MAF is fucked as the first two starts of the key when cold result in an immediate stall. 3rd turn with pedal to the floor will start it but only rev to 4k. It will only rev to around 4k for about 15mins until its warmed up enough and then its fine. Last issue is that yesterday it randomly decided not to start on the key. All lights were on but no-one was home. Turning off and on again a few time started the car. Again this looks to be a common issue across the bmw range at that time and can be solved by fitting a new ignition switch. With the focus going this weekend to a a fellow Shitter I need this to be reliable. I suppose I could always use the elantra when i get it as my reliable car! Isn't that the autoshite way 😂
  2. I'll do an update on this tomorrow. Needless to say that for the £1k oulay I've found plenty that needs doing.
  3. Mine too. I still say it to piss her off 😂
  4. I think bristolians call it dinner instead of lunch because that what it was referred to when we at school. School dinners, hence dinner.
  5. Made it home in one piece despite the m25's best efforts. Will update tomorrow morning as its dark. Didn't get back 5mins and I was despatched to collect dinner (or tea as we call in in brizzle)
  6. You were done 😂😂😂
  7. It's 1°C and mothersteve79 and her Smokey charade have been badgered into giving no1 son a lift to isambard kingdon brunels finest to catch a choo choo to the great smoke. God i miss social distancing! Essential supplies
  8. If any charade doesn't smoke that much then i wouldn't even bother getting the engine sorted. Mum's has been smoky to varying degrees for the last 5 years and 30k and has always passed the emissions. Hers uses about a litre of oil per 1500 miles so we just chuck in whatever is cheapest now. 20/50w should lessen the smoke a bit
  9. Having owned one of these for 12k miles and mum having had hers for over 15 years and over 100k, the build quality is actually very good (bar the seat fabrics) and she has never had any electrical issues in all that time. The problem is that these cars rarely get the chance to warm up properly as they're primarily owned by the older generation and rarely driven above town speed limits. With regard to a used engine. I'd want to see it running in the donor vehicle before buying. Just because it's got 50k on it doesn't mean it's not going to smoke.
  10. The focus continues to do sterling service requiring very little in the way of maintenance to keep it happy. It's been regularly depositing a small pool of oil on the road which was starting to get a little embarrassing. The exhaust had been also been kicking out grey smoke on full chat and whistling pointing towards knackered boost hoses. Although bodily its crap, it's been a decent car so treated it to a full service and a set of silicone hoses as the old one were totally shagged. Boost now full restored and also gained a few mpg's back.
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