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Old 27th December 2016, 14:39   #61
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So.. its been a while since I came back to my thread.
A couple of things have happened.

1. I purchased Navdy. I just couldnt get Navinit Motors to give me a reliable answer for a retrofit upgrade and most importantly they said since this is not under their license so it might void warranty.

2. Car due to for 2nd service. I was out of India for a while so have only done 16K so far. My car was stationary for about 10months using the shutdown procedure recommended by the technicians and on international forums.
To my surprise the car started in the first button push - wow, didnt expect that. I obviously had a battery warning but it went off after 2 days.

3. Got a ceramic coat protection on the car body. Really helps.

4. Got a small chip(1mm) on the nose with a stone that came flying from a lorry in front

I drove to Goa last week with Navdy. will post a detailed review by this week.
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1. I purchased Navdy.
I drove to Goa last week with Navdy. will post a detailed review by this week.
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Can you please give your feedback and experience with Navdy.
I am eager to get one and your feedback will be really helpful!
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How are you enjoying your X3. I fabricated a box to put over the space saver spare to keep my luggage straight.
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How are you enjoying your X3. I fabricated a box to put over the space saver spare to keep my luggage straight.
Doesn't it rattle? The space saver does take up space, but I've always managed to store luggage beside it or over it. I think you are losing out more space by placing the fabricated piece in your boot.

BTW its time to replace rear brake pads in my car @ 23,000 kms. iDrive says 1,000 kms to go.
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Doesn't it rattle? The space saver does take up space, but I've always managed to store luggage beside it or over it. I think you are losing out more space by placing the fabricated piece in your boot.
It doesn't rattle. I wanted a flat floor, that's why I got this contraption done, but as you said, I do loose out on space. Maybe, I should just try to just load up stuff over the spare.

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BTW its time to replace rear brake pads in my car @ 23,000 kms. iDrive says 1,000 kms to go.
Strangely my rear pads are also wearing out faster than my front. However, at 20K kms, the computer says 18K for front and 11K for rear.
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Strangely my rear pads are also wearing out faster than my front. However, at 20K kms, the computer says 18K for front and 11K for rear.
In my car the computer said 20,000 kms to go up until 2000 kms ago when suddenly it dropped to 3,000 kms and since then its been progressing downwards linearly. For the front pads it says 30,000 kms to go, but now I know its going to drop suddenly one fine day .

Rear pads wearing off faster I believe is a BMW thing, since most of their cars run a rear brake bias in order to prevent nose dive on braking. My car sees mostly high speed runs on the highway and I believe the brakes are used frequently by the stability system.
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In my car the computer said 20,000 kms to go up until 2000 kms ago when suddenly it dropped to 3,000 kms and since then its been progressing downwards linearly. For the front pads it says 30,000 kms to go, but now I know its going to drop suddenly one fine day .

Rear pads wearing off faster I believe is a BMW thing, since most of their cars run a rear brake bias in order to prevent nose dive on braking. My car sees mostly high speed runs on the highway and I believe the brakes are used frequently by the stability system.
It's worth keeping an eye on the pad depth manually as well once in a while
The sensor is only on one pad per axle and while pads on an axle typically wear out evenly, a visual check takes only a few minutes

On a side note, pad replacements is one of those things where the price delta between ordering pads and getting them replaced vs getting it done at A.S.S. is very large so if your pads are due for a replacement, it may be worth checking out the prices for OEM pads with a dependable store
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How are you enjoying your X3. I fabricated a box to put over the space saver spare to keep my luggage straight.
I would request you to reconsider keeping that fabricated shelf all the time in the boot.

If the car is rear ended, that thing would not give way and end up protruding the passenger compartment.

It is OK to store luggage on top of the space saver. Also, in case you are traveling with full luggage and you have to use the space saver, the full size wheel won't go underneath that contraption. You will end up finding a way to fit the luggage, the fabrication and the full size wheel in the boot. Not easy.
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How are you enjoying your X3. I fabricated a box to put over the space saver spare to keep my luggage straight.
You can also stand/lean the spare against the side if you are placing luggage in the boot, that will let you use the flat floor space; and strategically placed luggage can stop the tyre from moving around.
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Hi guys,
There is a 2012 BMW X3 in the market which has run about 185000 kms. The car belongs to a company and has been well maintained and serviced at the showrooms only. The offer price is very tempting and the car is in scratchless condition and the interior is also very neat and dosent show the age of the vehicle.
I want the experts to advice me if it's safe to buy it considering that it has run 185000 kms. My concerns are about the life of its engine and tranny and the problems that may crop up if I buy it. Will I have to incur heavy expenses in future even though it has good service history or will it run trouble free for another one lakh kms or so. Kindly advice me.
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Hi guys,
There is a 2012 BMW X3 in the market which has run about 185000 kms. The car belongs to a company and has been well maintained and serviced at the showrooms only. The offer price is very tempting and the car is in scratchless condition and the interior is also very neat and dosent show the age of the vehicle.
I want the experts to advice me if it's safe to buy it considering that it has run 185000 kms. My concerns are about the life of its engine and tranny and the problems that may crop up if I buy it. Will I have to incur heavy expenses in future even though it has good service history or will it run trouble free for another one lakh kms or so. Kindly advice me.
That is far too much mileage. Avoid it. At 185000 there will be major maintenance coming up and it wont be cheap.
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There is a 2012 BMW X3 in the market which has run about 185000 kms.
t. Will I have to incur heavy expenses in future even though it has good service history or will it run trouble free for another one lakh kms or so. Kindly advice me.
I would probably pay no more than 4 lakhs and factor in 10 lakhs for expenses. You will also perhaps never be able to sell it at 2.5 lakh kms etc

I doubt that it will be running like a good x3 should, please do a test drive of the present generation x3 to get a feel for what a good x3 will be running like - I drove a current generation x1 and it was horrible (likely due to poor maintenance of the test drive car) , while the x3 was excellent.

The acceleration usually is still good, but braking issues, suspension issues, etc creep in especially when not in a straight line
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I would probably pay no more than 4 lakhs and factor in 10 lakhs for expenses. You will also perhaps never be able to sell it at 2.5 lakh kms etc
Well Said. Many people buy used older german machines not realizing a major repair can cost double of what was paid for the car.

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I doubt that it will be running like a good x3
Not necessarily. A well maintained engine can easily clock 2 lakhs miles not even kilometers.
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