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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: VHC at dealership
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:35:14 AM »

Hopefully it should be okay but they will check a lot of things.

The important thing to remember is to make sure you know if the propshaft has been replaced if it was needed or at least it's been checked and confirmed it's okay.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: ski bag option or standard?
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:27:13 AM »

The through loading ski bag was an option on all the E70 about £200


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: x5 M40d MSport 2011+ - On the Lookout
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:56:58 PM »
Hi here's a car for sale in the Buy and sale section



General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: x5 M40d MSport 2011+ - On the Lookout
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:44:22 PM »
Here's the link for the front prop-shaft make sure it's been checked by BMW.



General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: x5 M40d MSport 2011+ - On the Lookout
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:42:05 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

It's probably worth having a read of the buyers guide in the e70 section as it will help you decide what spec you should go for, as retro fitting is costly and complicated due to the abundance of electronic modules.

A car from the BMW dealership as an approved used car will have a better warranty usually 12 months and you can sometimes get this up to 2 years, but generally the cars are good spec but are dearer than a non franchised dealer or private sales would be.

You can get a warranty and it's definite worth considering and building into your budget as then can cost a bit to fix. Not to scare you but a forum member spent a lot over money over 5k which was the exception and got rid. A good car is great a bad one is costly.

Find a good car with full history maintenance being done and confirmation that any recalls have been done. There is a post about the front propshaft iirc in the e70 section.

Remember to check all the electrics and yes the pano roof can still cause probs less so on the e70 so far. Check if any water leaks in footwells as door membranes could have been damaged or not revealed, check tyres as if an M Sport car the staggered set up the outer fronts wear and the inner rears and they should be same make and run flats are fitted as standard.

It's worth having a look in the for sale section as some owners have cars for sale. Also if you do find a car if you post aa link the other members can give you their opinion /advice on what they spot about the car.


Gallery / Re: Playing with the Drone
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:40:32 AM »

I think you get BMW interested in the first clip, very impressive.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Just viewed another E70 with decent spec.
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:38:32 PM »
Hi Adam

Seems like you have a bit of a dilemma between the 2011 r4.0d and the better spec'd 2007 3.0d.

Depending on your budget I would say the 4.0d is better, it's newer, more power whether you use it or not, 8 speed, lower road tax, less wear and tear, and better residuals when selling it in 5 years, the X5 it a lot heaviest than your 525 and needs more power to move it.

Also looking at the 3.0d, I would be worried about all the faults you found so far, as it shows the previous owner didn't appear to maintain or fix things when needed. Remember this is what you have found from only an hours inspection and drive etc, the question what else is wrong with it or may not be working

For example, did you check the door mirrors move and heat up and fold and unfold etc, check that both the heated seats get hot as some have found one not working, and the climate control, also all electric windows making sure that work trying them several several times. The pan roof which is faulty and a replacement is costly and a lot of owners won't pay out approx £4K for a replacement fitted by BMW as unit is approx £2.5k alone.

However finding a car with comfort seats is tricky as not many had them, the SE models general have a higher spec.

If you are determined for comfort seats I would wait and find the right car with all the spec you want or need rather than get a car with problems. One owner on here spent over £10k fixing his E70 car so they can be a money pit.

Also worth having a read of the E70 buyers guide comparison it may help you decide what is important for you.

Ps it took me 18 months to find the right car due to spec wanted but I did change the model I was looking for twice during the time, and ended up with a BMW approved car but they do have a better warranty for piece of mind.

Good luck whatever you decide to do :)


Newbies section / Re: Newbie to X
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:51:15 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your new X3 and look forward to hearing more about it and pics in due course

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Put deposit on E70 4.0d
« on: October 04, 2018, 07:19:54 AM »

I think it looks like the edge is flatter at the 5 o'clock position, could be because of a pothole. Ps The car looks good from the pics.

So it would be sensible for the sake of your safety getting them to have it checked at a local tyre company to make sure it's okay and not damaged or cracked and the wheel runs true.

If okay it could be the wheels were refurbished the edge was machined more to take out any  damage when there they were done.


Newbies section / Re: Newbie just got an E70 x5sd
« on: September 30, 2018, 11:22:08 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum

Congrats on your new X5 and look forward to the pics.


X6 (F16) General Discussion / Re: She’s All Mine!!
« on: September 30, 2018, 11:15:53 AM »

Congrats on your new M50d looks good and wells pecked and I bet it brought a smile to your face when driving it back for the ferry  :))

Buy and sell / Re: X5M replica For Sale - One of a kind!
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:18:32 PM »

Stunning looking and shame to sell it after that much work and money has been put into it by you.

It may be worth an ad on piston-heads


Other Marques / Re: 640i Cabriole
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:05:17 PM »

Definitely looks nice and tidy and probably a mid life crisis car but hey you have to do it otherwise you can easily regret the missed opportunity.

You just need to wait for the summer and hot weather


Performance / Re: 4 Wheel Alignment setup
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:48:17 AM »

That looks good to me.

Newbies section / Re: Newbie X5 E53 owner
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:39:25 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your X5 3.0d, a good choice and look forward to pics in due course


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