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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tow weight chassis plate
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:19:58 AM »
Hi Scott,

Don't know where my brain was last night amidst all that talk about 5255kg trailer when the max towing weight specified is 2700kg!!  Still wouldn't want a fully loaded car and all that weight on the hook behind!!!!

Good luck with the quest...

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:39:11 AM »
Interestingly,

I have a set of Vredestein Wintrac Extremes non-runflat and non * (but they have a circumference that is less than 5mm different front to rear) on 255x50x19 fronts and 285x45x19 rears that have now done 20000 miles over 4 winters and they are wearing evenly. 
Each April I swap them with Good Year Eagle F1 * Runflats and after 18000 miles in two summers, the rears are down to 2.5mm and the fronts are still 5-6mm.  In the summer I do many more miles on motorways and dual carriageways than in the winter. So my assumption is on straight roads the X drive allows more energy to power the rear wheels so they wear more quickly.

Anecdotal, but true!!!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tow weight chassis plate
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:29:00 AM »
Hello Swelsh,

This is a minefield of forever changing regulations here in the UK!  The most recent ones were in January 2018.  All I can offer is a description of the situation here and hope you can covert it all to the rules in Australia!

First, if you passed your car test here before 1 January 1997 you’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM - previously Gross Train Weight). That means you can drive an X5 with a horsebox or caravan.

If you passed the driving test for a UK licence after 1997 you can drive a car or van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM or tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg. That means most horseboxes and caravans are too heavy to tow - so you have to take an additional test to raise your towing limit!

Secondly, the towing weight for the car depends on cooling adaptations. The V5 Registration document gives all the data for your car as BMW provide it to the DVLA when the car is first registered. You may have a copy of it when you purchased the car in the UK. Contact the DVLA in Swansea giving them the VIN number if you haven't to see if they can help.  For my car, a 2007 3.0D SE 7 seater, the max towing weight is 2700kg because it didn't have a factory fitted additional cooling system. 

Interestingly the Mass in Service (previously kerb weight) is 2180kg and the Max Permissable Mass is 2995kg. So you can see if the car is fully loaded and the driver only has a post 1997 licence, that means a trailer weighing no more than 505kg is all that can be towed. If the licence is pre 1997, like mine, I could tow a trailer weighing 5255kg. My caravan is plated at 1550kg max total permitted weight and it's a fairly heavy one. I can't image what a 5 ton trailer would be like - a huge boat or lorry????

Would I fancy towing a trailer weighing 5225kg with a fully loaded car? No way!!!!!

I hope all this helps and that you can translate all these regulations and limits to the situation where you live.

Best wishes,

Graeme


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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:31:49 PM »
Suggest you write down the sizes of the front and rears presently on your wheels.  Mine are 255x50x19 107V* runflat on the fronts, 285x45x19 111V* runflat on the rears - all Good Year Eagle F1.  Yours will be different figures but in order you need the width, height, diameter, load and speed ratings. Then check with the various on-line tyre suppliers for * marked non runflat in your size, load and speed specifications. Also, it is important to have the same make front and rear. As there is no spare wheel, you'll need a large enough inflation kit  (cans of Tyreweld + pump) for the big rear wheel.  I'd be surprised if you can find * marked non runflat tyres for your staggered 20" wheels with the load rating you need but let us know how you get on...
Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Be Careful Out There
« on: March 02, 2018, 02:40:33 PM »
This is the 4th winter I've had Vredestein Wintracs on - and as an insurance they've been great by preventing much snow - until this year!!!  No problems with traction in snow but like tractor tyres they have next to no grip on ice so care needed with stopping distances and giving others plenty of room.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:12:48 PM »
Hello,

Yes, my winter tyres are non-star marked - when I needed them they were the only ones I could get without paying about £350 each!!!  I have them on a second set of wheels and do about 5000 a year on them.  So far the tyres have covered almost 20,000 miles and are wearing evenly.  They do give a slightly softer ride than the runflats I use from April to November - currently Good Years.  The car "crashes" on all potholes, manhole covers and the like irrespective of the tyres on it because it has a firm suspension. The non-runflats are smoother on small bumps such as changes in asphalt and they run quieter on smooth surfaces. To be honest, after a week on one type then the other, I get used to them.  If I was only using one type of tyre I'd get Bridgestone runflats - which is what I'll  do when the Good Years wear out.

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:29:22 PM »
Hi Chrispy,

About 3 years ago, before the non-runflat* rated makes became available, I could only source some winter tyres that were not star rated and not runflats (non available at the time).  They're Vredestein Winter Extreme in the right size for front and back, and with 107V and 111V ratings. Insurance  Ok as long as size, weight and speed ratings are correct.  I carry a couple of cans of Tyreweld and a battery operated pump just in case (and I understand a lot of cars have this as they don't have a spare to save weight).  This is the 4th winter with them on, and touch wood!!!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:51:12 PM »
Hi again,

...and I forgot to mention the speed rating.  Tyres for mine are rated at V- some * marked non-runflats with the higher weight ratings have lower speed ratings such as H.  Can I suggest checking that all the data for tyre size, weight and speed ratings for new ones match the original spec!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:43:51 PM »
Hi Chrispy,

Please can I caution you to be careful over the weight ratings on the tyres you are looking at.  Seven seaters and those with increased towing capacity may have a higher rating than 5 seaters.  Check the details of the original tyres  using the VIN number/OEM to list all the equipment fitted when new.  As I said earlier, the weight ratings for mine on 19" wheels are 107 on the front and 111 on the rears and I cannot find non-runflat * rated tyres with this figure - they are all lower.  Even though some non-flats are * rated, you really should get tyres with the specified weight rating as well. Some insurance companies are very careful to check in the event of a claim and quite readily will decline to payout if something is amiss!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 21, 2018, 04:25:23 PM »
Hello,

Mine is a 7 seater 3.0d with staggerered wheels specified 255x50x19 107V on the front and 285x45x19 111V on the rear.  I've looked at Campskill's site - they have both Michelin and Bridgestone  non-runflat * marked that size but, and it's a big but, the weight ratings are only 103 for the front and 107 for the rear.  On that basis I fear an insurance claim would be invalidated because the non-runflats are not the same as the manufacturer's specification.  Consequently, unless I can source non-runflats * marked with the correct weight ratings I'll stick with runflats.

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Runflat Tyres
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:22:09 AM »
Hello,

I've done 140,000 now over 9 years in my X5 on Continentals, Bridgestones and Good Years.  19" runflats, 255 x50 on the front, 285 x45 on the rear.  For every make the rears wear more quickly than the fronts.  I always stick to the recommended tyre pressures. For a time when I first got the car I did have to drive a route with several roundabouts on derestricted roads and turning right caused wear on the outside of the left front tyre. Now, for the past few years most of my mileage is on open roads and it is the centre part of the rears that wear first. About 4 years ago, after noticing the inner edges of the rears (Continentals down to the canvas after 16,000), wearing quickly which is a common problem, I had the tracking front and rear reset and that fixed the issue with a new set of Continentals.  On a set of Goodyears at present, the rears are down to 2.5mm after only 17000 whilst the fronts have 5mm.   I got only 24000 miles on Continentals!  However, Goodyears are £30 cheaper per tyre  Best were Bridgestones at 30,000 but they were dearer still. So pence per mile is not very different.
Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Dog cage/cargo net for 7 seater E70
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:14:59 AM »
 My dog guard only fits in with the 3rd row of seats stowed away - it goes on over the back of the 2nd row. Sorry to say I don't know of any that fit over the back of the 3rd row.

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:05:03 AM »
Perhaps I should have made clearer my understanding that the computerised circuits should be kept alive with a 12v source  whilst the old battery is removed and the new one fitted.   I was told not to simply disconnect the old battery, remove it, then fit a new one. Following X5 Sport's contribution, I hope this clarifies the point?

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 05, 2018, 03:38:58 PM »
Just a note of caution - you must get the correct battery and have it coded to the car - and for goodness sake to avoid all sorts of error messages and computer faults do not disconnect the battery then fit the new one!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:28:03 PM »
Teesside - but remember it was 18 months ago - and before the pound crashed after the Brexit referendum!!

Graeme

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