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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Soft close tailgate takes a couple of goes
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:08:48 PM »

Why not try taking the tape off and seeing if it works as it should?  Also check that the guides are tight and there is nothing else that could be fouling the latches.

Hope this helps,


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Boot open button (Non-powered tail lift)
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:45:56 AM »
Yes, you have to lift the lid by hand after clicking it open.

The lid should go up easily in warmer weather but in cold weather you may have to shove it fully open the last few inches then the gas struts should hold it there.  If the lid sags down a bit the struts are past their best and should be replaced otherwise you're likely to bang your head!  Had mine done about 4 years ago (car now 10 years old) and cost was about £110 fitted.

Don't slam it shut either - just lower it by hand and push shut when the electric latch should take over and close it fully.

Hope this helps,


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Inner rear tailgate led not working
« on: November 04, 2017, 05:38:31 PM »

Many of the earlier E70s suffered from water ingress to the tail lights mounted on the rear door. The problem seemed to be a gasket that broke down allowing water in which corroded the LED contacts.  Replacements and later cars have a gasket made of a different material that is supposed to be water-tight.

My car is now 10 years old and had this problem about 6 years ago.  Checking each unit showed quite a bit of water collected in them.  I drilled 3mm holes carefully in the side at each corner and that allowed the water to drain out.  After about another year the right side unit failed. It is impossible to repair the LED so I had to have new units. I had both done at the same time  Each was close to a hundred pounds and the body shop facility of my local main dealer fitted them in a few minutes - bill £200 inc VAT.  So far no problems, touch wood!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Dynamic Drive - Do You Use It?
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:41:08 AM »
Patiently waiting - I remember my Dad ordering a Morris Minor in 1952.  He got a letter in 1955 ( few people had phones in those days) saying it had arrived - all the way from Cowley to Newcastle!!!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Advice Needed - Before Tomorrow Morning?!?
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:22:51 PM »

Good luck with your purchase.  Please note though that 7 seaters have uprated rear air suspension which is ideal if you are wanting to fit a towbar for a caravan, horsebox, or bike rack.  M sport models have adaptive drive which cuts down body roll on cornering amazingly well.  I have these features and they are "must haves" if I was looking to replace my 2008  3.0 d.

Also look at the tyres. They should be runflats with a * mark, all the same make and type with a good tread depth. Get down and look at the rear inside edges - if they are worn much more than the centre or outside edge, the tracking needs checking and adjusting and all 4 tyres replaced.

For me condition, service history, a more current specification and useful features are much more important than colour when seeking to buy a car that is several years old.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Front tyres outside wear
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:59:26 PM »
Hi Diluxe,

That seems high unless you are carrying a load.  What does the plate on the B post of the driver's door give for your car.  Mine says 2.1 bar (30.5psi) for a normal load (5 passengers and luggage).  Over inflation makes the ride jarring and can cause too much wear on the central part of the tread. Can I suggest much better to get the tracking checked and set by a specialist and use the recommended pressures!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tyres / Spare wheel
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:59:13 PM »
These tyres are at the budget end of the market. They may be too soft for the suspension which is set up for use with runflats. Check the weight bearing figures - for example my car has 255x50x19 107V on the front and 2285x45x19 111v on the rears. The 107 and 111 are critical figures.

Can I suggest being wary of them if you find that, with them properly inflated (see panel on driver's door post), on a newly surfaced straight road, the car seems to float and wander at 50-70mph.  If that is the case braking distance and cornering capability is likely to be impaired.  Friends with other 4wd cars have reported similar problems and the only solution is to swap them for a recommended fitment.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Front tyres outside wear
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:46:36 PM »

As above - I had exactly that problem - fronts wearing on the outside and rears on the inside.  A tyre specialist with the right measuring machine (I think mine was done on a CORGHI) set the front and rear toe in to the minimum limits and also checked front to rear alignment which is important to stop the car crabbing down the road!

Since then wear has been even over 3 sets of tyres.

One other thing  my usual trip to work involved three right turns at unrestricted roundabouts twice daily but I retired 3 years ago and that's saved wear on the nearside front (UK)!!!


Problems / Re: Annoying squeak when turning steering wheel
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:35:49 PM »
Reminds me of the Qantas story about the pilot who reported a mouse like squeak from the control column.  Mechanic left a note saying "cat installed"!!!

Problems / Re: lighting faults
« on: June 06, 2017, 09:12:16 AM »
in June last year I paid £148 including VAT for an identical BMW replacement battery on a 2007 E70 , fitted and coded by the BMW main dealer in Stockton on Tees.  In comparison, your quote seems high though the battery from Germany will have increased in price as the pound has fallen against the euro.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 Purchased
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:23:50 PM »
Gosh, thanks Condor - no I didn't read the post date!!!!  Ah well, sadder but how much wiser???  Must be age creeping on...

Best wishes,


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 Purchased
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:21:08 PM »
Forgot to mention I also had to have two new rear light clusters on the tailgate about 3 years ago - the old style seals leaked and water ingress terminally damaged the LED lighting - no option but to replace the units but I understand they now have a much more effective seal!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 Purchased
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:15:42 PM »
Hello and I sincerely trust that you enjoy your new car as much as I have mine.  They're about the same age - mine was built in August 2007 and registered in April 2008 though it doesn't have as extensive a spec as yours. It does have the dynamic pack and adaptive drive which is great.  I bought it as an ex BMW management car later that year and I've done 130000 miles with relatively little trouble - new tail gate had gas struts when it was 4 years old, second new battery last year, 3 new parking sensors, one new air suspension bag and just a month ago a new front spring. Brakes last about 60000.  New front discs and pads at 75000 and I've just fitted my third  set of rear pads. Sensors don't check all pads - just one on a wheel so a visual inspection when it's serviced is vital. I've found one pad wears more quickly than its partner!  Tyres last about 25000 miles but rears wear more quickly than fronts.   Watch for uneven wear - outside on fronts and inside on rear - there are several threads about this advising on a skilled reset of the wheel alignment front and rear - I had it done 3 years ago and advise everyone to have it checked. I got the best mileage out of Bridgestones. I use Vredestein Wintrac (non runflats) in the winter here - they're great and do give a more compliant ride that the Goodyear summer runflats on at the moment which seem quite harsh. You will never get more than 25mpg at 80mph.  I can only get about 32 by driving at 60-65mph on motorways/dual carriageway. Since my last service in November I've covered about 700 miles and the average is 27.4 but that includes 600 miles towing a caravan.  I only ever use supermarket fuel as its cheaper - there are a lot of urban myths about it but it does have to meet British Standards for fuel. Mine has a 6 CD changer and a 3mm aux socket in the glove box for audio input. Mine has additional trim front and rear as part of the dynamic pack. The cover for the BMW detachable towbar disappeared on the road somewhere and I'm told I can't get a replacement without buying the whole trim!  A stainless cover from a ventilation system almost fits so with a couple of self tappers to hold it in place it keeps the socket  clean when the ball is stowed away.

Good luck and best wishes,


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Heated seats
« on: May 16, 2017, 03:43:09 PM »
I have a 2007 E70 3.0d registered in 2008. it has sport seats but not the comfort option. The heated seat control switch at each end of the row under the sat-nav screen controls each front seat independently with 3 heat settings for the seat itself but not the back - 3 green lights, 2 , 1 and off. The rear seats are not heated.  Idrive pushed to the left doesn't control the heated seats but it does control the air flows, extent cold air from outside is let in, and direction.  I usually have mine set on auto and minimum fan speed, with cold air coming in during the summer(when ??) and warm air feeding the blowers the rest of  the time.  I use air-con once the outside temp reaches 16, which here in the north east isn't very often!

Hope this helps,

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Replacing the battery
« on: April 09, 2017, 06:26:21 PM »
yes, AGM.  Exactly the same as the original fitted  - part numbers taken before new one ordered, and I asked for and was given the old one back.


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