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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Glow plug control module
« on: Yesterday at 08:59:05 PM »
Will do. Only found out about the module via other work that involved coding, thus they found the fault codes. Explained the lumpy starts when very cold.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Electronic parking brake failed :(
« on: Yesterday at 08:55:23 PM »
Well I didn't have the little orange tool - I read somewhere that it was discontinued after a certain age? In the boot was the wire next to the first aid kit and warning triangle with a loop on the end. All I had to pull on it was the little screwdriver so I put that through it and pulled up with everything I had. Nothing. Even the recovery guys tried the same to no avail. One thing that was interesting was pulling fuse 129 I think it was, as that seemed to "reset" the module, so the next time I pressed the brake button it groaned a little but still wouldn't let go. If that cable needed more force we're talking massive amounts. Like the sort only a long crow or breaker bar could provide. Was so frustrating as the thing meant to help in this situation just didn't work. :(

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Electronic parking brake failed :(
« on: Yesterday at 04:46:38 PM »
Re the emergency release cable in the boot. I tried that. It did nothing, like it wasn't attached to anything as it came up about 3" before hitting a dead stop with no resistance before then. No matter how much force I used - the unit inside must have been properly mashed. :(

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Electronic parking brake failed :(
« on: Yesterday at 04:44:52 PM »
Ugh that sucks. The fact it's so common is annoying, especially as the component is so expensive alone. Nearly £800 plus the VAT.

I had Warranty Wise warranty until the day before and was kicking myself a little for not extending / renewing it but chances are it wouldn't have been covered anyway. They argued the toss when my O/S thrust arm needed replacing saying "bushes aren't covered" even though it was the ball joint bit of it that had worn out and no one had ever said the word "Bush". Then when they agreed to pay they said there was a Labour limit of £50 per hour and dealer rates are double that so I had that to contend with too.

Do miss running a nearly new car for proper warranty, or at least it being an AUC for the same reasons but hey ho.

Mine was the same, just getting it onto the flatbed took 2 guys a good while, with skates etc as the car simply would not budge, then the part had to be ordered in so I collected on the Tuesday after work (broke down Sunday evening) . Proper nightmare but it's done now and hopefully it won't fail again. Even if it does the part and work will be covered under warranty as it was a dealer that did the lot, with a genuine part.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Glow plug control module
« on: Yesterday at 04:32:20 PM »
Awesome, that's a good picture. Cheers for that. So would you say it's possible with the coolant pipe in place? Not that I don't want to have to remove it, it's just coolant spilling everywhere doesn't appeal if I can avoid it. Are the bolts holding it to the head accessible with the pipe in place? If it's the plug that's the issue does it just need alien fingers to undo? Getting close to needing this job doing as with the recent cold snap it's a lumpy old thing on cold starts - can tell the glow plugs are not doing much if anything....

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Glow plug control module
« on: Yesterday at 11:42:26 AM »
Thanks both. So there is hope of being able to do this without removing the intake manifold (and scuttle tray, and strut braces etc).... Even with the intake removed though there's still a coolant pipe in the way by the looks of things?

Part wise REALOEM says this part no: https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Genuine-BMW-Glow-Plug-Control-Unit-Module-12218591724/1344926648

Nice that there's no coding, just straight swap.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Glow plug control module
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:55:39 AM »
Hi guys,

Has anyone replaced this on the 3.0d?  Mine has a fault code and it is a bit lumpy on (really) cold starts so I'd like to swap it out.  I gather it's under the intake manifold on these things based on videos of people doing it on 335D's I've found on YouTube....

Part wise, it looks like it's a Beru unit now? - like this:




General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Electronic parking brake failed :(
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:46:40 PM »
Yup had it confirmed. Actuator failed. Dealer wants £1350 to replace, all included (which will include diagnostic time I imagine). 2 days out of 3rd party warranty too. Sigh.

Trouble is the car is immobile at the moment and 50 miles from home so I have no real choice in the matter unfortunately. More than happy to DIY jobs on the car like brakes, suspension components etc (and even done exhausts in the past, on my back with the car on axle stands) but I'm between a rock and hard place on this one.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Electronic parking brake failed :(
« on: January 15, 2018, 04:08:07 PM »
So, yesterday I drove about 50 miles from home to drop my daughter off, and upon parking up I applied the parking brake as I usually do.  There was immediately a loud screeching / grinding noise as the parking brake came on.  "That didn't sound good" I thought.....  When I tried to release the parking brake to set off again, an error popped up on the iDrive saying "parking brake failure" and the yellow parking brake light came up on the dash.  First thought was to use the emergency release cable in the boot, but pulling this did nothing.  It allowed me to pull it up a good few inches and no matter how hard I pulled it would not allow me to pull it any further.

So, I had to call the recovery company to collect the car (using little trolleys under the wheels) and take it to the nearest garage, which as it happens was a BMW dealer about 50 yards away.  Very frustrating as it was a Sunday night where everything is closed and the dealer in question was visible from the front seat of my car.  :(

Has anyone had this before?  Based on the noise I'm thinking this is something mechanical that's failed as opposed to physical?

Not expecting it to be cheap to fix.  :(

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Soft close tailgate takes a couple of goes
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:40:04 PM »
Update. Took off the tape from the uppermost loop on the boot latch. Also drowned the latch mechanism in 3-in-1 and worked it in. Coupled all this with some adjustment on the rubber stops for the boot lid to make it more 'snug' without the insulation tape. So far so good, closes nicely.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: ConnectedDrive - Am I missing something?
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:48:52 PM »
Thanks all for the info on this - apologies I never got round to replying.  After reading the info I've decided not to bother pursuing it as it's subscription based (and I'm a tight git) and would give me no real benefits over the smartphone I have stuck to the dash :)

General X5 Forum (E70) / Soft close tailgate takes a couple of goes
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:45:39 PM »
Hi all,

Noticed ever since I got the car that you either have to use too much force to close the boot (ala slam) or if you try letting the soft close take care of it, it takes 2 goes to make it do its thing.  As in you'll gently pull it down, it'll click but not do anything else.  You then lift it an inch or 2 and let it go again and it immediately latches with a click and pulls itself shut.  It's like the first closure attempt/ click somehow resets it and then you try again and it works.

Question is, is this a lubrication thing where the latch is not going into the position it should when the boot is open, thus is "ready" for soft closure straight away, or is it just faulty?

For the record I do have a little bit of insulation tape on the loops on the lower part of the split tailgate to stop it all rattling.  Not sure if that's a factor.



General X5 Forum (E70) / ConnectedDrive - Am I missing something?
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:37:34 PM »
Hi all,

So, in the iDrive menu I have connected drive.  And after decoding my VIN it includes following:

S6AA   BMW TeleServices
S6AB   Control, Teleservices
S8SC   Telematics access request,country-spec.
S612           BMW Assist
S615           Extended BMW Online Information
S616      BMW Online

Am I right in thinking that i should have some form of "online" services from BMW for my car? 
I've been onto the ConnectedDrive website from BMW and registered and tried adding my vehicle via VIN but it says that "a secure message could not be sent to my car at this time" and I need to call.

Questions are, is there a subscription that needs to be renewed with the options apparently being specified on the car and what sort of functionality can I expect?

Thanks i advance,


General X5 Forum (E70) / 223 Wheel colour code
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:08:15 PM »
Hi all,

Anyone know what the official colour code is for the style 223 wheels?  Seems a bit more "chromey" than your standard wheel greys to me.  This is just so I can get a touch up stick to tide me over till I can get a re-furb as the previous owner seemed to gravitate towards kerbs a little.....



Just noticed this post and on the off chance called my local dealer (Stratstone Doncaster).  The car does indeed need this "QE" carrying out (a Jan 2012 3.0d).  If I wouldn't have seen this I'd have never known most likely as I've only just got the car and all works will be carried out by an indy when required.  :|

Booked in for next Monday the 4th of Jan for the full morning.

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