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General X5 Forum (F15) / Retro fit an Electrronic Towbar
« on: Yesterday at 01:58:09 PM »

I am considering upgrading to the new F85 X5M a used car but seen a car but it doesn't have the electrically deployable tow bar, which my current car has.

So my question is can you get BMW or Pf jones to retro fit to the newer X5M an Electrically deployable Tow Bar, like the factory fit option or is it only the manual one ?

I did check their website and can't see if you can


Hi All

I have just heard today about the Governments intention to ban all petrol and diesel cars in 2040, after France has already stated this.

So as the clock is now ticking for all of us is it time to start thinking about changing, as some have done on here to

   a) hybrid or b) fully electric ?

And what is this going to do to sales and prices of new and secondhand petrol and diesel (fossil fuel) cars ? 


General Discussion / Number of posts
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:16:23 PM »
My post just went up and I thought I was doing well until I had a look at the members list and the number of posts.

There is X5Sport is top and his post count over 14,000 in total, but what surprised me was it was nearly the same as the next 3 people combined (Sanj Pvr and Raj)

Seriously impressed with his dedication to the cause. :punk:


General Discussion / Emissions and New charges in French cities
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:05:35 AM »
Hi all

There are some new charges in France.

I was sent this link by the RAC about emissions and the introduction of a clean air certificate in French cities called Crit'Air vignette which is in force and is now needed to drive in their cities and if you don't have one you can be fined.

It also has links to the French website where you can apply for a certificate and is based on your cars emissions. I couldn't find a table show the cost unless you apply.

So worth a read as I know quite a few head over there with their X5's


General Discussion / Xdrivers website yesterday
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:16:02 PM »

Did anyone else have problems accessing the xdrivers website and do we know what happened?  as it was so unlike the site not to be available.

I did check my internet and that and the rest of the website I use were ok.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Car insurance and shopping around
« on: February 04, 2017, 03:27:08 PM »
I had the insurance renewal on the two cars come through, and I've had a multi car policy for 3 years with 3 various cars on it until this last year when I reduced to it to 2 cars, the X5M and Abarth 595.

Well last year when I swopped the old X5 and the 135i convertible for the X5 I had to pay another £500 odd on the policy to change.

Well this year the renewal came through and the price was £1360 (£1042 for the X5 and £318 for the Abarth) which I thought was a bit excessive,  :o

So I started the process of shopping around for better deals. Out come the comparison sites, there were various prices and but some of the excesses were £700 but their were a lot better prices.

The X5 has come in with the same limited mileage (which is just the mileage I do each year in it) and business use to meetings was £509 and the Abarth comes in at £231 with business use and both with the New insurer, but not on a multi car policy.

I did go back to the original company and the could drop price on the Abarth £50 and also the X5 £50 but it was no where near it, so I have waive goodbye to them.

So Total cost £740 and so massive saving £620 just for a couple of hours shopping around, and that just  about pays for the road tax on both cars, a result :drive::)

Problems / E70 steering wheel angle sensor
« on: January 26, 2017, 07:39:38 PM »

I had the X5 E70 come up with a fault, an intermittent one DSC and Xdrive failure as advised to stop and switch off and restarted it cleared so continued home Saturday.

So I booked the car into BMW as have a warranty, and they have checked it today and said it was the Steering Wheel Angle Sensor needed reprogramming, which was not covered by the warranty.

I had the same issue on the old E53 and it was just a case of turning the wheel slowly lock to lock and back again and it reset.

My Question is:-
         Can you fix the problem the same way on the E70 by turning the steering wheel lock to lock and back again.

BMW said it needed reprogramming, but didn't expand on the method. Anyhow after a brief conversation on the phone about the cost of £40 it was waived by them.

Just please to have it back.


Is anyone else fro this forum intending going to this meet at British Heritage Museum at Gaydon Warwickshire on the Sunday 14/08/2016.

I am hoping to get along in my E70 X5


Buy and sell / KW V3 Coilover suspension
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:03:26 PM »
Since I have sold my E53 I have a set of KW V3 Coilover suspension for sale.

I purchased this for my E53 4.4i as a back up as and when the air suspension started to go wrong. I bought from another forum member, who had used it on his 4.8i, and they were about 18months old.

Thankfully my suspension never went wrong so never fitted to my car and so the set is now for sale.

Price is £850.00 ono (and cost circa £1600 when new)

The pics are below

I am based in Hertfordshire, and collection is preferred due to size and weight or possibly I could send via courier for extra cost. Or I could bring it to Xdrivers meet on Sunday 15/05/16

Thanks  for looking

Buy and sell / AC Schnitzer 22" wheels with tyres
« on: May 10, 2016, 08:28:48 AM »
Hi, I have my AC Schnitzer 22"wheels for sale.

They are a set of five 22"wheels, 4 of them are mint/very good condition, the last one was bought as a spare and it could do with being refurbished (it is the centre wheel in pic of five). They fit a E53 but not the E70 X5, and PCs is 120

The four mint wheels have Yokohama tyres 293/35/22 with 6-7mm depth on them. The spare wheel has a useable 285/35/22 on it and it's a Michelin tyre.

One wheels had a slow puncture and it turned out it was previous repair that was not up to standard, so I had that repaired and set of four refurbished about 18 months ago and since I have had no problems with them.

Price is £2200.00 ovno

I am based in Hertfordshire, and collection is preferred due to size and weight or possibly I could send via courier for extra cost.

Thanks  for looking

Buy and sell / E53 X5 Car Cover
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:11:11 PM »
For sale is my E53 X5 car cover made by Cover-Zone and is no longer needed as I have replaced my e53 with and e70.

This is the Stormforce heavy duty breathable car cover and their link is below to read the full write up but it protect the car from all weather and sunlight and saves a lot of car cleaning.

See link http://www.cover-zone.com/product_range.php

The new price is over £180 and mine is 7 months old and is for sale at £110 ono plus postage

Thanks for looking

Buy and sell / More E53 X5 bits
« on: April 16, 2016, 12:23:02 AM »
Some more bits for sale

Set of 4 Locking wheel bolts, Wavy pattern, part no 36136776075 used but in good condition £25 plus p&p

Set of 4 BMW black mats for E53 used in good condition some wear to drivers mat £30 Ono plus p&p

Pair (2 of) Led sidelights bulbs 7000k fir e53 with halo rings and xenon lights in working order £20 plus p&p

Thanks for looking I am going to the xdrivers meet and can bring them with me if that helps

Buy and sell / E53 X5 bits for sale
« on: April 15, 2016, 03:01:23 PM »
Hi All

Following the sale of my E53 X5 and changing to e70'version I now have a some bits for sale

Used E53 Cargo Net in canvass bag £40.00 plus postage approx £10.00 in uk

Used E53 standard boot floor in beige good condition £25 collection preferred due to sizE

Also Subwoofer and Amp,
The subwoofer box was made by X-drivers member I think it was X555 and I bought it with the Pioneer Amp from another member on the forum and it fits in the offside rear boot space. I believe the fuse box has to be moved slightly when fitting and then put back

Please note I was assured the amp worked fine but never got around to fit it so I cannot confirm this is so but have no reason to doubt him and the speaker fitted is an alpine 10" speaker.
The price is £150 and collection is preferred due to weight as postage estimated at £20 but would have to check for you. Please see my photos below I can send further pics if interested

I also have a spare right hand side boot panel in beige for sale £10 plus postage also as I was going to use this and then to cut It and fit a speaker grill to it see last picture

Also side panel for sale see above

Thanks for looking and I'm based in Hertfordshire and will be going to the xdrivers meet in May at BWChiptune


General X5 Forum (E70) / Decided to upgrade from E53 to E70 X5
« on: April 03, 2016, 02:44:01 PM »
Hi all
I decided a while ago to simplify things as having 4 cars in the household and with 3 of them being mine, I thought I'd sell the 135i convertible and just have two the fiat and the X5.

I also thought about upgrading from my E53 to an E70. The E53 X5 was a 4.4i but with all the looks of the 4.8 plus a few extras fitted sliding boot floor, kenwood head unit, and AC Schnitzer 22s for a while and very said as had for 4 years and probably the best car I've owned ☹️

Then I also sold the 135i convertible a bit sad as had look for one for a year and thought it had sold in the October but then found it again in the February and so bought it as upgrade from a TT, but you can't have everything 🙁

And I have looked at a lot of cars but being a bit choosy I wanted a later car with a bit of performance as the old 4.4 was fairly quick, but withpaddle shift, heated seats front and rear, upgrade sound sytem so not too much. I was torn between diesels a 40d and had a look at several and got close but other had some bodywork faults which put me off.

Then I considered possibly an M50d,but couldn't find the spec with reasonable mileage. Since it's a weekend car and the diesels have DPF filters and I do about 2000 miles in old one, I decided on a petrol E70 X5 and after considering a lot of cars and I found one and went to have a look and it was pretty tidy with most of the spec I wanted. So I asked my wife to come and have a look and so after discussions and checking the finances and probably agreeing to sell my granny in the deal somewhere I have bought an E70 x5 which is pretty good ticks most of the boxes and definitely puts a smile on my face 😎

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