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General X5 Forum (E70) / E70 seat base replacement
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:26:28 PM »
I have very light scuffing on drivers seat base.
After a botched repair, in that the colour is paler and mismatched!
It’s gotten the better of me and I’ve opted to replace, so new cover enroute,  I’ve read up and acquired the hog rings & tool to install, so now I’m onto thinking about the seat strip down.
Knowing all too well about disconnecting battery, unbolting seat and disconnecting wiring, thinking I’m good with the plastic trim removal
I’m now pretty much at a loss on stripping the old cover off and the actual fitment of new?

Any advise appreciated!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Removing door trims
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:00:36 PM »
Does or has anyone ever pulled the door trims or know how these are fixed to the doors?
I’m thinking of removing prior to the polishing routine?

How-To / Pano roof repair
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:50:32 PM »
For many cars I’ve owned, pano roof has been on the desired option list
We all know the problems they cause, “Open to Vent then the roof won’t close”

I like and use the vent function often, however on the X5 two roof are opened, this causes the age old problem dating back many years and carried through to the latest models (I believe) however this may have changed as my Previous F07 only functioned the front roof! (Same as post modification)

This modification/ repair prevents the rear roof from functioning & it remains closed!

Nevertheless with a bit of “old” bookmark searching today I tackled mine (in between rain showers, total time circa 12minutes), allbeit in my 14months of ownership my roof has been pretty much flawless with two, three at most “events” of roof not closing after vent.

So rather than leaving thoughts the below is my work, all I’ve done is linked several threads from various sources into one to allow ease of understanding! It’s a proven repair that will save the cost of roof replacement yet still allow 80% roof function

These two you tubes videos explain and tackle the problem the best allbeit it’s an E61 but same roof & mechanism



Very well presented though I couldn’t quite make out the cutting requirements so found these pictures on Internet
Be assured my cutting is true and precise, leaving a very tidy modification, of the pictures I’d seen the mechanism has been hacked very roughly!

In addition to the basic hand tools, as described a dremel or similar with a cutting disc is required, £36 from Amazon.
It’s prudent to have a black touch up pen in the event you get too aggressive and score the roof rails, thereafter clean the rails of debris and reapply grease of choice!
Don’t try and skip the reinitialisation stage, it’s every bit as important!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Locking wheel nut keys
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:09:08 PM »
I’ve been a Knob!
Conscious efforts to mount wheel after replacing the air strut, torquing the nuts and knowingly leaving the locking wheel nut key whilst I put away the torque wrench
I left the locking key in situ!

Anyways, do bmw keep master keys or can they be ordered from chassis number

Buy and sell / E70 4.0d - for sale
« on: August 26, 2017, 05:55:43 PM »
For sale to fund a T5 self build purchase!

Drives straight with no knocks or bumps, all good and functional, overall in very good, well cared for condition

2011 4.0d m sport (c/w pano roof)

Individual Ruby Black metallic
Individual Champagne Merino
Individual Audio (high end 16 speaker Dirac, not the pro logic system)

Circa 68000 miles
Mot due in November, though this can be done prior to sale.

For full details use http://bimmer.work vin decoder. " L478361 "
The decoder will show the full spec and manufacturers pictures, allbeit in left hand drive along with full as built spec!

An unusual and hard to replicate spec with many items taken from the Individual bins & sought after items
Car was ex AUC, so full service history,

Pano roof
Adaptive xenon headlights
Advanced Bluetooth media
High beam assist
360 degree camera, includes rear, too view and surround view
Electric boot, works from fob on open/ close
Electric memory seats
Electric steering column
Rear privacy glass

In my ownership:
Rear tyres (Just) replaced, fitted with Bridgestone * marked tyres (rears 8mm front 7mm)
The addition of OEM mud flaps front & rear
Detachable Westfalia Towbar, (Only used for Thule cycle carrier)
BMW interior floor mats renewed this year!
Oil & Filter replaced @ 66k
Window trims were specced as Alu satinated, these have been gloss wrapped to match the roof rails and more in keeping with m sport trim!
Pro Sat nav has been updated with 2017 maps & 7 digit postcode search
Side badging removed
Wheel centre caps replaced.
Weathertech over mat for rear.

Carly dongle and App, scan reveals no fault codes
Carly coded several functions, all easily reversible (digital speedo, open/close boot from fob & switch etc etc)

Oem roof rails purchased from Cotswold BMW
Black grilles available but never fitted.

Pictures uploaded if interested pm
Overall very good condition & well kept!

Otherwise A fully respectable car in well above average private ownership condition, with no outstanding finance!
Realistically, it's a stereotypical Chelsea tractor that's over polished & cleaned!

Private plate will be removed and car returned to its original plate

Price, £ realistic market value, circa £20,000
Open to sensible offers

General X5 Forum (E70) / M sport ride height
« on: July 24, 2017, 11:21:24 AM »
Is it possible I could request someone measures their ride height

I've a 40d m sport, with self levelling suspension, that I think is running high on front.
The front springs were changed prior to purchase,
I'm taking reference from SE model with the ride heights I found online (picture attached)


My believe is the m sport, should ride 1" lower ???
Is it possible the incorrect springs have been installed, ie Se springs installed to an Msport

I've measured mine from ground to top of arch through the wheel centre cap and have the same measurements as per picture above.

Front 32.25"
Rear 31.75"

I've check spec against Vin & there's no bad road package or m sport suspension delete

How-To / Scratched idrive screen
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:41:27 PM »
One of my old annoyances,
From my E60 days onwards I was always annoyed at the inability to clean idrive screens, so I used to remove and fit a screen protector, today I done the same with X5, all in took half an hour from removal to install, I had screen covers already, that I'd used in E60, F07 & now installed in E70

Removal of screen via the attached link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FyYL7cE1C9Y

Once removed unit was taken inside, screen is easily removed from the dash mount by removing x4 Torx 8 screws & unclips at the corners.
Cleaned with LCD cleaner then insulating applied over screen  to remove dust debris,
Insulating tape used due to its low tack properties, applied over screen & removed.
After this I cut screen protector to size and installed bubble free (after second attempt)

Screen is now so much sharper, appearance is scratch free when off, distinct anti glare, I tried with pano roof open and closed, all in all a considerable difference with a modern screen look.

Whilst this is not a new enhancement, it's been done for years but often forgotten, some take the time to remove all antiglare coating once the screen is removed, my screen was in no means bad, so I never ( and have never) removed, however I know all too well how easy the anti glare coating is damaged and makes the screen look terrible, whilst at the same time, I knew of the benefits installing, so much so I thought I'd share, shall post pictures when taken...
Screen covers are available from Amazon, "BMW idrive screen protectors", I believe these are pre measured, I used what I had, A crystal screen protector.

How-To / Removing the console phone cradle
« on: July 15, 2017, 08:53:09 PM »
Firstly, I copied this from A N other forum
I've just removed my phone cradle, the only difference to the below is, I separated the cradle mount with a torx 10 and used the back plate as a blanking plate

X5 E70 MY11: Useless Phone cradle removal.
What was BMW thinking ???
to put in a ridiculous phone cradle that takes up most of the centre console?
Also, most mobile devices are (at least) superseded within a short period of time, rendering the centre cradle useless.

Anyway, enough of the gripes.

Heres how i removed it in under 30 mins. (Took me circa 10 mins)
Note that it didn’t stop my BlueTooth phone working.

1. On RHS of vehicle (independent of Steering Wheel side),
Remove the centre, thin carpet strip running from front to back.
This is done by removing 1 torx screw from front end.
Put hand just left of centre, pull out, to clip out.
Put hand just right of centre, pull out.
Should now slide forward and away from centre hump.

2. Slide the rear carpet panel underneath the centre console by sliding forward.
This exposes the connectors.
Disconnect both.
Purple one, lift latch by putting screw driver underneath purple bit.
On the other connector, latch slides down to release plug..

3. Remove 2 torx screws holding cradle in console (underneath cradle).

Simply remove the damn thing.
Put back carpet strips.
Enjoy the space.
There is a cover available on the net to stop stuff falling down the hole, as above I separated the cradle and reinstalled the back plate

General X5 Forum (E70) / Tyre choice ?
« on: July 15, 2017, 02:20:29 PM »
I'm not going to start a Rft / non Rft debate though wouldn't mind opinions on tyre choice, price is negligible after getting quotes + spare

Bridgestone duelers * rfts circa £900
Michelin latitude Diamaris * non rfts circa £760

I've the 4.0d with self levelling suspension and nearing new tyre time, both i and my son in the back notice the  bouncyness more to the point he often gets motion sickness, quite a delima and to the point of considering shifting the X5, though tyres are circa 4-5mm
I'm wondering if changing tyres would make a notable difference, however choice seems limited if I was to stick with * rated xdrive compliant tyre.

Anyone made the change and notice any notable difference?
Is there any other xdrive compliant tyres ?


General X5 Forum (E70) / E70 40d hesitant / lazy
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:22:32 PM »
Overall car drives fine no concerns when abused it's like a scalded cat!

However, on a sensible driving day, once up at cruising speeds 60/70mph and settled into the cruise (no cruise control in use), when light power is requested car stumbles and gives hesitance / vibration, push the pedal further to kick down point and a gear is dropped and away it pulls.
It does not present itself in DS mode

A possible imaginary fault though it does give concern.....

My thoughts are mixed & looking for pointers?
Initially thought about swirl flaps, gunked manifold etc though flaps are inactive below 2000rpm (???) the Rev range of this troubles seems to be circa 1400-1800rpm. Is that where the first turbo spools ?
Maf sensor fault ?
Dpf / Egr ???

I'll plug Carly in though don't think I'll get error codes, does that mean my thoughts are imaginary? Anyone experience similar ?

Carly showed no faults.....

General X5 Forum (E70) / Mud flaps
« on: June 11, 2017, 01:43:06 PM »
For long enough, I've looked at & liked the flaps on the E70
I think they compliment the lines, moreso the rear end and view from the rear.
The look finally got the better of me and a set of OEM flaps were fitted
I think, they change the look, more form over function as they should reduce the rear door stone chipping.
Ps - they were fitted in the rain.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Filter nut size
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:58:20 PM »
I'm being lazy gents,
About to drop the oil and not got as far as open the bonnet yet, nevertheless, I thought I'd ask the filter housing nut size ?

Buy and sell / X5 Lci m sport mud flaps wanted
« on: April 04, 2017, 08:32:33 PM »
Thought I'd post and enquirie if anyone has removed mudflaps from their X5 (E70) and has them sitting about ?
I'm undecided on fitting, so reluctant to pay dealer pricing?
Is their any suppliers of mudflaps, though would have to be OEM fittment?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Any useful Carly coding ?
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:48:11 PM »
Just got the Carly adaptor......
To be honest it's pretty useless out the pack and ones tied into upgrading to the pro version, which I did...

Primary function was to monitor coolant temps as my driving habits will kill the emmission system, so now I can monitor the trends and take out for dpf blasts as and when required, (though the recorded soot & ash values are beyond me, what should they be ?)
it's also going to prove useful for battery trends as car sits for three weeks at a time.

Had a brief look on the coding (as much as child would allow) coded the dash lights on all the time, which is useful as the E70 interior is dark when used to the black panel panel display and some other random bits.

Had a look through fault codes, three codes relating to pano roof, which I'm hoping relates to the time the towbar was fitted, battery disconnected and roof wouldn't close from tilt as required reintialised.... after this roof has been faultless and used often.

Though was wondering if anyone has delved deeper and found some good bits...
I already had the boot opening from the fob, though hope to get the close from fob, function also ???

General X5 Forum (E70) / Westfalia dedicated electrics
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:36:00 AM »
Anyone fitted the westfalia towbar & dedicated electrics to e70 ?
Just purchased and was wondering if it's plug & play or splice into can bus wiring ?

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