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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 Aero Package
« on: Yesterday at 01:41:41 PM »

I think they look good and suit it and given the fact it's not OEM they're a pretty good fit  :)


Given all the maintenance and upgrades you have done on your E53 it's a totally different beast to a standard E70, and as its reliable and it does what you want then I would say keep it, because if you are going to do the same type of changes to an E70 then it would be little difference except more cost.

As others have said and if selling its only worth what someone will pay, but to you in theory it would be however much you paid for it and put into it, or how much you were going to spend on the replacement car.

If buying a late E70 and keeping it they are nicely finished and powerful esp the 40 or 50d and smooth to drive. The runflats makes a lot of tyre noise but a change to non runflats could resolve that. The later car feels different to the E53 a bit tighter to drive but that could be down to it being newer.

The downside to an E70 for me is its electronics, there is less option to diy and upgrade it as there are more sensors and modules and so inbuilt restrictions.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: How to spend a fun Saturday......
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:23:45 PM »

Sorry to about all the headaches today with the propshaft especially as it had been checked previousl, as X5Sport said he is thinking about hgetting his rechecked and it does raises a question or two about the check.

However better safe than sorry as from memory there we pics from a member on here who had his propshaft go and it also took out the bottom of the engine which is a nightmare.

It amazing that what starts out as a simple MoT and service seems to grow. :o


Problems / Re: PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:49:01 AM »
Having a look at realoem all the sensors are the same it is just the sensor housing or support that will then mean they are seated at different angles.

If one is intermittent then that can cause it, do you have a scanner to check as it should help confirm that it is the that sensor.

Please see link below.

On mine it was 2 at the front and a rear one that were faulty, but they can play up if you have washed the car and sprayed water or it's been icy that can affect their operation.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Thats different to the normal MoT issues
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:12:01 PM »

As you do I had the X5M in for Its MOT and mentioned the problem with reduced engine power that came up on the CIC screen about a week ago and also the indicator repeater in the near side wing looked like it had been pushed in. So the end car went in Wednesday night.

Then on Thursday I get a call from BMW to say they have investigated and the sensor is reading a fault. It could be the spark plug or ignition coil or possibly an injector on cylinder 3 on my petrol V8. So they are ordering a spark plug and ignition coil for it d then they will MOT the car after due to the emissions. They had now reseated the indicator and it was no okay.

Today, Friday I get a call and they have fitted the the new spark plug and ignition coil and it is still reading a fault on the car and so they are now ordering a complete set of 8 injectors for the car. These will be here Monday and I have been assured once they are fitted it will again be running at full power and then the car can be MOT'd.

So I am glad I got the car with the BMW comprehensive insured warranty as it should cover the cost as only done about 2,000 miles since I got it as its a weekend car  :)

Roll on Monday


General Discussion / Re: £1500-£2000 Repair Bill
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:53:48 AM »

Sorry to her about the latest problem with the fuel pump. I know it s not much consolation but I had one go on my 2008 135i and that was £575 to replace it.

So it probably in line with the general price level for these things, and you do know it's sorted properly.

You mentioned the lease route and its becoming more attractive for a lot of people as you don't have to worry about repairs. Some cars don't just have a 3 year warranty some even have up to 7 years, so there is definitely a case for going that route providing you are happy with the monthly cost, but again there are a lot of deals to be had.

I think it works well as our cousin has a small budget and so now leases a small Suzuki for £99 per month and so she knows her outgoings. Where as her previous corsa was going to cost over £700 to repair the engine on a '02 corsa just wasn't worth it.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: very productive day yesterday
« on: March 15, 2018, 07:35:59 AM »

That sound like is was very useful to get that job done.

You isd you ended up with two shiney doors did you replace them or did you  paint them.

Newbies section / Re: Hello, another newbie from fife
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:31:01 AM »
Hi tan and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on you X3and I look forward to pics in due course.

Newbies section / Re: Newbie with a F39 X2 on order
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:29:30 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on ordering your X2, and I think you may well be the first member to have one.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the X2.

This also mean the mods may have to create another new section.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Bmw insured warranty
« on: March 13, 2018, 04:49:36 PM »

Well it's that time already as I've had the car X5 for two years and not really done that much mileage so far, but enjoyed driving it every time. The car came with a 2 year BMW warranty provided and is due for renewal in April.

Given the complexity of the car with all the electrics and sensors I decided to go for a warranty without question.

I have had several aftermarket ones on previous cars, including the AA, and they all end up arguing about the repair as to what is and what isn't covered, which can be a pain. So I chose to go with BMW again as it probably the best on the market especially from reading Condors posts on her 4.8i on how good it's been.

I went for the comprehensive cover, so covering both mechanical and electrical items for £1,002 with an excess of £100 which was less that I thought it would be when looking at previous posts on the subject. The no excess policy was another £400 on top and I really couldn't justify that difference. 

So hopefully I won't need it, but if I do I have that peace of mind, so it's happy motoring. I just have to get the MoT on the Thursday and the Road Tax at the end of this month.

Since renewing the warranty I then had a call from BMW asking if I'm interested in a new X5, which is probably no now, but you never know :)) >:D


Buy and sell / Re: Wanted 4.8is
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:33:56 PM »

It looks good in sterling grey, and good mileage, it's worth having a read of the buyers guide in the E53

It's worth check the tyres outsides on the front and the insides edges on the rears as it sits down, as therrears are315/35/20 and can cost a bit to replace.

Also Remember to check all the electrics more than once esp if it has a panoramic sunroof as they have a habit of catching on the rear section as well as the windows mirrors folding mirrors aircon etc.

And the 4.8i will have Air Suspension on front of it and worth pressing the check control on the dash pod to see if all okay or if any issues Ile susp inacive etc the reason is it can cost a bit to fix.

Hope it goes well.

Buy and sell / Re: Wanted 4.8is
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:27:32 AM »

I think. That one is out of the price range of most and  the person is way over on the price.

You can definitely get a good car but it takes time to find them and as you say you need a reserve to cover any repairs as these cars can costs bit to fix.

Good luck with the search.

Buy and sell / Re: Wanted 4.8is
« on: March 11, 2018, 03:56:10 PM »

I know ther is one for the collectors out there as is on eBay and pistonheads with only 14k miles but it’s up for silly money over £20k

There are the odd one or two about but getting rarer



I did a search and there is a post on the X3 part of the forum and it was the linkage of the throttle actuator was rpthe prob in this case so may be worth checking that first as could be a cheaper fix.


Looking at www.realoem it wasn't a lot of help on the throttle part of the fuel system



I did a search for this on google and it came up with the M5 cars having a similar prob see link below and they seem to recommend replacement rather than strip down and clean the actuator gears, no pics so I am none the wiser


Also this from the X5 forum


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