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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Be Careful Out There
« on: March 02, 2018, 02:40:33 PM »
This is the 4th winter I've had Vredestein Wintracs on - and as an insurance they've been great by preventing much snow - until this year!!!  No problems with traction in snow but like tractor tyres they have next to no grip on ice so care needed with stopping distances and giving others plenty of room.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:12:48 PM »

Yes, my winter tyres are non-star marked - when I needed them they were the only ones I could get without paying about £350 each!!!  I have them on a second set of wheels and do about 5000 a year on them.  So far the tyres have covered almost 20,000 miles and are wearing evenly.  They do give a slightly softer ride than the runflats I use from April to November - currently Good Years.  The car "crashes" on all potholes, manhole covers and the like irrespective of the tyres on it because it has a firm suspension. The non-runflats are smoother on small bumps such as changes in asphalt and they run quieter on smooth surfaces. To be honest, after a week on one type then the other, I get used to them.  If I was only using one type of tyre I'd get Bridgestone runflats - which is what I'll  do when the Good Years wear out.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:29:22 PM »
Hi Chrispy,

About 3 years ago, before the non-runflat* rated makes became available, I could only source some winter tyres that were not star rated and not runflats (non available at the time).  They're Vredestein Winter Extreme in the right size for front and back, and with 107V and 111V ratings. Insurance  Ok as long as size, weight and speed ratings are correct.  I carry a couple of cans of Tyreweld and a battery operated pump just in case (and I understand a lot of cars have this as they don't have a spare to save weight).  This is the 4th winter with them on, and touch wood!!!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:51:12 PM »
Hi again,

...and I forgot to mention the speed rating.  Tyres for mine are rated at V- some * marked non-runflats with the higher weight ratings have lower speed ratings such as H.  Can I suggest checking that all the data for tyre size, weight and speed ratings for new ones match the original spec!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:43:51 PM »
Hi Chrispy,

Please can I caution you to be careful over the weight ratings on the tyres you are looking at.  Seven seaters and those with increased towing capacity may have a higher rating than 5 seaters.  Check the details of the original tyres  using the VIN number/OEM to list all the equipment fitted when new.  As I said earlier, the weight ratings for mine on 19" wheels are 107 on the front and 111 on the rears and I cannot find non-runflat * rated tyres with this figure - they are all lower.  Even though some non-flats are * rated, you really should get tyres with the specified weight rating as well. Some insurance companies are very careful to check in the event of a claim and quite readily will decline to payout if something is amiss!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 19" Star rated non-RFT's on Black Circles
« on: February 21, 2018, 04:25:23 PM »

Mine is a 7 seater 3.0d with staggerered wheels specified 255x50x19 107V on the front and 285x45x19 111V on the rear.  I've looked at Campskill's site - they have both Michelin and Bridgestone  non-runflat * marked that size but, and it's a big but, the weight ratings are only 103 for the front and 107 for the rear.  On that basis I fear an insurance claim would be invalidated because the non-runflats are not the same as the manufacturer's specification.  Consequently, unless I can source non-runflats * marked with the correct weight ratings I'll stick with runflats.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Runflat Tyres
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:22:09 AM »

I've done 140,000 now over 9 years in my X5 on Continentals, Bridgestones and Good Years.  19" runflats, 255 x50 on the front, 285 x45 on the rear.  For every make the rears wear more quickly than the fronts.  I always stick to the recommended tyre pressures. For a time when I first got the car I did have to drive a route with several roundabouts on derestricted roads and turning right caused wear on the outside of the left front tyre. Now, for the past few years most of my mileage is on open roads and it is the centre part of the rears that wear first. About 4 years ago, after noticing the inner edges of the rears (Continentals down to the canvas after 16,000), wearing quickly which is a common problem, I had the tracking front and rear reset and that fixed the issue with a new set of Continentals.  On a set of Goodyears at present, the rears are down to 2.5mm after only 17000 whilst the fronts have 5mm.   I got only 24000 miles on Continentals!  However, Goodyears are £30 cheaper per tyre  Best were Bridgestones at 30,000 but they were dearer still. So pence per mile is not very different.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Dog cage/cargo net for 7 seater E70
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:14:59 AM »
 My dog guard only fits in with the 3rd row of seats stowed away - it goes on over the back of the 2nd row. Sorry to say I don't know of any that fit over the back of the 3rd row.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:05:03 AM »
Perhaps I should have made clearer my understanding that the computerised circuits should be kept alive with a 12v source  whilst the old battery is removed and the new one fitted.   I was told not to simply disconnect the old battery, remove it, then fit a new one. Following X5 Sport's contribution, I hope this clarifies the point?


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 05, 2018, 03:38:58 PM »
Just a note of caution - you must get the correct battery and have it coded to the car - and for goodness sake to avoid all sorts of error messages and computer faults do not disconnect the battery then fit the new one!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:28:03 PM »
Teesside - but remember it was 18 months ago - and before the pound crashed after the Brexit referendum!!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Hi All
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:13:38 PM »
Thanks Colin

X5Sport....Yep 4 wheels safer than 2 an all that  ;D

...but  don't forget that on snow whilst they pull away better , the big wide tyres are like snowboards and they slide just as easily sideways on corners or when braking as any other car, especially if they have summer tyres fitted!  Take care next week...


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:10:08 PM »
The usual signs of failure are that the clock, radio presets and other computer set functions such as consumption, average speed etc all default to 0. In my experience, after 9 years with 2 batteries now, several short runs one after the other exacerbate the problem but there really is only solution.

18 months ago BMW fitted a new AGM battery the same as the previous one and coded it for £148.  My local indy couldn't get a replacement Varta or Bosch for less that £140 and then there would be the shenanigans of coding it.  It was a no-brainer and with a 2 year warranty from BMW after fitment too.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Number plates
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:03:56 PM »
From the .gov website: https://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates/rules-number-plates

2. Rules for number plates
Your number plates should:
be made from a reflective material
display black characters on a white background (front plate)
display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
not have a background pattern
Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

There you go...


This has been a topic mulled over many times so just a few thoughts and observations about it!

First, I've done 140,000 miles in my car (2007 model regitered in 2008) on several sets of tyres - Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear * rated summer runflats and Vredestein non star winter tyres. Wheels are 255x50x19 front and 285x45x19 on the rears.  The rears of the runflats always wear out much quicker than the fronts but most of my miles have been on open dual carriageways!  After about 16000 miles over the last 3 winters, the Vredesteins are wearing evenly.  Tracking front and rear checked and adjusted regularly so now I get much less wear on the rear inside edges . Not so much wear now on the outside fronts as I don't travel to work on roads with many roundabouts since I retired a couple of years ago!

Secondly, I measured the circumference on a set of Goodyear runflats * rated waiting to be re- fitted when the winter is over. After 17000 miles over the last 2 summers the rears are 5-6mm smaller than the fronts, but really should be replaced as tread depth is down to 2.5mm, fronts only down to 5mm.  That means they started out the same but more wear on the rears has led to a difference in circumference! Vredesteins are close in circumference front and rear.

I keep pressures to those given on the plate by the door, based on the principle the manufacturers researched this and that is their recommendation.  The lower figure for general use and the higher one when towing a caravan with about 70kg on the ball.  Although it's a 7 seater, I cannot recall the last time the back seats were used now the grandchildren have grown up!

Some food for thought!!!


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