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General Discussion / Re: Most unique looking E53 for sale
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:31:29 PM »
I’m speechless! :doh:

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2003 X5 4.6 petrol
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:42:57 PM »
I asked silverbackmike on here when he had his done at Avon Autogas and he said it was an 80L tank and that he got the equivalent of 35mpg generally so your maths looks ok to me.
Incidentally my mum used Avon Autogas in Bristol for her motorhome underslung LPG tank and they did a nice neat job, silverbackmike was impressed with them as well and they were also recommended by Vanbitz, so I’m pretty sure that’s where I’ll be going. You do hear some horror stories about rubbish untidy installs so do a bit of research and get some recommends before you part with your money.

Problems / Re: 3l x5 2003 - changing up problems
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:21:39 AM »
He’s referring to star rated tyres, some manufacturers such as Porsche, BMW, Mercedes etc in conjunction with the tyre manufacturers have a special mark on the tyres that are specifically made to a tighter tolerance for that brand of car.

As a for instance, not all Michelin tyres will have the star rating for BMW, there are only a couple of different Michelin tyres that are BMW approved for the X5 out of their huge range of tyres.

If it ain’t got that star *, it is allegedly unsuitable for your BMW.

Some say poppycock - as long as they’re all the same it’s ok, some swear by it and say fitting tyres without the star will ruin your transmission.

For BMW, the tyres that meet the standard will have a 5 pointed star on them. This is because they are made in the bowels of hell using witchcraft and are untouched by human hand.

Personally I put star marked Michelin’s on mine, they were £800 but I thought it was worth it.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2003 X5 4.6 petrol
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:07:32 PM »
Always seems to be 17mpg around locally, and 21-23 on a run, you could always LPG it!

Problems / Re: Key fob will open car and disarm alarm, but wont lock it ?
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:20:51 PM »
Have you tried re-initialising the key/keys?
When I bought mine I was told the keys didn’t work properly, I just re-initialised them both and hey presto 2 working key fobs, might be worth a go.
Can’t quite remember off the top of my head but if you google it you’ll find the procedure, it’s just a case of popping the kit in the ignition and removing it and pressing the buttons in the right order - nothing complicated as such

This is the guide I used, where it says KL-R it just means position 1 on the ignition

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Why winter tyres here
« on: December 16, 2017, 12:37:22 AM »
Only at night! Not even had to scrape my windscreen yet this year, shall be off down the beach in the X tomorrow for a sunny 😎 dog walk and an ice cream, secretly jealous that we never get any snow - think it’s 5 years since we’ve seen any at the end of the world near Lands End

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Why winter tyres here
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:58:09 PM »
Or move to Cornwall, it’s rarely cold enough for winter tyres down here  :yell:

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: heater blower center vents
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:06:42 AM »
If the motor control has gone weird I think I’d replace the hedgehog anyway as it might only be a matter of time before it decides it’ll run the fan even with the ignition off and toast your battery, that’s what happened to mine anyway. No idea what else it might upset to be honest. If it’s in climate control auto mode it will fluctuate but if it’s doing its own thing when set manually just change it.

Must say, I struggled with the controls and centre vent and after much reading about how to set the controls I leave mine set as follows which came from one forum or other but seems to work for me:
1. Set air con (snowflake symbol below demister) to on - green light on
2. Set recirc control to auto - left hand green light on
3. Set climate control to auto, green light on and should say auto on screen
4. Then just use the up and down arrows to set the required temp, I never change any of the other buttons now.
5. If you set the temp up high the fan will kick in at a high setting once the engine has warmed up and there is warm air to blow so there’s no need to mess with the fan speed.

The centre vent I think is a bit weird and more separate from the climate system in terms of its control, my understanding is that it takes air from outside directly and the centre wheel allows a certain amount of the air from the climate control system to mix with it, apparently designed so you can blow cold air on your face to keep you awake without affecting the climate control system. If the have the centre wheel on the warmest setting it will mix whatever temperature air you have set on the climate control with a smaller amount of the outside air.

So if I’m not talking bollocks, try setting your auto controls again and see if the fan is really misbehaving or whether it helps with the auto recirc flaps etc

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Serpentine belt service interval
« on: November 28, 2017, 11:32:10 PM »
If you don’t know when they were last done just change them anyway, ECP have got Continental belts for very little money, I think both the belts for mine were less than £30.

Not sure if I read that 4 years or 100k was a guideline, might be wrong but seems reasonable!

General Discussion / Re: Posting Pics???
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:22:12 PM »
imgur seems to be ok, although sometimes the tinypic thing on here works apparently

Problems / Re: OBC
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:56:03 AM »
Cool, nice when it works out as something simple!

Problems / Re: OBC
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:37:23 PM »
That’s good, LEDs eh? Very posh, I’m still on tungsten filaments!  :))

Problems / Re: OBC
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:22:48 AM »
This might be a long shot Henry but I had a few error messages with my back lights when I bought the car.

Although not a number plate light i was getting a tail/side light error, the actual lamp was working and in the end it turned out that although the light was illuminating when switched on - when I took the lamp out it looked like the actual filament wasn’t in the best condition, I bought a new lamp and the error went, so maybe it’s worth trying 2 new lamps as they’ll only be a few pence?

My brake light errors I cleared by soldering the tracks on the light fitting, not sure there’ll be anything like that on the number plate lights though.

Problems / Re: 2003 X5 - Radio pixels
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:54:14 PM »
He means carphonics I think http://www.carphonics.co.uk/bmw.htm

Problems / Re: 2003 X5 - Radio pixels
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:18:12 PM »
I thought I’d read that if there was a full stop after the word “miles” on the dash it meant it had been tampered with, might be some urban myth though!

Just a word of warning, I also did my pixelated dash a couple of months ago with the kit from AK Speedo, I’m not sure if the dash frame is different on the 4.6 but according to the instructions you just need to place the template and drill a few holes in the front face of the dash to access the screws that hold the LED unit in place. Looking at the photos etc it might be easier on other e53s i think as there is one screw that needs to be removed and it is directly behind a piece of the framework for the 4x4 warning lights and it’s a bloody nightmare. There is nothing to drill out, I had to cut out the plastic divider between the two warning lights to get to the screw, I can honestly say I was fekking traumatised after doing this job, but mightily relieved when it worked and everything lit up! :trampoline:

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