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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Lower suspensions arms
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:05:55 PM »
I believe longevity maybe an issue...
There is good reports from Lemforder parts and a relatively / comparable price

Buy and sell / Re: Wanted 4.8is
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:07:52 PM »

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Opinions..
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:13:02 PM »
There’s a lot to like about RR’s, allbeit best from afar, unless you accept the running costs
The owners forum for them speaks volume, with common problems inherent!
They’re dear to buy, run, repair & replace due to high depreciation.
Whilst as a brand I like BMW, though that’s not to suggest I’m Bias, currently looking at options when the time comes to replace, Jaguar is front running, so perhaps I’m contradicting myself!  :))

Another one that’s fell foul to the house improvement trap, I’m getting a kitchen rather than Car this year!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Opinions..
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:45:53 AM »
Having had one allbeit in Tdv8 form, I’d test drive and consider exchanging your driving liciense for a maritime boating liciense
The 4.2 have air suspension on all corners that offer abundant body roll, with little refinement, almost agriculatral in comparance.
A complex car that was plagued by issues due to the amount of electronics, far more than Bmw’s
When they run good their good, undeniable, though shallow pockets are a must for ownership! 

Problems / Re: Transmission failsafe help
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:50:35 PM »
I don’t dispute the under bonnet charging points, I’d be foolish to!
It’s been talked about many times!

I have the comfort leads hooked up & accessed through the rear cubby hole in the boot, always connected and tucked away when not in use!
Positive lead is connected to the battery, negative lead is connected to the bodies earth point, down stream of the Intelligent Battery Sensor, (using the same point)
The Ibs lead monitors the battery, hence the need to ensure it’s connected downstream!

Many suggest it’s incorrect and underbonnet points should be used, it works for me and doesn’t leave danglies under the bonnet!

In this case I’d keep an eye on codes / warning messages, though more than sure it’s battery related, if in doubt have the codes read, as something will be logged, even if it’s battery related!
For this I use Carly read and clear the codes!

Problems / Re: Rear tyres
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:32:54 PM »
Think an alignment check is in order
Choose your place wisely, ideally a hunter machine for 4 wheel geometry
I’ve tried numerous places locally and whilst the machines are great the user is often......
As such it’s one of few jobs I let the dealer do!

Problems / Re: Transmission failsafe help
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:26:55 PM »
I’d almost certainly say battery related

My car has sat most of the year other than infrequent short journeys, blowers, seat heaters etc
today it threw a wobbly, shame it can’t just blurt out - time for battery top up, instead it gives all manner of codes!
I’ve left on charge hooked up to the ctek 7.0 and tomorrow it’ll behave!

Having the correct charger will tell you the state of battery and whether holding charge, tomorrow I’m hopeful I’ll be on the conditioning cycle - meaning batteries good!

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!

Problems / Re: Winter door handle problem - again!
« on: March 01, 2018, 10:39:09 AM »
I would suggest the lock internal is frozen
I have similar problems, more worrying when the car initially moves, I have to turn out the drive and the door swings open and car goes into park all of a sudden!
Open the door and get some squirty lubricant spray into the latch, I’ve not had issues since
Your car may be different but worth a try!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: swan neck removable towbars?
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:17:57 PM »
Relatively easy, with the bumper removal the hardest part!

I fitted a westfalia detachable from PF Jones c/w dedicated wiring allbeit my requirements are only for a seven pin socket for a cycle carrier

You tube provides bumper removal videos, the red reflectors on the bumper are difficult to remove without breaking, “I broke both” there a hidden screw behind them!

Otherwise relatively straight forward though bumper removal differs whether M sport or SE

The wiring is simple, all within the rear, i solder jointed mine as I don’t like the scotch lock connectors that the kit comes with!
The reverse camera still functions, however parking sensors are disabled
The entry point for the wiring is present, remove a bung and take time to ensure the new one is correctly seated, I applied a layer of sealant once installed to ensure the boot floor remains dry! 

The bumper cut, initially you’ll be staggered at the amount that required to remove, though essential for swinging the electrics down, all out of sight once fitted, however once removed, the outline cut is marked on the bumper, I used a jigsaw and dremel to make the cut! Then filed the edges

For the towbar fitting, youll need a deep 18mm socket and torque wrench

Good luck!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Question about MOT test
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:37:59 PM »
Be selective on where you put it for test
Ideally they should use the Tapley meter and not the rollers
Brake test is performed during road test, jump on brakes read the meter and check there’s no pulling to either side!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Electronic parking brake failed :(
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:53:35 PM »
I can count on one finger the amount of times I’ve used mine....
Same as Auto hold, never use!

I leave the privilege to Mr MoT tester
The auto lock in Park has kept me at some wonderful angles

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 snow chains on front or back wheels?
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:49:27 PM »
In the case of the X5, it doesn’t matter whether front or back, as long as they are fitted to the driven axle
Taken into account a 60 40 split (I’m sure that’s what the E70 is ) the chain could be fitted to either axle but I get what your saying about the steering benefits.

My preference would be not to fit them at all, though if I had to, I’d fit to the rear, so if they came flying off they’d be thrown rearwards

The arguement is more pertinent with 2wd where they have to be installed on the drive axle.

I don’t run winter tyre set up, if it’s that bad I’ll stay indoors, so please ignore my statements!

Problems / Re: Intermittent steering wheel shake
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:29:09 AM »
Maybe worth having suspension components checked, lower, upper or track control arms
Other possibilities is warped brake discs though all the above would give troubles all the time.
There is the possibility of seized pad to carrier, as service intervals are extended there’s more meat on the pads, the molten metal from normal brake wear builds up and only ever cleaned during pad changes

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Removing door trims
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:12:27 PM »
Answering my own question
I done some rummaging around the inter web tonight, seems they are glued on with double sided tape, no locating pins, very brittle and normally break on removing........

Anyways, the reason for removal was after last polishing ritual, it took forever removing the residue in the gaps, though no tape was used as the trims were polished with a 2” pad, better borrow the child’s cotton buds again....

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