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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Just curious
« on: Yesterday at 11:54:52 AM »
It’s a GSM aeriel (global system for mobile communication) it’s a multi band aeriel, GSM & GPS for telephone & sat nav Apparently always fitted regardless of how the car is equipped

The AM/Fm receiver is fitted into the rear spoiler, this used to be part of the rear glass, though I think the DAB aeriel is now here!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: My bmw x5
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:26:22 PM »
Very nice, looks in great condition!

Problems / Re: Front brake disc retaining screw
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:15:43 PM »
I’m talking drivel (sorries)
Ventured to garage found the tap set and it’s m8 x 1.25
Checked on realoem to ensure I wasn’t mistaken and true enough there M8 x 14mm

Whilst correct, there not really needed, but do make wheel removal & refitment a lot easier unless you have one of these

Though still a pain

Problems / Re: Front brake disc retaining screw
« on: January 16, 2018, 05:47:17 PM »
I’m sure the thread is M6, the thread pitch I’d be guessing without looking though.
I have a tap in the garage I can check if required

Does sound good

Afaik if similar to the Audi system it’s a resonansance chamber that’s fitted to the exhaust, the Audi system is huge!

 :oThe cost may prove prohibitive  :o

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Ctek battery sense
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:08:40 PM »
What model of Ctek ?
The unit I have tells you if the battery is good and holding charge!

I refer to the above as it suggests your battery is not..... granted the past 4 weeks has been horrendous weather whilst the car will shutdown after 16mins the alarm system is still active.

Regardless, I wouldn’t rush out and replace battery.
I leave my X5 for 3-1/2 weeks at a time, use it little when home, though even after a full battery recondition I still come home to circa 60% charge, (80% is considered a good state of charge) first night home I connect the ctek and charge overnights get to restore full health, the alternative is taking it out for a run, but that would involve getting things dirty!

As you’ve mentioned the only option now is to rip it out
Caused by prolonged life and running temps. The part that’s stuck in, is the paperside of the element
Once torn apart be sure to shine a flashlight into the housing and ensure all the debris has been removed, a long screwdriver and rag to clean and ensure all debris is removed

Ps it’s not just the N62 engine that’s troublesome, recent reports of F30’s giving the same problem

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Any members with the H&R lowering kit?
« on: January 13, 2018, 04:18:14 PM »
change out the front springs
Change out the suspension links for the rear height sensor (there is an option to lower ride height by coding)
Either option will require a 4 wheel geometry check to reduce the chances of scrubbing tyres

I have the uk supplier somewhere.....
Ps I think vogstland spring are more comfort compliant

Lowering links Ebay, uk supplier £79, though available cheaper

Spring kit (front only 1.2” drop) £120

Or try mstyle.co.uk, I used to use them for many parts and pleasantly surprised.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Any members with the H&R lowering kit?
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:51:43 PM »
I’m tempted and have been for some time...
I think losing the arch gap on the X5 works well, opting for the 1.2” drop to ensure it’s subtleness.
I’ll most like be doing this, ths year!


General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: That was lucky!
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:39:58 PM »
Go Commando...... :P

Doesn’t help

You need some coating on the seat, I only wear Levi’s, possibly better quality than Dodd of Asda/Walmart’s jeans (possibly not)
Ultimately a dye blocker, this won’t stop it but will make it clean and wipe
I used to swear by Gliptone products, though they appear aggressive on certain leather types (Merino)
Best clean with clean microfibre, warm water soaked & wrung out with gently wipe, sometimes I’ll add fabric softener!
Assess before chemically cleaning

Whilst my champagne Merino looks new, it’s constant maintenance I use LTT protector every month after a good clean and nourish, similar product will be required

I have a couple of really dark jeans, I sit on a towel to stop the transfer!

Other Marques / Re: Mk6 golf battery low
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:31:32 AM »
I’m one of those buy cheap buy twice types,
I’d buy a ctek intelligent charger, though selfishly making sure you choose buy a model with high enough amperage to cover the x3 as well
The benefits of the correct charger being it shall notify you if a new battery is required

Re jump starting, use the under bonnet connections

My ctek mxs7.0 has paid itself time and time again, primarily on X5 garden ornament though recently on neighbours garden ornament, the benefit of the model is the reconditioning cycle that takes a day or two! Though does restore things moreso as we both know the cause is ultimately lack of use

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Adaptive LED retro fit
« on: January 10, 2018, 11:56:21 PM »
Taken from elsewhere, allbeit it’s from Gixxers X5m


I think the headlight shape is different on the X5m hence the retrofit is possibly not available on the non m models unless a full front end modification is carried out, ie wings, bumper & bonnet

General Discussion / Re: BMWlander
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:31:35 PM »
Progress updated on the home page

Site is being moved to : www.bmwland.org.uk
Possibly next week ?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: BMW E70 2012 40d M Sport or F15 se 3.0 ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:38:25 AM »
Contrary to my post above, you have to stand back and look at the models,price (& spec which ultimately make a car)

The E70, is accomplished, the price is near enough ceiling having drastically depreciated recently, it’s realistically & most likely a better car with enhanced spec

The F15, would be the introduction model, basement price, most likely lesser spec,

For long term ownership, the f15 will merit a better return on resale & offer current model ownership though the sparse spec list would annoy me!
I’d also suggest the worsening dieselgate misery that should offer beneficial negotiations if done correctly!
I looked at the F16 over Christmas & couldn’t warrant the price to change (dismal trade in) looking at the two side by side I found little detriment in having the older car, on the basis, I think, my car is a good few notches above the average, my car was a well presented AUC car, meaning I paid top dollar and lose hugely should I sell
I think 4.0d is the sweet spot in the X5, perhaps look at both models with this engine!

Id move your thoughts to accepting a very well specced E70 or a sparse F15, at the suggested price point!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: BMW E70 2012 40d M Sport or F15 se 3.0 ?
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:08:21 PM »
F15, though probably wait & save for a M sport

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