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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 3.0d won't start or even crank
« on: October 17, 2018, 05:49:17 PM »
Not sure that you're right Leslie. Mine is a 2007 E70 made long before start-stop came in, and has always had AGR batteries.  My understanding is that the cars have a smart alternator that adapts to the charge needed as the battery ages.  Coding a new battery resets the alternator to the lower demands of the new battery otherwise it would overcharge it.  Coding really is vital after fitting a new battery.

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Wheel offsets
« on: October 17, 2018, 04:01:38 PM »
Personally I'd replace them with four new matched winter tyres.  A "professional" inspection involves removing them from the rims to look for internal damage caused by a nail or similar, or hitting something on the road/pothole damage. That'll be £10-20 a wheel, then what? It's just not worth it.

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Wheel offsets
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:39:57 PM »
From the Michelin website:
A few milestones and tips:
1- Keep five years in mind
After five years or more in use, your tyres should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.
2- Ten years is a maximum
If the tyres haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tyres. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator.
This applies to spare tyres as well.
3- Proper care expands a tyre’s lifespan
If you take good care of your tyres' air pressure, tread wear, alignment, and so on, you can increase their longevity.
4 Check our Scheduled care tips
5 For original equipment: follow the vehicle manufacturer’s tyre replacement recommendations.
6 How to check the manufacturing date - Look for the DOT number on your sidewall.

Had a caravan tyre blow out a few years ago at 4 years old and it did quite a bit of damage to the van.  Insurance loss adjuster said they wouldn't pay out if tyre older than 5!

Who to believe!!!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 3.0d won't start or even crank
« on: October 16, 2018, 04:21:47 PM »
In the 10 year life of my E70 I've had two new batteries - first one was the wrong fitment from the factory and gave problems when the car was less than a year old, second one lasted almost 8 years.  Also had problems with the battery in an E53 before that.  In each case the same issues were evident - clock and date needing reset, radio and phone pre-sets lost, sat nav details down.  The power consumption when the car is "woken up" of after the engine is stopped is quite considerable before everything shuts down.  Sitting in with the radio on eats juice from the battery and only a one in good condition can cope. Short journeys don't allow enough of a recharge to replace the energy lost.  Only long term cure is to get a new battery fitted and coded to the car!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Replacement wiper blades?
« on: October 15, 2018, 05:44:09 PM »
I've always bought a pair of fronts from the local BMW dealer as there were no others locally available in the north east, even at Halfords.  Cost is a little over £40 for the set (they are different size).  I saw a few months ago the local Halfords now stock them - cost was a shade over £20 each for their own make.  So I went to the local BMW dealers again.  I buy 1 pair every two years, (14k a year) timed just before the MOT is due!  The car (E70 3.0d) is 10 years old, 160k, and still has the original rear blade.

Hope this helps,

Graeme


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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5(E70) and the snow .
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:48:49 PM »
Well, like many four wheel drive cars it gets away more easily in snow than a 2 wheel drive.  I find on ice, snow tyres are better than all season or summer ones. But, once it starts to slide - sideways or forwards - there's a petty large momentum (mass x velocity) at work and 4 wheel drive won't help there.  It can be frightening skidding sideways or head first towards something! The moral as ever is slow down early, brake and corner gently and plan on a long stopping distance.  As we say in the north east, gan canny!!!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 7 seater tyre pressures vs 5 seater
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:55:27 PM »
Mines a 7 seater and all I have to do is find the wheel and tyre size on the car  n the boxes on the left and read the pressure, given in BAR,  in the appropriate boxes for up to 4 occupants or seven +luggage.  Not rocket science!

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 7 seater tyre pressures vs 5 seater
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:08:19 AM »
Not sure who "everyone" is.  Go by the pressures recommended on the plate on the B pillar by the driver's door.  High pressures when only the driver in will quickly lead to central wear on the rears especially, as well as making the ride exceptionally hard.  I only use the higher pressures recommended when towing along with a boot full of awnings and poles etc, or if I have a full load of passengers.
GRaeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Insurance for the E70 4.0d
« on: October 07, 2018, 05:09:18 PM »
I'm 74 and with Saga.  They adjust cost by mileage-  I pay £430 for 13-14000 miles pa for a 2008 3.0d SE. Where you live is also a factor - I live on Teesside. A couple of weeks ago  got a quote from Saga for a year old 4.0D sport that interested me - £680 - but I haven't bought it.  Difference in value is £35-40k and performance is just a little more exhuberant!!!!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 se and sport suspension heights
« on: October 07, 2018, 04:59:53 PM »
...and just be sure to make measurements on flat level ground as any slope makes quite a difference!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: caravan towing
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:38:42 AM »
The diesel engine does drone a bit - but tyres are the main source of noise and much depends on the surface.  I find the concrete on some motorways such as the M1 near Leeds the worst.  Don't forget too that run-flat tyres tend to create more noise - the on-line tyre sellers give the decibel ratings for different makes.  I don't want to re-open the run-flat/non run-flat debate here but I feel having run-flats on gives me a greater sense of security when towing as, remember, there is no spare on an E70 and on a 7 seater no room for one.  When towing I have most of the heavier and bulky things in the car such as awning +poles and folding seats so the luggage space is pretty full!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: caravan towing
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:41:47 AM »
Good morning,

I tow a Vanmaster Accolade, about 1600kg loaded.  I've had the van for 20 years and towed with Mercedes E estate, E52 X5 3.0d, and for the past 10 years with an E70 3.0d. I've done thousands of miles in Holland, Germany and Switzerland, as well as in England and have to say the E70 is the best tow car I've had in 40 years of towing. 

Consumption depends on the wind direction and how hard I drive.  In Germany for example where on autobahns you can't overtake during the day and have to sit at the same speed as the lorries - 56mph - it does about 25mpg. Push it to 60mph here and it drops to 22mph. Going into a west wind over the A66 to the Lake district, which is a steep climb, it can drop as low as 19mph. 

It will pull well in all gears, including 6th (mine is the 6 speed box) over about 45mph. I find it easier to use the gear box manually because the weight can fool it in auto change mode!

Mine is a 7 seater with the uprated rear air suspension and although the tow bar was fitted by BMW there is no additional cooling fan but the car works very well - never overheats, drives level and stable, and as importantly it stops well.

I recommend it as tow car wholeheartedly

Hope this helps,

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: I've pulled the E70 trigger....
« on: October 06, 2018, 07:24:59 AM »
I have a 2007 (reg 2008) 3.0d se with sport package.  It's got sports steering wheel, sport seats, black roof headlining, body styling, crucially adaptive drive and sport mode on the gear box. Sport suspension deletion that makes it just a little less jarring!  It's also a 7 seater with air suspension.

Check those tyres, the one in the picture with 106 weight rating may be too low.  Mine are 107 fronts and 111 rear. Weight ratings should be correct as in the event of an insurance claim...

Don't be blinded by all the extras - it's the basic mechanical quality that is important. There seems to be a lot wrong with this car?

Graeme


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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Sat nav question....
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:33:46 PM »
In January 2017 I bought a new Jan 17 DVD on offer from the local BMW dealers to replace the 2008 one I had when they sold me the car (reg April 2008).  It was still out of date in some places!  I believe it's a French company that produce them but I'll stand corrected if I'm wrong!

Graeme

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Fitting towbar
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:36:14 PM »
Oh shucks!!!!

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