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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: X5 2011 4.0D - thoughts pls?
« on: Today at 08:28:00 AM »
When you think that replacement transmission parts or a new idrive system under the warranty will cost you just the excess but without will be £thousands then it makes a lot of sense.

The after-market warranties do not cover as much - one reason they are cheaper - and frequently do not include any diagnostic work, it makes it easier to swallow.

I still have my BMW warranty on the X6 and buying monthly means the premium stays the same.  It has a very expensive rear diff and it only needs one major fault and all of the premiums are covered  :)

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General Discussion / Re: Tracker advice
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:26:06 PM »
Normal keys don’t poll all of the time whereas keyless ignition systems do, and need keeping in wallets/tins.  I bought mine from Amazon for about £10.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Staggered tyre set up 40d
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:23:15 PM »
Welcome to BMWs poor design choices in how the xDrive system works and materials used.  It’s something silly like 1.5% difference in the overall circumference.

If it isn’t making noises now, or jerking at low speed on full lock you are most probably fine as you are, but keep an ear on the systems.

It is also fair to state that it doesn’t happen to everyone, and it is an increased likelihood but nothing concrete to say what definitely will or won’t cause an issue, or what tyres seem to be more prone.

The latest cars are less of an issue and more tolerant.

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General Discussion / Re: Tracker advice
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:48:14 PM »
Unfortunately it’s true  :(

The E70 and F15 are very high on the thieves shopping list, and those with Comfort Access should have steering wheel cover locks fitted and keys kept in RFID wallets when not in use (as well as being stored well away from the car rather than just inside the front door!

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Staggered tyre set up 40d
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:55:57 PM »
Yes, the drive is predominantly RWD once you are moving.  I would avoid going much more than 2mm front/rear difference.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: New Purchase - advice needed
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:14:34 PM »
XDrive cars with staggered wheelsets are very intolerant of mismatched rolling radii on tyres.  BMW (and others) have tyre sets made with matched sizes for cars with staggered tyre sizes on the axles.  If the circumference is more than a couple of mm different front to rear you get transmission wind up and shattered diffs or transfer boxes.

In BMWs case, these approved tyres have an asterisk on the sidewall and should be changed as a full set, not singly or by axle.  Merc and Audi do the same and from comments on a Škoda Forum, the same problem is now showing up on the 4x4 Superb 3 car.  It doesn’t happen to everyone but is becoming more frequently reported as these cars age and putting the right tyres on becomes a harder decision to support, but ignore it at your peril.

One member on here bought tyres of the correct size, but not ‘*’ marked and the circumferences were more than 30mm different per revolution which caused problems until the tyres were replaced.

This problem does not seem to occur on cars which have the same sizes (wheel & tyre) all round.

Jerkiness at low speed on full lock is a giveaway symptom, along with groaning and grinding noises from the driveline.

It doesn’t matter whether they are RFT or not, the ‘*’ mark is important.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2006 3.0D facelift X5 E53
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:06:44 PM »
brings back memories from a couple of decades ago as a student, spending time at halfords reading haynes manual to fix various bits on my 1.3 ford escort popular.  The internet has come a long way since then

Have Ford though...... O:-)

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: White smoke on hard acceleration
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:04:37 PM »
Has it been remapped?  Any sign of power loss?  Any sign of oil level drop.  Not all oil smoke is blue, fuel is more likely though.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: White smoke on hard acceleration
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:15:17 PM »
Get the DPF checked as you should not see smoke at all, and it is now an automatic MOT failure on DPF equipped cars.

If it isn’t regenerating every 300 miles or so (and/or you are doing short journeys) it will clog up.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: New Purchase - advice needed
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:11:41 PM »
Remember that a 3.0 and a 4.0 are both 3-litre engines just with either single (30d) or twin (35d/40d) or triple (50d) turbos.  BMWs numbering system stopped making sense a while back  ::)

The 40d is IMHO the best compromise as it is plenty fast enough, though to be a ‘hooligan’ the 50d is the choice (in the nicest sense of course).

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:09:10 PM »
If you can get hold of the last 7 characters of a VIN then you can use bmwvin dot com to check the actual build spec as carried out by the factory.

One of the problems with BMW is that very little is actually ‘standard’ as they offer such a range of mix & match options - for a suitably scary price - because of things like company car tax in the UK.  Bluetooth used to be an option and was rarely added.  Comfort Seats were about £1,000 extra on my X6 even though at the time the 40d was the top trim.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2009 - 2010 plate
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:51:46 AM »
2010 for the E70.  The X6 didn’t get them until much later, might only have been when the F16 arrived for some odd reason!  They were fitted if you specified the (expensive at the time) full LED lights option.

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General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Maps
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:49:38 AM »
The only way on the Forum is the ‘official’ way.  We aren’t supposed to discuss any other (viable) option on the Forum - Owners Rules.

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General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Loss of drive
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:45:08 AM »
Unfortunately the gearboxes in that age car are known to fail and it will need rebuilding.  BMW do not rebuild, only replace - hence them telling you what they did.  I am pretty sure all of the parts will be available, just not from BMW.

There are however places that will rebuild the box for you and offer a warranty.  You are looking at a cost of at least £1,500.

When mine failed there was absolutely no warning, just a sudden loss of drive.  Mine was caused by a torque converter failure which then caused a cascade failure of the box itself.

3rd gear is one of the ‘emergency’ gears that the box will lock into if there is a problem.  The oil leak has probably caused a drop in fluid level to the point that operating pressure cannot be maintained and the internal clutches start to slip.  Once that happens then a rebuild is your only option regardless of any fluid changes.

You will need to find a transmission repairer in your local area.  Not good news unfortunately  :(

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General X3 Forum (F25) / Re: Electronic Damper Control
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:53:13 PM »
Have a look at Realoem on line.  It’s a copy of the BMW Parts system and kept up to date.  The last 7 characters of your VINin the ‘serial number’ box will pull up the correct car model.  Check in the ‘Retrofitting’ section for an official kit from BMW  :)

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