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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 tax help
« on: Today at 06:36:03 PM »
That’s because the 2010 cars had a new engine (N57 in place of the M57), turbos and emissions controls and improved efficiency so neatly taking them downband for tax.  :D

Petrol cars have not had the same changes, part of the reason for petrol new cars getting Gasoline Particulate Filters from this Summer.  At the top end of the emissions bands - such as the X5M the tax just gets steadily higher!  :o

My E53 used to do this at rare but random intervals and I never found an issue with the pressures either.  Getting it to go out just needed the button pressing whilst rolling at less than 10mph or do. 

I thought that it cycled through Red > Amber > Out on self test during the start sequence, but only if the warning lights were allowed those few seconds to complete their checks.  It was very quick though.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Brake pads
« on: Today at 03:53:47 PM »
One hour for labour.  Ours charges £220/hr +vat.

Been told that the major service on my X6 is £750 (inc MOT).  I’ll check whether the folks in Milton Keynes that we have just found (owned and run by ex-BMW techies) can do any better.  They only use genuine parts so slightly dearer, but their labour is £50 an hour.

Other Marques / Re: DIY Nightmare!
« on: Yesterday at 07:14:15 PM »
It’s knowledge that I could have done without though.  My local Dealer did say afterwards that as it was ‘sealed for life’ it didn’t need doing.  He went very quiet when I asked whether that was for the life of the car, or just the 3-year warranty ‘life’. :blink:

The lounge / Re: EGR Fire Risk.. related to the 'Korean Ban'
« on: Yesterday at 07:09:40 PM »
A ‘voluntary’ recall eh?  They really should not be allowed to get away with that.

Problems / Re: 2005 Bluetooth Pairing problem
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:16:31 PM »
Note CDMA is not supported by UK or EU cellular networks.  That is the US standard for North America and a few other countries that bought US kit.  You can only use GSM in the UK.  GSM is for 2G phones so no 3G or 4G (they use UMTS and LTE).

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: ALR/ELR seat belts retrofit
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:08:29 PM »
ALR systems are old hat and have been replaced by ELR, and with kids seats by ISOFIX and iSize mounts with or without top tethers.  Once they are over the height/weight limits then a standard ELR seat belt should be fine.  Why would you want the old type?

In addition, it will almost certainly invalidate the type approval for the vehicle and therefore you will need to get it tested with those belts.  Your insurers will also want to know and be certain that all is well and the risk of injuries is not made worse.  Breach of type approval invalidates use of the vehicle on UK roads.  You will need to have a very careful read of the Vehicle Construction & Use Regulations, EU Type Approval Standards and the BMW Type Approval for the E53.

Newbies section / Re: Finally got my X5 😊
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:00:51 PM »
Bmwvin dot com

I think it’s wider than just Ireland.  Unfortunately it’s the same old story.  In the US BMW lost a class action over the failure of the autobox used in a number of models - including the E53 - whilst in Europe they could deny any kind of problem existed.

Here proving design flaws across any industry is unbelievably difficult and expensive and with many failed units being replaced with new and the failed units being returned to the manufacturer the evidence just vanishes.

Problems / Re: 2005 Bluetooth Pairing problem
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:37:06 PM »
If you don’t match then you could hit issues with wiring, control signals, control voltages, firmware interfacing and which ‘bus’ system is in use. Later cars use MOST bus systems that were never fitted to the E53.  If the TCU uses that then it won’t interface with an E53 communication bus.

If the part number doesn't match the series then the chances are that it won’t work.  It’s just a risk you will have to take.

There are also a lot of sellers who don’t understand the model number system, and say it’s for one model then you find that it isn’t and you’re stuck (unless they a reputable and will take it back).

The BMW system from back then in Bluetooth Gen 1 with Address book V1.1 which modern phones will need to support. Many current phones don’t support that address format so you can make calls but not see contacts.

Sealed for life = BMW life = 3 years (until the warranty runs out).

Have a look at newtis.info for instructions on taking stuff off.

Problems / Re: Door cards
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:01:27 PM »
My diy hot melt glue guns run at 120-130°C.  Commercial glues may run even hotter as it depends upon the glue type.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Power steering flush
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:32:47 PM »
Does this help?

Remove & Install...


Bleeding procedure....


System volume is 1.2 litres.

I used a turkey baster to drain the reservoir....it worked but keep rags etc around the reservoir to catch drips/spills.

Problems / Re: Door cards
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:29:21 PM »
Looks like some sort of hot glue?  As in if you heat it to about 130°C and it may well go runny.  Can’t be too much hotter than that or the plastic will melt.

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