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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Reversing Camera Retrofit
« on: July 05, 2018, 07:34:17 AM »
Apparently that kit is an aftermarket camera, and they don’t do supply only.

Our new (to us) 40d didn't have a camera (which we had on our previous 35d), so I contacted the Ebay seller mentioned above (OEM retrofit being way too expensive). Apparently, for an LCI with PDC, the price is around £275 fitted, but it only has static lines. An upgraded version with dynamic lines is available, but is nearly £400 fitted. The guy sounded knowledgeable, but you do have to go to Birmingham for installation.

After much research, I went for the Emtronica kit with dynamic lines (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Reversing-backup-camera-retrofit-3AG-E88-E90-E84-E70-CIC-MID-1-3-5-X1-x5/262689576513?hash=item3d2984d641:g:XIYAAOSwmSdaYLN~) to self-install. Purchase was £220, and installation took about an hour - the hardest part is routing the wire to the rear camera. It works perfectly, with a clear, bright image.

I'll post a short how-to when I get the time.

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Buy and sell / Re: E70 M-sport Roof Bars
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:35:50 AM »
Now cleaned up and packed ready for delivery.

Comes with torque tool and spare end caps. Pre-spaced for E70 M-sport (requires allen key to adjust for other cars with flush roof rails).

Delivery circa £10 to mainland UK via UPS or similar.





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Buy and sell / Re: E70 M-sport Roof Bars
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:16:19 PM »
Hopefully photos below





Not sure on postage - probably £15 or so via courier (due to length). I'll measure tomorrow and get a clearer price.

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Buy and sell / E70 M-sport Roof Bars
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:48:26 PM »
'Farad' brand roof bars for M-Sport E70 (flush roof rails).
Have been on our now-departed car over the past 3 summer holidays without fault.
Aero aluminium style.
Tape marks and scratches but fully functional. Complete with tightening tool and spare end caps.
Retails for over £80 on Ebay (search Farad E70 closed).

They won't fit on our new SE!

£40 plus delivery or collection from Oxford.

**Now on Ebay**

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: BMW warranty question...
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:21:42 PM »
Well, I'm certainly one Giles, but probably not the Giles  :))

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: BMW warranty question...
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:47:52 PM »
Mike

The warranty is a good option if available to you (on a precautionary principle - I've had lots of things fixed on our 2009 - turbo, rear heating, sunroof, air suspension, water pump etc etc, but others haven't had any problems).

I've never had to produce service invoices for warranty work, as they've used the BMW online records. As most service items are not mileage-linked, as long as there's not a huge gap between the last 'official BMW' service and the warranty work - and no service check messages are showing, you could be OK.

However, if they ask for the book with the specialist stamps in, you may have a problem - it has happened to me once, but that was only to confirm the first pages in the book had been completed properly (a bit late to ask given its nine years old!).

The actual warranty requirements are:

Failure to comply with the service schedule recommended by BMW Group UK may invalidate the warranty. An Authorised BMW Centre or BMW Service Authorised Workshop using only genuine BMW Parts must carry out all service and warranty work. The BMW Service Booklet should also be stamped, dated and detailed with the correct mileage at the time of service by the servicing BMW Centre.

I wonder if that applies to all work undertaken before the warranty is started (which it implies but doesn't explicitly state). The only way to find out properly would be to give them a call.

Giles

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Buy and sell / Re: Avin 10.25" android screen for E70 CCC
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:52:30 PM »
Thanks - title corrected

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Buy and sell / **SOLD** Avin 10.25" android screen for E70 CCC
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:03:21 PM »
**NOW SOLD**

After deciding to part with our cherished M-sport 35d (mileage getting a little high for us), and an abortive Ebay sale, I am contemplating putting the car back to standard, which means removing the rather brilliant 10.25" Avin android screen and offering it to Xdrivers.

I bought this new direct from Avin in September 2017 for our pre-LCI CCC equipped car.

There are umpteen threads on the web about these units not working properly, but if you manage your expectations (android 4.4, minimal ram etc) it works rather well.

The best benefits we had were:
- Fantastic large screen that vastly improved the OEM rear camera picture.
- Great online maps (Waze is favourite) - but you need to link it to a wifi hotspot for this to work.
- Bluetooth music streaming
- Easy switching between OEM and 'NBT-like' screen - we used both interchangeably
- Bluetooth music
- Video playing (Plex online was particularly good)

It's really simple to fit - instructions are here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5csZBhSUqg2Z0pvc1V6WjNVQUE/view?usp=sharing

I paid $549 (about £420) for it shipped, and will only remove it if I get reasonable offers here.
Its in great condition (I removed the rear hidden SD card cover as it was a pain to open each time I wanted to add something), and all the parts are there to connect it up.


Let me know your offers...




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General X5 Forum (E70) / Comprehensive Warranty - 100k miles
« on: June 10, 2018, 09:37:58 PM »
Hi

Had the car 4 years as an AUC, and have taken the full BMW insured warranty every year sine AUC cover stopped. It's been a good investment - sunroof, small turbo, sat nav, water pump, suspension airbag all replaced.

Renewal due end of this week. Car has 93k miles - so still eligible for comprehensive cover, but will clock 100k this year (in about 8 months, I reckon).

Question: If bought now, does it provide comprehensive cover for 12 months, or until 100k is reached and then revert to driveline cover only?

If the latter then its an expensive option for only part-year comprehensive cover.

Wording of policy:

Comprehensive cover provides our highest level of Insured Warranty protection and covers the majority of mechanical and electrical components in your vehicle.
Failure of covered components for wear and tear is also included up to 100,000 miles from registration.
Comprehensive Insured Warranty is not available for vehicles with over 100,000 mileage (at the time of purchasing the warranty)

Any thoughts / experiences welcome.

UPDATE: Spoken to Allianz this morning. Basically whole car is covered for whole year, but at 100k 'wear and tear' items no longer covered. They couldn't specify what 'wear and tear' meant on something like the transfer box - if it went at 102k, is that beyond the expected lifespan of the unit and therefore not covered? It's down to the dealer diagnosis apparently.

UPDATE 2: Car is now sold, as we decided full warranty cover was essential. Now picked up a 2011 SE AUC with just about every toy on it. Nicer ride than M-Sport, and steering is much lighter (not sure if that's a good thing or not yet...)




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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Can I borrow some Snow Chains?
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:39:05 PM »
Ta

RAC page refers only to winter tyres and snow chains, not socks as per post 2
This page http://www.autosock.co.uk/faqs/#q12 indicates that sock are not approved in Switzerland...

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Can I borrow some Snow Chains?
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:40:33 PM »
Hi

Because its not clear if snow socks are legally compliant in France and Switzerland. Apparently you can point a Gendarme to some obscure piece of legislation that implies that they may be legal substitute for chains, but I don't fancy that argument. And definitely not accepted in Switzerland...

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Can I borrow some Snow Chains?
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:01:54 PM »
Hi All

Travelling to Alps over Easter. Winter tyres fitted on 19" rims (on 2009 35d M-sport). I'm hoping not to need chains but would like a set in the boot to satisfy local Gendarmes if required.

Problem is finding snow chains to fit the 255/50/19(F) or 285/45/19(R) size. I understand BMW recommend fitting to rear only.

As I'll only need them for a week, I wondered if someone had a set I can borrow or point me at a reasonably-priced set that would fit?

Thanks

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How-To / Re: Rear Entertainment retro fit
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:30:42 PM »
I looked into this and then found a simpler solution...

2x ipads (cheap mk1s, android tablet will work just as well) with soft cases with velcro straps (go around the headrest poles). Bought a 1TB HDD with wifi facility, loaded 300+ films/tv on it. Ipads connect to local wifi network created by HDD, browse to required film (VLC is a good app for this) and can watch whatever they want. As they operate separately, they can watch different things at the same time. £200 for ipads, £100 for wifi hdd.

Totally removable, and transportable. Probably cheaper than a full retrofit...plus you've got 2 ipads for other uses when needed...

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Towbar keys
« on: January 06, 2018, 01:28:59 PM »
A couple of things to note from when I got an E70 with a towbar but no key:

1. There should be a code stamped next to the keyhole lock
2. I wrote directly to Westfalia (in Germany, not the UK lot) with the code - they sent me a key back for about 5 euros, I think
3. You will need all the relevant electrical control boxes that are hooked into the car - mine has quite a rats nest of these

Finally, I've actually never dismounted the towbar since having the key - its too much hassle and a red tow cap deters others from getting too close...

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Problems / Problem with 'Favourite' buttons
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:17:43 PM »
This is about the favourite / shortcut buttons numbered 1-8 below the heater controls. Its on a 2009 35d (CCC not CIC).

So, for one reason or another, I want to programme button 8 as the ipod input (via the usb/aux jack in the armrest), and button 7 as the aux input (the alternate to the USB device in the menu).

Button 8 is fine - select the ipod input, long press on button and all working (can be selected by pressing). Now go to select the aux input, long press on button and it is stored as 'aux'. However, pressing the button to select this input results in 'the function selected is not currently available'.

Can anyone with a similar CCC setup see if the can get a shortcut to aux working via the buttons please?

Thanks

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