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General Discussion / Stuck locking wheel studs
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:12:45 AM »
I have a F30 3 series and the locking wheel studs have been tightened too much the last time the wheels were changed. I have already sheered the locking wheel removal key and had to buy a new one from BMW. I have left the other 4 studs tight and still can't budge the locking ones.

I took the car to a place that had a tool to remove the Mcgard studs and he managed to get 2 loose but the tool he used sheered off inside the stud on the other 2.

I have looked on youtube and there are various videos on how to remove them, basically involving hammering a socket over the stud. The problem I have with this is that the studs have a floating collar and hammering a socket over the stud might just get stuck on this and just spin. Other ideas include hammering a socket on the stud to push the floating collar off and then hammer another socket onto the stud to remove it.
I think that welding any sort of device onto the stuck studs will damage the alloys.

Has anyone had this problem and managed to get seized studs out?
At a bit of a loss as what to do.

General Discussion / BMWlander
« on: December 15, 2017, 07:55:02 PM »
Anyone know what has happened to the BMWlander site? I have not been able to get on for a few days now :(

General Discussion / Folding mirrors
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:48:17 PM »
The mirrors on my X5 fold in when I press the button on the drivers door. Can I get them to fold in automatically when the car is locked and unfold when the car is unlocked? The car is booked in later this week at an Indy for a service and brake fluid change and I wondered if they could get the mirrors to do what I want.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Space saver
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:22:58 PM »
I have 20" wheels on my X5. The space saver wheel kits I have been looking at are 18". Does anyome know if they are suitable to go on my car with 20" wheels in an emergency?

This is the one I am looking at.



General X5 Forum (E70) / Front brake pad minimum thickness
« on: November 02, 2016, 08:58:58 PM »
I had the Service light come on a few weeks ago. I booked the car into a main dealer and they read the key and said the brake pads needed changing. They did an inspection and the fronts were 8mm and the rears 6mm. The computer says the fronts need changing in 300 miles and the rears in a few thousand. I declined to let them change them as I think that at 8mm there is more than 300 miles left in the front pads. Does anyone else agree?
I am not sure how thick new pads are, but at a quess, I would say they are about 10mm, so I think that at 8mm the pads do not need changing. Why is the computer saying that they do though?

Any ideas?


Other Marques / Tyre repair gunk
« on: May 20, 2016, 03:19:44 PM »
My Son got a puncture in his Seat Leon a couple of days ago. The car has no spare but just a can of tyre repair gunk. He used this but the hole must have been too big for it to work. He had to get recovered home on a breakdown truck.

I took the wheel with punctured tyre to a local tyre centre and was told that because he had used gung in the tyre it was not repairable and I had to buy a new tyre! :angry:

Just goes to show that these cost/weight saving measures are not all that good really! I am now looking out for a spare wheel for him to carry in the boot - probably just as cheap as buying another can of gunk :)

Other Marques / Seat Leon 1.6 TDI
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:20:04 AM »
My son needs a new car and he is looking at Seat Leons. He is 24 and does about 12K per year travelling to work.

He has about 7K to spend and he has been looking at a 2012 Seat Leon 1.6 TDI CR Ecomotive S Copa 5dr.

They are not the latest shape Leons. Many of the parts are VAG. The Leons do not appear to be as well built as an equivalent Golf, but the Golfs are quite a bit more expensive for an equivalent spec to the Leon.

Does anyone have any experience of this year/spec Leon?



General Discussion / Tyre repair sealant
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:58:00 PM »
I have taken my runflats off my X5 and put a second hand set of alloys with non runflat winter tyres on. I do not have a spare wheel so thought I would need some sort of tyre sealant in case I get a puncture. Has anyone got any recommendations for a sealant?
There are quite a few comments about them damaging the inside if the tyre so it can't be repaired, but these comments were from a few years ago and I wondered if technology for the sealant had improved so the inside of the tyre would not be damaged.
I don't really want to buy a spare wheel to carry in the boot but I also don't want to get stranded with a puncture with no means of getting home.
Any thoughts?


General X5 Forum (E70) / Which full size spare?
« on: October 21, 2015, 08:33:18 PM »
My X5 has 20" wheels with runflat tyres, so no spare wheel. I want a full size spare as I tow a van and if I get a puncture I would like to be able to put a spare on. The question is do I need the same size wheel as on the front of my car as the ones on the back are fatter and I assume that the fatter wheel would not fit on the front of the car?
Can you see any problem with continuing my journey with a thinner wheel on the rear?

Just after a bit of advice please :)

General X5 Forum (E70) / parking release tool
« on: September 16, 2015, 03:46:11 AM »
Does the E70 have an orange emergency release tool for the gearbox in the boot along with the towing eye and screwdriver? My 2012 does not have this orange tool and wondered if anyone has a similar age car would have a look in the boot and see if there should be one there. I have read on some forum that cars with the 8 speed auto box do not come with this tool, but on other forums it is mentioned as being present.

Thanks :)

General X5 Forum (E70) / Auto fold mirrors
« on: August 27, 2015, 09:02:22 PM »
Is it possible to set the car so the mirrors automatically fold shut when the car is locked?


General X5 Forum (E70) / Towbar, which type?
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:53:28 PM »
What make of detachable towbar have people got fitted to their X5? Their seem to be two that I can find, a Witter and a Westfalia. I think the Westfalia may be the type fitted by BMW at source but I am not sure. They are about the same price so I wondered if anyone had any more information on either of the bars. I have had both type fitted to previous cars without any problems with either make. :)


General Discussion / BMWLand forum down?
« on: May 20, 2015, 08:38:35 PM »
I have been trying to get on the BMWLand forum for a couple of days now but I keep getting a message saying

'BMWLand is currently optimizing a database. Please check back after 10 mins. Thanks.'

Is anyone else having the same problems?


General X5 Forum (E70) / xDrive40d or xDrive30d?
« on: April 30, 2015, 08:37:40 AM »
I have had an E53 3.0D and an E53 4.6is and currently drive a Jaguar XF S 3.0D. I am thinking of going back to an X5 after considering an ML350. My dilemma is do I go for a 2012 xDrive40d or go for a 2013xDrive30d. The 2013 car would have slightly less miles on the clock and would obviously be slightly younger, but would be down on bhp from the 30d.
My concern is over the reliability of the X5's. From what I have managed to find out the 2011 cars were pretty unreliable, the 2012 slightly better and the 2013 even better.
The reason I was looking at the facelift Merc ML350 was because of the X5's poor reliability record, but there is not much info. on the reliability of the ML's!!

Any thoughts or advice?


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