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Selling a pair of E70 facelift mirrors, complete with original glass. They are Space Grey, but the covers can easily be swapped for your own if a different colour. They work perfectly, and are in really good condition. Apologies for images, trust it to rain today!

Looking for £200 for the pair, would split.


General X5 Forum (E70) / BMW warranty question...
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:23:07 PM »
So I am considering taking out the BMW warranty on my car. Not cheap, but I see it as a small price to pay monthly to cover any catastrophes. I am looking at the full cover version, with the £250 excess.

Anyway, my question relates to service history. My car has full BMW history, bar the last two services, which have been carried out at specialists, and the book completed accordingly. Now, I seem to recall reading in the warranty T&C's that I need to provide receipts for service work, in the form of VAT invoices. Obviously I don't have these, so will this be an issue? I presume the car will be on BMW's systems showing all of the other service work? Just don't want to shell out if they are going to use it as an excuse not to pay out..


General X5 Forum (E70) / Changing gearbox fluid..
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:06:04 AM »
Ok, so as my car has just passed 75k, and BMW in their "wisdom" say the fluid is "lifetime" then I will be changing it shortly. Already got 10Ltrs of genuine ZF Lifeguard 8 and a genuine ZF sump pan/filter to hand, but I have a question.

On the many videos I looked at (not that I need to be told how to do it lol) I noticed quite a few were also dropping the valve chest (mechatronic) and replacing a rectangular double seal between it and the gearbox body. Now I've searched on realoem and the likes but cannot seem to find a part number for this. Apparently, the seal wears on it's edges, allowing loss of pressure, which can affect the smoothness of down changes. My car doesn't suffer with this, but, whilst I'm in there and all that...

I'll take some pics and post up a how to if anyone is interested..


General X5 Forum (E70) / Reading texts aloud..
« on: June 26, 2018, 08:07:26 PM »
I am sure I read somewhere that this is possible, but can't recall or find where  :blink:

I have the nav pro and phone prep/bluetooth and combox (and what actually IS the combox? Is it the usb/aux in in the storage box?)

Should reading of texts be possible? I am on the latest software for phone and multimedia.


Newbies section / Finally, after MUCH searching..
« on: June 10, 2018, 01:00:19 AM »
I got one!

Did a 375 mile trip this afternoon, there in the trade in, back in the E70..

Bagged myself a 2012 40d Msport 7 seater in Space Grey metallic, complete with a shed load of options, and one owner from new..

Drove it back and fell in love...

Let the modding commence..

Quick fuel stop pic..


Buy and sell / FS: XC90 SE D5 Auto - 54 plate (05 model)
« on: March 04, 2017, 10:10:21 AM »
Ok, the time has come to sell our ultra reliable XC90, as I've done the deal on it's replacement, and I'll be leaving the Volvo fold

Ad approved by PVR btw.

Currently awaiting it's original plate to be reassigned (KE54 FPO) Reg'd Nov 04 in metallic silver with black (heated + elec driver's) leather.

Mileage is currently at 238,000 odd, will check exact and edit, climbing slowly by no more than 100 a week at the moment.

I purchased the car back in June 2013 from it's second owner who had only had it a few months, and was selling as his wife couldn't get it up the drive and into the garage. Prior to that, it was owned from new by a highish ranking army officer, who used it to commute from the UK to Germany several times a month.

Car was on 195,000 when I bought it, and had been maintained by Volvo, regardless of cost. Just prior to purchase, it had a couple of injectors and new engine mounts. It has a cambelt at 90k and also another at approx 185k, both are documented in the book.

In my ownership, it has always been serviced every 9,000 miles, using original filters and quality fluids.

I flushed the gearbox and replaced the fluid shortly after purchase.

Additionally, in my ownership, I have replaced;

Splined sleeve, at approx 199k
Transfer box approx 6 months later (failed output bearing)
Discs and pads approx 8k ago.
All engine mounts last year (genuine Volvo)
Lower wishbones last year - before alignment done

I have also retrofitted a set of used Bi-Xenon headlamps, which work perfectly. And a Bluetooth kit with music stemming.

Car is fitted with quality tyres (Pirelli front, and I think Michelin rears) all with approx 5mm tread remaining, and evenly worn, 4 wheel Hunter alignment was carried out last year.

The car actually looks and drives like a 50,000 miler, I kid you not. Starts instantly, hot or cold and uses no oil between services. Gearchanges are silky smooth, and EVERYTHING works as it should, from the radio, to the parking sensors and heated seats and electric folding mirrors. Car has the family pack, so the centre seat has the built in booster seat.

Bodywork wise, it is VERY good for it's age, showing minor age related marks, a small scratch to the N/S/R panel caused by one of the kids squeezing past with their scooter. There is no corrosion anywhere on the car. It was machine polished around 5 months ago, and as such is free from minor blemishes and swirl marks.

It has factory privacy glass, and a roof mounted flip down DVD player, I have either 3 or 4 sets of the wireless headphones for it in the garage.

The interior is in excellent condition, no rips, tears or marks to the black heated seats, and just very minor wear to the bolster of the (electric memory) driver's seat. The plastic cover around the seat switches is cracked (common fault) but the cover is available on Ebay for less than £20 new.

The car has been impeccably reliable for us, apart from the failed splined sleeve & transfer box, requiring nothing other than routine servicing.

The ONLY reason I am selling, is that we no longer need the big boot for a pram, as the little kids now aren't. That, plus the fact that I want something a bot more "driver focused" so I've gone for a 2012 BMW X5 40d (yup the 300+ bhp one  )

And now, the bad - Come on, all cars have a bit of bad.

Around 18 months ago, whilst entering a car park at a local takeaway, some muppet in a Focus decided to reverse out into me as I was passing behind him. The damage to my car was minimal, small dent to the wing and driver's and rear passenger door, plus scuffs to the side running boards. However, the engineer decided that the costs of repairing & replacing (with new Volvo parts & labour) exceeded the value of the car. Therefore it was given a "Cat D" status. I do have the original engineers report with photos of the damage, and I also have my own photos.

Subsequently, I had the dentman out to the doors and he worked his magic, so that NONE of the damage is now visible. NO PAINTWORK was done on the car, and I removed the scuffed side running bars as the kids no longer need them to get in and out.

Only other item worth mentioning, is that I have only ever had one remote key for the car.

With all of the above in mind, I know that she is a reliable, nice driving and looking car, however I realise the Cat D may put people off, however forum users have almost 4yrs of my posts to see how reliable and maintained she has been.

Price wise, I am looking for £2,500 Car is 5 mins from j7 m62

Service history;

22/11/04 - PDI @ Volvo British Military Sales
14/02/05 @ 3,397 miles - Inspection @ Volvo German dealer
01/01/06 @ 10,787 miles - Service @ Tollbar Volvo Warwick
09/11/06 @ 27,027 miles - Service @ Tollbar Volvo Twickenham
16/07/07 @ 45,294 miles - Service @ Tollbar Volvo Twickenham
15/04/08 @ 63,601 miles - Major Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
11/09/08 @ 77,834 miles - Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
26/01/09 @ 91,500 miles - Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
18/07/09 @ 105,778 miles Major Service plus Cambelt @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
26/02/10 @ 118,307 miles Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
14/08/10 @ 132,432 miles - Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
15/02/11 @ 145,222 miles - Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Cobham
08/09/11 @ 159,289 miles - Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Horsham
26/01/12 @ 167,229 miles - Service @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Horsham
23/07/12 @ 180,756 miles - Major Service plus cambelt and two driveshafts @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Horsham
18/02/13 @ 193,691 miles Service + new heater hoses @ Squire Furneaux Volvo Horsham

Since then, it has been serviced by myself every 9,000 using quality synthetic fluids and Volvo filters. The Gearbox was flushed and filled with new Mobil fluid at approx 195,000 miles.

The splined sleeve was replaced by myself just before 200,000 miles, and the transfer box approx 5,000 miles later dues to a failed output bearing.


Any questions, please ask.


The lounge / Lucky guy?
« on: February 22, 2017, 11:20:07 AM »
Apparently, he survived this? That was some hit he took...



On the light side / Ikea to the rescue...
« on: February 04, 2017, 11:03:49 AM »

Well, I thought it was funny  :)


General X5 Forum (E70) / Must have's?
« on: February 01, 2017, 11:48:22 AM »
Ok, so I'm currently in the market for a 7 seat X5, was looking at 35d's, but a couple of £k would see me in a 40d which I would prefer. Looking around 2010/11, and was wondering if there are "must have" options?

I would like;

Elec tailgate
Cruise (with braking/start off?)
Decent Hi-Fi
Main beam assist (is this the one that moves the beams around things?)
Bluetooth for phone and music

Is there an "option pack" that I should look for?

Thanks in advance..


Newbies section / Morning!
« on: February 01, 2017, 11:43:03 AM »
Been directed here from the Z4 forum, as looking to get myself behind the wheel of a 35 or 40d M Sport X5 shortly..

Still keeping the Z4 though!!


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