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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Anyone changed comfort access door handle?
« on: August 16, 2018, 07:41:12 PM »
Worked this one out for myself on discovering the exterior handle was hot to touch.  :o

Removed the handle and disconnected the wires to temporarily solve the problem.

Anyone know the approximate cost I could expect to pay for a new 'Comfort Access' handle?
Go on real OEM BMW and type in the last 7 digits of your VIN, this gives your cars specific parts list, search out the
Part needed, email  otswold BMW, say your a forum member and they will quote you the part at a discounted price
( just make sure you are seated before you open the reply email 😬

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2012 X5M 4.4 Auction & LPG conversion
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:51:36 PM »
Walk away 😬 If someone else can't make it a going concern of it, what makes you think you can?
I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy an X5 M out of warranty
BMW make some outstanding cars, BUT technical cars make for technical headaches, and dealer mechanics rarely see these cars , so havnt got any experience working on them.
At the end of the day your choice 😀

Sorry can't help with the oil leak, but regarding BMW parts , with the help of Real OEM using your VIN you can access your cars specific parts catalogue.
I have used Cotswold BMW ( who are a BMW main dealer here in the UK ) Who are members on this site by emailing or personal messaging via this site a list of part numbers for a quote , which is discounted to Xdriver members.
As for non OEM parts such as brakes and service parts a lot on here use Euro Car Parts (ECP , a national motor factors ) but not sure of international shipping facilities.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: New x5
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:46:30 PM »
Nice portfolio 😀👍

Problems / Re: A couple of problems to start the day roling.
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:36:58 AM »
Firstly welcome to the forum.😀.
LIFETIME, MEANS 3 years warranty period to BMW, if it's the diamond key,  rechargeable batteries are available from Ebay or off the internet
I usually send my key via registered post to a OEM
Any in the UK who changes the battery and microswitches same day and posts back, maybe someone in Australia does the same service, but soldering in a battery yourself could be the better option.
As for the oil leak, the cam/ rocker cover gaskets are the usual culprits for leaks on the V8 engines, removing the engine covers you may be able to see evidence, my 8 series with the same engine Did the same.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: map sensor
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:08:59 PM »
Go on real OEM and put the last 7 digits of your VIN in the box and look under fuel system that will give you the VMW part number cross reference with ECP
Have you tried it with the MAF disconnected ?

General X6 Discussion / Re: Service Indicator
« on: July 26, 2018, 08:51:54 PM »
Had the X6 service last year and up until the weekend the car was showing 11000 miles to go until next service was due. The car has been parked on the drive since the weekend. Used it last night and it now shows that it is due a service with the word SERVICE on dash display at start up. Where has the 11000 miles to next service gone.
Has someone been using it without my knowledge  :))

Anyone else had this problem, will it be ok to reset the service lights and just get a service when it would normally be due ??
if you look in the IDrive  service menu it's probably the 2 year brake fluid change has come around.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fit it or Flog it
« on: July 25, 2018, 06:16:36 AM »
I bought the Chromiumtech one for my old E93, it worked fine for 2 years until it failed 2 days before I part exchanged the car, luckily it failed on the drive as the gear release button fell into the knob and it wouldn't move out of park.
Pulled out the original and refitted it in 5 minutes , all was well.

Other Marques / Re: XDrive Gran Tourer
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:57:23 PM »
Does look like the Zafera across the road 😀
Only joking 😀
I'm impressed by the interior and if it drives as good as it looks, I'd be happy.
I wouldnt think twice about  buying a BMW in  Warranty , unfortunately my usage and budget can't justify it.
My sons got a  2017 435 d Grand coupe and the IDrive is miles better than
previos efforts, they have finally caught up with present day tech.
Hope you enjoy it more than the Skoda.👍

General Discussion / Re: EU tyre efficiency labelling
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:50:59 PM »
Are you running the same size tyres on all 4 corners? Or are you running the staggered setup ?
As you have mentioned only one tyre size and 17" rims
If they are all the same size / profile you don't have to worry about * markings, just buy 4 identicle tyres.
That gives you much more options and cheaper 😀

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Wide-screen head unit
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:34:58 PM »
The small screen headunit is a MK3 I believe, the widescreen one is the MK4, so you would need the MK4 DVD satnav drive that lives in the rear cubby.
Check if it's plug and play, there will be loads of info on the net, as it was a popular upgrade years ago.
Personally the expense may be more than half of what you could get an aftermarket unit which has 7 digit postcodes and iPod integration Bluetooth etc
I think the MK4 system is very very dated 🙁

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Wheel Arch Trim? / skirt ? / Flare???
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:23:55 PM »
Post a photo on the forum, sounds like your kit may not be OEM

Problems / Re: Alarm going off randomly - E70 X5
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:18:12 PM »
My X3 used to go off randomly, coded out tilt sensor, then internal sensors still no good,
Disconnected the plug from the bonnet alarm switch, never did it again.
As for going off whilst driving, ne rear had that as it wouldn't be armed 😳

General Discussion / Re: DPF Cleaning in South Manchester/Cheshire
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:07:12 PM »
I did mine myself and did the swirl flaps whilst I had the inlet manifold off, depends on how good you are on the spanners.
Also if you shear off any of the glowplugs 😬😬😬😬
Used a full tin of penetrating fluid over a couple of hours before I dare try to get mine out.
Glow plug relay is a mare to get at.
I'd wished I'd had someone else do it by the time I was halfway through the job😀
Glowplug relays are about £65 off EBay, ( same make as OEM ) glowplugs are around £15 each

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