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Buy and sell / Avin 10.25" android screen for E70 CIC
« on: Today at 08:03:21 PM »
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...

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

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.

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

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...

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

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...

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?


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...

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...

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?


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Battery Issues and Dealer Woes
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:58:02 PM »
Unlikely that BMW fitted the battery.  The standard unit is an AGM type hence the higher charging voltage.

Very likely that they failed to check it though as Dealers are far too willing to let the AUC Warranty take the hit rather than them.  Issues with AUC come up regularly and TBH is no better or worse than many other car dealers.

Probably right. Car is now 8 years old so must have had a change at some point (given age of battery, about 4.5 years ago) by a non-BMW person (Carly has no record of a previous battery change, so many shortcuts taken).

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Battery Issues and Dealer Woes
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:54:00 PM »
Just out of interest what hand-held jump starter did you buy.
Do you have a link to one.

The one I have is a Jackery 18000mah from Amazon, but they appear to be out of stock now.
It was about £45.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Battery Issues and Dealer Woes
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:44:44 PM »
When will I ever learn?

Background: 2009 XDrive 35d purchased AUC in June 2015, still under warranty. In retrospect, there were always hints of a dying battery with random clock and date resets and radio always on mute when starting, but it got problematic enough to take to local dealer (not the supplier) in October 2016. Given the 'driving style (mainly short runs)' excuse and a bill for wasting their time. It got progressively worse over the winter and this summer, with even long drives barely giving the car 20 minutes with the door open before a dead battery. Checked battery (Bosch Silver <5 years old) and alternator (14.4v when running), although load test not undertaken.

Totally fed up, so checked again, and realised Carly was indicating the registered battery type was 90ah AGM, but the Bosch is lead-acid...

Back to dealer for checking - "you've got the wrong battery fitted, and it is now kaput - that'll be £286 to replace plus our diagnostic fee". Hmm - so the car was supplied AUC with the wrong battery/coding, and they didn't check this in October last year? Apparently not. This is the same dealer that got my sunroof fault so wrong (see other posts) and I should have known.

Anyway, purchased (much) cheaper 110ah lead acid battery, recoded and registered the battery to the car. The coding obviously worked as the running voltage is 13.8 - 14.0, rather than the previous 14.4. I had to buy a new vent tube as whoever had fitted the previous lead acid battery hadn't bothered...

I can only assume that the miscoding (dealer replacing battery prior to AUC and not bothering to re-register?) was pushing too many volts through the battery eventually wearing it out.

Hopefully all fixed (and another lesson learned), although the final proof will be if our 'driving style' flattens it quickly.

BTW - bought on of those hand-held jump starters as a backup over the summer and worked perfectly both times it was needed. Highly recommended.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 Ambient lightning
« on: August 20, 2017, 11:12:29 AM »

Do the replacement LEDs simply snap into the holder that connects to the plastic strip?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 Ambient lightning
« on: August 19, 2017, 01:47:48 PM »

Any reason not to use 12v LEDs, rather than having to wire in a resistor for lower voltage ones?


Problems / Re: 2009 Ambient Lighting - S563
« on: August 19, 2017, 01:45:30 PM »
Thanks All

So BSJ doesn't have internal door handle illumination, but Jason thinks the light package has small holes in the door pull surround. Hmm - different country / year specs?

So, decided to pull the panel and have a look...

1. Definitely an LED light to the lower light strip but very very low power
2. Definitely no wiring to the interior door handle...BUT
3. There is a cutout behind the door pull and a marked area on the inner cover that looks like where an LED might go.

Plan is to buy some brighter 5mm orange LEDs and replace a) the door strip and then b) parallel wire an additional LED to the door handle panel. I've spotted some pre-wired 12v 5mm LEDs on Ebay that may do the trick.

Got some photos but tinypic isn't uploading them properly...

Problems / Re: 2009 Ambient Lighting - S563
« on: August 13, 2017, 03:39:32 PM »

Thanks for the info. Interesting to note no light for the handles - BMW penny pinching again?

Almost certainly no light from door pockets - driving late the other night in complete pitch black didn't show anything.

Any help in raising the brightness level (replacement LEDs and resistor values) would be welcome.


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