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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Urgent help please am broken down!!
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:17:12 PM »
Thanks all!

So, had no tools in the car, for the first time in ages, literally not even a screwdriver.  No choice but to wait the three and a half hours for the RAC man, at which point two of em turned up in separate vans.

During the wait - the headlights turned themselves off after about an hour and a half.  I also noticed the RPM needle was stuck at just under 3k rpm even with the keys out.  Electric windows DID still work, but locking didn't. Steering wheel controls some worked like the stereo, others didnt so the cruise light stayed on.  Weird af.

Anyway.  The first thing they did was hook up some power and confirm everything I was seeing, the no flashing indicators,  the lot.  Weirdly - the outside indicators WERE flashing, but the dash confirmation lamps were not.

They immediately agreed it could only be a 'can bus lockup' as too many differing modules were affected.  They had diagnostics hooked up etc and to be fair they then spent ages.  They disconnected aftermarket stuff such as my HIDS (which have been on for several years). They opened up the scuttle under the bonnet and checked down in the casing for all the modules to confirm no water ingress and all the cabling. 

They they dismantled in the boot and disconnected the battery, then disconnected glovebox fuses for the dashboard module etc. Added some power at the front, and the car immediately started.  Shut it off again, and reconnected the battery.  one by one they then reinstated the fuses, started again and then they spent ages on diagnostics, alternate load checks, the lot, followed by reconnecting the HIDS etc.  (Apparently some cheap aftermarket HIDS have leaked high voltage backwards and caused weird issues!  Mine were ok)

At this point, and having reset steering angle sensor etc, they pronounced it all good.  No fault found whatsoever.  Strangely, he said he sees this maybe once a week on Nissans, but couldn't recall ever having it on a BMW!

They spent probably a little over an hour all told, and I think were properly thorough..

At this point, I drove off, and two and a half hours later made it back home, no suggestion of any issue at all.

I have a suspicion, though.  I hardly ever used cruise control. Maybe three times since I got the car.  I did use it today, before the fault appeared, and it was the cruise light that wouldn't go out..  No proof of that, and they couldn't see an issue, but I didn't use it on the way back after!!

Thanks for all the feedback, I'm off for a whiskey now!!


General X5 Forum (E53) / Urgent help please am broken down!!
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:20:21 PM »

Having never had the slightest electrical issue in the last 25k miles of ownership, it’s all gone wrong today.

I’m stuck at Watford gap devices on the M1, heading back to the South Downs..

Driving along at usual 75 cruise, I noticed that my indicators had stopped flashing. The alert lights came on, but no repeated blink. Both sides. Not a slow blink like a bulb gone, no flashing at all. I don’t like this.

Over the next few mins, noticed that some other controls weren’t responding either. The cruise control light is on, but can’t turn it off, for example.

I decided to pull in to the services to see if the lights on the outside were the same, and check the brake lights zzz

NOw it won’t start at all. No click, just dead.
The Headlights have come on and I can’t turn them off.
Central locking doesn’t work.
Cruise light is still on.

No idea what else - have called the RAC as I’m not happy getting back on the motorway even if it starts!

Any thoughts as to what’s gone on?!

It was driving perfectly and smoothly. No prior warning lights such as alternator at all

It’s a manual, 3.0d, no previous issues, service d about 1k miles ago.

Any suggestions welcome!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: ebay suspension kits?
« on: August 28, 2018, 03:28:13 PM »
You're all gentlemen. Appreciate the responses, thank you!

Kinda confirms how I felt about the kit I put on the Audi.


General X5 Forum (E53) / ebay suspension kits?
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:51:18 AM »
Anyone bought one of these types of kits?

On the face of it they appear to be very good value indeed. In a past life I bought a kit like this for an Audi A6 I used to have, and that was great, but I'm keen to know if anyone has bought one of these for a E53, and specifically which one!


General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Wow at cost of rear silencer (e83 2.5i)
« on: June 26, 2018, 09:33:18 PM »
You sir, might just be a bit of a star.

Whereabouts are you?

General X3 Forum (E83) / Wow at cost of rear silencer (e83 2.5i)
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:37:18 PM »
  :o   so the ex has a 2004 X3 2.5i, and the exhaust has cracked near the entry to the rear silencer.  I've not seen it, but apparently its not rusty all, just cracked..  prices for a replacement rear section seem exorbitant compared to for example a 3 series with the same engine, at £500 plus.. 

what are the odds of being able to weld/repair it do you think? 

Or - wheres the best source of a more reasonably priced replacement.. 

Or - know anyone breaking one of these??!

All responses gratefully received!  Thank you..

The lounge / Re: contact lenses
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:39:30 AM »
Wore them for 12 years and absolutely loved them - hate glasses.

But - started seeing some eye issues - had to change from daily disposables to the extra oxygen type ones, cost a bunch more, then despite that started getting even more issues (blood vessels growing into the cornea etc) followed by multiple instances of concretions in my eyelids (**** me that hurts, so incredibly sore for days each time, and an eye hospital trip each time having them cut out... it's a build up of (keratin?) that forms into tiny lumps in your eyelids, you're completely unaware until they cut through (they're sharp) and start scraping your eye with each blink and while you're asleep.. horrendous)

ended up being told you must not wear contacts for more than an hour ever, better not to wear them at all.

Gave up at that point, (4 years back) - no more eye issues whatsoever, no concretions, no blood vessel issues or soreness, job done.  Cant do the contacts anymore but still hate glasses!

The point I'm making is that your regular followup checks are absolutely essential!  don't skip them thinking you're alright, it's not worth it and you may be unaware if issues building up - and definitely don't ignore given advice on limiting how long you wear them - they don't work long term for everyone, and your eye health is important!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Advice on door carrier?
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:47:20 PM »
wow that was quick!!

thank you - will get it ordered now!


General Discussion / Insurance scam that wasn't... GRRRR
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:46:27 PM »

Insurance tale: Part 1.

So I received a large number of calls from a company I'd never heard of, wanting me to respond with all my details about the car accident you had last month.

(For reference: I have not had an accident.)

I also received a letter asking for me to contact them about it. I took one of the calls, and they straight away wanted personal info, and wouldn't discuss the alleged incident until I'd proved who I was. (Not falling for that one - it was a short conversation).

At the point where the calls were coming every few hours, frustration lead me to google these scammers.. and then it got interesting, as they're a genuine insurer and the phone numbers all match up. A little more research, and it turns out that my own RAC insurance was underwritten by this company. Huh - who knew?.
A further call to them, and yes - they're my own insurer (oops!) and yes, there's a claim against me, for an accident I had last month on the M27 - the other party being a Nissan Navara.  :o

Well thats wierd, as I've not had an accident. I do use the M27, but not on a workday. Protesting innocence (and getting that whole feeling of not being believed), I push for more details.. and finally find out that the damage was caused when a large trailer I was apparently towing, lost a wheel which caused extensive damage to said Nissan. Huh.

Again, I don't possess a trailer, and haven't towed one in a long time. More protestations of innocence were basically met with 'Well its up to you to prove otherwise if you dispute this but we still need to proceed with the claim etc' - so thats fun, as the X5 does have a towbar and how do you prove you didn't tow a trailer? :(

An epiphany moment suggested that if they got the number from the anywhere it would be the trailer not the car.. could there be a trailer somewhere with my number plate on it? Hang on - I bought the car last year from a chap who had just retired and sold his business, which was a garage in Sussex.. Called him and asked the question.. "Oh yes, there was a large trailer we used to tow, but that went to the brother in law, I'm sure he changed the plate, why do you ask?...."

Explained the insurance query and he was horrified, and yes of course I'll get all the details for you.. Which was the next issue, cos this other chap is going to have to a) accept liability and b) presumably be in trouble for using the wrong plate and c) for not stopping at an accident... and then it all went quiet..

Fortunately, I've now received an email with the name, address and registration of the brother in laws car which was towing said trailer at the time.. All I have to do now is convince my insurers that it wasn't me, was nothing to do with me, and please don't hold this against me!! watch this space..

Also - if you sell a trailer or anything else with your number plate on, REMOVE the plate! And lesson learned -  if you buy a car with a towbar, make sure anything with your plate on has been sorted...

General X5 Forum (E53) / Advice on door carrier?
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:36:09 PM »

So my ex-mrs managed to bust something on my passenger door and now it wont open from the outside.  Obviously this is pointing at the door handle carrier - I've watched a couple of youtubes and it looks within my capability to sort..


I would appreciate any recommendation as to what to buy!  Is it worth paying extra for a genuine one?  What have you used in this circumstance?

The rest of the car is great and i plan to keep it so...


General X5 Forum (E53) / Failed MOT on HIDs - oops!
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:53:08 PM »
Went in for an early MOT on Saturday, half expecting my LED main beams to be an issue.

Nope, they were completely fine - but the HIDs that the previous owner had installed into the normal dipped lights were a failure, "Headlamp aim beam image obviously incorrect (both)"  along with a couple of other items (a wheel bearing and a CV gaiter)

Anyone else fallen foul of this one?  It makes sense, the HIDs were in the original headlamp housings for halogens so they're clearly an issue.

I was wondering if putting LEDs in to replace the HIDs would be any different, they've been great in the Main beams.

I'm not too unhappy with with that fail though for a 14year old truck, but I was a bit worried about removing the HIDs.

looked up what the bulbs should be for the car, everything said H7.  bought some H7. Nope. not H7.

Mercifully, the previous owner, who did a nice neat job of installing the HIDs, had left the original connectors in line - turned out to be 9005 bulbs needed.  New bulbs fitted and HIDs currently disconnected.

she's going in tomorrow for the wheel bearing and CV to be fitted and a retest.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 3.0d manual buying advice
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:07:47 PM »
That was just under a year ago, for an 83k 53 Plate one.

Star rated tyres - you'll see lots of posts on here about them.

Star rating ensures that if there are two different size tyres on front and rear (such as 255/55/19 Front and 285/45/19 rear) , that the effective rolling diameter will be the same. It can vary enormously on non-star rated tyres even from quality brands, but it's vital - if the diameter isn't exactly the same, the front will rotate at a different speed to the rear, and its a great way to knacker a 4 wheel drive system.  On most rated tyres it's pretty clear - mine are the Michelin Diamaris and theres a great big star by the word Diamaris.

Faults - none. Not bad for a 14yr old workhorse!

I put it in for an early MOT when I got it, and had advisories on a couple of bushes and a control arm, as well as a small leak from rear diff seals (about £15 each) Got the lot done at that point and an early service. No issues since. Have replaced two front tyres, upgraded bulbs, fitted bluetooth kit, upgraded the satnav firmware and disc etc etc, but the truck is good as gold.

Only current need is to replace rear wiper arm - I put a cheapo ebay one on and its rubbish now, needs a genuine one!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 3.0d manual buying advice
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:22:14 PM »
Absolutely love my manual X5. None of the auto box worries, they're quicker than the auto too if that interests you (not that any of them are exactly fast!) and more economical. It's a nice gearbox to use too.

Mine's been remapped which is great, I get an average weekly commute of around 33mpg (stop start the usual) but can comfortably be in the forties on a run even loaded.  Towing down to Cornwall and back, I average about 26mpg.

Top tips: Check for star rated tyres all round, especially if its one with staggered front/rear wheels, quite usual. If it hasn't got them, factor in getting them - it's worth it and eliminates of lot of risk to your transmission.   Be prepared to spend a little on bushes etc - they're a heavy truck and this will be part of life. (I had a couple of arms /bushes replaced 15k ago, but nothing since).  LED headlamp bulbs make a huge difference.

Both of those look of interest.  I paid £4200 or so, for an 83k mint example, bought from the original owner who had just retired from owning a garage, it had been beautifully maintained and was worth a premium - no regrets on paying that for a good example.  Mine's been a proper workhorse - holidays, towing, commuting, moving house, it copes with living on a stud farm and a bumpy country commute effortlessly - I don't think you'll regret it!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This Weekend Work - Rear Wiper Upgrade
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:45:31 PM »
Well my £9.50 ebay special has to go..fed up of endlessly trying to tweak it so that the middle section actually keeps contact with the glass!  put a £10 new blade on it, made no difference either.  Think this may have been a false economy..

Anyone have experience of the genuine e70 ones vs the cheapo ebay specials?

I still prefer the look of the e70 but am nervous about punting for a genuine one!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This Weekend Work - Rear Wiper Upgrade
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:01:09 AM »
I fitted one of those a few months back. Like you I prefer the look of it, but its going to have to go - the spring is weak, and it no longer cleans the middle section at all!

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