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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!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: replace single tyre?
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:38:41 PM »
All sorted - found a pair of brand spanking new star rated Michelin Diamaris for a bit over 200 delivered for the pair. £20 later at my local tyre place, and both fronts are done and I have a part worn left over.

My rears are still ok, but I might keep an eye out for a similar deal rather than leave it til its necessary.

How many miles do you all get from a set?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: replace single tyre?
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:27:29 PM »
It's a front one :)

am currently planning to look at replacing both fronts with new when payday comes around!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: replace single tyre?
« on: January 25, 2018, 11:31:22 AM »
It's a wierd one.  It's not worn unevenly, its a good wear pattern. 

Replacing all four is not currently an option! ;)

Part worn sounds like a good idea tbh, bring it into line with the others.

I have no issues whatsover with the current disparity. All four tyres are star rated, fwiw.

General X5 Forum (E53) / replace single tyre?
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:00:36 AM »
My '53 x5 has Michelins all round, but one of them (nearside left) is approaching legal limit. The Offside left is a matching Michelin but is a good tyre which has 4-5mm left.  I don't have any issues on the car, but will need to address the tyre that's due for replacement - do you think it will be ok just to replace that one? 

to my thinking that will result in less RR difference than there is currently.. 

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This week's upgrades and progress..
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:36:16 PM »
Well -  she's just hit 95k, so I've covered 12,000 miles since May..  cheeky update time.

Since the last post four months ago, the only thing I've done is replace the high beam bulbs with LED ones - possibly the best value mod I've ever done, on any car!  Staggering results, at a £32 cost.

No issues have presented at all, she's been simply marvelous, and a pleasure to drive, including tugging a caravan all round Devon and Cornwall for two weeks. 

No regrets about buying this car whatsoever, I love that she's the manual, especially with the remap she properly flies - quicker than the auto to begin with too, (though none of them are rocket ships eh!) and no worrying about expensive gearbox rebuilds.

12000 miles of cloth seats, (the first cloth seats Ive had in many years!) and that's fine too. Having driven the GFs X3 the other day with black leather - the cloth is definitely warmer, more comfy and you don't slide about!  I prefer the look of leather if its the pale colour rather than black, but these are very easy to live with.

My average weekly mpg is almost exactly 30.  Some weeks its 29.2, some it's 31, but 30mpg seems pretty much the default figure for my commute.  I can easily hit near 40 on a careful run - but that's not realistic for a  week of a busy town and motorway commute!

I bought one of the software tools and installed on my laptop - all works fine and no errors found which was pleasing - need to get my head round changing some of the options though.  I'd like to DISABLE the auto-locking when you hit 12mph (or whatever it is) I just find that annoying.  I'd like to know if its possible to ENABLE leaving the headlights on for 15 seconds when you lock the car, like my old Audi did.

Scariest Moment - hitting an unseen lake of water that was pitch black across both lanes on the A31 (while travelling rather faster than I should have been in the small hours tbh)  Boom..  couldnt see a thing for probably 5 seconds, just water everywhere..  slowed it right down for sure, but not a twitch, no planing, kept completely straight, just scared the crap outta me..  Nice one X5.

Best moment though, was that first properly Icy morning last week, standing in my bedroom having zapped the webasto with the remote, and seeing it doing it's thing..  nice warm car, one flick of the wipers to deal with the melted ice while the neighbours scraped theirs with a credit card - proper smug mode!

Hope you're enjoying yours as much as I am!

ok, a further update.  The slight misfire - vacuum tests show this quite clearly as a PCV valve issue - though no codes showed up at all.

But the knock...
Well, there is now intermittently, definitely a proper solid 'clock' from the transmission when slowing down for junctions.  Googling this shows it very consistent with what people have said about non star-rated tyres or mixed tyres and the effect on the transfer box.

kkkx5 - I've taken on board what you said about how it should be staggered, as if true then that's an obvious solution.

But, having been looking for star rated tyres, only SOME tyre places only give staggered choices, some are quite happy with the four square ones.

So..  I've been through realoem and the other decoders to try to work out what rims exactly are on the car, and that's quite interesting.  For that Vin, BmwVin clearly shows the wheels as

'S2CBA BMW LA wheel, star spoke 113'  - Yep that matches with what I can see.

Looking up the same VIN on realoem, for that wheel, they were fitted in sets of four identical 8jx18 rims.  (Some of the other wheel choices on realoem are equally clear that they were fitted in staggered sets of two different sizes) - If correct, this means I am already running the right sizes all round.

So..  I'm less convinced that this particular car should be staggered.  (Obviously I don't want to fit two larger tyres on the back if its not actually larger rims, that'll only make it worse!)


I'm going to go visit her and see if I can see the stamps on the inside of the rims to be absolutely sure.

So.  It's a bit of a shame to replace four good matching quality tyres with 6.7mm tread all round, without being absolutely certain.  I had been hoping kkkx5 was correct, and I might get away with just replacing the rears!

What I'd appreciate is recommendations though, for which models of star rated tyre are worth putting the money into..

All advice appreciated.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Cooper Tyres
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:31:06 AM »
Are you still pleased with these?

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