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General Discussion / Re: Import a petrol F25 X3
« on: Yesterday at 12:42:25 AM »
The emissions don’t need to meet the full EU regs on an import. The emissions part of the IVA test is basically the same as the emissions section of the MOT test - i.e. a very small sub-set of the full regulations. On top of that, like the MOT, the emissions targets are based on when the car was manufactured.

On a modern car there should really be very few problem areas. The main one will be the lights, as different countries have/had different regulations for things like rear fogs - hence why a lot of Japanese imports have an ugly aftermarket fog light bolted on under the rear bumper. Much cheaper than trying to retrofit UK light clusters.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Dash Cam
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:01:36 PM »
I think there are two separate questions there... Wiring directly to the battery does bypass the fusebox, but I'm not sure that means it also bypasses the battery monitoring.

As far as I know the IBS monitors both current and voltage, and wiring directly can obviously only bypass the current measurement. The IBS will still see the voltage dropping, although I don't know how it will react to an anomaly like a voltage drop with no associated measured current flow.

Personally I'd just wire it to a switched live circuit (or one that switches off relatively soon after ignition off) so there was never going to be an issue with the IBS. If I particularly wanted 24/7 recording I'd look at fitting one of the specially designed dash cam external battery packs so it never used the cars battery when it was off.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:03:18 PM »
Ahh ok, now I get what you meant.

That being said, changing the battery without a power supply connected isn't a problem either. You do get a load of check control messages come up for various modules, but they clear once you start driving. You don't need to clear them using a diagnostic tool, although you wouldn't be changing the battery if you didn't have such a tool, because you need to code in the new one.

<edit> Oh, and I don't remember losing any settings, other than maybe the date/time.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Increased Battery Discharge
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:17:42 PM »
and for goodness sake to avoid all sorts of error messages and computer faults do not disconnect the battery then fit the new one!
Is that what you meant to write? How can you fit the new battery without disconnecting the old one first?

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Wiper Blades
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:56:41 AM »
I had the same problem, but was in a hurry so ended up buying two single blades in the correct sizes. There is a version of the Bosch Aerotwin which comes with a range of adaptors so it will fit most mounting styles.

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General Discussion / Re: 1 mph over
« on: February 01, 2018, 11:39:33 PM »
To be fair, it’s not really any different to the existing situation, apart from the actual speed you can drive. For example, I can confidently drive at 45mph (actual, not indicted) through a 40 speed camera without having to worry about getting pinged, but if I drive 1mph over that, I’d be guaranteed to get caught. If they changed the prosecution guidelines to remove the 10%+2 rule, then I’d still get done at 1mph over the limit - it’s just that the limit would effectively shift.

So we’d move from a de facto speed limit to an actual speed limit, but the ‘tolerance’ wouldn’t change.

All that ignores the issue with measurement accuracy which basically means this would never be practical. They need the prosecution guidelines to be well in excess of the posted limit, otherwise the courts would be swamped with chancers trying to dodge tickets that were on the edge of the margin of error.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Number plates
« on: January 27, 2018, 03:39:50 PM »
Ha ha I have metal pressed plates on my M3 too I am such a bad boy  :))
Pressed metal plates aren’t (necessarily) illegal. That’s the point. The problem is that some police officers aren’t aware of that so you could find yourself wasting a lot of time and effort proving yours are legal in court.

The risks are more about getting stopped for something else, then them spotting the plates while they’re going round the car looking for problems. I doubt they’d stop someone just to take a closer look at what someones plates are made of.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Number plates
« on: January 27, 2018, 09:20:30 AM »
The MOT is irrelevant. It tests a subset of the regulations so passing it doesn’t really tell you that everything on your car is legal - it just tells you the bits they tested were legal at the time. As demonstrated above, they check very little to do with plates.

The specification for number plates is described in BS AU145d and contains a load of stuff about durability, etc, but as a buyer all you really need to do is ensure you’re buying from a manufacturer that is registered with the DVLA (you can look this up online) and ensure that the plate has BS AU145d written on it (along with the other required text identifying the manufacturer) to confirm its compliance.

BUT, this won’t necessarily save you from being pulled and it won’t even save you from a trip to court, because some officers are generally suspicious of anything outside the norm. There was a case late last year, detailed on pepipoo.com, where a driver ended up in court because he had raised metal plates, despite them meeting all the requirements I mention above. He won the case, but I imagine it was a stressful few months and if it had been me I’d now be questioning whether it was all worth it just to have slightly different looking number plates.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Glow plug control module
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:24:47 PM »
On the older M57 engine a glow plug controller failure just showed up as faults on all 6 glow plugs - there wasn't a specific code for the controller itself. They must have improved it for the N57 engine. The end result is the same though I guess - you might still find there are glow plug faults that the dead controller is masking. Cross that bridge it you come to it though.

Incidentally, I've read a few accounts of people changing the controller on the N57 without removing the manifold so it's definitely possible.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Glow plug control module
« on: January 22, 2018, 08:44:59 PM »
Bear in mind, it might not only be the controller. I had fault codes on all 6 glow plugs, which obviously pointed towards a faulty controller - after replacing that, I still had 2 or three glow plug faults, so the duff controller was actually masking a few failed plugs.

That’s actually why I did the controller without removing the manifold. I didn’t want to go to all that trouble only to have to remove it again to change plugs.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Glow plug control module
« on: January 19, 2018, 03:37:34 PM »
I've done it on an M57 engine - looks to be in pretty much the same place on your N57 though. I did it without removing the manifold, but it is a fiddly job and as soon as you stick your hand down there, you block your own view so you have to do everything by touch. It only took me about 30 mins to do though, and that was about 2 minutes of actual work, and 28 minutes of fumbling/swearing

Electrical tape over the mouth of the socket to help grip the nut so it doesn't fall into the engine bay, and a flexi extension for your ratchet will help.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tyre rating
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:19:11 AM »
My response covers all tyres, including ‘summer’. I used winter tyres as an example only.

The tyre plate refers, as you say, to the type approval - but this is nothing to do with the construction and use regulations which we have to abide by. The approval regulations state that the tyres fitted by the manufacturer must be rated to the maximum design speed of the vehicle at least. This is because bmw don’t know how you will use the vehicle so they must fit a tyre which covers all possible speeds. However, as the vehicle owner, you must meet the constructions and use regulations, not the approval regulations. The construction and use regulations make no demands on speed ratings (other than for goods vehicles - not relevant here) and simply state that the tyre must not be “unsuitable having regard to the use to which the motor vehicle or trailer is being put”.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tyre rating
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:25:03 PM »
The general rule is that you can go higher, but never lower with the load rating.  ‘Y’ is higher so OK.  :)

 The tyre pressure plate will tell you the minimum rating that BMW got the car type approved with.
Not sure I agree with this. There is no ‘minimum’ rating other than the general requirement that the tyres must be suitable for the load/speed they will be used at.

For example, the bmw supplied winter tyres will be H or V rating. That’s not because the law allows for lower rating on winter tyres and there isn’t a ‘winter type approval’. It’s simply because H and V are still entirely suitable for any vaguely legal speeds in the UK.

Incidentally, I’ve seen correspondence from Land Rover where an owner specifically asked whether it was ok to use lower speed rated tyres (they wanted to fit all-terrains which rarely come in high speed ratings). LR said they don’t specify a speed rating and it was up to the owner to choose tyres which were suitable for whatever conditions they would be used in.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Comfort access stopped working
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:42:15 AM »
I do have faulty sensors on the front passenger door handle. Probably a broken wire, but I’ve not bothered investigating it much. That was like that long before the current CA fault though. I haven’t had the battery drain warning for a while now though.

Incidentally, putting another new battery in the fob over the weekend didn’t help. Most of the time CA still doesn’t work. If I drive for a while, then stop the car and take the key out the slot I can almost always restart the engine without putting the key back in the slot. Sometimes it will put up the ‘key not detected’ message shortly after though. Sometimes it doesn’t.

All a bit weird. Will probably just live with it for a while, while I look for a specialist near me. I’m more interested in getting my thermostat fixed at the moment - 16mpg is no fun. :blink:

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Comfort access stopped working
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:18:17 PM »
Worth a try I guess. I have a fresh pack somewhere so I'll give it a go over the weekend.

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