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As title, just read this on another forum, anyone know if it’s true? I’ll be replacing the stock NAV unit with a Dynavin but in order to keep the ability to change clock etc I know you need to relocate the original unit.

Still struggling to see how I can move the NAV unit to the boot and thought it might be easier to stick a non nav in the glovebox?

Any thoughts welcome!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Oil Pressure? 4.6is
« on: September 01, 2017, 01:56:14 AM »
If I had an oil pressure guage, what oil pressure would I expect to see? Answers in Bar or PSI please  :P

I was originally going to see if I could code the RDC out, but I thought I'd ask a couple of questions on here first.

I am running aftermarket style 168's - non staggered 275/40/20 all round, I wasn't sure they had the sensors in the wheels until we put the new Michelins on the other week, 2 wheels have what look to be the original sensors and 2 have had replacements fitted by BMW.

My question is: if the sensors were all working, would the system work properly with the non-staggered set up, does everyone running winter tyres just put up with the tyre control inactive for the winter until the 10.5j's go back on.

If it doesn't matter what size rears are on for the aerial to pick up the sensor in the wheel it might be worth me checking to see if one of them is dead and getting the system going again, if it only works with the staggersd wheels I'll code it out for now.

I always seem to be leaving my bootlid open for some reason or another and the pesky boot lights never go out, I don't think they're connected to anything that throws errors or says "light out" on the dash are they?

Just thought as I was pulling off all the boot trim to put it on properly and replace the clips, and refit one of the lights interior lights that I could put a switch in each one to turn them off - anyone foresee any issues?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Solar Powered Trickle Charger?
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:11:12 PM »
Anyone had any joy with one of these? I'm using the X at the midweek and at a weekend mainly, I do keep popping the battery on charge occasionally but it would be nice if one of those solar jobbies actually worked and kept it topped up, so any recommends out there or are they all sh1te  :))

General X5 Forum (E53) / Differential and transfer case oils?
« on: August 20, 2017, 01:30:26 AM »
For the front and rear diffs am I right in thinking castrol syntrax 75/90 is the right stuff - is it 2 litres for each diff?

And transfer case just 1 litre - but which oil?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Auto Wipers Sensor
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:11:16 PM »
When I picked the car up the auto wipers seemed to work after a fashion but the sensor didn't seem to be quite right, yesterday when it rained they just didn't sense the rain at all so I had a look at the sensor from outside and there seems to be what look like large bubbles under the windscreen.

Is it fairly easy to remove the sensor and re-glue it to the screen, I see there are pads for sale but I can't imagine how you can get the bubbles out when you re-fit the sensor so I didn't want to waste my time! Anyone done it?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Which warnings lights come on with ignition?
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:40:34 PM »
Do they all come on? Can't see my little group of 3 in the middle light up above the trip odometer - its ABS, 4x4 and brakes or something isn't it?
Looked on you tube at an instrument cluster test nr2 and only the middle one came on, as did mine - do the two either side not light up when you put the ignition on the same as oil pressure, battery etc?

I know this is difficult without a photo but here goes, I know there's plenty of folk on here had their car in bits so I'm hoping you might know!

When you remove the splash guards, right at the front directly under the radiator is a tubular c. 1" in diameter metal piece of frame that is as wide as the rad, and then both ends curve back towards the rear of the car for about 6 inches, the ends of the tube seem to line up with hollow ends of the front subframe but are not attached in any way.

It's very rusty, can't see it in the front axle/sub frame pictures on real OEM, doesn't appear to have anything attached to it in terms of suspension.

Any ideas?

Just looking at options so I've a couple of queries following on from the other threads.

1. On the dynavin, if you install a reversing camera, does the camera plug into the module in the boot or do I need to run cables from the back to the head unit.

2. Hopefully Henrym3 can answer this: in order to keep the on board computer functions I have seen a couple of threads about moving the original mk4 nav to the boot area. Does the original nav head unit have connectors that are just for the obc functions, if so is that how you relocate it by moving that part of the loom, just wondering when you have the nav unit in the boot where it is wired into

General X5 Forum (E53) / 4.6is Lower Cam Chain Tensioner
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:28:31 PM »
Was looking to change this as one of those precautionary type maintenance measures, I don't want a cheap part off eBay but the dealer is a way from me, eurocarparts have one by febi bilstein, are they ok or a cheap copy brand that should be avoided? Should I make the trip to BMW and get one from there?

Newbies section / New car 🚗- woohoo!
« on: July 15, 2017, 04:31:44 PM »
Picked up a carbon black 4.6 yesterday, motor factors and repair shops applauding as I crossed the county line no doubt to empty my wallet at their trade counters, seems to be ok so far but I've no doubt there's something lurking as it was quite cheap! still - it goes great, had a 200 mile trip home after sitting in queues for an hour, never missed a beat and drives beautifully, doesn't rattle or judder , just needs the usual bit of TLC and a bit of stonechip fettling etc, wish me luck!  :))

General X5 Forum (E53) / 4.6is Correct engine oil?
« on: July 15, 2017, 01:42:55 AM »
Righty oh, jumped in and bought a carbon black 4.6is, just going to start doing some basic maintenance stuff, I can't find this on a forum search and google seems to produce some mixed responses so apologies for the basic questions:

1. What is LL04 and is that the right spec to be looking for
2. What is the right oil for a 4.6 viscosity code wise
3. What brand should I get
4. Any particular brand of filter considered better than the other

I've got no handbook unfortunately or I'd have looked in there, thanks in advance - don't know what I'd do without this place ! :)

General X5 Forum (E53) / Tyre Pressure Control
« on: July 13, 2017, 05:36:23 PM »
So further to my earlier thread about 4.6is tyre sizes, seems the car I'm looking at has aftermarket 20" repro style 168s on and has "Tyre Control Function" on the dash, is it just a case of the aftermarket wheels not being fitted with some sort of sensor?
Didn't know if this was some sort of MOT issue nowadays, so I was wondering if it's a simple fix using the correct valves with transmitters in and some coding etc or more involved?

General X5 Forum (E53) / 4.6is Tyre Size - are 275s all round ok?
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:25:40 AM »
Just seen a 4.6is, looked like it had 4.8 wheels on but they are aftermarket from Kwik Fit and are 275/40/20 all round, is this ok? I thought normally they had 315 and a lower profile on the back, hear a lot about transmission wind up etc on here  :o

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