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Problems / Re: I just can’t catch a break with this car
« on: Today at 06:19:55 PM »
FFS!  I think you said that you have a BMW Warranty, which will at least ease some of the pain.  Any warning signs before it went?

Newbies section / Re: First BMW
« on: Today at 02:33:09 PM »
My current X6 has been on monthly payment BMW warranty for 4 years now and the only premium increase has been down to Insurance Premium Tax.  You can reduce the bill if you accept an excess.

At least you have been proactive and will have done a catalogue of little jobs that could add up to a problem if left.

Newbies section / Re: First BMW
« on: Today at 11:19:15 AM »
You can try BMW but I think that they have an upper mileage limit, and you’ll need a full service history (I think).

I used Warranty Direct on my E53, though you may now only get driveline cover with that mileage.  WD won’t pay any diagnostics costs, only parts and labour.

I’m sure others will chip in with their thoughts shortly  :)

Newbies section / Re: First BMW
« on: Today at 09:35:44 AM »
And it will be a........?

Three different X5 types around now  :)


General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Hydraulic Floor Jack
« on: Yesterday at 05:32:07 PM »
I bought a set of made up and machined pads specifically for BMW.  It was a long time back and I think it was from fleabay.  They have a rectangular shape that fits the BMW jacking point and a round pad that fits inside the jack shoe/cup.

They need a wider top shoe/cup than the one on the jack in the picture.  I have had our E46 slide off a jack and damage the sill (repair by BMW Bodyshop cost £700) so beware!  I have a larger ‘cup’ on another jack that I use for that car and the X6 now.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 40d m sport
« on: Yesterday at 05:26:32 PM »
I had Warranty Direct Luxury Car cover - their top one at the time - and had a similar experience with them not paying for diagnostics and only covering the £10 part needed.

As the policy goes on in time, more items come off the covered list so read the small print very carefully.  Even with top flight cover, and less than 40k on the clock and 4 years old, a lot of items such as the ICE were excluded.

To give them credit, they did pay out over £3.5k when my gearbox failed with my contribution just £75.  I had full Dealer labour cover too.

General Discussion / Re: Stuck locking wheel studs
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:54:51 PM »
That’s probably the best way of doing it.

BMW change my X6 wheels so if they mess it up, they fix & pay!  They use a torque wrench not an air gun.

My other car goes to someone who uses a low torque electric gun and then a proper torque wrench set correctly for the car.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Hydraulic Floor Jack
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:11:51 PM »
I bought one of these....


....from Amazon 8 years ago.  I didn’t pay this much for it though!  Might be available elsewhere for less.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: oh god... replacing xenon blubs....
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:04:38 PM »
Unbelievable how modern cars are deliberately designed to force owners to take them back for every little issue - and get suitably fleeced  >:(

Glad you got it done though  :)

General Discussion / Re: BMW X5 gearbox
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:34:06 PM »
Have a look at Realoem and check part numbers.

You can get a recon box for less than half the figure you have, but it will need fitting.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: WHEELS
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:28:34 PM »
If both from an E70 yes.  It’s the outer diameter with tyres that counts.  As long as the 20” wheels have the correct tyres - as shown on the tyre pressure plate on the B pillar - there is no issue.  I have a winter 19” and summer 20” set.

Problems / Re: Battery charge issues
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:43:17 PM »
Could be a starter issue.  You will need to use a current clamp to check that the cranking current is no higher than 180A.  If it is much over this then your starter needs replacing.  Mine drew 560A and 900A+

As said above, years 2003-2005 seem to suffer starter issues with the Magnetti Marelli name appearing most often.  Both of my 30d cars from that year block needed new starters.

A failure within the windings means that they can often draw more than the battery can deliver, or take a significant charge level out of the battery.  The alternator never gets a chance to recharge the battery.  The E46 needed recharging after every 60 mile commute with just two starts!

Replacements can be for for around £200 inc surcharge from places such as Eurocarparts.  I fitted a Bosch 2.2kW (180A) unit to our E46 with the same engine.  Fiddly but can be diy.  You’ll need a set of Torx type wrenches and sockets.  The bolts are seriously tight, and if you remove the reinforcement plate under the front of the E53 then you should replace those bolts as they are single-use ‘stretch bolts’.  Someone on here did a change a couple of weeks back I think.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 40d m sport
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:01:10 PM »
Ouch.....I wonder what caused it!

I pay just on £1,000 a year for my X6 warranty.  The policy price hasn’t changed in 4 years but Insurance Premium Tax has added a fair bit (12%).  I pay monthly which seems to freeze the actual premium price.

Other Marques / Re: Well the X3 is going tomorrow.
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:03:49 PM »
No banter here  :))

That’s coz it takes too long to explain it to you!   >:D

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