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General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Which brake discs and pads?
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:58:49 PM »
Pagid and Textar were the OEM fit on earlier models so that may well still be the case on the current ones too.

Thanks-  do you mean a combination of the two -i.e. Pagid discs and textar pads?

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General X5 Forum (F15) / Which brake discs and pads?
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:25:02 PM »
Just had a quote from BMW for new discs (front) at £120 + VAT per side.  (£600 in total for new discs and pads is making my eyes water!)

This is part number 34116868939 for 2013 x5 3.0d M Sport.

Does anyone know who makes the OEM discs and pads for BMW?

I can get Pagid, Bosch, Zimmerman, Brembo, and a whole bunch I've never heard of, for considerably less online. I'm in half a mind to go for Pagid - although you'd expect Bosch to be good and they are a fair bit cheaper.

Does anyone have any experience to share?

Cheers

Steve



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General X5 Forum (F15) / AdBlue - are all brands the same stuff?
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:24:02 PM »
Hi Folks

I am about to buy some AdBlue to top up my 3.0d X-drive. There are a number of different makes. Some seem to be better value than others.  The BMW product much more expensive.

Does anyone know if there is any difference whether you use any particular make?

Cheers

Steve

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General X5 Forum (F15) / 3.0d M Sport fuel economy
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:50:56 PM »
So, what is everyone else getting to the gallon?  I've only done 650 miles, but haven't managed to better 34 mpg, with total average of 32 mpg.

My old E53 was meant to do 29.1 average mpg.  And even after 110k miles on the clock it was still giving me a regular average 29 mpg.

Has anyone managed to do better than 34mpg?  If so is there anything I'm doing wrong?

Cheers

Steve

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Buy and sell / Re: 4 x 17" Alloys with Michelin M+S all weather tyres
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:07:44 PM »
I haven't said they are winter tyres.  The buyer wants some 17" wheels.  However FWIW, I know they came as standard tyres on the SE.  They are made in Canada and were standard in North America on the early E53s (AFAIK).

But they are rated M+S - which is mud and snow.  Clearly they are not extreme weather tyres that are marked with a snowflake.  However, they are fine for the UK's winters and more useful in bad conditions than a tyre that isn't M+S. I used these tyres myself and can vouch for them. 

If M+S tyres are acceptable as winter tyres in Germany and Austria, then they are plenty good enough for me...

http://www.blackcircles.com/tyres/winter-tyres/laws-and-legislation

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Buy and sell / Re: 4 x 17" Alloys with Michelin M+S all weather tyres
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:46:31 PM »
Ha Ha!

Sold! All you need is one willing buyer :)

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Buy and sell / Re: 4 x 17" Alloys with Michelin M+S all weather tyres
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:13:03 PM »
Mmm.  That's a good point Smee. 

My better half would like me to get rid.  I think I will list them on flea bay for £325 or best offer and see what sort of response I get.  If all is silent, then maybe Mrs Blackdog will put up with them for a few more months!

This is one of the wheels.  Frankly they all look the same!


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Buy and sell / Re: 4 x 17" Alloys with Michelin M+S all weather tyres
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:46:10 AM »
Hi,
Do you know if they fit an X3 (E83)?
Cheers

You would need to check with someone who knows, but from a Google search it looks like the alloys from an e53 will fit the X3, but the tyres are too big.  It may work, but not sure if they physically don't fit the gap or they are not recommended.

Hope that helps. Will post some photos shortly.

Steve

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Buy and sell / Re: 4 x 17" Alloys with Michelin M+S all weather tyres
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:58:29 AM »
I see I have competition.  Will take £250 for a quick sale.

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General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: No service book in F15 pack
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:20:19 PM »
After I took delivery, I looked for the service book and sent an email to the dealer saying:

"One thing - I can't find the service booklet - do you still have it?  I had expected it to be in the wallet in the glove box but its not there.  If you have it, please can you pop it in the post"

I got the answer:

"In relation to the service book new vehicles no longer have them all the service records are now kept electronically"

I too like the hard copy service book.  I use it to check what was done when.  I also keep all my old receipts.  I had a nostalgic evening reading all the receipts for the 10 years I owned the E53 - sad I know, but it was interesting to see the gaps between services etc and the bigger spends.

When I PX'd the car, the dealer had no interest in the receipts, so they will no doubt end up in the bin.

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General X5 Forum (F15) / Hello there!
« on: March 28, 2014, 07:20:48 PM »
Hello,

I'm moving over here from the E53 forum.

I was about to part ex my old faithful 112k miles one owner from new E53 3.0d sport for an E70.  Got so pee'd off with being messed around by the dealer, we looked elsewhere and will become the proud owners of a space grey xdrive 3.0d Msport F15.

I'll post a picture when we pick it up  :) :) :)

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General Discussion / Re: Does crash in history change value?
« on: March 28, 2014, 07:09:05 PM »
Hi folks

Well in the end, there has been so much hassle with the dealer not being able to release the car until it had been "inspected", I have cancelled the order.  It still smelt a bit fishy for me.  Interestingly the vehicle was crashed whilst in Sytner's possession, so I suspect they had no alternative but to do the work on it. 

Decided that if you are paying £40k on a car, why take the risk that the crash was worse than they were making out.  I don't want the risk that there is underlying chassis damage, when I am not getting a discount for it.

I'm not unhappy about that. Pleased Sytner were (eventually) up front about it.

Less happy that I ordered the car over two weeks ago and it still isn't available to collect.

Ordered a new F15 instead. :)


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General Discussion / Re: Does crash in history change value?
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:10:19 AM »
Unless it's a write off (Cat C or D) why would anyone know. Can't for the life of me figure why the dealer would be so up front with that sort of info.

I would think, that if you buy a car that's more than a couple of years old, the chances are it's had some body/paint repairs.

So, insurance write off marks the retail price down by up to 50% and no write off status will sell for full retail.

The dealer told me because I specifically asked, if it had been involved in an accident - it wasn't a very serious question, but the dealer said "categorically not". Later they realised they had done repair work to it, so had to tell me "in case I found out later and came back to them".

It will be completely checked over and recertified as an approved used.

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General Discussion / Does crash in history change value?
« on: March 26, 2014, 12:22:40 AM »
Been looking at a nearly new Approved Used BMW- over 2 years warranty left.  Dealer has admitted that it had a shunt, causing some medium damage to front and rear.  I've seen some photos of the damage - it is obvious, but the car was still easily driveable.   I doubt it let the airbags off. The damage has been professionally repaired by BMW.  I've had a good look and can't see any sign of the damage or the repair.  It had a new bumper, the odd light fitting, new Kidney grille etc.  Looks good as new.

Would the crash history put you off buying the car?  If so, why?

Cheers

Steve

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Gearbox Oil Change X5 E53
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:45:28 PM »
I did my pre-facelift 5 speed GM box change last week.

I bought the replacement filter from my local transmission refurb company for £22 and five litres of ATF for about the same amount.  I didn't need a new gasket as the old one was in very good condition.

It is a very easy job indeed, but if you are not a DIYer, you should find an indy will do the job for a reasonable price.

The kit on ebay seems very expensive indeed. I think they are selling you more ATF than you need.  You won't get all of the fluid out when you drain the sump because the torque converter will still be full of fluid.  Mine took about 4.5 litres.

I think it wouldn't cost you any more to buy the parts from BMW. They quoted me something like £85 for the filter and a similar sum for the fluid.

If you haven't watched this video yet, it is well worth doing so as it says what you need to do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZbA-OqoPJQ

Remember the guy is selling the kit so he recommends changing the gasket and putting new screws in.

Good luck.

Steve

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