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General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Wow at cost of rear silencer (e83 2.5i)
« on: June 26, 2018, 09:33:18 PM »
You sir, might just be a bit of a star.

Whereabouts are you?


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General X3 Forum (E83) / Wow at cost of rear silencer (e83 2.5i)
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:37:18 PM »
  :o   so the ex has a 2004 X3 2.5i, and the exhaust has cracked near the entry to the rear silencer.  I've not seen it, but apparently its not rusty all, just cracked..  prices for a replacement rear section seem exorbitant compared to for example a 3 series with the same engine, at £500 plus.. 

what are the odds of being able to weld/repair it do you think? 

Or - wheres the best source of a more reasonably priced replacement.. 

Or - know anyone breaking one of these??!

All responses gratefully received!  Thank you..

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The lounge / Re: contact lenses
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:39:30 AM »
Wore them for 12 years and absolutely loved them - hate glasses.

But - started seeing some eye issues - had to change from daily disposables to the extra oxygen type ones, cost a bunch more, then despite that started getting even more issues (blood vessels growing into the cornea etc) followed by multiple instances of concretions in my eyelids (**** me that hurts, so incredibly sore for days each time, and an eye hospital trip each time having them cut out... it's a build up of (keratin?) that forms into tiny lumps in your eyelids, you're completely unaware until they cut through (they're sharp) and start scraping your eye with each blink and while you're asleep.. horrendous)

ended up being told you must not wear contacts for more than an hour ever, better not to wear them at all.

Gave up at that point, (4 years back) - no more eye issues whatsoever, no concretions, no blood vessel issues or soreness, job done.  Cant do the contacts anymore but still hate glasses!

The point I'm making is that your regular followup checks are absolutely essential!  don't skip them thinking you're alright, it's not worth it and you may be unaware if issues building up - and definitely don't ignore given advice on limiting how long you wear them - they don't work long term for everyone, and your eye health is important!

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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!

Ben

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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...


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General X5 Forum (E53) / Advice on door carrier?
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:36:09 PM »
Hi,

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..

But.

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...

thanks!

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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.


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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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.. 

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