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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!

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?

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!

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.

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.. 

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This week's upgrades and progress..
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:36:16 PM »
Well -  she's just hit 95k, so I've covered 12,000 miles since May..  cheeky update time.

Since the last post four months ago, the only thing I've done is replace the high beam bulbs with LED ones - possibly the best value mod I've ever done, on any car!  Staggering results, at a £32 cost.

No issues have presented at all, she's been simply marvelous, and a pleasure to drive, including tugging a caravan all round Devon and Cornwall for two weeks. 

No regrets about buying this car whatsoever, I love that she's the manual, especially with the remap she properly flies - quicker than the auto to begin with too, (though none of them are rocket ships eh!) and no worrying about expensive gearbox rebuilds.

12000 miles of cloth seats, (the first cloth seats Ive had in many years!) and that's fine too. Having driven the GFs X3 the other day with black leather - the cloth is definitely warmer, more comfy and you don't slide about!  I prefer the look of leather if its the pale colour rather than black, but these are very easy to live with.

My average weekly mpg is almost exactly 30.  Some weeks its 29.2, some it's 31, but 30mpg seems pretty much the default figure for my commute.  I can easily hit near 40 on a careful run - but that's not realistic for a  week of a busy town and motorway commute!

I bought one of the software tools and installed on my laptop - all works fine and no errors found which was pleasing - need to get my head round changing some of the options though.  I'd like to DISABLE the auto-locking when you hit 12mph (or whatever it is) I just find that annoying.  I'd like to know if its possible to ENABLE leaving the headlights on for 15 seconds when you lock the car, like my old Audi did.

Scariest Moment - hitting an unseen lake of water that was pitch black across both lanes on the A31 (while travelling rather faster than I should have been in the small hours tbh)  Boom..  couldnt see a thing for probably 5 seconds, just water everywhere..  slowed it right down for sure, but not a twitch, no planing, kept completely straight, just scared the crap outta me..  Nice one X5.

Best moment though, was that first properly Icy morning last week, standing in my bedroom having zapped the webasto with the remote, and seeing it doing it's thing..  nice warm car, one flick of the wipers to deal with the melted ice while the neighbours scraped theirs with a credit card - proper smug mode!

Hope you're enjoying yours as much as I am!

ok, a further update.  The slight misfire - vacuum tests show this quite clearly as a PCV valve issue - though no codes showed up at all.

But the knock...
Well, there is now intermittently, definitely a proper solid 'clock' from the transmission when slowing down for junctions.  Googling this shows it very consistent with what people have said about non star-rated tyres or mixed tyres and the effect on the transfer box.

kkkx5 - I've taken on board what you said about how it should be staggered, as if true then that's an obvious solution.

But, having been looking for star rated tyres, only SOME tyre places only give staggered choices, some are quite happy with the four square ones.

So..  I've been through realoem and the other decoders to try to work out what rims exactly are on the car, and that's quite interesting.  For that Vin, BmwVin clearly shows the wheels as

'S2CBA BMW LA wheel, star spoke 113'  - Yep that matches with what I can see.

Looking up the same VIN on realoem, for that wheel, they were fitted in sets of four identical 8jx18 rims.  (Some of the other wheel choices on realoem are equally clear that they were fitted in staggered sets of two different sizes) - If correct, this means I am already running the right sizes all round.

So..  I'm less convinced that this particular car should be staggered.  (Obviously I don't want to fit two larger tyres on the back if its not actually larger rims, that'll only make it worse!)


I'm going to go visit her and see if I can see the stamps on the inside of the rims to be absolutely sure.

So.  It's a bit of a shame to replace four good matching quality tyres with 6.7mm tread all round, without being absolutely certain.  I had been hoping kkkx5 was correct, and I might get away with just replacing the rears!

What I'd appreciate is recommendations though, for which models of star rated tyre are worth putting the money into..

All advice appreciated.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Cooper Tyres
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:31:06 AM »
Are you still pleased with these?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Aux input in e53
« on: October 08, 2017, 03:11:49 PM »
What year is your x5, The cable behind the head unit is only there on year 2002 onwards I believe.

Nice catch there fella, I didn't know that!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Aux input in e53
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:57:47 PM »
Yes -

It's about a tenner for the genuine BMW aux lead.  Pop the head unit out, unwind a little of the loom behind the stereo, you'll find the connector for it about 6 inches back along the loom - plug it in, route it down to wherever you want (Mine's in the ashtray) and thats it job done - the head unit detects it and gives you an 'AUX' option to listen to.

Only small issue - if you're using a mobile, you probably can't charge it at the same time as listen, it seems to cause an earth loop and the aux input disconnects.  If you're not charging then it's brilliant.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Left hand power mirror doesn't...
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:49:53 PM »
So the electric folding works perfectly on the drivers side, but the left does nothing and feels a little loose.

Is this a common issue?  Is there a 'usual culprit' component that will have broken?  I'd like to fix it for her if I can!

All advice appreciated.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Faulty 'mode' button on Stereo?
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:48:07 PM »
Anyone had this?  Or have I missed something ?!

On my X5 the mode button switches between stereo sources.  On her X3, the mode button does literally nothing.  The default is the radio, and the only way to play a CD is for it to automatically start when you insert it, and the only way to switch back is eject the CD.. and the CD changer in the armrest is powered up but we can't switch to it..

Am I being dumb?!

In better news, the Bluetooth works perfectly with her iPhone!

Small update, think we may have some progress.

Drove it for about 150 miles at the weekend, with her as passenger, and then she drove it for a chunk more, just getting more of a feel for this issue.

The alleged 'knock' - doesn't seem to exist.  Couldn't replicate it at all, neither could she, it's all very smooth.

The hesitation however - yes that's definitely there.  It's very very mild, but there.  It's intermittent, and is like the tiniest brief hiccup of a misfire, and at around 2000rpm only - maybe a little either side, but that's all. 

I am ruling out the tyres now..  because the stutter can still happen when stationary, just when giving the engine a rev..  not always, but when it happens its just the same as when moving.  Incidentally, there was actually a tyres issue - not one of them was over 23psi! Resolved immediately, and an instant and dramatic improvement in the ride and steering, which she was pleased about.  No difference to the odd hesitation though.

So, having driven it that much and read up a LOT - this seems to be something which is a very common issue with that engine when fitted in the 3 and 5 series cars!  It's going in tomorrow to have the codes read just in case, but the strongest contender at the moment is the CCV and breather pipes.  The idle from cold is absolutely perfect and there's no loss of power, and it's not lumpy -  so we're not suspecting Vanos seals or MAF.  The engine revs beautifully round to the redline and pulls very strongly, so we're not suspecting coilpacks.  Spark plugs seems to be something people with this issue try - but doesnt fix it - so I'm not leaping into that.  However, theres seems to be a LOT of coverage on the CCV and associated pipes causing exactly this kind of glitch..  though its not likely to throw a code up of course - so that's in the lead as a likely at the moment.  I've looked at some of the complete kits on eBay at around £50-£60 - has anyone here used one of these?

Watch this space as they say, it'll be interesting to see if any codes come up tomorrow!  I've ordered a reader myself now, but it wont be here til the weekend.

Ok , have arrived and checked the tyres:

All four are Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres in 235/50/18 - not staggered. I looked them up and they are apparently specifically for 4x4 vehicles I believe

They were obviously changed as a set, tread depths are identical on all four and are in the region of 6-7mm all round.

I’ll go get the pressures checked just to be certain

Can you help me understand why tyres may cause any of the issues raised?  These tyres are all so good, I don’t really want to be changing them without being certain!


Thanks for the replies chaps, but can you help me understand?

I’ll visit her this weekend and check the tyres for sure, but i’m not clear on how tyre choices would cause an engine hesitation or that knock..

Have I missed something? 

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