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Other Marques / Re: 2018 CLS
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:50:01 PM »
Ssh! I’m looking at the shooting brake as next replacement (when the time comes)

I just traded in my 35d for a shooting brake. A different kettle of fish entirely, but a lovely smooth and quiet place to be after the crashy ride of a sports suspension equipped X.

Buy and sell / Re: E70 items for sale.
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:27:43 PM »
Could be interested in spare wheel, any idea on cost to post to AB12

Will you accept PayPal

I'll check the weight and size and have a look online to see what's available. I'll pm you, probably sometime tomorrow. PP is fine.

Buy and sell / E70 items for sale.
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:54:34 AM »
I have just traded in my E70 and have a couple of items - A spacesaver wheel and tyre and jack kit in a carry bag. The tyre is unused. I used the jack once.  These are now around £260, so a chance to grab a bargain. £100 ono, plus carriage.

A genuine BMW dog guard, complete. These are £145 new, so £50 plus carriage seems reasonable.

Let me know if you're interested in either or both !



General Discussion / Gone to the dark side.....
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:44:21 AM »
Well, after 20 years of BMW ownership, I've gone over to the dark side and bought a Merc !  I work for a Merc dealership and whilst I'm not overly keen on their offerings generally, I particularly like the CLS Shooting Brake.

One of the few perks is seeing the odd car pop up and being able to buy at trade or less and this is what happened and I bought a CLS 250 AMG Sport, in a deal I couldn't really turn down.

My E70 35d which has sports suspension has been annoying me of late with its' jiggly ride and relatively noisy cabin. I had changed from 20s to 19s and whilst it helped a little, driving the CLS which wafts along in a hushed way was a revelation.  Performance isn't as good as the X, but overall comfort is a big step up.

It seemed strange saying goodbye to my X after 3 1/2 years and to BMW after 20. I will probably be back at some stage.

As a result, I have a genuine E70 dog guard and spacesaver kit in its own carry bag for sale. I'll post them up on the for sale section.

I'll no doubt still check in here if you allow Merc owners :-)


Problems / Re: Duck noise in engine bay. Bmw X5 E70 3.0d 2009
« on: November 24, 2017, 11:06:34 PM »

If you had described rattling sound I suspect somebody would have suggested exploring possible timing chain or tensioner issues. Sorry but I missed the video link post.

I also have not heard of this on other similar engined cars yet.

Perhaps someone ran it with wrong oil top up or at low level.

Timing chain, guides ancillaries & labour wont be cheap if job to be done properly. Ideally I would want to entrust the work to someone who has done the same job before on that engine. You may struggle to find someone so experienced & due to the rarity of the failure.

Sorry to learn of this.......tensioner failure caused me to reluctantly part with my V8 E53.

Interesting, as the sound wasn't the classic timing chain rattle. What a pita, engine out job. No idea what the job time is for engine out and back, hope you've got a good indy to keep the price down. I shudder to think what a stealer would charge !

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 20" Tyres
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:47:48 PM »
I had a look at 19'' star marked non- RFT. The front RFT has a load rating of 107, but the star marked non-RFT fronts only have a rating of 103, which I understand is a difference of 100kgs ! 

Given that the E70 needs fronts with a 107 load rating, 103's don't meet the spec. I was told by one tyre place that the 103's were for the E53.

I had a problem with non star tyres. My E70 on non-star rubber made a whining noise at 60 MPH, not above or below, just at 60.  Put star marked RFT's back and the noise disappeared.

I had the g/box, diffs and transfer box fluids changed on mine at 70k. Made a difference to the smoothness of the changes.

Problems / Re: "repetitive rustling sound" when start driving
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:47:13 PM »
Any exhaust smell in the car?

Hi Riggie, thanks for pointing out to exhaust. It appears that it is indeed coming from under the engine and seems exhaust related, not chain or belt as I have feared.
No smell in the car and did not see any smoke underneath though

Have you had it looked at? It sounds to me like exhaust 'chuffing' through either a manifold crack or failed gasket etc. The only snag is you'd expect to smell exhaust and/or see exhaust smoke.

General X3 Forum (F25) / X5 to X3
« on: November 03, 2017, 08:05:34 PM »
I currently have an E70 X5 35d which I've owned for over 3 years. It's now on 81k miles and I'm at the 'should I sell it before it starts to cost big bucks' stage.   I've been looking at reviews for the F25, which I note is around the same size as the E53 X5, one of which I've previously owned.

Has anyone gone from an E70 to an F25? How do they compare?  Is the 2.0 engine up to the job?

I'd quite like an F15, but don't want to spend that amount of money at the moment.

Thanks for reading......


Problems / Re: "repetitive rustling sound" when start driving
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:17:59 PM »
Any exhaust smell in the car?

no not at all

it sounds like some rotating part is off balance but comes from the engine  :'(

Might help to narrow it down by where it's coming from, left/right/front/back?  Can you do a video with the bonnet open. Any sign of smoke in the engine bay?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Have I achieved the unthinkable?
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:14:00 PM »
I have the 4.8i and I can get almost 25mpg on a decent motorway run and I’m averaging 21mpg just on my 25 minute rush hour commute. I have no idea how some people are getting worse figures than that in a 3.0l diesel.

The more horses you have, the more you have to feed them I suppose...... the 3.0 single turbo is better on fuel.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Have I achieved the unthinkable?
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:39:41 PM »
I managed 38.2 once, over 100 miles, driving like a pensioner, sticking to 60mph. It was so boring, Xdrive 35d.

Average last time I looked was 26.7

Problems / Re: "repetitive rustling sound" when start driving
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:44:40 PM »
Any exhaust smell in the car?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Have I achieved the unthinkable?
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:40:30 PM »
I managed 38.2 once, over 100 miles, driving like a pensioner, sticking to 60mph. It was so boring, Xdrive 35d.

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