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I just feel an ice engine has something electrical does not.
Just a personal view.
 :)
Sure, I get that completely. I have a 4.8l E70 and that's the 4th BMW V8 I've owned. I know I prefer the noise of a big V8 to the whine of an electric motor, but that doesn't mean the V8 sound is 'better' - It just means I happen to have grown up associating burbly exhausts with speed and power.

Just like there are still grown men who get excited by a steam train, I'm sure I will carry on loving the noise and smell of a big V8 long after electric becomes the most popular power source. Nothing wrong with nostalgia, as long as it doesn't trick you into thinking that things were genuinely better back then.

That kind of nostalgia has already got this country into enough trouble, but I'm buggered if I'm going to let it stop me enjoying the next generation of cars.

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To be fair, the only reason you're comparing a Nissan Leaf to a V8 X5 is that you happen to own them both - I suspect if you did the same journey in a Tesla and a petrol Nissan Micra, you'd come to a different conclusion.

I love the idea of electric cars not because they're better for the environment and our health (although they are, and that's a good thing), but because they're the next step in the evolution of cars. I love cars and driving, but I'm not stuck in a time warp, kidding myself that the pinnacle of motoring just happens to be whatever I grew up with. I don't want to spend the rest of my life driving cars where the only technological advancements are in the entertainment systems and dash displays.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Newbie with a couple of Q's :)
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:56:59 PM »
For the rear lights, I stuck to Magneti Marelli units when I replaced mine. I'm not sure who made the original e70 light clusters, but Magneti Marelli are a BMW OEM (for example, they made the original rear lights in my  old e61) so I trust their quality. They were re no more expensive on eBay than the no-name models.

Bear in mind, I was looking at pre-LCI - I don't know what options are out there for LCI.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 20" Tyres
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:37:18 PM »
Is there any particular reason why you'd move to star marked tyres when you have years of experience of Toyos across multiple X5s with no issues?

(incidentally, I also have them on mine with 20" staggered wheels but don't have enough experience of them to really comment either way)

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Inner rear tailgate led not working
« on: November 04, 2017, 08:34:01 PM »
One of mine failed, so I assumed it had the old sealant-type gasket on both lights. I ordered a replacement cluster and a new style gasket for the other, working side - I did this before I actually took the old lights out for a look. When I got the non-working light out I saw it already had the new style gasket, but still had obvious water ingress. The other working light also had the new gasket, and had water sloshing inside.

So, I don’t think the new style gasket makes the lights immune to water problems. At least, it hasn’t on mine.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Headlamp question???
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:40:43 PM »
Good answer but not quite.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it wasn’t a good answer, because it was wrong...  ;)

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Headlamp question???
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:17:22 AM »
Based on how most bmw bi-xenon lights work (I’ve not actually looked at the x5 to see if they’re the same though), the outer lights will be high and low beam (both using the same xenon lamp, with a mechanical shutter to change the beam pattern) and the inners will be ‘flash to pass’ - i.e. they will only activate when you pull the stalk back to flash the lights. This is because xenons don’t really ignite fast enough to use for flashing, and doing so would also shorten their lifespan.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Dension Gateway 500, any experiance?
« on: November 03, 2017, 12:22:41 AM »
No, never fitted one with Bluetooth. I just stick an old iPod loaded with music in the glovebox and leave it there, so I’ve never really felt the need to have A2DP streaming.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Dension Gateway 500, any experiance?
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:10:27 PM »
I’ve installed a gateway 500 in three different BMW’s now - the latest being my e70, which had the factory iPod interface, but I swapped it out for the dension because the OEM interface is a bit frustrating in how it handles ‘shuffle’ mode.

What do you want to know? I’ve never used the dab unit.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Have I achieved the unthinkable?
« on: October 27, 2017, 02:06:09 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.
Well, exactly, that's what you'd expect. That's why I'm surprised that there are people on here with a 3.0sd that have quoted worse figures than mine. Even the averages that are better than mine aren't that much better.

I'm not surprised by the mpg I get from the 4.8 - it's exactly what I expected when I got it - but I didn't realise the gap between that and what should be the most efficient engine in the range, would be so small.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Have I achieved the unthinkable?
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:10:55 AM »
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.

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General Discussion / Re: Can I Activate Lane Departure System
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:19:37 PM »
Maybe he meant high beam assist? That uses a camera. Auto headlights just uses an ambient light sensor.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Seat base replacement
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:39:15 PM »
Maybe compare all of the trim to the other side to see how it’s supposed to fit together.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Seat base replacement
« on: October 12, 2017, 04:35:51 PM »
The seat base foam is available individually, and they don't appear to be 'sided' so either seat will do. You'd need to get the right base though (standard/sport/comfort) and if you have comfort seats, there are a few different bases depending on options.

If you've tried to trim the foam, that means you've had the seat apart, right? So, was there additional "over stuffed" padding in there as part of a repair? If so, can't you just reduce that?

Are you sure all of the parts have been re-fitted correctly after the repair? That would be my first guess on why it's creaking, rather than the seat pad foam being wrong somehow.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Now thats different
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:41:34 AM »
Why wreck a perfectly good car?  :'(
Don't worry, it was never a good car. It's ex-police, so it doesn't even have stuff that was standard equipment on retail models, like parking sensors. You literally couldn't buy an X5 this badly specced.

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