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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 !

thanks

Andy.

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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 :-)

Andy.


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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......

Andy.

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General Discussion / Hidden menu question.
« on: September 04, 2016, 10:55:12 PM »
I have tried accessing the hidden menus as outlined here:http://www.scoopz.com/m5board/E60_Hidden_OBC_Instructions.pdf

However, when I enter my totalled up chassis numbers, I can't get in. My chassis number is 292960, which by my reckoning comes to 28. Do I ignore the 0 on the end or do I have to add something?

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Problems / Oil misting around turbo.
« on: January 28, 2016, 04:56:59 PM »
Whilst poking around under the bonnet, I noticed a slight oil misting around the front end of the turbo which is visible (35d- 59k miles) there is no obvious oil leak and no drops below, just misting around the area. It looks like it's fairly long standing.

The car drives perfectly. Any thoughts?

thanks
Andy.

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Buy and sell / Genuine E70 214 wheels and tyres for sale.
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:35:39 PM »
Genuine set of staggered 214s from my E70 X5. Fronts are 275.40.20, rears 315.35.20.

All fitted with Kumho Ecsta X3 which have even wear across all tyres. Fronts have 6mm, rears 5mm.

When I bought the car from Williams BMW Manchester 18 months ago, they had been painted rather than a full refurb, and since then I have done a bit of kerbing! Always touched in to prevent corrosion. Rears almost unmarked.

A single 214 new is over £600, get a full set, with good tyres for the same price!  £600 ono, will haggle !

I can send more pics if required.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Will F15 wheels fit the E70?
« on: January 13, 2016, 03:41:39 PM »
Does anyone have experience of having fitted a set if F15 wheels on an E70? The offsets are slightly different. I have spoken to an alloy wheel dealer who assures me that the F15 wheels will fit.

Any direct experience please?

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Problems / Resonance/noise
« on: December 23, 2015, 07:25:05 PM »
An interesting one this...... I have just done a round trip over 4 days to Germany and back, clocking up around 1400 miles. I noticed on the way over at 60mph, a sort of thrumming noise which isn't constant it sort of 'beats' or pulses. It's very difficult to describe, but drop below or above 60 and it goes. It almost sounds like some sort of resonating.

I tried varying the tyre pressures which helped to reduce it. I've been searching the web but no joy, except a post about a recall on a 3 series for some sort of damping material to be fitted to the driveshaft to stop the sort of thing which I've described. Anyone come across anything like this?

My car is a 35d with 58k miles, running well otherwise.

Thanks.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Swirl flaps removed.
« on: September 21, 2015, 04:38:32 PM »
My AUC warranty expired on the 16th Sept and I didn't fancy paying the £100 per month to Mondial to continue, so in the interests of preventative maintenance, I had the swirl flaps removed today. Got the blanks from an a Ebay parts supplier for half the cost of those supplied by PMW.

The car is a late 2009 35d and had what is described as improved design flaps. These are plastic rather than the earlier metal ones, but they are still attached to the shaft by two small screws! I understand that the failure rate for these is less, but I didn't want to take the chance.

The flaps were pretty clean after 53k miles. All in all, the cost was £130, well worth it for peace of mind. There doesn't appear to be any difference in performance and it's too early to judge any consumption difference. Is that the general experience?

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Problems / Headlight adjusters
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:19:41 PM »
Recently acquired an AUC 35d which unfortunately does not have xenons. I have been spoiled by them in my previous F10 but knew that the halogen E70 ones were less that good.

I thought that by adjusting them up a bit it might help and did so with the offside headlight, but the nearside adjusters are just turning with no effect on horizontal or vertical movement.

I spoke to the workshop controller at my local dealers and he said if the adjuster was broken internally it would be covered by warranty, as it is a manufacturing fault. Its going in next week to check.

I remember having a similar problem on one of my E39s. Has anyone experienced this on an E70 and are the adjusters repairable or is it a new headlight?
Thanks
Andy.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Advice please.
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:33:32 PM »
Hi all,

I have been away from X ownership for nearly a year and I'm considering coming back. Below was my last post and as promised, I'm thinking of an E70 35d M Sport. It's an AUC 2008, good spec including adaptive drive.

Given my comments below, could anyone advise how the E53 I had compares to the above car (which has 19inch wheels) I think the extra 68 hp should be noticeable?

Looking around the forum, it seems that Sanj has a 35d and previously had an E53, so maybe you're about Sanj and could give me your thoughts? (Or anyone else please)

Thanks
Andy.

After 15 months of ownership, my E52 3.0 d sport is no more. Part exchanged for a 3 year old 528i. I have always been a 5 series man and when I wanted to change 15 months ago, I had had 4 fives in a row and fancied something different, hence the X.

What did I like about it? A lot really, the high driving position and great view, the weight defying handling and the ability when it snowed. What I wasn't so keen on were : despite it's size, it went well, but just needed a bit more. Thought of a remap, but BMW warranty and insurance costs precluded that.

It wasn't as quiet inside as I would have liked. I know that aerodynamics or lack of them will cause increased wind noise, but it could have been better.

The thing that really made up my mind was the hard choppy sports suspension on 20" wheels. I did 30000 miles in the relatively short time I had it and even on motorways, that choppyness was there. It was even worse of course on lesser roads.

All in all, would I buy another? I think the answer is yes and maybe in another 18 months, I'll be looking for a non sport E70 in SE trim and smaller wheels. And of course, more horses. In the meantime, it's back to the wonders of straight 6 petrol power after a few years burning oil.

I must give a mention to Dick Lovett BMW of Hungerford, I know I'm the first to let stealers have it between the eyes, but I have to say, they were excellent, even if they are 150 miles away from me.

Thanks for the entertainment during my X ownership, I'll still be spending some time here as well as the F10 owners board!

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Bye bye X
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:31:59 AM »
After 15 months of ownership, my E52 3.0 d sport is no more. Part exchanged for a 3 year old 528i. I have always been a 5 series man and when I wanted to change 15 months ago, I had had 4 fives in a row and fancied something different, hence the X.

What did I like about it? A lot really, the high driving position and great view, the weight defying handling and the ability when it snowed. What I wasn't so keen on were : despite it's size, it went well, but just needed a bit more. Thought of a remap, but BMW warranty and insurance costs precluded that.

It wasn't as quiet inside as I would have liked. I know that aerodynamics or lack of them will cause increased wind noise, but it could have been better.

The thing that really made up my mind was the hard choppy sports suspension on 20" wheels. I did 30000 miles in the relatively short time I had it and even on motorways, that choppyness was there. It was even worse of course on lesser roads.

All in all, would I buy another? I think the answer is yes and maybe in another 18 months, I'll be looking for a non sport E70 in SE trim and smaller wheels. And of course, more horses. In the meantime, it's back to the wonders of straight 6 petrol power after a few years burning oil.

I must give a mention to Dick Lovett BMW of Hungerford, I know I'm the first to let stealers have it between the eyes, but I have to say, they were excellent, even if they are 150 miles away from me.

Thanks for the entertainment during my X ownership, I'll still be spending some time here as well as the F10 owners board!

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Folding mirror fix under warranty?
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:09:16 AM »
My mirors are doing the fold in and then back out again thing! I've read on here about the microswitch fix but as it's still under AUC warranty, I've booked it into the dealers next week.

I said that this shoukd be covered under wrranty and the sa said it would be as long as it wasn't wear and tear. The car has done 58k. Has anyone had this fixed under warranty and if so, at what mileage?

I've just signed to carry on with the insured warranty and if they quote the wear and tear get out, I'll be kicking that into touch.

I note that there is no requirement now or dealer servicing to maintain the insured warranty, but I always thought BMW would only entertain 'goodwill' if the car had been serviced within the dealer network. I asked the sa but she was clueless. Any ideas?

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Performance / Racechip
« on: March 04, 2013, 09:26:01 AM »
Saw this on another forum.  http://www.racechip.de/en/chiptuning/audi/a4/b7/3-0-tdi-171kw/index.php

An individual has fitted on of these and reports good gains. I would welcome some expert reviews. Jason?

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General Discussion / Insurance premium increase after remap.
« on: March 02, 2013, 10:03:59 PM »
I am considering a remap in a couple of months time when the warranty expires. I have read the reports of the positive aspects of having this done.

Has anyone who has had a remap been stung with a significant insurance increase? (E53 3.0d)
Thanks
Andy

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