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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: CTEK charger question
« on: Yesterday at 05:31:36 PM »
I undid the connections (+ve and -ve) under the bonnet and then put the eyes underneath and tightened everything back up.  The X6 needed a bit of adjustment to keep everything neat and tidy.  It also means that I can change the battery over whilst keeping 12V on the car (the MXS10 has a constant current output) and not lose any settings.  I did it recently on our E46 - started with the car ‘asleep’ and it was a very simple change with nothing lost.

It have a set of these on every car plus a 2.5 metre extension to the CTEK charger.  Never had an issue with any of them, and it’s much easier to (gently) shut the bonnet down, lock the car and walk away than have a lead trailing from the boot.

Just remember not to drive off with everything connected!  :-[

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Small "O" ring on oil filter housing.
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:08:42 PM »
ECP Mann filters come with both....or at least the last two I have bought from them did ... along with a new washer for the drain plug.

General Discussion / Re: Choices for a 7 seater 4x4
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:35:55 PM »
Forgot about that option......which considering I’m looking at that or the Active Tourer was a ‘doh’ on my part.  :-[

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Fairly new to the M50d
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:34:16 PM »
My X6 (not an M50d version) went through its first set of tyres (Dunlop) in just 14,000 miles which was very poor.  I have Bridgestone on now for Summer and Pirelli for Winter.  The Pirelli’s have last very well and I am still on the original winter set I bought in 2010 (the car only does 5k a year now).

I was surprised just how fast the RFTs wore out, and others have had similar experiences with their X cars.  My E53 was much kinder to its tyres by comparison.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Obd problem on 2007 E70
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:36:30 PM »
I must admit that I thought the idea behind the OBD2 standard was it was ‘open’, however given the number of thefts where the OBD2 port was used because it was still powered on BMWs - something the standard does not require - it is possible that BMW have turned it off as a security measure.

It depends upon what they have done and how it has been implemented, and BMW are not the only manufacturer to turn the connector off.  What would be wrong though would be if it required proprietary (and only supplied by BMW) hardware or software code to turn it on again to allow servicing by anyone other than a main Dealer.

It could be that just a wire link is needed?  Not played so that is a 100% speculative guess.

General Discussion / Re: Choices for a 7 seater 4x4
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:14:14 PM »
If you are prepared to look at another option outside BMW/Audi, then the Škoda Kodiaq might give you a choice, although they may be a bit new for your budget - though you could lease or PCP it if funds permitted?

Problems / Re: Starting
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:11:47 PM »
Could be a faulty glow plug.  Very good chance that if the controller was shot, the plugs will have caused it.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: CTEK charger question
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:22:03 PM »
I use the 8mm (M8) versions.  M10 will work but may be a bit big.

Gallery / Re: 2010 30d M Sport - Carbon Black Diary
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:53:49 PM »
A faulty alternator could sap a lot of power from the engine as drag so a new one will have got rid of that issue  :)

General Discussion / Re: 2008 only rear wheel drive ?
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:51:51 PM »
kkx5 is our resident transmission expert and should be able to offer pointers.....  :)

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Accelera Tyres?
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:35:51 PM »
Any tyre other than those with a ‘*’ mark run the risk of breaking the transmission.  Not guaranteed to do so, but.....

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Witter tow bar question
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:34:25 PM »
Have a look on PF Jones website as they sell said hardware  :)

General Discussion / Re: 2008 only rear wheel drive ?
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:33:43 PM »
What happens if you hold the DTC button?  You should see things change on the iDrive or lights go on/off?  A short press should activate ‘Snow mode’ and a long press turns the system on or off.  I have a later version which may be subtly different.

XDrive are not permanent 60:40 but variable drive and can go between almost all rear and almost all front.  It should detect the rear wheels slipping and shift power & traction progressively to the other axle.

Only the first generation E53 up to 2002 were 60:40 drive.  From 2003 the X5 went to xDrive.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Accelera Tyres?
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:54:41 PM »
Now you know why BMW means Breaks My Wallet........whoever designed the xDrive system to be so intolerant of tyres should be hanging their head in shame.   >:(

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Swapping my 40d with a 40e
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:47:03 PM »
VED is also changing so that only pure electric is exempt - though as they use the roads and many weigh the same as a standard polluting car, they should still pay.

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