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General X5 Forum (E53) / Transmission failsafe
« on: June 19, 2017, 12:02:47 PM »
Having the transmission fail safe warning coming up sometimes when I start the car, sometimes it goes off if I switch ignition off wait for wng light to go out and try again, sometimes it doesn't.
have tried switching key to pos 1 and waiting a few seconds and then switching to start pos on key, somitimes it works sometimes not.
I have just bought a Creator BM multi-system C310 scan tool which covers most of the BMW models.
The code it brings up for this fault is : 3C Transmission switch.

Any ideas where the switch is located and what it is/does.



General X5 Forum (E53) / Rear suspension air bags.
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:48:59 AM »
I have seen these on Ebay 322350948090 LH and RH rear suspension air bags for E53 .
They seem very reasonable priced, has anyone used them ? they have 12 months warrantee.
On my last MOT had a comment that a bag was creased.


General X5 Forum (E53) / 100w xenons
« on: March 19, 2017, 09:49:18 AM »
I am at it again !!!
Have changed main (HB3) and dip(D2S) to 55w 6000k xenons. from 35w.

They are great, BUT have seen 100w  kits for sale at £40.

I buy all my bulbs etc from China and have had no problems.

Will the 100w kits cause any probs with heat (I know they are off road only).


General Discussion / vigilink
« on: March 15, 2017, 10:18:43 AM »
Why is it when clicking on links on posts that frequently one is directed to '' vigilink'' or some other selling site which has absolutely nothing to do with the post.

General X5 Forum (E53) / What Glue ??
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:12:26 PM »
I have split the headlights  on my 2002 E 53 and removed the ccfl angel eyes, replaced them with led Ae's.
Any suggestions what glue to use to reassemble.
I had sufficient of the original black goo to do one light, tried to use clear glue ( smells like vinegar) on the other light,  but does not go off properly and lets water in .


General X5 Forum (E53) / 2001 Nearside headlight
« on: February 17, 2017, 10:27:22 PM »
Hi there,
Has anyone got a 2001 X5 E53 nearside (passenger) headlight for sale ?
It has to be 2000, 2001 as these headlights can be split , with heat, and'' angel eyes''  fitted.


Problems / have replaced halogen to hid spot bulbs.
« on: January 25, 2017, 03:44:13 PM »
I have replaced the halogen spot bulbs to 35w hid/ballast bulbs.on the wife's E46 2003
What resistor do I need to solder into circuit to defeat the bulb error light.
A'' how to'' would be handy , or another forum answer (E46), and will I have similar probs when I do this on my E53 ?

Have had major foot reconstruction 12weeks ago and still on no load bearing on left foot regime : plates, screws, wire, and am getting bored, have got to get my brain into gear to do some more mods.


Problems / engine warning light
« on: October 07, 2016, 01:35:43 PM »
Hi there,
Have the engine warning light displayed, read the codes and got : P0030, Bank1, Sen1, Htr circuit, H025.
I can erase the warning light with my  reader, sometimes it comes back on immediately, other times it stays off for a week or so.
I have lpg and wonder if the warning is anything to do with the mixture settings via lpg.


General X5 Forum (E53) / lpg related
« on: September 18, 2016, 03:31:50 AM »
Could I suggest we start an LPG related post so we do not clog up other posts, will also help lpg car owners keep in touch and share ideas.


General Discussion / New toy
« on: August 24, 2016, 04:52:31 PM »
Have just bought a 2003 3 series E46 325 convertible auto, got nearly all the toys as far as I can see, it is for the lady wife , dark blue metalic with grey leather only done 73K with full history.

Got to travel to Lincoln on Saturday  to collect (will give the X5 a bit of an outing after the alternator /battery saga).

will put some photos (I hope !!) later on.


Problems / battery problem 2002 E53 4.4
« on: August 04, 2016, 08:39:38 PM »
I have a problem with the battery on my car :
Bought 12 months ago, a 100AH, 900 cranking gel battery with a 4 year guarantee.
The problem is when loaded (car starting) sometimes it cranks the car, other times it won't, I had a seized alternator, which I replaced with a new one (not reconditioned), fitted a recon starter motor and charged the battery and it would not turn the engine over, so I fitted another starter, still no go.
I took the battery to where I purchased it from , they tested !! it with a little black box and pronounced it good.

Brought it home put it back on car, still no go. (I am convinced there is a dodgy connection  internally on the battery)
 Now I was a forklift truck engineer, and we used to test diesel batteries with a drop tester which basically shorted the battery and put a hell of a load on the cells. ,But they don't appear the do this now relying on a
small box digitally testing the battery.
I went to a motor shop where my grandson works, he tested the battery and said it was down 200 on cranking test (remember my intermittent fault !!).

So I bought a new 100amp, 900 cranking wet cell battery With a 5 yr guarantee, brought it home , fitted and eureka it starts the car.

What do I now regards the 1 year battery  and what recourse do I have regards it (still have the receipt)?

Problems / 2002 4.4 E53 starter motor removal
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:16:10 PM »
Engine started to make a grinding noise , got home , lifted bonnet and could hear this whining, grinding noise, thought it was a belt at first.
Switched off, then tried to restart car, starter motor VERY laboured and just started car.
Switched off and left it for an hour, tried a restart, very laboured , just caught, then saw smoke from engine, so switched off and left it. I think the starter has burnt out (90,000 on clock)

Has anyone changed a starter motor on their 4.4 V8 M62 engined X5 ,if so a HOW TO would be helpful.
I have the Bentley Manual for the car, and just wondered if anyone had done this job (short cuts, tips ??)


General Discussion / Insurance
« on: May 16, 2016, 01:42:03 PM »
Had my quote from my insurance co for the next 12 months and they had increased the premium to £389.98 from £353.
So i went to ''Go Compare'' and the cheapest quote was £215 Nearly £175 cheaper !!!!!!
Then rang my insurance co. and they said we can do a price match !!, we'll just check the quote from ''Go compare'' and get back to you.
Half an hour later, got phone call : Yes, we can match that  so I have saved almost £175 with a phone call.
Only thing is why do they do this, I suppose many clients can't be bothered to query the price.

I will tell any body the  company involved by PM.


How-To / Hualigan sat nav update
« on: October 14, 2015, 03:51:10 PM »
I have a Hualigan radio,satnav,dvd etc system in my car.
The satnav is showing the message that I need to update the files.
I have a micro sd card in the  satnav hole on the front of the system, and am told to go to ''naviextras .com and update the card.
I go into the naviextras . com and they ask for the system in use (with a whacking great list of cars etc) , but the Hualigan is not in the list.

Any ideas ????????


One for you Sanj!!!!

How-To / 2002 4.4 E53 starter motor removal
« on: June 30, 2015, 10:17:58 AM »
My starter motor has given up the ghost, require replacing.
Any ideas as to ' how to', can't find a 'how to' on here or Outpost(the American site).


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