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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Newbie - what wheels are these?
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:39:47 PM »
Out of interest, why do you want to change? Look very good imho

Edit: just realised, you don't have the ones in the picture!  :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh:

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: My new x5 arriving today...
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:35:37 PM »
Very interesting to read these comments.       Last week,I had a screen change in my x5  4.0d m sport,2016.  The Autoglass fitter was as efficient  as you could hope for.       After fitting the screen he took the car out for 10 minutes for calibrating the screen camera,and on return he showed me all the info.he had put into his hand held computer and that it showed ,"calibrated."   I paid £50 excess  to Autoglass,via the fitter ---I guess that depends on what insurance  we have.   I have LDWS and HUD,and everything works fine,so well done Autoglass.
Yes, the guy did the same sort of thing for me, except my insurer didn't pay the Calibration charge....
I expect that when the insurer pays it they negotiate a better rate :)

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tyres / Spare wheel
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:50:43 PM »
Thank you.  I dont recognise the brand of tyre on the car, ill check out and see if I can identify if they are run flats.  The sales lad had no idea when I asked him in the garage.
Have a look at this - which might help you identify.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: My new x5 arriving today...
« on: August 17, 2017, 01:00:27 PM »
So, their story is that "ADAS" is a relatively new issue in the world of windscreen replacement. The alignment of the camera in the assembly that sticks on the screen (above where it says "connected drive" on the screen) needs to be checked once the screen has been replaced. 6 Months ago insurers hadn't heard about this but when they started getting charged by Autoglass they have now got more interested and in most cases pass the charge on to the policyholder.

Apparently some makes of car requires re-calibration with a board (x marks the spot) to ensure that the camera is lined up correctly and in those cases - Mercedes - it can't be done under the "mobile" service. They can change the windscreen at your house but the car needs to go to dealer or Autoglass premises to have the calibration done. This development has caught out Autoglass, who have changed their business model significantly in recent times by closing most of their windscreen repair premises to focus on "mobile". They are now looking to re-open / open some smaller units because of this.

Anyway, BMW can be recalibrated by a road test so can be done "mobile".

Fitter was finished PDQ and I think there's a lot of profit margin on the "recalibration" element!

I did mention that I knew someone who had not been asked to pay for recalibration and he said that that could be due to how long a go it was (ie over 6 months) or, who you were insured by (ie insurer willing to pay). It could therefore have been done without a separate charge to you - or possibly not even done. He also said that the ADAS is quite likely to still work without recalibration as it is likely still pointing in the right general direction. A potential issue is that if you loaded up the vehicle it may not work in those circumstances if it is already slightly high. Obviously I don't know how much truth there is in that but maybe worth getting yours checked when next in Dealers for service?

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: My new x5 arriving today...
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:39:00 PM »
They said it was the camera for the lane departure warning and collision warning features....

Will have a closer look at the windscreen tonight!

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: My new x5 arriving today...
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:45:08 AM »
Checked with dealer by email. They suggest I call Autoglass lol.

New windscreen being replaced by Autoglass via my insurer. Cost to me (including £100 excess) £355  :bangin:

They don't miss you and hit the wall. Apparently the additional £255 is due to the "Advanced Driver Assistance Systems" fitted in my car that need to be recalibrated after they've fitted the new screen.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Concierge services - what a palaver
« on: August 02, 2017, 10:11:21 AM »
Without hijacking your thread, my concierge services has just expired after 3 years but I've had no contact from BMW customer services and the local dealer in Sheffield isn't particularly interested. The trouble is, I can remember what concierge services actually covers. Could someone let me know what I'm missing please.

So I purchased a year's service @£80, using the Dealer's money - no option for 3 years on the website. Having had it for 6 weeks I haven't used it yet!

On my last 2 cars (when it was included) I probably used it maybe a couple of times - in 7 years. In short, I wouldn't spec it next time if there was a charge involved.

It gives you the ability to press the right button in the Idrive and find yourself connected by phone (the vehicles own SIM card) to a person who is willing to help you with your issue. I don't think they will help you find the meaning of life, but they will (my real life example) establish where you are by using the GPS in the car, establish where the nearest B and Q is to you by using the internet, then send directions direct to your Sat Nav.  The other time I used them was when I had jumped into the car to go on a family trip to a country park that we hadn't been to before. Rather than stop the car and google the address and then input it into my Sat Nav, I just pressed the button and asked them to do it. In theory you could use it to ask them to check the film times at the cinema you are on the way to, or apparently even to book a hotel room.

Whenever I've used it it has worked really well, I just haven't used it much - and that's why I probably won't pay for years 2 and 3. Oh, and it relies on the 3G phone network so itd use is also dependent on how good the phone coverage is in your area.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: 16 plate - X5 40d Msport
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:14:48 PM »

also newbie? Date Registered: August 01, 2010, 07:33:40 AM
I'm guessing its driven by the number of posts rather than when you joined.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: My new x5 arriving today...
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:12:23 PM »
Update: I had to get a new tyre due to slow puncture today and it cost me £274 from Kwik Fit.

Also at the weekend i got a stone thrown up on the motorway and now need a new windscreen. :(

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Roof Bars Installed...
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:33:54 AM »
I had the OEM bars on my e70 (Msport so different rails) and they were excessively noisy. According to the instructions, if you fitted the rubber strips that you had to remove in order to attach a bike holder this reduced the wind noise. However that meant removing the bike holders too....

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: insurance renewal
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:07:43 PM »
Just an update, got my insurance down to £397, great. Then 6 days before my insurance is due, whilst stationary at a red light, I get rear ended by the car behind. He accepts full liability, give me his details, no claim is being made against me, accident is being treated as non fault and still have my full no claims. But now the cheapest insurance I can get is £560....?? I was wondering if the chap who worked for the insurance company can explain how they can justify that?
Statistically people who have a non-fault accident in their history are less likely to be profitable for the insurer than those who have no accident at all. That's a fact based on modelling past experience and the law of large numbers. They aren't basing their decision on you, its on the profile of risk that you currently (along with 1,000s of others represent). In reality you may go the next year with no incidents whatsoever, but on average, you and all the others with a similar risk profile are very slightly more likely to have an incident than the others in the risk profile that looks like you but without the non-fault accident.

It sucks to be lumped in with all these others when you yourself are an individual - but then, if you had just had a costly at fault accident you would be glad not to be paying a premium directly related to your own experience.

General X3 Forum (F25) / Re: New 2018 X3... Whatcha think?
« on: June 30, 2017, 09:42:38 AM »
Yup, it looks just like my car.

Problems / Re: Front end squeak.
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:56:22 AM »
Tip: Remove birds nest from under bonnet.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: insurance renewal
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:47:57 AM »
I should declare that I used to work for an insurer.... We all moan about the premiums, myself included and of course they are in it to make a profit, yet the reality is that insurers are absolutely rubbish at making money out of us.

If you look at the profitabilty for motor insurance in the last 30 years their results are dire. The motor insurance industry last made a profit in 1993.

The latest hammer to their profitability is that the discount applied to personal injury compensation claims (to reflect the fact that a large sum of money would be paid out in one big lump to a severely injured person and therefore capable of investment) has been reduced. The reason the discount has been reduced is simply that these days you can't get the kind of interest payment that used to be possible. Just check out how much interest you are (not) getting on your savings these days.

Whilst the industry is quite right that this will cost them millions more, and will therefore put our premiums up, who among us think that the severely injured should get awarded less by the Courts? No? Didn't think so. Pay the lowest premium you can find and be thankful for your health :)

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 40d hesitant / lazy
« on: June 19, 2017, 12:44:54 PM »
Very hard to say - you as the regular driver are in the best position to tell. Have you ever felt it didn't do this in the past? If not I'm tempted to say its imaginary.

I recall that these gearboxes are supposed to "learn" and adapt to our driving style. Maybe its worth resetting that to see if it makes a difference?

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