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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2006 3.0D facelift X5 E53
« Last post by cooa99 on Today at 06:13:10 PM »
brings back memories from a couple of decades ago as a student, spending time at halfords reading haynes manual to fix various bits on my 1.3 ford escort popular.  The internet has come a long way since then
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: New Purchase - advice needed
« Last post by Dave29 on Today at 05:29:36 PM »

I’d definitely look to make sure it has the star marked runflats

tell me more about what 'star marked' means

I've always looked to swap out of run flats on previous BMWs...does that advice still hold on the X5?
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FYI -

The private plate is now on retention and the X5 will go back to its original ‘53 plate.

:)
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: White smoke on hard acceleration
« Last post by paulrog on Today at 04:28:51 PM »
I'm not sure it's anything to do with the DPF, I have Carly app and Bluetooth OBD device connected sometimes and I did a DPF Regen the journey before.

The Carly app shows the ash and soot levels are typical of a car which has done 87000 miles.

Plus the smoke was not blue or black, but very white.
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« Last post by Groken on Today at 04:23:23 PM »
VHC from Bmw doesn't take that long and it purpose is to identify faults and generate work. I got advised for 4 tyres, number plate and brakes all round which if I authorised would have cost more than £2k so it's very much worth it for them to get customer in trough the door and up sell. I know my car need all that doing but its not urgent and I can do it over next few months when I'm not to busy.
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: White smoke on hard acceleration
« Last post by X5Sport on Today at 03:15:17 PM »
Get the DPF checked as you should not see smoke at all, and it is now an automatic MOT failure on DPF equipped cars.

If it isn’t regenerating every 300 miles or so (and/or you are doing short journeys) it will clog up.
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: New Purchase - advice needed
« Last post by X5Sport on Today at 03:11:41 PM »
Remember that a 3.0 and a 4.0 are both 3-litre engines just with either single (30d) or twin (35d/40d) or triple (50d) turbos.  BMWs numbering system stopped making sense a while back  ::)

The 40d is IMHO the best compromise as it is plenty fast enough, though to be a ‘hooligan’ the 50d is the choice (in the nicest sense of course).
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« Last post by X5Sport on Today at 03:09:10 PM »
If you can get hold of the last 7 characters of a VIN then you can use bmwvin dot com to check the actual build spec as carried out by the factory.

One of the problems with BMW is that very little is actually ‘standard’ as they offer such a range of mix & match options - for a suitably scary price - because of things like company car tax in the UK.  Bluetooth used to be an option and was rarely added.  Comfort Seats were about £1,000 extra on my X6 even though at the time the 40d was the top trim.
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« Last post by ugene425 on Today at 02:56:53 PM »
Right I see. Not sure if I have ever come across them before as an extra! Wow, that is an insanely long drive – hat off to you! Nice engine the 535  :)  I like the beige or even oyster coloured leather. However being a father, it would be destroyed by the kids which would make me most upset! Hence black leather I think it needs to be! How come you paid so little for BMW to do a VHC? I would have thought they would be even more expensive than AA!
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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« Last post by Groken on Today at 02:50:56 PM »
Comfort seats are not so common as they should be, they have split backrest and they have 11 control buttons. In real world situations I drove my 535, 28 hours non stop to Serbia and had no discomfort what so ever. Engine wise it's a big difference from 245 to 306 bhp and 4.0d will hold value better.
AA does pre purchase inspection but VCH is don by Bmw and I paid only £28 at Wollaston Northampton so not quite same, like I said they replaced my propshaft for free even tough it wasn't  a recall on their system.
As for interior even though I'm a mechanic I went for cream but got black mats.
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