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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New badges all round
« on: Today at 11:28:51 AM »
Thanks guys,
Your comments are very welcome and all interesting.
BMW Aberdeen have quoted £104 for Bonnet / Boot and wheels. It is my partners Birthday on May 01 so I have to be careful on the cost comparison. £15 v £104 will looks a bit like funny looks and a fight.   ;)
The issue with E-bay is the claim to OEM parts with packing having the part number on. I want the quality of the original.  I can see the conflicts from the members over quality.

Sorry i should have said it was a set of 4 for the wheels.
Alan I did not realise there was a forum discount. I think BMW Hereford is well worth a shout. How do you get forum discount.

General X5 Forum (E53) / New badges all round
« on: Yesterday at 06:31:22 PM »
The wheels are currently in for refurb. To the bloke who did his own refurb. on here.👍. Post looked good. My position is different and its a hand in the pocket for £220. BMW grey.
Every Roundell is tatty as in group collection, wheels and body for the bin.
I am going to buy all new badges. Looking on ebay I cannot discern who is genuine or who is rubbish. if anyone can share some experiences I would be grateful.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Rear suspension
« on: Yesterday at 05:58:48 PM »
I had the same 2 month ago. I did some research on a new pump. There is a site. Bagpipingandys repair kit. £25. He machines and sells the compressor ring complete with fitting instructions and parts.
The bloke is extremely helpful. Wonderful bloke.
He advised resetting the system error or the compressor would not run. I reset, and the compressor ran. I put the parts in my bottom drawer. Always handy.
If your fault has cleared the compressor will run.
I disconnected the pneumatics and let the suspension down a bit and the system started the compressor when I put the ignition up. I should add I also put my finger over the plastic pipe and the pressure was very strong.
You may well find the compressor runs shorting it out. However will the system start the compressor.

General Discussion / Re: Will the diesel be saved.
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:24:01 PM »
Is always going to be around for the 32T stuff, trains and ships. It is never going to go away. With diesel curently demonised and sales plummeting, the polictical lobbyists might find a new hobby to focus on. Every lampost in the uk having an electric chargepoint for instance. Just as they finish Hydrogen should be ready to go.
I can see the short lull in diesel sales, maybe 2 year and I can see the oil companies getting behind this new concept as they want more than their investment back on the plants they have built and modified to produce the diesel sale forecasts promised.
Although I am not a fan of diesel, (V8 petrol will always sound better) it looks to me like it could possibly be wearing the comeback crown.
Diesel saved, albeit only in a modern form.
Maybe a retro kit might come to market.
It will be difficult to see what the market drivers are going to be in the short term.

Problems / Re: PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:37:47 PM »

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:28:54 PM »
I had the same thoughts as spandex. I still feel its a swizz.
Put some chalk across the tyres and measured real rolling road circumference. Happy about the tolerance.
I have frequently thought about writing to those Dutch guys Vredestein. I now feel inspired.

Problems / Re: PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:55:34 PM »
Nice thread,
I have a PDC fault and I have it pencilled  it for May.  I have a question guys. When you scan do you get know which sensors are at fault or is it just pdc module error.

Problems / Re: Coolant Level Sensor
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:36:52 PM »
Post the MoT the test guy said he thought there was a tiny leak on the reservoir. So I nipped it off as its only a teten minute job at most and plugged the holes. Applied 0.2barg and rubbed water over it. I have a hairline crack on the corner and it is weeping out.
BMW wanted £102, I made my apologies and bought one off ebay for £31.99p inc p&p. Comes with two year warranty from somebody called Automotive Parts Europe (APE).
Arrives Wednesday. Looks good.
Good result.

Problems / Re: Best Battery
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:50:43 PM »
Thanks for the pointers,
I will ask for the flexible pipes and isolator. Both make sense and will not add a great cost. Car is on the last week of the month so lots of time.
Some tasteful mods you have on the car too. I was wondering if you posted details of the mods up anywhere.
This month and next month its LPG / Battery / Rear sub frame bushes / coolant reservoir and PDC sensors.
After that I would like to look at adding a few mods.  👍

Problems / Best Battery
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:02:25 PM »
Thanks guys,
I now have a good idea of what battery to buy. I am working in Antwerp and live in Scotland. A TRFC fan by birth. Antwerp is a  nice city if anyone ever wants a tour or a passing beer. The car sailed through it's mot today with an advisary on a brake pipe.
Chuffed considering it was a dog 12 month ago. Still lots to do and enjoying it. Forum has been a tremendous help as its my first V8 and X5.
Thanks.  👍

Problems / Best Battery
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:32:55 PM »
Thanks X5 your a gent.
X5-D Sport Salisbury.  😂😂😂😂 what a gem of a joke. Brightened the day thank you. Equally as funny was my partners face when she read it.
Do you posdicly have the part No for the battery you used or a link so I can have a closer look. Varta are offering two batteries but none with a 1000cca. 
The big start is important as you say as I believe like you a lot of the spurious messages are down to volt drop in the system.

Problems / Best Battery
« on: April 08, 2018, 01:06:52 PM »
I am having the car converted to LPG this month. One of the issues of conversion is that the battery is under the LPG tank. Reading all the blurb on battery I cannot tell how old it is. So I am going to replace it. I have a CTEK which i plug in via the cigar lighter. This keeps the battery fresh and disguises its condition.
So my question to the forum is.
What experiences have you had with a new battery.
All comments welcome.
Any good recommendations. 

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Meter reading help
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:02:17 PM »
I was following your thread.
The multi meter is correct. I am thinking you possibly have a bad connection. 60mA is nothing. 12 x.06 = 0.72 watt / hour. This is nothing. The battery test sounded good, specially as you had a second opinion.
The bad connection would stop your battery being charged correctly when running. So in the morning you think you have a drain, but the drain occurred running the car. A hot engine starts easier so you need to let it cool before starting again.
Have you tried measuring the voltage on the battery terminals (not the connectors) when the car is running. What does it say. If there is a bad connection it will also have more resistance and cause the terminals to be warm.
Check and clean the battery terminals and connectors.
Apply a little vaseline to stop them oxidising.

I use a clamp meter (its called the hall effect) to measure how much charging current the battery is receiving. This might be key in the diagnosis. See if you can hire one.
Lets know how you get on.

No thank you.

General Discussion / Re: Road tax changes
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:26:47 PM »
Most councils have access to a machine that is supposed to repair the poholes quickly and efficiently.

Can I do this mods? If not sorry and understood.
Meet the 'dragon' - the latest machine to be unleashed in the war against potholes
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk › ...

As mentioned by fellow members the quaity of the repair is extremely poor. I have often wondered does it pay somebody to keep repairing an ever widening hole.

How on earth a pothole can be repaired so quickly and badly is beyond me. I can only imagine the great unwashed drive the machine. breakfast pothole. Read the sun. Pothole. Burp pothole.

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