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Newbies section / Re: Newbie E53 Owner
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:37:45 PM »
Welcome Edward,
Its my first X5 and I confess it is a revelation at E53 level.
The car can be a black hole where money is concerned, but read the threads if you like doing the work yourself. As mentioned some sort of code reader and reset will pay for itself over time. I had an LPG conversion with the car showing 20.4mpg and LPG at 52.7p / litre (ASDA Garthdee) so I am very happy with the consumption and I imagine my neighbours love sharing the noise...… 

Hi guys,
Very interested in the thread. After owning the car a year I actually opened the glove box to find a unit that resets the mpg etc. So the useless head unit I have is third party.
I too have been looking at a replacement and would love to know what not to buy.


Can we say the above is good or bad.
What is the unit that is rubbish. Can you pm me please.

Problems / Self levelling rear suspension and Bavaria Autowerk Aberdeen
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:06:03 PM »
Cheers for that.
I will check him out either this weekend or end of October.
I am enjoying X5, motoring and think it's worth while having a good relationship with somebody who is good with BMWs.
I have tried two others and the less said the better.

Problems / Re: Key programming
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:04:07 PM »
Do you mean programming to white box under the steering column or programming as in the remote central locking.

Problems / Self levelling rear suspension and Bavaria Autowerk Aberdeen
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:01:34 PM »
The job was well done but as I spend most of my time working away and  he will not meet me on a Sat morning thats not good for me. The owner guy is friendly enough.
I believe the Premier guy is an ex BMW manager of sorts so maybe he could be worth a shout. I tend to do most of my own work except where its specialised such as the level sensors and a new key programming. I mean programming and not synchronizing the central locking. I have a foxwell pro and some other software for scanning the car.

Where did you see the reviews for Premier snrbrtsn. I have seen him mentioned but not many reviews.

Problems / Self levelling rear suspension and Bavaria Autowerk Aberdeen
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:38:27 PM »
The self levelling suspension has been intermittent for quite a while and finally packed up. As my schedule was hectic I thought I would try Bavaria Auto Week on Hutcheon Street Aberdeen. This meant removing the LPG tank as well. So while he was in their I asked for the rear PDC module to be replaced. Everything was replaced and the car returned. The only bug being Ally the owner and crew do not work Saturday s and as it was the first job I wanted to see it. It took about six weeks to recover the car. Shame really.

Performance / Re: Ignition leads (cables)
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:37:12 PM »
Diagnostics would be a great starting point.
You could be wasting money replacing stuff that is not broke.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: DIY help needed.
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:56:48 PM »
Plus one for Pelican Parts.
They cater for a lot of marques and I have always found them pretty much exact.
Good luck with the job and post your experiences up.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Headlight Restoration
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:43:07 PM »
Hi Colin,
My night driving headlamp vision is woeful. Hence my question. The 3M kit is due 10th May.
Can I please ask you for details of the slimline xenon spotlights.
I will do a post with front bumper removal,  lights,  lenses and sensors. 😊
Also I will throw in how to polish and detail the front bumper.
clean / clay / polish stages and or sealant / wax.
I think detailing such a big car is not me. Maybe two panels a week max.
I would rather spend time doing what V8 00USH is doing with his engine. A labour of love.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: To do list
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:29:40 PM »
Hi DaveRob,
With regards to your runner boards I hope you post up a thread. As its aluminium (I think) it might be possible to anodise them or did you have another path in mind like powder coat.

Hi Hennabm.
I had to do some work on my suspension and pump. I made a comment on a thread out here. To answer your question, the pump will stop and start with the key out of the ignition.
I reset my pump with my Foxwell scanner and keys out. It started immediately.  There is a small reservoir to stop the pump cycling on / off.
I invested in a multimeter with DC tongues that clamp over the battery lead. This is an excellent way to identify if you have a current drain greater than standard.
It will save you a lot of time. Allso it is very easy to use.
A lot of meters now automatically self range.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:13:56 PM »
Liverpool you say.
I am a wirral lad born and bred, with a home in Aberdeen (About as far as you can get from the ex) currently working in Antwerp.
Seriously love all those shiny engine bits so good luck and keep the posts coming. 👍.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:32:39 PM »
Great thread V8 00 USH.
I just love your engine. Seriously I wish I could have that talent. I have thought about buying another engine to do what you are doing.
I have two important questions if I may.
where do you live.
When are you going on holiday.
Try not to think the worst. ☺

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Headlight Restoration
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:07:52 PM »
Nice finish Colin.
I have just bought the 3M kit £21.10p off ebay. I am hoping to achieve a similar result to yours this coming weekend.

Did you notice any improvement in the headlights?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 Front Bumper Removal Problem
« on: May 06, 2018, 05:58:27 PM »
Now I know I have tabs to deal with. Thanks Motor84.

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