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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 tax help
« on: August 16, 2018, 09:38:16 PM »
Not sure I understand the question. You say “across the e70 range”, but also say you’re looking at x5ms.

The e70 x5m on any age will be £555 to tax. I think all the other petrols will be £540 - £555. Some diesels may fall into the £300ish bracket.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Anyone changed comfort access door handle?
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:09:43 AM »
I once took one out to visually check the wiring, then put it back in. It’s relatively simple, if a little fiddly in places.

When you open the door you’ll see a rubber bung that covers a torx bolt - undo that and that’s all that’s holding the handle in. You’ll need to slide the end piece (the bit that doesn’t pull out when you pull the handle to open the door) out first, then you can manoeuvre the handle out.

Replacing it is a bit more fiddly as you have to locate the mechanism correctly so it will engage with the catch in the door. It’s a bit like assembling a puzzle at times, but not a difficult one.

<edit> one other thing - keep the door open the whole time. I don’t know for a fact that closing it would be bad, but I didn’t like the possiblity of having a door that was closed and could no longer be opened because the handle wasn’t on.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 4.8 or 3.0 petrol ?
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:03:33 PM »
The simplest way of saying it is, all petrol E70 X5s are ULEZ compliant and all diesel E70 X5s are not ULEZ compliant.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 4.8 or 3.0 petrol ?
« on: August 02, 2018, 02:51:58 PM »
Indeed. Believe our A6 3.0TFSI is Euro 5 compliant, so no issues there, but the X5 is Euro 4, which is an issue for ULEZ.
Just to be clear, Euro 4 is only an issue for diesels. The 4.8l X5 is Euro 4 petrol, and this meets ULEZ minimum spec.

I know that's what you meant, but you said "the X5", rather than "my diesel X5" so I thought it's best to make it clear for anyone else reading.

General Discussion / Re: Tyre Query
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:35:54 PM »
I don't believe it counts as a modification at all, as long as you fit tyres which meet the manufacturers spec. For the X5, I don't believe the spec states they must be RFT and it doesn't state they must be star marked either (star marked is a recommendation, not a requirement). So, any tyres that match the sizes/ratings stated in the manual for your wheel style are not a modification.

From a legal standpoint (i.e. the construction and use regulations) the only requirement is that the tyres you fit are suitable for the intended use of the vehicle. So, for example, it is legal to fit tyres with a speed rating below the maximum speed of the vehicle if you do not ever drive at that speed. The legality of your tyres doesn't necessarily override your obligations to notify your insurer though, obviously.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 4.8 or 3.0 petrol ?
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:21:18 PM »
Tide is turning towards petrols anyway, but not too sure if these 4.8i engines are ULEZ compliant. The diesels from the era aren't but the petrols may be, it must be checked.
The 4.8 is ULEZ compliant. ULEZ mainly seems concerned with particulates, so petrol engines get a fairly easy ride compared to diesels. Euro 4 for Petrol (typically cars registered from jan 2006) and Euro 6 for diesel (typically cars registered from sept 2015).

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:32:01 AM »
5-6mm would be incredibly obvious side by side on a level surface, especially if you’re using a level.

The point is, you might persuade a tyre fitter to let you compare some tyres side by side before you commit to buy them, but you’re unlikely to persuade them to fit all 4 of them before you decide - and if you have to commit to buying them before you test them, what’s the point of the test?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Free - OEM boot mat
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:20:12 AM »
Nope, sorry. It went with the car on Monday.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: E70 4.8 or 3.0 petrol ?
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:19:40 AM »
I was getting a long term average of 19mpg in my 4.8. My daily commute was around 8 miles of NSL dual carriageway plus a few miles of slower roads/traffic either end. Every few weeks it would get a longish motorway blast too.

Although the V8s do have some known issues, I don’t think they’re particularly common and I wouldn’t expect the engine itself to be less reliable than the 3.0l. Other stuff, like bigger brakes, different gearbox, etc. might be more of an issue for running costs. You’re also more likely to get the bigger wheels on a 4.8, which means expensive tyres.

One advantage of the 4.8 (entertaining engine aside) is that they’re usually much better spec. I was originally looking for a 3.0l petrol, but just had to go and look at the 4.8 I eventually bought because of the huge spec it had.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:45:46 PM »
You don’t need to measure them, just compare them side by side. If the ground is level and you want to get really anal about it, I guess you could put a spirit level across them.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:14:10 AM »
I'd have thought for an accurate assessment they should be fitted and inflated to the pressures indicated either front and rear to low load or both to heavy load, and the circumference around the centre measured making sure the tape does not go into a groove!  Graeme
I understand where you’re coming from, but I’m not sure it’s necessary. Tyres are incredibly stiff, and don’t really stretch like balloons as they’re being inflated. It wouldn’t hurt to,do it your way, but I think a side by side test before fitting would be more than sufficient.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:41:22 PM »
So Pirelli 'massage' these specific tyres so they have the same circumference and bingo, the star marked tyres do their job.
I think it’s worth being clear, no one is ‘massaging’ anything. The stated tyre sizes on the sidewall should mean they’re all identical. All Pirelli have done is make them exactly to spec. The issue is that without standing your tyres side by side you have no way of knowing (other than buying star marked) if they’re made exactly to spec or not.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Free - OEM boot mat
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:05:45 AM »
Well it seems you can’t even give these away  ;)

General X5 Forum (E70) / Free - OEM boot mat
« on: July 29, 2018, 12:04:30 PM »
Hope it’s ok putting this here, because it’s not really a sale.

So, the X5 is going tomorrow and i have an OEM boot mat that could do with finding a new home. I’m not looking for any money for it - it will get part-exed with the car if no one here wants it, because I really can’t be arsed to store it while I try to sell it for not much money (they’re only £60 new).

It’s less than a year old and in good nick. It’s had a dog bed on top of it the whole time so it’s been protected. It looks like this (this is for reference only, I don’t have photos of my one):

You can fold it out to cover the whole load area when the back seats are down and it has the protective flap to cover the lower tailgate. It’s double sided so you can choose between carpet or rubber on top.

I live in Chesham (hp5) and work in Leavesden (wd25) so it can be collected from either location depending on time of day/week. I don’t mind holding on to it if I know someone wants it, but if no one pipes up before about midday tomorrow it’s going. I definitely won’t be shipping it though, so it’s collection only I’m afraid.

General Discussion / Re: Tracker advice
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:53:33 PM »
But as mentioned above, you need to factor in the installation and subscription cost of the tracker. Once you add in the £150-200 a year, are Aviva still competitive?

Having a tracker probably has very little benefit to you beyond associated insurance discounts (can’t say I’d want my car back if it got nicked) so you need to just treat the costs as part of your premium when running the numbers.

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