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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 3.0d won't start or even crank
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:35:32 PM »
There are two parts of the battery coding. One is to tell the car the type/capacity of the battery and the other is to tell the car that a new battery has been fitted. If you fit a new battery you really need to do the second one regardless of what you fit. Obviously if you change the type or capacity of the battery, then you need to code both settings.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 3.0d won't start or even crank
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:39:48 PM »
If the battery (or alternator) had failed there should be other signs.
Also explains the weird recent phenomena where when getting in the car the sat nav split screen would always reset to "current position", the climate would change to a lower temp and turn off auto, and steering wheel would forget to come out into position etc etc.
Probably should have mentioned those...  :D

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 3.0d won't start or even crank
« on: October 16, 2018, 03:21:37 PM »
The starter on my 330d was on the way out a few years back and it would spin they disengage ,yours is doing nothing so suspect battery first though it could be other things ...
If the mechanism (solenoid, or whatever) to engage the starter fails then it will spin. If the actual starter motor itself fails, then it will engage, then do nothing.

If the battery (or alternator) had failed there should be other signs. There would be various other random electrical faults showing up - these cars are full of electronics and they're notoriously fussy. A dodgy battery usually causes all kinds of weird issues long before it reaches the point where it can't crank.

Checking the battery is simple and free so it's a reasonable first step, but my money is on the starter.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 3.0d won't start or even crank
« on: October 16, 2018, 11:57:43 AM »
I've had a starter fail on an e61 525d that basically had a lot of the symptoms of a failing battery (or faulty alternator/regulator not charging the battery). It would either crank slowly, or not at all.

So, it is possible for a starter to fail in the way you describe. Can't help with your other questions though.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5(E70) and the snow .
« on: October 16, 2018, 11:02:02 AM »
I think the (unpopular) answer to the question "How do these vehicle perform in snow on the M&S tyres" has to be, "the same as any other car on those tyres". Ultimately, the tyres are what governs how well any car will cope in the snow.

The added ground clearance and 4wd will possibly help in certain situations, and the massive weight will be a hindrance in others. But these factors become insignificant when compared to the tyres that you fit.

The upside of that is that any review comparing summers/winters/M&S tyres in the snow will tell you all you need to know, regardless of the car they use for testing.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Anyone selling roof racks?
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:14:20 PM »
All mine are Thule which look awfully like OEM, but cheaper.
I was going to mention this. BMW don’t design or make roof racks. Any ‘genuine’ BMW rack will be a rebadged model from a well known manufacturer such as Thule, with a hefty price premium.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Anyone selling roof racks?
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:56:58 PM »
Whereabouts are you? I have a set of Whispbar Aero-X bars in the shed:


Not OEM, but they're a lot lower profile (and therefore quieter) than most other styles of bar. No idea if they'll work with low profile rails - I've only used them with raised rails and don't really know what the low profile ones look like.

Problems / Re: Glove box won't open
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:32:25 PM »
Once it has started to peel you need to replace it.
Probably a bit late to help the OP, but someone might find it useful... It's not true that a peeling, sticking glove box lid invariably means a replacement. It is possible to fix, although it's not guaranteed to work.

What I did was remove the lid completely, then peeled up the corner that was coming loose. I then scraped out any of the dry adhesive between the two parts to ensure a good fit. Once that was done I covered both surfaces with a good contact adhesive and let it go off (basically, follow the adhesive instructions), before carefully pressing the parts together, ensuring they were perfectly aligned. Finally, I put the whole lot in a vacuum bag (the ones used for preserving food, etc - I don't have access to a proper vacuum bagging setup) to apply an even pressure over the whole surface while it set. Some strategically placed clamps would possibly do the same job.

I suspect the chances of success will vary depending on how much the foam pad has deformed, and how much of the old glue you can remove. Some lids might be beyond saving, but it's definitely not a lost cause once it starts to peel.

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?

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