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Problems / Re: Transmission Failsafe
« on: June 21, 2018, 08:29:29 PM »
Maybe look at popping it into someone who specialises in gearboxes for their take on it.

Gloucester Road gearboxes in Bristol could do you a full dialysis fluid change at the same time which is always a good move with an auto box.

Or if starting in neutral works for you call it character and ignore.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 Stolen from outside my house
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:47:34 PM »
Where did you buy it from? Not unheard of for the people selling to be linked to the later theft.

My Range Rover was stolen after service at main dealer. One of the technicians was selling keys and address to less than honest mates who would then come and remove car quietly in the middle of the night.

I had a tracker and vehicle was recovered in less than 40 minutes undamaged and scroats caught.
Happy days.

I would not expect Nexen to have any higher risk of screwing your diff than any other tyre.

The Land Rover users also talk of diff issues different tread depths winding things up and so do XC90 users. Having run Nexens for years on all of these with no problems I will continue to.

Of course my X5 has a full Quaife set up on it so maybe you could simply buy some “cheap Chinese crap” and with the money you save upgrade to a Quaife ATB



I have been running nexen for years on a variety of our cars.

They are currently on our S class merc and discovery 3. Were  on our corvette as well. Never had a problem give good mileage and for normal road use performance is excellent. They also come with a puncture warranty but that may just be our dealer.

When the current tyres need replacing on the X5 I will put nexen on there also in most likely hood.

I do go for dedicated winter tyres that are non nexen though on the discovery when summer is gone.


Meets/Events / August 12 Gaydon BMW festival
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:52:17 PM »
August the 12 is the BMW festival which takes place at the Jaguar/Land Rover testing ground at Gaydon.
We will be going along to look around the museum and see what other cars are at the show. If any other Xdrivers are going let us know and we can maybe meet up.

Details here



General Discussion / Re: should i buy a diesel or not
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:02:43 PM »
For only 5K a year I would go V8. Lovely sound and just accept that at some point in the future you will most likely do the guides. Plan to do them preemptively.

I don’t know if the current worry over diesels will change or not but our local ford dealership has said the only diesels they are selling now are to firms. Private customers have all been buying petrol. He says that most of them are worried that they will end up paying every time they go into a city in the future.

Glad I live in the countryside.


Newbies section / Re: Hi All
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:46:43 PM »
Welcome, I’m sure you will enjoy the X6 a lot. A fine list of current and previous beemers as well.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 4.8 V8 economy
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:21:20 PM »
Not certain what the BMW system is like as I have not bothered to test it on my X5. When doing brim to brim tests of MPG over several tanks of gas in other marques I have owned the dash indication has always seemed a little optimistic.

May have to give it a go over the next month.

My 4.4 disco 3 is lpg and well worth doing if you plan to keep for a while.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 4.8 V8 economy
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:31:17 AM »
I tend to think in terms of “smiles per gallon” rather than mpg.

This car will never be for those seeking economy, I guess if you are lucky you may get 17mpg but then maybe I am too pessimistic. I am sure others who have this model will be along soon.

I remember Clarkson driving the X5 “that’s a gallon, and another, and another. The only way this car could upset environmentalists more would be for it to run on sliced dolphin” or words to that effect.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A warning or an Opportunity & Goodbye
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:20:37 AM »
Well hopefully they will learn to redact the personal details Name and first line or two of address and then be happy to let paperwork go with the car. Having receipts for work done specifically listing details on an invoice is worth money when selling. This is especially true when work is other than standard service with a stamp in the book.

I guess as I like to buy less run of the mill vehicles this is more important to me as opposed to someone buying a 3 year old current model. Of course one day that car may be a bit more interesting and paperwork going back to day one could be money in the bank.

Progress, one step forward two back sometimes.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A warning or an Opportunity & Goodbye
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:26:02 PM »
Glad to hear you are sorted with the disposal.

I did not realise that the new data laws would have the effect of not allowing old invoices to go with a car. Do you know if that can be waived by the seller as I have always liked to buy a vehicle with such history and sell mine on likewise?

Doesn’t exactly do the used market any favours, oh yes sir it has full history with lots of invoices I can show you them but then I would have to kill you, lol.


Newbies section / Re: New E83 3.0Si Owner
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:54:37 AM »
Hello and welcome,
Loving the colour it really suits the shape of the car.

I am sure you will soon be enjoying the comfort of the ride and the higher seating position simply means you will spot things over walls and hedges you have not seen before. We take friends out who own low sports cars and you get to hear “I never knew that was there” a lot.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A warning or an Opportunity & Goodbye
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:31:07 AM »

Good luck with the Z4 as they are good to drive and esp as summer is due sometime soon.

I think summer this year is on the 14th July but only in the afternoon, lol.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A warning or an Opportunity & Goodbye
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:23:02 PM »
If you keep it it will continue to cost a fortune.

If you sell it the next owner will do 250,000 miles without spending a penny. Such is life.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: HOW MUCH !!!!
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:08:25 PM »
It would seem a bit expensive for it even as tidy as it looks.


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