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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2009 - 2010 plate
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:36:21 PM »

I a man still learning about these cars, X5Sport it the ultimate esp when you look at the number of posts but yes I know a bit.

Autotrader is okay but with BMW the history is key even if mileage is a little higher, BMW do approved used cars and these are cars only serviced with them and generally they keep the best for themselves but you do pay a premium for the car, but their approved used warranty is second to none.

The website JamesPaul is very good and he always has too quality BMW's again pricey but you get what you pay for, and if it's too cheap be wary.

Also I found Saxton 4x4 usually have a nice selection but not sure in the price range but. It's worth checking

The key with the car is history showing maintenance being done and given a 2010/11 plate car is now 7 or 8 years old then clearly not all will have been Service by BMW.

Private dealers offer more assurity than a private person, but you have to check as I found some poor cars at BMW and better elsewhere.

Also try th website call Pistonheads as I find the people are more passionate and poss more likely to be an enthusiastic owner who has ensured the car is looked after.

One word of caution the retro fitting on the E70 models forward is costly and require coding one chap had a quote of over £2k from BMW for retro fitting heated rear seats, and I was advised it would be £1500 for a heated steering wheel, so whatever car you get make sure it has all the essential items you want, also if you can get a good spec'd car with comfort seats they are a bonus.

For me I wanted heated rear seats and I found a car with four zone climate as well so rear passengers can change their heating.

The 4.0d would be the one I would go for but you need to make supper the diff/ front prop shaft has been checked. They are awesome and give better fuel consumption than the 3.0d.


Newbies section / Re: A Newbie
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:41:37 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your X3 and look forward to pics in due course.


Newbies section / Re: New to the Forum
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:39:40 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on you 4.0d and hope you enjoy the forum.


Meets/Events / Re: Road trip UK
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:36:21 AM »
Hi Colin.

Glad you had a good time up in the Lake District and maybe we should have some forum window stickers so we can see if an X Driver is a forum member, as the membership is definitely on the up.

I know of a local sign and print Company that does bits and may try having a chat with them.

I guess I better run it past PVR and Bmw as they are the founders of the forum and they clearly need to give their approval to such a step. However, if we can get agreement it would be cool to have the XDrivers logo on there as this would make me feel proud of being a forum member, as I think this forum is probably the best one I have belonged to.


Newbies section / Re: Another Newbie
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:27:38 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your new X5 I have to say the F15 shape has grown on me and makes me think of changing to the later model myself.

Hope you enjoy the forum

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Looking for some ideas and advice
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:23:27 AM »

I know some owners on the forum have gone for black wheels and darkened Rear lights and tinted windows, also some have fitted the later and larger 4.0d exhaust tips.

If you only have the 18 0or 19" wheels an easy upgrade. Is to 20 or 21's depending on style that you like.

Fro me I have done the BMW door projector lights shinning a BMW logo on the floor when the doors are opened, a word of caution is I tried the cheaper version and it meant trying to modify the light unit to fit so went for the BMW ones and all 4 fitted in 15 mins.

Also some have upgraded the interior lights to leds all round courtesy of eBay sellers.

Also changing to black grills is a common mode.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: higher mileage v lower mileage
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:13:06 AM »
Basically a 2010 onwards 40d Sport with a few nice options and you can’t go wrong.

In my opinion it really does need to be an LCi with 8 speeds and higher BHP engines.

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I agree with Digidick.

The later cars even with higher mileage will retain more value and be in greater demand esp as it has the later 8 speed box, and the improved I drive system.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:09:44 AM »

Have a read of the buyers guide in the E 70 section first off.

Also check if all the recalls have been done including the front propshaft which has been an issue.

If buying from BMW as an approved used car this should be easy, if not just give your local dealer a ring and give them the reg or Vin number.

Again with the LCI facelift the usual car checks apply but also check all elecrics work, tyres etc, and it has the spec you want, as retro fit on E70 models forward is very expensive to do.

You can always post a link and members of the forum will give you their opinions and may spot issues that you may not have noticed.


General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Remap M50D
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:27:42 PM »

Those are awesome figures and I'm sure it's a beast to drive now and so effortless.

It even makes me consider going the diesel route of the M50d myself

Glad it's working well


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Battery
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:20:17 PM »

For the. X5's we usually say the Bosch S5 and probably worth looking on Euro Car Parts website also as they have keen prices and sometimes discount codes.

So again it may be worth checking them out to see if you can get a good battery for the M3, which by the way in my opinion is a cool car   ;)

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: adding side rails
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:06:37 PM »

By side rails do you mean the running board like on the SE version and have you got a link


General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Remap M50D
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:04:14 PM »

If I remember I think it was Anth_B and try this link may help


Meets/Events / Re: Road trip UK
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:54:58 PM »
Hi Colin

Look like a good place to stay and enjoy the scenery in that part of England.

Hope the rest of your trip is as good.

Sorry your a bit far north of me down in Hertfordshire, but you can always drop in for a cuppa if you head down this way.


Newbies section / Re: Finally, after MUCH searching..
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:51:13 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats to on your E70 they do look good in space grey.


Newbies section / Re: Another Newbie
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:48:56 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your new X5, it's amazing s how well they drive for a 4x4


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