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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: I'm in the club
« on: July 02, 2018, 02:30:26 PM »
Mine is a 2007 E70 with third row seating and in turn the rear suspension is uprated.  In relation to your query, the wider rear tyres  have a higher load rating - 111 on mine compared to the fronts - 107. (Mine are 285 x 45 x 19 x111V on the rears and 255 x 50 x 19 x 107V on the fronts).  The reason - to handle the extra weight if all seven seats are used and there is luggage in the back as well.

Reversions such as you describe, or loss of memory on preset buttons, or loss of time on clock, or loss of data on the journey computers are often signs that the battery is struggling to cope.  Lots of start-stop journeys drain the battery quickly as many systems continue to use power for 15 mins after switch-off. It can take 20 mins or more motorway type driving to recharge it after a single start up. There is really only one cure - a new battery.  However, it's not a simple swap - the new one has to be coded to the car to reset everything including the charging rate by the smart alternator.  For similar reasons my 5 year old one was changed by BMW about 2 years ago with an identical replacement, fitted and coded for £148.  My local indy couldn't get an equivalent battery for less that £140!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:23:56 PM »
The 7 seater has an uprated rear suspension designed to carry a greater load, as well as increased towing capacity.  Rear tyres are rated 111 and fronts 107 to carry the additional weight.  All part of the design I guess that no doubt BMW engineers worked out is necessary!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:34:50 AM »
I don't see many optional extras - most of the items on the list are  standard fitments on all X5s or come with the M sport package.  Accordingly, the asking price seems high.

What is the tyre depth - check the wear on the inside of the rears especially, as well as the outside of the fronts. A set of new run flats is about £800.  I see the MOT advisory notice shows problems with rear lamps - the gaskets of units fitted to the rear tailgate often give problems with water ingress leading to failure and the entire unit has to be replaced - not simply a matter of changing bulbs - cost well over £200.

And please pay attention to my namesake's advice - it is really worth following!

In addition, check your insurance quote - it will be higher for a 4.0d compared to a 3.0d, and more for the designation M sport.

Good luck...


Well, my car does have third row seating which would explain your theory about compressor placement!  And yes, the mechanic who changed it for me is a Land Rover specialist and he pointed out the similarities to Range Rover.


Arnott have a useful U-tube video of the procedure, but I found my compressor in a different place to them!  Mine is under the driver's seat (front right).

Good luck,


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Apple carplay
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:16:45 PM »
My 2007 E70 doesn't have a hard drive but has blue tooth though I haven't tried streaming music. It has an audio socket (not a USB) to connect an auxillary music player.

Driver's seat has 2 memory buttons which can be set to different keys (his and hers?) so that the seat and steering wheel move accordingly when a specific key is used.  Passenger seat does not have memory.  Memory seats may have been an option at the time. 

Remember that in 2010 there were changes to the media package and sat nav system.  A 2008 or 2009 model will probably have the old system where the sat nav works off a DVD.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: adding side rails
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:08:32 PM »
Factory fitted to my 2008 registered E70.  Strong enough for me to stand on to wash the roof and I weigh 92kg



Mine's not an 4.0d but an early E70 3.0d so I hope these comments help.

I've done 144,000 miles. The best I ever got was 36.1 on a trip from the north east to Surrey.  Over time the consumption has fallen from 30 to 28, but my pattern of driving has changed since I retired to fewer longish trips and more short ones.  Current consumption since the last service 6000 miles ago is 27.9, including 3 long trips each of 600 miles and about 400miles towing a caravan. The best I've had towing is 25.4 in August from here to Switzerland via the Rhine Valley - where caravans have to stick with lorries at 56mph on the miles and miles of no overtaking parts of the autobahn.

I echo the comment above about driving speed.  Sitting at about 65mph allows the consumption needle to swing left, but driving at 70 pushes it past zero to the right more often than not - and consumption drops alarmingly!!!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Newbie needs help
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:10:18 PM »

The tail gate rear lights on the older cars are prone to failure because the gaskets deteriorate and let water in, which then blows the LEDs. There is no option but to replace the whole unit as there are no separate bulbs.  I had to have both mine done about 4 years ago (2007 E70)  - units then were about £100 each!  They do come with a much improved gasket though!

Best wishes,



Have you gone into the climate control section of I drive and checked the temperature the system is heating the incoming air - small horizontal bars next to the figures on mine (2007 E70). It ranges from three bars of cold to 3 bars of hot for each side. I find setting it on either cold or warm days like we've just had makes a huge difference to the incoming air flow!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tow weight chassis plate
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:19:58 AM »
Hi Scott,

Don't know where my brain was last night amidst all that talk about 5255kg trailer when the max towing weight specified is 2700kg!!  Still wouldn't want a fully loaded car and all that weight on the hook behind!!!!

Good luck with the quest...


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:39:11 AM »

I have a set of Vredestein Wintrac Extremes non-runflat and non * (but they have a circumference that is less than 5mm different front to rear) on 255x50x19 fronts and 285x45x19 rears that have now done 20000 miles over 4 winters and they are wearing evenly. 
Each April I swap them with Good Year Eagle F1 * Runflats and after 18000 miles in two summers, the rears are down to 2.5mm and the fronts are still 5-6mm.  In the summer I do many more miles on motorways and dual carriageways than in the winter. So my assumption is on straight roads the X drive allows more energy to power the rear wheels so they wear more quickly.

Anecdotal, but true!!!


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tow weight chassis plate
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:29:00 AM »
Hello Swelsh,

This is a minefield of forever changing regulations here in the UK!  The most recent ones were in January 2018.  All I can offer is a description of the situation here and hope you can covert it all to the rules in Australia!

First, if you passed your car test here before 1 January 1997 you’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM - previously Gross Train Weight). That means you can drive an X5 with a horsebox or caravan.

If you passed the driving test for a UK licence after 1997 you can drive a car or van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM or tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg. That means most horseboxes and caravans are too heavy to tow - so you have to take an additional test to raise your towing limit!

Secondly, the towing weight for the car depends on cooling adaptations. The V5 Registration document gives all the data for your car as BMW provide it to the DVLA when the car is first registered. You may have a copy of it when you purchased the car in the UK. Contact the DVLA in Swansea giving them the VIN number if you haven't to see if they can help.  For my car, a 2007 3.0D SE 7 seater, the max towing weight is 2700kg because it didn't have a factory fitted additional cooling system. 

Interestingly the Mass in Service (previously kerb weight) is 2180kg and the Max Permissable Mass is 2995kg. So you can see if the car is fully loaded and the driver only has a post 1997 licence, that means a trailer weighing no more than 505kg is all that can be towed. If the licence is pre 1997, like mine, I could tow a trailer weighing 5255kg. My caravan is plated at 1550kg max total permitted weight and it's a fairly heavy one. I can't image what a 5 ton trailer would be like - a huge boat or lorry????

Would I fancy towing a trailer weighing 5225kg with a fully loaded car? No way!!!!!

I hope all this helps and that you can translate all these regulations and limits to the situation where you live.

Best wishes,


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:31:49 PM »
Suggest you write down the sizes of the front and rears presently on your wheels.  Mine are 255x50x19 107V* runflat on the fronts, 285x45x19 111V* runflat on the rears - all Good Year Eagle F1.  Yours will be different figures but in order you need the width, height, diameter, load and speed ratings. Then check with the various on-line tyre suppliers for * marked non runflat in your size, load and speed specifications. Also, it is important to have the same make front and rear. As there is no spare wheel, you'll need a large enough inflation kit  (cans of Tyreweld + pump) for the big rear wheel.  I'd be surprised if you can find * marked non runflat tyres for your staggered 20" wheels with the load rating you need but let us know how you get on...

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