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Buy and sell / Gauging interest, 2005 X5 3.0i before trade in....
« on: September 29, 2017, 07:36:37 AM »
Hi, we currently are looking at changing our secondary car for a 1 series, and BMW are low balling on the trade in price on our X5 so thought I'd ask on here and see if anyone would be interested.

It's a 2005 (55 plate) 3.0i Sport in silver
Black leather (non heated)
Electric seats
Quite a low spec car no nav or anything but it runs and drives superbly.
Currently on 126k miles
New MOT on the 7th August
4 new accelerara iota tyres in July

Could do with a service, and a FSR as the interior fan got stuck on high last week.
Clean car, creamy smooth engine and changes up and down gears nice and smoothly.

The only reason we are changing is my wife's commute has doubled and 19mpg soon gets a bit much!!!

I'll get some pics up later today but open to offers around £3000?

Buy and sell / Re: Bmw e53 20s or 22inch alloys wanted
« on: May 14, 2017, 07:37:30 PM »
Love those schnitzers, interestingly enough you can still buy them new!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Auto box questions....
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:32:53 PM »
I did a search but nothing specific really showed up.

Anyways, couple of questions regarding my 2005 3.0i.

When going up through the gears, it sounds like it changes up quite a few gears at lower speeds, I'd say it sounds as though the 5 speed box has 6 or 7 gears, not much rev difference between gears.

Also, when coasting, should the revs drop a fair bit? Then rise again when you make it accelerate? I can try and video this to show what I mean, but in more modern autos the revs drop slowly and act as an engine brake.

Car drives fine, no jerking, no rough changes or noises at all. Just need my mind at rest.

Thanks in advance

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Burning Rubber!
« on: January 17, 2017, 02:54:31 PM »
I'd be going 255/50 and 285/45 19 as per standard sizes...

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Burning Rubber!
« on: January 15, 2017, 10:08:27 PM »
I'll have a search thanks, will only be replacing with like for like sizes though..

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Burning Rubber!
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:51:10 PM »
Thank you! That's me convinced! :)

Newbies section / Re: Hello everyone, new E53 owner.
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:49:07 PM »
This is the baby its helping to keep clean! Just 3 weeks old! :D

Newbies section / Re: Hello everyone, new E53 owner.
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:46:13 PM »
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.

Today I washed the car and driving into town an hour or 2 later, the rear hatch kept opening, not opening up wide cause of the weight of it, but it opened and the interior lights came on..

The rubber button looks in tact but it's too much of a coincedence after washing it..?

I finally managed to pair my phone to it as well, they certainly don't make it easy in this model compared to the new ones!

There's a few little jobs I'd like to do to tidy it up a little and make it my own, ideally new tyres and an alignment, maybe refurb the wheels and sort some decent exhaust tips, those downward pointing ones are really awful.
Im a serial modder so the tricky bit is trying not to end up fitting 4.6i bumpers etc,

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Burning Rubber!
« on: January 15, 2017, 05:55:53 PM »
I've just bought my x5 and was thinking first job 4 new tyres and a wheel alignment.

I've found some accelera tyres at £300 for all 4, car isn't going to be driven overly hard, mainly by the wife, has anyone else tried these? I'm usually a sucker for michelins...

Newbies section / Re: Hello everyone, new E53 owner.
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:55:04 PM »
Here is some pics from the for sale advert.

Newbies section / Hello everyone, new E53 owner.
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:50:02 PM »

Stumbled upon this forum a week or so ago as I have been looking at e53 X5's to act as a daily car, mainly for my wife. It came about after getting a new F80 M3 and living in the sticks I'm fed up with it going out daily and never being clean at this time of year. So the plan is to keep the M3 for good weather and longer journeys where we can enjoy it.

Anyways after nearly scaring myself out of the idea reading through endless "problem" threads, today I went to see the car, it's a 55 plate, with 119k on the clock and was described as immaculate. As it turns out, the interior looks like it's a 20k mile car, and it drove lovely and smooth, it's a 3.0i petrol so sounds great, I noticed on the journey home that to gain pace at a reasonable rate (overtakes for example) you have to use full throttle and kick down. I guess I've been used to turbo torque for a while!

Anyways, I paid £4500 and I'm quite pleased. Is there any early warning trouble signs of things to look out for? The gearbox worries me most as I've seen the refurb price!!

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