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Is that complete propshaft or just uj in that listing?

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It's not normal, I've had a look at mine and a fuse for motor that pulls it in has blown. Check yours it's on offside behind cover.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: X5 2011 4.0D - thoughts pls?
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:32:40 PM »
As a garage I'm registered with Bmw so I can update service history online but at the same time I can check history as well. As far as main dealer servicing goes you need to understand that car manufacturers try and minimise the cost off ownership for the first 3 years so most new cars our on long life service intervals. It makes new car ownership more attractive and lack of proper maintenance won't be affecting first owner or dealers during warranty period but second and third owner will be hit in increased cost of repairs.

As for parts, Bmw doesn't make a single filter and they will use either Mann or Mahle from factory also if your local garage is good they will have no problem looking after your car.

If you are going to be doing less than average mileage per year why buy I car with lower than average mileage in the first place, you could by higher mileage now and when time comes to sell it it will be average mileage vehicle, I'm sure somewhere in there you would loose less in depreciation vs initial cost

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: X5 2011 4.0D - thoughts pls?
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:57:17 PM »
As far as history goes its had oil change at 25k, 36k and 52k , one fuel filter, air filter and cabin filter and brake fluid replaced twice. Not that bad but it will need all the filters replaced next time and if you do plan to have it trouble free for a while do oil changes every 10k at least.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:23:23 PM »
VHC from Bmw doesn't take that long and it purpose is to identify faults and generate work. I got advised for 4 tyres, number plate and brakes all round which if I authorised would have cost more than £2k so it's very much worth it for them to get customer in trough the door and up sell. I know my car need all that doing but its not urgent and I can do it over next few months when I'm not to busy.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 20, 2018, 02:50:56 PM »
Comfort seats are not so common as they should be, they have split backrest and they have 11 control buttons. In real world situations I drove my 535, 28 hours non stop to Serbia and had no discomfort what so ever. Engine wise it's a big difference from 245 to 306 bhp and 4.0d will hold value better.
AA does pre purchase inspection but VCH is don by Bmw and I paid only £28 at Wollaston Northampton so not quite same, like I said they replaced my propshaft for free even tough it wasn't  a recall on their system.
As for interior even though I'm a mechanic I went for cream but got black mats.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:22:16 PM »
what does a vch mean?
VHC is vehicle health check
It is hard to find 7 seater with good options. For me comfort seats were a must 4.0d was preferred but not essential. Mine is se on 18" and I find it quite wobbly on B roads so will look into fitting new shock absorbers and posibly suspension arms, in hindsight I would like to test drive one with adaptive suspension. Sunroof I got but would have preferred one without but it is desirable option to have when it comes to selling it.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2010-11 LCI 4.0D M sport
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:53:03 AM »
I would advise you to go one further and book it in for vch with your local dealer as I asked mine on 3 separate occasions about outstanding recalls to be reassured there are none. Luckily I own a garage and always do a full service when I buy a car and could see that propshaft will need replacing so for the sake of £28 I took is to BMW for vch and they replaced it as it was an outstanding recall. No explanation why they couldn't see it when I phoned them.

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 2009 - 2010 plate
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:46:13 AM »
You should also be thinking about how the car was driven rather than total milage, low mileage car that was only doing short trips will have more problems than car that did higher mileage but longer journeys where it had a chance to get up to temperature, run dpf regeneration when needed and in general most stressful moment for the engine is when you starting the car. Don't be scared of average mileage for that year should be between 80-100k.

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I've just noticed that mine doesn't sound very good either it's metallic sound like something is catching on the latch. Haven't taken a closer look yet but it wouldn't think it's normal.

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Just a heads up, I've recently bought X5 40d and I phoned Wollaston bmw Northampton 3 times asking if there is anything outstanding for the car and Synter Leicester once and every time was told there's nothing outstanding. Lucky I own my own garage so after two weeks of owning it I had a chance to do a full service on it and I found grease on propshaft joint so I took a video of it and booked it in with Wollaston for vhc. Yesterday I went and asked them to check it while they doing vhc and they ended up replacing it but when the girl came to tell me what's been done and collect payment she said it was outstanding recall on my car for propshaft so they did it free of charge. She had no an as to why they didn't say anything when I phoned. So if you unsure book it for vhc don't relay on phone call.

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