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Now sold.

Brand new original BMW part in box, part number 11127799366.  This is the upgraded version that replaced the original which is prone to clogging up.

£12 delivered or £10 collected in Glasgow area.

For Sale - A set of used 21" BMW 310 performance alloys, fitted with BMW star marked Dunlop Sport Maxx run flat tyres, 325/30/21 rear and 283/35/21 front.  The rear tyres have 5mm tread remaining while the fronts have 4mm.  The wear on the tyres is even and they have no damage or puncture repairs.

The wheels and tyres are two years old having been supplied brand new on my E70 X5 when I purchased it from Bowker Blackburn at the end of February 2015.  They have only been used in summer as I have a set of winter wheels and tyres for the vehicle.

There is no damage on one front and one rear wheel bar tiny, superficial marks which any wheel will pick up in everyday driving. One front wheel has 3 very slight kerbing marks and a very small blemish at the centre cap. One rear has one slight kerb mark and some tiny marks around the centre cap.  The images show all the wheels, tyre depth and marks clearly.

I'm based in Glasgow and would happily come to an arrangement for a handover in the central belt of Scotland. I'm also happy to package these properly for delivery but I would prefer a buyer to arrange delivery themselves.

The asking price is £1100.  These are expensive wheels and really look the part on an X5.  Please check the prices of these wheels on eBay and you'll see that my asking price is very reasonable.  I'm in no hurry to sell and would rather put them on here before reverting to eBay.  Thanks for reading.


For sale is a nearside aluminium running board/side step which came from my 2005 X5.  It's straight and has no damage although the surface has minor scoring on it as shown in the images.  Ideal if you need to replace a damaged item, it's in better condition than many running boards I see on E53's.

The part number on it is 51718403077.

I'm looking to sell it in the Central Belt of Scotland rather than post it, I'll happily meet up with someone within reasonable travelling distance of Glasgow.



Buy and sell / SOLD - Toyo Proxes S/T 315/35/20 - 6mm - £60
« on: May 02, 2015, 12:08:04 PM »
Following the sale of my E53 I have a Toyo Proxes S/T for sale.  I replaced my rears as a pair following a puncture and kept this one as a spare.  It's undamaged, has no puncture repairs and has only slight wear on one outside edge as shown on the photos.

I'm looking for £60 for it.  I would prefer to sell it locally around Glasgow but will arrange postage for whatever it costs if required.

General X5 Forum (E70) / USB Charging of iPad
« on: March 28, 2015, 04:41:24 PM »
I've got a 2011 car with the comms pack including the USB connector.  This works flawlessly with an iPhone 6 and charges the phone whilst in use.  When an iPad Air is connected, everything works as it should but the iPad doesn't charge.

I've definitely ruled out a cable issue, can anyone suggest why the charging works with the iPhone but not the iPad?

Sold on eBay.

£375 plus postage

Intravee II
Alpine TUA-T100DAB
Alpine KCA-420i
Scosche Passport 5v charging adaptor
Long AiNET Cable
Short AiNET Cable
Serial to USB 2.0 Cable to Connect Intravee to Computer for updates
Cable Jive extension cable

Without including the Alpine DAB unit and additional cables this equipment would cost circa £265 from


The Alpine TUA-100DAB can sell for upwards of £250 on eBay.

This equipment is all in full working condition and is in good condition cosmetically apart from the KCA-420i which has some surface marking on it's casing. This is the way I bought it, however it is in perfect working order and has worked faultlessly in the three years it was installed in my X5.  Once installed it's hidden anyway.

Having sold my E53 X5, I removed this complete set up. I make the assumption that if you're looking at this advert that you have a fair idea of what functions this will give you. If not then it's for playing iPhone, iPod, iPad audio content through the car's speakers and allowing operation through the car's nav screen and controls (works without a nav screen also).

The Intravee also allows the set up of certain features within the car such as auto door locking, mirror folding etc (see photos).

The digital radio function is provided via an Alpine TUA-100DAB unit which are ultra rare and only come up for sale very occasionally. Again, once connected to the Intravee, this allows full operation of DAB stations through the nav screen and vehicle controls. The unit requires a separate DAB aerial and I used this one which was discretely stuck to the outer edge of the windscreen on the passenger side.


My aerial isn't included in this sale as they are a one use application but the JVC extension lead required to mount it on the front screen from the rear of the vehicle is. This will work with other makes of DAB aerial with the same connector type.

The install in the X5 is straightforward enough with plenty of space to mount the different components, the pictures below show some of my positioning of cables and components. The wiring loom I made up using BMW connectors makes the installation plug and play with no need to use a separate power source for the DAB unit and no cutting in to the vehicle's wiring. Apart from plugging the harness into the CD changer connection, you only need to connect the ground cable up to the vehicle. It can be made to look like original equipment.

I still have the same set up in my Z4MC and I wouldn't have a BMW of this era without it installed.  It makes up to a large extent for the ageing technology that's installed in these cars which has been quickly surpassed.

This will also be advertised on Z4-forum before I put it on eBay. I think the price is fair and would be less than that which could be attained on eBay. I'd rather sell it to a forum member and save on eBay fees at the same time. My preference is to sell it together but I'd consider splitting the DAB unit from the rest if I got the right offer. Thanks.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Titanium Silver 40d
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:52:49 PM »
Time for a change.  I picked up this 11 plate 40d at Bowker BMW in Blackburn two weeks ago, lovely car with a decent spec and 20,000 miles on the clock.  These are a few pics at the pickup.

Buy and sell / SOLD - X5 30d Sport Exclusive Edition
« on: March 13, 2015, 06:17:35 PM »
For sale at £8,650.

BMW X5 30d Sport Exclusive Edition, 55 plate, 106,000 miles, Auto, Carbon Black, Ecru Cream extended individual Nappa leather, very good condition, full BMW service history, 3 owners in total, 20" freshly powdercoated alloys, all maintenance work carried out as and when required.  The car's second owner was a BMW master technician who bought it as an Approved Used Car from Williams BMW before selling it to myself.

The spec is comprehensive and over and above the standard equipment the vehicle has a panoramic glass sunroof, comms pack featuring professional sat nav with TV function and Bluetooth preparation, auto anti dazzle interior and exterior mirrors, aluminium running boards, smoke grey poplar wood trim, interior mirror with digital compass, xenon headlights, 6 CD changer, individual sunshade glazing, front seat heating, detachable towbar. 

There is a plug and play Blaupunkt amplifier fitted which will come with the car.

This is a very well looked after car and it's condition reflects that.  It's covered just over 30,000 miles in my three years of ownership and in that time has made three trips to the south of France where it performed flawlessly.  The rest of our mileage has been mostly a motorway commute. 

Recent work includes a new transfer case motor being fitted at Mackie Gearbox specialist in Glasgow.  A new steering wheel angle sensor was also fitted by BMW about 2 months ago and a full alignment done at the same time.  The CV joint gators were replaced when I bought the car.

The car also has a very rare Alpine DAB radio unit and Intravee fitted which are controlled via the on board monitor and allow digital radio and iPhone/iPod to be played.  These aren't included in the purchase price but can be left in the vehicle by separate negotiation.


General X5 Forum (E53) / 20" Tyre Sizes
« on: November 14, 2012, 03:24:23 PM »
In my efforts to source 20" winter tyres at a reasonable price for the X5 I've picked up a pair of 295/45/20 Pirelli Ice and Snow tyres at a bargain price.  To keep the rolling radius correct my intention is to put these on the rears and 265/50/20 (amended from original post) on the front.

Now I realise that the increase in height of the tyre over the standard 315/35/20 and 275/40/20 is about 22.5 mm and the speedo will under read by nearly 6% and I'm willing to live with that.  What I want to know before I pull the trigger on the fronts is if anyone has tried this combination and how did the car feel with them on?

I've found examples of American owners running this combination with seemingly acceptable results but nothing from the UK.  I can get Yokohama winters in the correct sizes for circa £1000 but I think that's too much to be honest.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Intravee and KCA 420i on Ebay
« on: May 25, 2012, 09:39:59 AM »
This was posted on the z4 forum if anyone is looking for an Intravee set up.  The buy it now price is a bargain £160 delivered.  Be quick though, this will disappear rapid at that price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intravention- ... 6465645374

General X5 Forum (E53) / Intravee and iPad Volume
« on: May 10, 2012, 08:14:25 PM »
I've tried to get an answer to this on the Intravee Forum but they're a bit stumped as well so I'm looking for some assistance from Intravee owners on here.

I want to plug the Alpine KCA-420i cable into an iPad and have the sound coming through the car speakers when playing a film via the iPad, Sky Go, downloads etc.  This works perfectly on my iPhone 4S but when I tried a borrowed iPad 2, the music app on the iPad seems to be overriding the film volume.  If I switch to a film during music playback then the volume mutes completely and doesn't return until the iPad is unplugged.  If the film is already playing when the cable is attached, the music app takes over immediately and plays the first song on the alphabetical list.

Both iPad 2 and iPhone are running on the 5.1.1 OS.  Has anyone got an iPad working in the way I'm looking for?  Any suggestions as to where the problem lies?

Newbies section / Belated Hello
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:31:18 PM »
I've been prowling about the forum for a couple of months whilst looking for an X5 and picked up loads of knowledge which helped me a lot.  Some cars described as being excellent condition, from private sellers and dealers alike, were absolute dogs.  It's astonishing that people buy these cars then put almost no money into maintaining them.

Anyway I travelled to Chorley a few weeks ago and bought a November 2005 carbon black/ecru leather, Exclusive Edition 3.0d with 70k miles on it.  The car is in very good condition although I'll need to sort out some swirling on the paintwork.  It's got a pretty full options list on it and was owned by a guy who was a senior BMW tech and seems to have been well maintained with a full BMWSH.  The panorama roof, which was a concern, has been previously replaced under warranty so should be OK.

So far I've replaced a cracked drivers door auto dim mirror and both front tyres. but other than that all seems good.  I've already made improvements to the basic sound system and an Intravee and Alpine
TUA-100 DAB are next on the agenda.

Here's a couple of pics prior to a proper detail.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Tweeter Installation
« on: April 07, 2012, 12:35:43 PM »
Having bought a really well specced 55 plate 3.0d a few weeks ago, I'm trying to upgrade the sound system which is the bog standard,very poor base version.  For some reason the original purchaser ticked most option boxes but didn't see the need for DSP or hif speakers.

I added a Blaupunkt THA 275 pnp amp yesterday which has made a decent improvement for less than £150 including all the cables.  I've also got hold of a pair of OEM DSP front door tweeters which I'm about to install but before I take the door cards off I have a couple of questions.

Firstly is the plug for the tweeters in the wiring loom of a car without them fitted originally?

Secondly is the T30 screw which secures the tweeter bracket to the door pillar present on a base sound system car?  I know the obvious answer is no but I'm asking anyway.

The forum has been excellent since I bought the X5, there's loads of knowledge here that I've tapped into already.  I know that several of you will recommend that I replace the speakers and add a sub but for the moment I'll stick with the amp and the tweeters.  I've still to add an Intravee and Alpine TUA 100 DAB so that's enough cash to lay out for the moment.

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