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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2012 X5M 4.4 Auction & LPG conversion
« on: August 15, 2018, 05:19:09 AM »
You might get a bare engine for £5000, but factor in the costs of other bits and and you may get a shock. Everything on these cars has an 'M' tax, one injector, plug and cap on mine was over £500. You will never sell it again with that sort of history.

So how do you pre-empt the inevitable ash clog up?
Does it make economic sense to have it cleaned /replaced before it becomes problematic?

A friend of mine cleans DPFs in situ using some sort of gas generator. Now bear in mind I am cynical as the next guy, but I have not seen it fail yet in the hundreds of vehicles he has done, including taxis and HGV.
Vehicles come in with EM lights on, and blocked filters, after an hour or so with this machine they can regenerate, hopefully before the turbo has failed.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Remap M50D
« on: July 04, 2018, 02:20:11 PM »
When you take it in for a service, BMW will upload their latest engine parameters which will probably overwrite your remap.....

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: M50d insurance
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:35:19 PM »
Surprisingly so are 4 year old X6Ms 😉😉😉

In my experience, failed bottom end bearings don't usually gradually worsen, they fail go pretty quickly. Is it a harsh rattle when you rev the engine at idle?
I have also seen defective injectors give the same noise without triggering any EMS light.
Maybe take it to a garage and See if they can connect a pressure gauge into the oil system to check the oil pump. They might also be able to pinpoint the noise.

The lounge / Re: contact lenses
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:34:34 AM »
Been using them for 35 years, and yes it does get easier. Couple of seconds to put in or take out.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: May 11, 2018, 03:07:08 PM »
Have you thought about changing all of the small hoses at the back of the engine bay while you can easily reach them? With these engines running high temperatures and pressures they have  hard life.
I didn't do them when I had my 4.6 engine out for overhaul, and regretted it. (Twice 😡😡😡)

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: F15 Tow Bar - dealer fit?
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:59:37 PM »
Maybe that includes cooling system upgrade?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Mot brake test
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:58:34 PM »
My E53 was tested by the local test station on a single roller.  E71 goes to BMW.....

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 21, 2018, 03:32:24 PM »
Nothing wrong with those tyres. You could always compare them side by side before fitting and See if there is a noticeable difference in diameter. If not then I reckon all will be good.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Fuel consumption M50D
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:40:51 PM »
My X6M is has done 19 mpg (15 ltrs/100km) over the last 7000 miles of all types of driving.

Gallery / Re: F85 X5M
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:26:54 PM »
 He still hasn't found the bonnet catch   ;)

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Fuel consumption M50D
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:14:06 PM »
Try pegging it back to 110-120 kph, makes a huge difference with my M, which also has the aerodynamics of a small house.

Gallery / Re: F85 X5M
« on: April 17, 2018, 12:22:38 PM »
Any interior and engine bay shots?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:28:42 AM »
All the handbook says is to fit star rated tyres as  these have been recommended by the manufacturer. Differing tread patterns or manufacturers maY affect the DSC or ABS.

Simplest way to test  the theory is to put whatever tyres on you want, and let us know how you get on...

Everytime I changed the tyres on my 4.6 it cost 1/3 the price of the truck  :)) :))

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