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Spray water with a bit of detergent in it to see where the bubbles are coming from.

Other Marques / Re: XDrive Gran Tourer
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:40:55 PM »
Had the car a few days now and I’m impressed.  Sure, it’s isn’t going to set the world alight (unlike a Zafira) and is a bit boxy but it is very smooth to drive.  The 8-sp auto is very good and the 190bhp engine seems to have plenty of go.

It’s well screwed together and has lots of toys to play with. The WiFi Service is now on - 1GB for the first month is free after which it is €9.95/3GB pcm with boosts up to 10GB for a single €24.95 payment.  Data rate is 10MB in/2MB out maximum.

The Sports seats are comfortable - significantly more so than the standard seats - but not as good as ‘Comfort Seats’ - which aren’t an option below an X5.

The new iDrive is very clever and great to use.

Still learning how to drive the clever stuff.  The local Dealer are sending their ‘Genius’ rep out to talk us through everything.  It says a lot if modern cars have so much tech on board that the handover needed three people!  One to cover the paperwork, another for the Towbar and bike rack and a third for a quick run through the on board tech.

I dread to think how many are needed to service the thing!

Style 486M 18”

I had no brake judder either and the vibration was there for more than a year, until the caliper actually failed so the suspicion was that it was dragging just a little and generated a tiny warp.  You may not have the same but bear it in mind just in case  :)

I actually thought it was a wheel slightly off balance, or perhaps a tyre issue but then the Calliper stuck just slightly.

I had a very slight vibration on my X6 at similar speeds and it turned out to be a slightly warped disc caused by an occasionally slightly sticking calliper. Changed discs (and the iffy calliper) and all is well again.  The warp was probably only a couple of thou but that’s all it took.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Ad blue
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:55:53 AM »
Why worry about saving a few pence here guys?  A complete fill at Sycamore BMW is under £20 and lasts about 10,000 miles!

It’s about half that going non-dealer and it’s all the same stuff.  Why throw money away.

Problems / Re: Sunroof (not panoramic) won't open
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:41:04 AM »
Unfortunately it isn’t unusual for the white metal parts to sheer off, or the system to jump on the tracks, or a gear to go bad.  Motor drives can also go bad.

You will need to get the headlining down and gain access from below.  It may need the cassette dropping out if nothing is moving much - but at least it is closed.

Worth a search on YouTube for sunroof fault videos and see if anything matches and what the fix was.

Replacement will be all BMW will offer however Realoem shows spares might still be available along with repair kits.


General Discussion / Re: DPF Cleaning in South Manchester/Cheshire
« on: July 10, 2018, 08:53:00 PM »
You could also get a forced regen where (as long as everything above is working) the car can be put in the right ‘mode’.  Worth trying that first as nothing needs removing from the car.

Any BMW Dealer can force it, and some specialists.  BMW can also put a special fluid into the system to help the soot burn off.

General Discussion / Re: Ghost Town!
« on: July 10, 2018, 08:50:24 PM »
After the hosepipe bans of a few years back, and the incredibly hard water we have here (TDS >500ppm) I bought a rain butt and put it out front.  Holds 210L which washes three/four cars with a jet wash.

I expect we’ll have a ban in the East shortly, and with no rain, the butt is looking a little on the dry side so I know how you feel.....  :(

General Discussion / Ghost Town!
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:07:54 PM »
I know there was a footy match yesterday and some sort of motor race in the UK this afternoon, so some in here may be nursing sore heads but even so the tumbleweed is definitely blowing around the site today.....

So what is everyone up to?

I’ve been gardening - until it got too damned hot!

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Windscreen washers
« on: July 07, 2018, 05:00:11 PM »
How much?!!!!!!!!!  :o

 :yikes: :doctor:

Other Marques / Re: XDrive Gran Tourer - Arrived
« on: July 07, 2018, 04:51:25 PM »
And look what turned up on the toy truck yesterday.  1.8 miles on the clock.....due to collect on Weds PM  :D

And especially for PVR, it has wheelbarrow handle mounts too  :P

Hi Graeme,

It turns out that I needed to select a higher load rated tyre.  The BMW accessories configurator defaults to an incompatible tyre with a load index of 90 (that’s helpful then!) and selecting the higher 95 version is fine.  These are the alloys I’m concerned about....

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Ad blue
« on: July 07, 2018, 07:03:43 AM »
The only car (so far) that I have needed AdBlue was never filled by the Dealer as they charged about 40% more for the stuff.  I had a service pack but it wasn’t included.  No fuel station around me sell it at a pump.

It’s all made to the same spec anyway (ISO 22241-1] and is cheapest on the forecourt.  My car computer always reset itself and needed no other intervention.  Think of it as a small fuel tank just without a level gauge.  My 220Dx Owner Manual says that it resets after a couple of minutes of driving.

If buying yourself get a filler bottle with the correct valve on it (I bough a 4-litre one via Amazon but ECP sell them too) and fill that from a 10L container of AdBlue.  That way you should not have any spillage.  Don’t buy too much in advance as it has a shelf life of 12 months unopened which reduces once opened.  Keep the container in the cool and dark.  I wash the 4L one out every time and let it air dry.

I bought one if these for the filling....


And then one of these every 6 months or so. (Lasted ~7,000 miles)...


General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Ad blue
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:34:04 PM »
It’s BMWs special type of activated charcoal......ultimately expensive. >:(

ECP Sell the equivalent for £108 and currently with 35% discount on offer to make it even better. 


There is a carbon free version for 1/3rd the price.

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