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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Tyres on Mini
« on: May 28, 2018, 04:06:07 PM »
Thanks ,  knew i would get right advice on here.

So would it be best to replace the cheepo with a P7 then   i have two  P7 and  two P0,   i presume this is a safe set up , but are there preference as to which ones at front or rear.   ideal woud be all same tyre but too much good tread at moment on all the 3 run flats.

Not making this a Mini forum chaps but was worried when saw this Cheap non run flat type on with the rest.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Tyres on Mini
« on: May 27, 2018, 10:41:29 PM »
Evening all
Hope in right place.
Bought daughter a Mini clubman 2010 for her 21st birthday in few weeks,  hiding it at moment and going through it.
Came from a one owner with full history, however, checking tyres today and missed when i inspected before buying, althogh all good tread tyres i missed the obvious
3 tyres are Pirelli run flats,  but found on the front axel a standard tyre. Never had run flats so only now know they are marked run flat  etc etc
Done some web search and seem to find its not a good idea but mixed opinion if its actually legal.
Im going to get a run flat on asap.
have spoke to owner who said took and told garage to MOT it last Feb and put a tyre on,  the owner said they didnt know it was not a run flat and maybe the garage got muddled. !!!!!    i dont know if they lying or not  but would have expected the garage to know and not fit a run flat and non run flat on same axel.

Other question.   The tyres are a mix,   
 i have Pirelli P ZERO on the drivers side front and rear,  but a Pirelli Centuro P7 run flat on the rear axle passenger side and this chinese tart on the front.
should i have a  PZERO and P7 on same car and same axle , or should i replace the cheepo with another P7 and match them on the rear or front axel and the PZERO on other axel.  Or should i replace the cheepo and P7 with Pzero   so i have them all round
getting myself mixed up as well  :rofl: :rofl:

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Hill descent
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:56:54 PM »
Many thanks for educating , indeed not many steep hills to use it on in normal driving.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Hill descent
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:52:25 PM »
Evening all

just a question on the hill descent button,
went out other day and some steep hills down,   the auto box changed down on its own,
then i remembered the switch,   
am i supposed to press it on a hill or what and how does it work

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: To do list
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:03:25 PM »
ahhh     never thought my struts maybe worn  though they hold up the tailgate normally.

Would i be right in thinking    newer stronger struts would push it up further or the opposite and make it more difficult for the springs  :weakbench:

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: To do list
« on: May 02, 2018, 08:40:31 PM »
watch them springs for the tailgate.  i dont if there are different types,
 i saw a You tube vid from the USA and a link to order,   took 2 weeks and worked great for a while but now they just about manage to pop it up half way if that.

I reckon needs a stronger spring, anyone got any info on this,  mine are only around 8 months old and not had a lot of use so a bit let down by our US pals.

General Discussion / Re: Odd going on
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:04:39 PM »

General Discussion / Re: log on
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:19:59 AM »
Still having probs. Seems to be Safari browser on IPhone. Just wont connect.  Tried via Google browser and it works on mobile . Odd.

General Discussion / Odd going on
« on: April 24, 2018, 09:53:14 AM »
posted message again but wont let me delete it   

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New badges all round
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:42:42 PM »
i bought some in November 2017 on Ebay for £8.00
they are very good quality,  the seller now though is not on .
Id say if good feedback and selling lots of them then save some cash.
They have been through a bad winter here and daily salty air on them.

Buy and sell / Re: Ctek battery sense & comfort lead
« on: April 22, 2018, 03:42:34 PM »
sorry   missed reply   only got the lead now

General X5 Forum (E53) / Bumper spoiler
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:00:10 AM »
Hi all

Does the lower front sports spolier you see on the facelift 4.4 4.8 where its colours coded  fit the 04 3.0d  which seems to have a plain different shape lower bumper,  just wondered if it clips or glues on for a more sporty look


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: refreshing the X
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:21:13 PM »
Did my bonnet vents in the Titan silver as some models have,

Easy to remove but what a sod to get them back, the little clips are a sod to get back in along the bottom as you cant see them so as you press the two halves together you misalign the lower and snap   off they come, Take extra care if doing.

Grill at front i did the same,  OE Titan silver are around £150 plus a pair, aftermarket around £60 plus,
The outer chrome trim just unclips and the slotted vents ease out very easy,  watch out though for the bonnet catches. The retaining clips can be very gently prised up to allow it to come out, take care, as they do snap very easy.
Gave a good clean, plastic primer, paint and laquer and looks the real deal for £18.
To reassemble i found it easier to put the chrome trim in 1st,  then postion the vented grill from behind, easier also to have a friend press onto the chrome trim as it tends to pop out as you try to push against it.

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