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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Folding mirrors
« on: Yesterday at 02:10:47 PM »
Bmw do not stock the switch as a part item. I researched this.....the switches were available but only as bulk order from the supplier.

Prior discussed  on thread links  below albeit nothing useful really evolved re sourcing.



Its a Burgess V4NCO8

General Discussion / Re: Ghost Town!
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:05:36 AM »
My Sunday.....

Got up & walked the dogs

Bought some groceries

Went to work....busy day , (returning near 11 hours later).

Tomorrow will be a slight variation to above plus squeezing in a hospital visit.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:53:26 PM »
Any update on your  vehicle & issues ?

Gallery / Re: painted satin black
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:41:27 PM »
Looks good

Which satin black paint ?

Is is flexible and for painting plastic ?

Which primer  ?

Aerosol tins or spray gun application ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:37:02 PM »
I continue to be hugely impressed....... fantastic results  :)

Thanks for sharing.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:32:49 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to post all this.

Genuinely without wishing to patronise.....well done for work done thus far :)

Newbies section / Re: New E83 3.0Si Owner
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:19:11 AM »
I have only just seen your last post as have been offline,   busy at work & got home late.

I am typing this on my mobile phone but have had a brief look at your site.

You own and have had some interesting metal pass through your ownership.

E83 1st impressions are intesting. I have driven a couple and although not quite as solid in feel to a good E53 I think they are interesting....in 6 cylinder petrol guise at least. LCI 2.5si with a manual box and lower VED would be tempting for right money....rare though.

Your appreciation on the E38 728i says a lot. So often a true appreciation of a car is about the whole package.

I note you also seem to appreciate the W124. Newer mercs do little for me but I confess to having a fondness of these cars...Arguably the last of the old money, durability engineered Benz models. Values on these all over the place a few interesting 230te estates around. A tidy 300TE estate does have a certain appeal. Also whilst talking mercs my mother owned a tear drop 280 SL Pagoda.

Alpina Z4 Roadster S a special thing. Never owned an Alpina but there is a sense that ones of that era are bolted together well. Z3 2.2i currently still here....different car to a Z4 but prior underrated IMO.

As for detailing...I have a random orbital which has allowed me to see some good albeit time consuming results.

I have come close to having a hobby such as yours. I enjoy detailing, have an eye for cars with potential & appreciate good examples of sorted modern classics. I adore proper modern classics but dislike some traders who sell them with greed in mind over care &/or true vehicular passion.

Thanks for sharing :)


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: X5 e53 aftermarket head unit
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:47:10 AM »
I prefer thes stock look.....so much so I wouldn't reject a car with aftermarket unless priced to allow for OEM retro fit.

Not saying contact do it but maybe  keep the original kit in a box if  all working ok.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Driver's heated seat fault?
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:24:31 AM »
Try swapping suspected dodgy sensors with decent one and walk testing. Hopefully you will be able to ascertain if issue is individual sensor(s) , loom (unlikely) or PDC control unit. Also maybe check/clean connections first &/or use alcohol wipe to clean each sensor  before shelling out on new parts.

As for the seat - go back to seller. Even if he says go away you haven't lost anything.

Newbies section / Re: New E83 3.0Si Owner
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:16:58 AM »
By all means contact me if you want to swap the Alpina Roadster S  (wonderful cars) for my 2003 V70 ;)  ..... I can even throw in £500 and a red reflective safety triangle  to sweeten the deal  :)

In all seriousness though.....How are you finding the E83 3.0si to drive as an all rounder ?  I accept that relatively speaking it isn't a rocket ship but 3.0si is the most powerful mass production petrol E83 made afaik.

Been looking at a few E83 petrol models of late. Test drove a 2.5i  & 2.5si (both manuals) which were better than expected).

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Driver's heated seat fault?
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:50:34 PM »
If it was bought from a trader then ask them to sort it and any other issues....unless they notified you of issues prior to agreeing to buy with same present

Newbies section / Re: New E83 3.0Si Owner
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:49:18 PM »
Welcome  :)

Assuming it's an M54 231hp 3.0i.....Mayo is normal on filler cap in a car that has been parked up or left stood.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:05:06 PM »
Agree 4.6is can also be affected.

Guides are not a job I would tackle. I personally would want it done by someone who had prior done same on another M62 lump.

That means £1.5k

When guides went on my 2002  4.4i I had to factor in the cost of the guides being changed plus the fact it soon needed tyres x 4 plus & a service. With the prospect of a £2.5k bill for a car that was on original auto box (which could cost £1.5k to fix if it failed) I decided to sell as spares/repair. The thought of potentially sending £4k or more on a car that would sell for £4k absolute max didn't make sense.....It was also on original brake pipes.

At that stage in my cars life it would have been destined for scrap had  it not been bought by a mechanic who was prepared to work on the car for cost free labour plus parts prices.

It was painful to part with the car as I had cared for it & spent thousands sorting other issues with  over the years.

In have since reflected as to whether I should have kept the car, & maybe found someone to, (perhaps privately), do the work for nearer £1k of my folded money.

Over a year later & I still miss the car.

Well maintained examples with the big jobs done, in acceptable condition sold by a decent sellers are near impossible to source.

Yes its worth doing if you want to keep the car.

As for other preventative work you may wish to do the list could be huge....

To prevent costly engine related issues

Water pump
PAS pump
(If any of the above 3 sieze the belts can get chewed up)

To reduce engine issues

Rocker gaskets
PCV hoses
Coolant pipes
Check function of aux fan (to cool engine)
Header tank (average life 60k)

To reduce braking, steering & suspension issues

Rear subframe bushes
Thrust bushes
PAS pressure hose
Brake pipes
Rear drum overhaul of handbrake shoes.
Suspension compressor repair kit. (Washer fails on piston)


Consider charging or replacing battery prior to it getting low to avoid electrical issues and warning lights.
ATF fluid change
Diff/transfer fuid change
Replace Transmission cooler

Of course, even as careful owners we need to be realistic...Obviously the sum total of the above plus consumeables & servicing could exceed a used E53 vehicles worth.

Newbies section / Re: New E53 owner
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:43:23 PM »
Looks like you have inherited a few issues as part of the purchase.

It may be prudent to go right through the car and do some totting up maths before you start spending on individual issues.

Great if you sort everything but do consider cost of sourcing car plus cost to fix up against likely value used once sorted.

Good Luck

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