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Performance / Re: 4 Wheel Alignment setup
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:48:17 AM »

That looks good to me.

Newbies section / Re: Newbie X5 E53 owner
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:39:25 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your X5 3.0d, a good choice and look forward to pics in due course


How-To / Re: X70 retrofits
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:00:43 AM »
Hey all,
I am a sucker for having a car with loads of bells and whistles and finidng one with all of them is proving to be a challenge, so i olan to buy one with most of what i want and retrofit the rest (i quite enjoy this)

The key thing’s id like to do below are:

1 - surround view on a pre-lci
2 - corner cameras
3 - rear heated seats
4 - rear blinds
5 - individual audio

4 & 5 i know how to do but 1-3 im stuck with, anyone tried/done these?

Hi as others have said it's tricky to retro firi bits on the E70.

It may be worth waiting for the better spec car, items 1 and 5 are common but items 2 and 3 are less so and retro fitting item 3 a forum member was quoted over 2k for heated rear seats.

Re item 4 the rear blinds I've only seen a couple of times as most will tint the rear windows instead.

You may find that the SE model cars may have a better spec over the MSport ones.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Viewing tomorrow
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:43:40 AM »

I checked the road tax and dvla say 214 gym whichshould mean it's the lower diesel band compared to the earlier cars.

Yes the car looks tidy and has mudflats so some one loved the car, and the mileage isn't high for the age of the vehicle and from the pics the outside looks good but pics don't show everything.

The seats look okay and bit of wear on the drivers side but not sure if they are comfort seats or just MSport ones.  It has the 19" wheels which should give a more comfortable ride over the 20".

Again do the check of all the electrics to make sure they all work more than once and give it a good drive including town as some.older diesel cars are having issues with dpfs clogging up if only driven short journeys.

Good lick with the search

Newbies section / Re: Hi from london
« on: September 04, 2018, 07:49:39 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your 3.0d and yes they are good cars and there's is a lot help available on here from members if needed


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Looking at buying the following X5
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:47:01 PM »

The colour is good and mileage okay.

Ypthpiece of rear arch trim is about £120 from BMW to replace. If viewing car then check that all the electrics work apart from that esp pan roof.

Also as the 4.8i is air suspension front and Rea check this is working and no faults using the dash check button, if ther is Susp inactive then either asked them to fix or get a reduction in price as air suspension is expensive to sort.

Check tyres if worn esp on outside fronts and inside rears as a good set will be £700 plus
Remember to read the E53. Guide before going it will give you more tips

Problems / Re: Knocking after steering rack replaced
« on: August 22, 2018, 06:47:10 AM »
Glad you got it sorted and useful to know what the solution was after all

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Pre & Post LCI Comparison
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:34:29 PM »
Hi Admin

Giles has done a good comparisona don so would it be a good idea to make this a sticky in the E70 section for other members or prospective buyer to refer to

Th ask you

Problems / Re: Knocking after steering rack replaced
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:19:08 PM »

Last and possibly a stupid thiught was the exhaust as that has mountings at the front so it some maybe worth a quick check it isn't knocking at the front


Problems / Re: Knocking after steering rack replaced
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:01:30 PM »

Here is a link to realoem which you can look at the suspension and  have you replace both sets of Control arms or checked them see link below although it looks like the service kit is for front and back



Problems / Re: Knocking after steering rack replaced
« on: August 21, 2018, 06:56:20 PM »

It's a challenge as the suspension is certainly involved. Is the knocking present when driving only or also there when stationary?

I was thinking if present when stationary as well could it be the power steering pump knocking when you turn the wheel but if the wheel is not being turned and just in the dead ahead position there is no knocking.

If the knocking is only when moving is it worth checking there is no play in the wheel bearing by checking the wheel top and bottom when it's jacked up or if there is play side to side which is unlikely as you replaced drop links and track rod ends etc.

The only other thing is if you have access is to have the car on a ramp and check for play by carefully using a pry bar - have you done the top and bottom control arms on each side ?


Newbies section / Re: New E70 owner
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:21:58 AM »
Hi and welcome

Congrats on your X5 sounds good and look forward to hearing more about it.


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 tax help
« on: August 16, 2018, 08:22:20 AM »

Any car after March 2006 was based on the emissions see link to dvla below.

So some earlier X5's are higher emissions above 225kgm level and so have £500+ road tax where as the later year cars are just £300 ish.

So if you find a car it's worth doing a check to see what level it is before purchase



Newbies section / Re: Looking to buy
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:34:44 PM »
Hi and welcome Staff

If you are after an X5 then probably the best is to read the buyers guide and as you said an IS V8 I assume it's the E53 version.

Again check the car carefully especially that the electrics all work such as pan sunroof which can cost £4K for a new unit fitted, windows, mirrors, air con, basically allelectrics. Also check for water ingress in footwells esp the rear as the door membrane if damaged can create leaks.

As the car will have air suspension check the dash console button to check it all works and sits level if uneven it could be a leaking airbag which is I think about £250 using arnott ones also that it goes up and down okay as it's supposed to do as the latest one will be 12 years old and it's costly and problematic to fix.

Also engines look for any blue smoke valve stem seals can go on higher mileages.

The tyre ideally need to be the same make even though they are different sizes front to rear , so check inside edges at rear and outside at the front for wear. Gearboxes should be smooth and although BMW say sealed for life come members with higher mileage cars have had them serviced.

Again then it's the usual checks on any car

Look for a well maintained example with evidence of repairs done so you know the owner has not let any issues slide.

And if in doubt walk away from a bad car as some have found it to be very costly to fix them. If you see a car you can also post a link and members will have a look and give you their opinion and advice on what they spot which is always helpful

Good luck with the search.

Ps I wanted an 4.8is but couldn't find a good one and ended up with the 4.4 others have gone for the 4.6is as well
But try and get the the best possible example for your budget


Newbies section / Re: Finally got my X5
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:12:23 PM »
Hi and welcome

You said had a deal with a friend a few months back for his X5 & caravan in swap plus cash his way for my Audi A4 3.0tdi Quattro ive finally taken delivery of it!!

Congrats on the X5 it does look tidy.

However were you diddled on the deal as I can't see the caravan in the pick  :))


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