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Just out of interest Henry, why did you leave the CD changer and GPS units in when you changed the head unit?

What do you get when you press VEHICLE?
Why didn’t I just ask that! I was googling to try and find out but couldn’t see anything, we’ll wait with baited breath 🤔

Looking at your service history I would conclude that the X was used for fairly long journeys in its early life and consequently the oil services were done at 2 years as opposed to taking note of the mileage, and the dash took longer to go down to the Amber/red.
Later in its life as often happens, someone didn’t bother servicing it - maybe reset the service lights themselves and sold it on, or just serviced it themselves and didn’t stamp the book.

Lots of people still stick with 10000 miles or annual oil changes and take no notice of the lights on the dash, it is easy to reset the service interval lights and brake fluid change indicator when it comes up - no special equipment/code reader etc is required, you just use the knobs on the dash.

My advice would be to service it yourself, change the diff and transfer box oils, reset the lights and then you decide whether to trust the lights, wait for 2 years, or just do it annually, for the price of oil and filter I can’t see the point of skimping.

This extract below is how the X5 drivers manual explains it:

The BMW Maintenance System
Service Interval Display

The BMW Maintenance System has been designed as a reliable means of providing maximum driving and oper- ating safety – and as cost-effectively as possible for you.
From the point of view of maintenance, 62,000 miles/100,000 km accumulated in short-distance urban driving are not the equivalent of the same distance covered at moderate speeds in long- distance highway travel.

Conventional systems rely solely on distance traveled to determine when service is due. The BMW Maintenance System, on the other hand, began many years ago to take the actual conditions under which the vehicle is driven into consideration. After all, different drivers can accumulate mileage in very different ways.

The BMW Maintenance System includes the Engine Oil Service and Inspections I and II
Determining the maintenance intervals according to the actual loads on the vehicle covers every kind of operating situation. However, even those who drive only short distances – significantly less than 6,000 miles/10,000 km annually – should have the engine oil changed at least every 2 years since oil deteriorates over time, regardless of use.

That’s great, thanks for posting, did wonder how it was all going!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This Weekend Work - Rear Wiper Upgrade
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:42:51 PM »
I really liked the straight one I had off eBay until it exploded in the car wash, if you find out what the straight one is off let me know!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: X5 air ride
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:40:14 PM »
Ah sweet, i searched all over and couldnt find a kit, thanks for that mate i might just order that at least i know it will work

Have a word with a custom shop like the one I’ve put in the post above, they might give you an idea of price to compare with those kits - make sure you check out the fees if you get anything from the USA, I got clobbered for a fortune for a pre-oiler kit I ordered

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Radio noise!! HELP!!
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:13:12 PM »
That’s me out of ideas then, I thought if you had the nav/tv etc then you had a BM54 amp in the boot

Problems / Re: PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:39:00 AM »
Thanks, I’ll pull the others out and see if it makes a difference before I replace any more, they do all tick away merrily already though

Problems / PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:24:47 PM »
So forum genii, what’s going on here:

I read that if one sensor fails - the whole system goes down. I was getting the long tone and flashing light on the PDC switch after all the recent work, but before that the rear sensors sometimes beeped when there was nothing there.

I checked to see if they all clicked, and they did, although the rear left and centre left sounded weak.

I changed both of those (with eBay sensors) and they still sound weaker than the right rear and centre right, however All rear sensors beep if approached and stop when you move away, rear right seems to be the spurious one beeping occasionally at nothing.

On the front, they all click, the left front and centre left don’t beep at all when approached, centre right and right sensor work as normal.

So what is going on? I thought if they clicked audibly they were good, clearly not - do they get weak and fail to beep but still allow the system to work? I was thinking of changing the front 2 but I think it’s a bumper off thing so I don’t want to do it if you folk think it’s something else like a module or whatever else I don’t know about.

Just noticed on RealOEM that the corner ones seem to be right angled, the one I took out wasn’t, will this make a difference? There’s no part number for the right angled ones either!?

Sorry for the long post but I wasn’t sure if I’m wasting my time with eBay sensors, and if I take the bumper off apart from the hassle I’ll have to replace the underide protection for the radiator (another £50) and I’ve just spent a gert load this month already 🤑

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Radio noise!! HELP!!
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:03:40 PM »
That’s helpful thank you! Where is it exactly?

Problems / Re: Battery kill switch
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:23:25 PM »
Good kit here generally and helpful if you need advice https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/battery-cable.html
You can get the correct terminal ends etc from them

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Radio noise!! HELP!!
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:16:36 PM »
No personal experience but when I was reading a lot of stereo stuff I remember the whistling or screeching as it was described was a common fault with the BM54 amp in the boot, you can send them off for repair to cartronics or similar places.
If it’s an aftermarket stereo, I don’t know!

Problems / Re: Battery kill switch
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:55:08 PM »
I reckon to take account of the resistance over 20 metres you will need a cable with a cross section of probably 10mm square at 5A or 16mm square at 10A. Should cost about £250!😝 💵🤑.

As far as batteries goes yours is toast anyway, if it’s only showing 12.4 after a full charge it’s ready for the bin. Personally I don’t think an AGM is any more likely to survive long term if it’s going to be abused and allowed to go quite flat as a fairly common occurrence.
Does anyone know if the E53 is ok to fit an AGM battery into, they normally require a different charging regime I thought and I wasn’t sure if the E53 was set up for that.

Given what you’ve said so far, if you don’t fancy running an extension lead out every couple of weeks to charge it up and keep it in good condition, the best fit and forget solution might be the solar panel option, Barden do a nice little unit with a built-in MPPT controller http://barden-uk.com/product/solbian-sp-23-allinone/ - pricey but it’ll save buying new batteries every couple of years!

A standard lead acid battery loses a significant amount of its capacity if left in a discharged state for anything over 48 hours so it doesn’t take long for a new battery to become a shadow of its brand new self within a few months if not maintained.

Hi, I’ve just done the front suspension arms: 2 x drop links, 2 x track rod ends, 2 x lower ball joints, 2x front control arms, 2 x front rear control arms - paid £275 for a Meyle HD kit, 2 x anti roll bar bushes, and about £100 to have it fitted.

These ones below:

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