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These days, 5 grand buys an e70 X5 3.0SD ...



.GAZ.

ClioSport Club Member
  RS6+ & 40d MSport X5
Stupid X drive and Tyres kill me though. Basically have to change all 4 at similar times.
I’ve just bought 4 tyres.

Ditched the Bridgestone runflats and bought 2x 315/35/20 & 2x 275/40/20 Hankook S1Evo3 XL’s and I’m sure they were less than £600 delivered to my door. Totally transformed the drive too.
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Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Boring update on the X5 now i've sold the e91.

It works perfectly as a shed - just a shame that after clearing the flat of baby stuff and taking some lovely photos, we havent had a single viewing 😂
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Compared to the TT, it is absolutely massive
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The boot button is now slightly less minging.
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Sarah also loves driving around in it - here it is abandoned at RHS Wisley because "the spaces werent big enough".
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The steering wobble is now really quite bad, so i need to sort it out, but well, i just cant be ar5ed. Cold start smoke is also pretty bad, glow plug controller is shot though, so i imagine that has something to do with it. Have continued to buy sh1t for it though, found a super cheap CIC headunit without the facia buttons, then just found a front panel for a good price from Latvia - where all old BMW's go to die it would seem!! My combox and wiring is still in the shed as it never got fitted to the e91.

All in all, its quite good owning a car that i truly dont give a sh1t about again 😂
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Got stance yo.
Old, miley X5 in broken down shocker
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Went to drive it last Sunday and when putting Sophia in her seat (after the cold start black smog cloud had cleared obviously), it became apparent that not only was the passenger left hand side rather a lot lower than it should be, but it also sounded like air was escaping from something rather alot quicker than it was going in 😂

Being that the other one will no doubt fail soon, i bought 2 Aerosus rear airbags from Germany. 50% off plus free delivery meant a bargain £105 all in. Ordered Monday afternoon, arrived Wednesday morning. Then realised my 2 ton jack and axle stands are designed for Clios, not a house on wheels, so need to borrow Sarah's dads 3 tonne one ... have also now accumulated all the parts for a CIC and combox retrofit ...
 

Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Got stance yo.
Old, miley X5 in broken down shocker
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Went to drive it last Sunday and when putting Sophia in her seat (after the cold start black smog cloud had cleared obviously), it became apparent that not only was the passenger left hand side rather a lot lower than it should be, but it also sounded like air was escaping from something rather alot quicker than it was going in 😂

Being that the other one will no doubt fail soon, i bought 2 Aerosus rear airbags from Germany. 50% off plus free delivery meant a bargain £105 all in. Ordered Monday afternoon, arrived Wednesday morning. Then realised my 2 ton jack and axle stands are designed for Clios, not a house on wheels, so need to borrow Sarah's dads 3 tonne one ... have also now accumulated all the parts for a CIC and combox retrofit ...

A 2T Jack is never gonna struggle on lifting the back of an x5... is it?
 

Djw John

Scotland - South
ClioSport Area Rep
That's really not bad at all.

I always figure safety stuff like stands are rated with a lot of margin so would've just used the 2 ton ones tbh. They were fine on my smax and that weighed the same as a small moon.
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Bif of an update on the barge.

Knackered airbag - usually you puncture these with a knife to get the air out. Not required here haha.
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New Aerosus airbag
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Super easy to change, no idea why everyone moans about "X5 rear airbags failing all the time and costing £££££'s". Spent more time jacking the car up than replacing the part. Admitedly i couldnt quite get it fully seated at the bottom, but thats easily solved by dropping a 2 ton tank off ITS axle stands ;)
Full DIY video is here:

We then went to my parents in Cornwall just before lockdown, so stayed there for the month. Sod being stuck in our 1 bed flat when they have 4k sq ft, not a neighbour for miles and beaches on the doorstep. Oh, and no Covid19. Car got dirty, is now full of sand and covered in cow sh1t:
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Next job was the CIC retrofit. As i already had CCC, from a parts perspective this was super easy, coding less so, not because it was difficult, but just because there werent any guides for it. Everyone tinkers with the e9*, but people tend to leave the e70 alone, so its more learning as i go here.
CCC iDrive
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Grimness. Man this car is still rank lol. Everything i took off was treated to an antibac wipe clean!!
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CIC iDrive - pre-coded with all the FSC codes, e70 firmware, nav etc so no need to faff about with emulators.
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Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Bit of coding with NCS Expert
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Didnt actually need to add $609 as the X5 already has it, just just FA Write build date change to CAS/FRM, then SG_Codieren the CIC to pull all the cars info through. Unfortunately, being that the X5 is a shed load more complex than an e90, i've lost the PDC display on the screen, so will need to buy some new modules and do some wiring to get that working, beepers still work however.

Passenger door handle swopped over - common failure point, ie they "melt".
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Then it was time to swop out the knackered silver trim. More dog hair:
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Hateful stuff, either scratched, dented or hanging off:
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Bamboo wood, what dreams are made of:
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Going back to the DIY guides, again, not much done for the X5, unlike the e90 where trim is push fit, the X5's is all bolted in, so doorcards have to come off etc. This is why it doesnt rattle/is FAR better built however, so i dont mind too much. Funniest thing was the glovebox lid, people saying it was 4 hours to change & needed the entire thing pulling out. Nope. You slide this bar to the right and the door comes off. 10 minutes and done :ROFLMAO:
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So my list got a bit shorter, then got longer - added more bits in from 10 onwards:

1. Deep clean/hoover interior (to remove child dirt/labrador hair & general grimness) - done, took 2.5 hours!!
2. Purchase Wood Interior Trim - Dark Bamboo currently on its way from Cyrpus (this is a ball ache of a job by the looks of things, not 20 mins like an e9*!)
3. Replace CCC nav faceplate (the disc entry trim bit is damaged) - delivered this morning
4. Replace rear boot button (rubber has perished/keeps falling out the boot) - delivered this morning
5. Replace passenger interior door handle (rubber has gone manky)

6. Replace front "tension struts" and possibly lower control arms (steering wobble when braking at 50+ mph)
7. Change gearbox/transfer box/rear diff oil
8. Flash XHP software onto the gearbox (its simply dimwitted, car feels far slower than it is)
9. Clean/condition the leather interior (its just a bit gross)
10. Replace glow plug controller (Bero GSE102) and fit 33mm swirl flap blanks (if not already removed) - smokes like a chimnet on cold start
11. Change 1 x internal/2 x external cabin filters plus engine air filter
12. Swop front discs/pads as they are clearly warped (might not be tension strut issue)

Think ive spent £1k on it so far - £500 of that was on the CIC retrofit, but i'll get £600 or so back from the old CCC, silver trim and TV module.
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
More bargains purchased for the barge. ECP had clearly marked these wrong, then knocked off 50% for black friday.
£42 delivered for a pair of Mintex 365mm front discs that weigh as much as Sarahs TT :ROFLMAO:
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Next up, a few service items.
Everything has turned up now, but with the weather i havent had the time to pull off the inlet manifold to do the more complicated stuff.
Air filter, bit grim, but not the worst ive seen:
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External cabin filters, again not too bad ...
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Internal cabin filter. F*ck me. Safe to say this has not been changed since the car was built :sick::sick::sick:
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Also finished off the CIC installation:
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The squeaking/braking vibration from the front end has also got far worse as of late - actually quite useful though as its obviously a tension strut/control arm issue now (its noisy from the passenger front when i bounce the car), so i can get those parts ordered when there is next a deal on somewhere.
 

-Jamie-

ClioSport Club Member
Forget how dated the CCC system is, Looks like it's from the 90s

Glad mine came with the CIC already done, Just need to get thr newer controller to finish it off
 

TomSx

ClioSport Club Member
Forget how dated the CCC system is, Looks like it's from the 90s

Glad mine came with the CIC already done, Just need to get thr newer controller to finish it off
I’ve been looking at E92 M3’s and it’s sad but it puts me right off. I know they can be changed but I sure know I couldn’t do it myself. 😂
 

-Jamie-

ClioSport Club Member
I’ve been looking at E92 M3’s and it’s sad but it puts me right off. I know they can be changed but I sure know I couldn’t do it myself.
I only wish the guy that done it had the combox retrofitted as well for the Bluetooth integration as well, Feels a backwards step coming from the Megane that had that as standard
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
I’ve been looking at E92 M3’s and it’s sad but it puts me right off. I know they can be changed but I sure know I couldn’t do it myself. 😂

Its super easy if you already have nav fitted tbh, just a straight swop of hardware and a couple of pin changes on the plugs - not like a full dash swop and creating new wiring for non-nav!! The coding is slightly more difficult (trickiest part is getting NCS working on a laptop, but even that is pretty easy these days), i could probably write you a step by step guide for the whole lot if you wanted, have done enough of them now to mostly know what im doing 😂
 

Cookson

ClioSport Club Member
  Mk1 Audi TT 3.2 V6
I honestly could not be arsed with any of that. Sat Nav on my phone, slapped on the window/vent.
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
@Sir_Dave Would you mind helping me find a carplay integration box which would work with my business nav?

I believe it's the same CIC system as what you've just installed into your X5 but I'm unable to fit the larger screen without it stretching the image.
 

Waitey

ClioSport Club Member
  Alpina D3, AC Cobra
@Sir_Dave Would you mind helping me find a carplay integration box which would work with my business nav?

I believe it's the same CIC system as what you've just installed into your X5 but I'm unable to fit the larger screen without it stretching the image.
Simon they are a bit s**t.

I have one but only use it when I REALLY need Waze.
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Pretty sure this isnt suppose to be there ... :rolleyes: :ROFLMAO:
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Cue much dismantling & use of the dehumidifier/many towels
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Predictably, the culprit was the sunroof (pic shows the headliner pulled down):
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The rear drains were both blocked, so a few metres of strimmer wire were shoved up the holes (oo er) and a small torrent of water came out. No more leaks :cool:

I'd also been getting a load of low battery/SOS system failure warnings, so removed the (flipping massive) battery and gave it a charge overnight:
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All problems fixed, although i have realised that when its -2oC, diesels with failed glow plug controllers start with rather a lot of smoke and grumpyness.

Maybe in my next update i will have fixed all the things that were wrong with it when i actually bought it 6 months ago. Also might have cleaned it :poop:
 

.GAZ.

ClioSport Club Member
  RS6+ & 40d MSport X5
I paid £170 for 2 Dunlop rear airbags and fitted them myself. Absolute doddle. Done rear pads and front discs/pads at the same time.
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Should have bought the S6 with egg wheels.

At least it wasn’t pretending to be a swimming pool.
Think the car saw us taking the paddling pool into the flat (we use it as a playpen) and got jealous.

I f**king hate sunroofs. Especially ones made by BMW
The sunroofs are fine lol, its the muppets that never clean out the drains thats the problem.
Well, thats if you ignore the fact it doesnt tilt, but thats probably a sensor fault ...
 

Big Toe

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio Campus
Best to raise the car every now and then to extend the bags, helps release any dirt that gets in. If you do it when you’re washing it then make sure you let them dry before putting it back down
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
In todays episode of "Daves broken X5" .... time to replace the glow plug controller.
This is apparently a bit of a pig of a job, but should be 2-3 hours at most ...

First bit is easy
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Then its time to remove the inlet manifold, everything undone/removed and the thing just wont budge. It seems that some half wit has decided to cable tie a vac hose to the back of the inlet manifold, just where i cant reach it, stopped me lifting it up. FFS.
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I can however lift it up just far enough to see that the swirl flaps are still in place, luckily i bought a kit to remove them just in case.
The previous owner had paid for these to be removed, plus the EGR coded out, so 🤷‍♂️ :ROFLMAO:
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Finally off:
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Sophia wasnt much help. Bucket is because i am short and the X5 is tall :rolleyes:
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Swirl flaps in
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And removed
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The glow plug controller is under this mess of vac pipes, coolant pipes, oil & grime, so in effect after 6 hours of sitting on the engine of the car, reaching in & around things, my fingers simply werent strong enough to unclip the damn thing, so that is a job for another day. F*cking car.
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AdDaMan

ClioSport Club Member
Lol. Its been an absolute pain!!
Out of interest, were all your hoses etc to the right of the manifold literally caked in sludge and oily gunk? Mine is absolutely disgusting .... got through about 8 pairs of disposable gloves so far.
No. Mine were ok tbh. Some definite oil leak, but i didnt really have to clean much up at all.
 

Sir_Dave

ClioSport Trader
Genuine tears at the bucket.

Dwarf man Dave standing on a paint bucket to fix his X5.

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Ps. I’m on gardening leave, so happy to come and help if your fingers aren’t up to it 😂😂

I've bought some picks to break the bloody tabs off, but if that doesnt work ...

You can hold him over the engine bay while he spanners.

.... this does sound like an excellent plan. Also, your bear hands could deffo get the tabs undone, if they could fit in the stupidly small space that is 😂 :ROFLMAO:

Ouch. I did mine without removing the inlet :/ The X5 must be harder for access!

Yeah, its far worse than the 335d for some reason, alot of the US guys remove the coolant hose above the controller to get to it on the X5 (as well as the manifold), but it can just about be done without if you're lucky, there is space to wiggle it out between all the pipes. If you can get the tabs undone lol.

No. Mine were ok tbh. Some definite oil leak, but i didnt really have to clean much up at all.

Jealous!! Mine has deffo been leaking for a while. Want to give it a bit of a clean up in case i have to go in there ever again, absolutely minging currently!
 

Cub.

ClioSport Moderator
I've bought some picks to break the bloody tabs off, but if that doesnt work ...



.... this does sound like an excellent plan. Also, your bear hands could deffo get the tabs undone, if they could fit in the stupidly small space that is 😂 :ROFLMAO:



Yeah, its far worse than the 335d for some reason, alot of the US guys remove the coolant hose above the controller to get to it on the X5 (as well as the manifold), but it can just about be done without if you're lucky, there is space to wiggle it out between all the pipes. If you can get the tabs undone lol.



Jealous!! Mine has deffo been leaking for a while. Want to give it a bit of a clean up in case i have to go in there ever again, absolutely minging currently!

Seriously, I’m only one week in and I’m bored already. Give me a WhatsApp if you want an extra pair of hands.
 


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