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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-16-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By Penguin
FWIW, I sometime log data using a thing called a...

FWIW, I sometime log data using a thing called a car chip, including coolant temperature. In checking my records, my 2010 X5 diesel, during the Winter, typically peaks-out at around 180-190 F, which...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-14-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,582
Posted By Penguin
This web site has a few ideas/options: ...

This web site has a few ideas/options:

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-car-trunk-organizers-for-your-groceries-product-roundup-204786
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-14-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 642
Posted By Penguin
FWIW, this website has some issues with what they...

FWIW, this website has some issues with what they see as coverage limitations and requirements to keep the warranty in effect, e.g., oil changes every 3,000 miles.

I have no personal experience...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-14-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 474
Posted By Penguin
My 2010 Owners Manual says: "If exceptional...

My 2010 Owners Manual says:

"If exceptional circumstances should make it necessary to set the parking brake while the vehicle is in motion, pull on the button longer. The vehicle continues to...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-14-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By Penguin
Being American, my conversion is that's about 15...

Being American, my conversion is that's about 15 Miles Per Gallon which is, as you state, terribly low for a diesel.

Couple of questions.

Did you fill the tank up immediately after purchase,...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-12-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 642
Posted By Penguin
Things may have changed in the past year, but...

Things may have changed in the past year, but when I bought my extended warranty the dealer did not have to see the vehicle, but did have to read the key (probably to confirm mileage), i.e., I could...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-28-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,068
Posted By Penguin
FWIW, I don't believe the "Battery Tender" brand...

FWIW, I don't believe the "Battery Tender" brand of charger will provide any voltage when the battery is disconnected. Many intelligent battery chargers will not work unless they can sense some...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-28-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,207
Posted By Penguin
I enjoy driving it and taking long trips in it. ...

I enjoy driving it and taking long trips in it. Beyond that, I don't care why.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-24-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By Penguin
I believe BMW went with a European company...

I believe BMW went with a European company (teleatlas) instead of the US based NavTeq. Teleatlas' maps for the US are not very good and they are slow to update them. I don't have experience with...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 02-14-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,507
Posted By Penguin
Gasoline demand is highest in the Summer, while...

Gasoline demand is highest in the Summer, while Diesel, counting heating oil equivalents, is highest in the winter.

Simple supply and demand.

Back in the 1960's I remember Diesel being much...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 02-13-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,856
Posted By Penguin
FWIW, diesels have no spark plugs or ignition...

FWIW, diesels have no spark plugs or ignition system. Ignition system coils have been a problem in the past on BMW gasoline engines. Diesels do have a more complex emissions system; however, problems...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 02-11-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,987
Posted By Penguin
According to a few OTR truckers I've talked with,...

According to a few OTR truckers I've talked with, NOx sensors seem to be a problem with the new SCR systems. I was having chronic CEL/SES light problems, but it would go off before I could get an...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 01-31-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,432
Posted By Penguin
Just a guess, but is there anything else in your...

Just a guess, but is there anything else in your pocket with the key, particularly anything metal? I can imagine that if the was a lot of change or other metal keys around it, it might weaken the...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 01-22-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,265
Posted By Penguin
It reminds me of a quote I read many years ago...

It reminds me of a quote I read many years ago when someone was interviewing an Italian race driver. The Journalist asked him if he used engine braking much when he raced. His reply?

"No you...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 01-19-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 959
Posted By Penguin
Read the codes with a code reader and see what...

Read the codes with a code reader and see what you get. While a BMW-specific code reader is best, any general purpose code reader will show any stored OBD-II codes. Many auto parts places will...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-06-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,335
Posted By Penguin
I completely agree... and apparently so does BMW...

I completely agree... and apparently so does BMW based on how they designed them to work.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-06-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Posted By Penguin
1, Is the time to change the battery? How...

1, Is the time to change the battery?

How fast does it crank/turn-over? In very cold weather it will be slower, but a very slow turn-over might indicate a weak battery.

...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-06-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,325
Posted By Penguin
Yes, for most places there is an automatic switch...

Yes, for most places there is an automatic switch by the stations to a Winter formulation. The diesel fuel is reformulated seasonally based on the region of the country you are in.

The time to...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-05-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,335
Posted By Penguin
I think they are going under the assumption that...

I think they are going under the assumption that people only use fog lights when there is fog, i.e., when the key is taken out of the ignition, the default for the fogs should be "off."
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-05-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By Penguin
I declined as the value just wasn't there. You...

I declined as the value just wasn't there. You do get the BMW road service as part of the package; however, since I bought an extended warranty I've got that already. So since I have the BMW road...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-05-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,325
Posted By Penguin
Well, you won't have any spark plug or coil...

Well, you won't have any spark plug or coil problems with the diesel!
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-02-2013, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,335
Posted By Penguin
It's BMW's version of "Cornering Lights." ...

It's BMW's version of "Cornering Lights."

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/technology/technology_guide/articles/cornering_lights.html

It's suppose to just light the inside corner when you...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 12-01-2013, 04:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,033
Posted By Penguin
A Google on: bmw parking assist Brings...

A Google on:

bmw parking assist

Brings up some info on the feature and how it works.

Asking a Sales person is the best way to learn about availability, as they seem to be more up to date...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 12-01-2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,735
Posted By Penguin
Tape it to the steering wheel with Red Green's...

Tape it to the steering wheel with Red Green's "Handy Man's Secret Weapon" and hope the air bag never goes off?
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-29-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Posted By Penguin
Well, since you've not gotten any replies, I'll...

Well, since you've not gotten any replies, I'll make one comment. It's a long shot and you do it at your own risk; however, they do sell CD cleaning disks which have little "brushes" on a blank...
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