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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 11-13-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,260
Posted By Al's540i
Audi interiors are much better IMO and this A4's...

Audi interiors are much better IMO and this A4's interior is superb! Stunning! BMW really needs to move away from the NAV screen being fixed on top of the dash and make it disappear INTO the dash...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-12-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,329
Posted By Al's540i
I change out the oil in my X5 every 5k miles. I...

I change out the oil in my X5 every 5k miles. I had the N63 recall performed and it still burn oil. Is there a valve stem recall for N63 engines as well? The link above does not work.

Edit** I do...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-06-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By Al's540i
My wife's 2011 X5 wouldn't start. Changed the...

My wife's 2011 X5 wouldn't start. Changed the battery, reset faults, good to go.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-30-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By Al's540i
Ahhh Thank you Carbon Fiver. I will stay away...

Ahhh Thank you Carbon Fiver. I will stay away from small nav screen fivers then. :thumbdwn:
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-30-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By Al's540i
No I understand that as my X5 has that. What I...

No I understand that as my X5 has that. What I mean is the actual screen on some 535i's is wider than on others.

For example: See this pic ...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-30-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By Al's540i
Question Different Nav Screens on Diff 535i's??

I've just noticed that on some 535i's the Nav screen is wide but in others it's more square and smaller. Why is that?

I would think the NAV screens should all the be the same size in ALL 535is....
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-29-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,761
Posted By Al's540i
Thanks everyone for the replies. Merton,...

Thanks everyone for the replies.

Merton, thanks for your perspective having come from owning a 540 like me. My wife drives a 2011 X5 with Sport package and it's wonderful and the interior is...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-28-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,761
Posted By Al's540i
I agree! of all the 535i interiors I've looked...

I agree! of all the 535i interiors I've looked at, I only like the ones with the sporty steering wheel and all black or black and caramel colored interior. Plus I also love have the nav screen is...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-26-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,761
Posted By Al's540i
I hear ya. I just love the interiors of the new...

I hear ya. I just love the interiors of the new 5's so much more than the 3's or 4's. I may end up going with a 535i but I really like how the 335i looks on the exterior. Hmmm decisions.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-26-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,761
Posted By Al's540i
Interesting details. Thanks everyone for the...

Interesting details. Thanks everyone for the info.

on the steering part, forgive my ignorance, but why is recirculating ball steering better than rack and pinion?
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-26-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By Al's540i
Can't you reset it using BMWhat?

Can't you reset it using BMWhat?
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-26-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,761
Posted By Al's540i
535i or 335i?

Hello Fellow Bimmer Heads.

I'm considering purchasing a 535i or a 335i (even a 328i) between years 201-2013 and wanted to know what are the major differences. It seems to me like the newer 3's are...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-13-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,125
Posted By Al's540i
***Update Had Continental Extreme Contract...

***Update

Had Continental Extreme Contract DWS 06 (non-Run Flat) tires mounted yesterday. HOly cow!!! the X5 is soooo soft now. Rides smooth, feels like it's gliding over the pavement AND it's...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-10-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,125
Posted By Al's540i
Meh, ended up buying through tirebuyer.com. Great...

Meh, ended up buying through tirebuyer.com. Great price!
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-10-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,125
Posted By Al's540i
I agree with you there. When I tried to order my...

I agree with you there. When I tried to order my Conti's from Tirerack the transaction won't process because the installers they have listed all say "restrictions on installing non-RFT tires on cars...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-10-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,125
Posted By Al's540i
Exclamation How do you get non-RFT tires installed?

What I mean by the question is, how do you get non-RFT's installed when most places will not install if the car came with RFT? I want to rid ourselves of this egregious error in engineering to once...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-25-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,035
Posted By Al's540i
Thumbs up E70 Rear Suspension Air Bag DIY

Hello fellow Bimmer Fanatics,

This morning I fixed my rear suspension sag caused by a defective suspension air bag on my driver's side. Very intermittent; some mornings I would go out to the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-25-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,569
Posted By Al's540i
Not sure on the I6 but on the V8, if you're gonna...

Not sure on the I6 but on the V8, if you're gonna change out the VANOS units then you might as well replace the timing chain. It has to come off to get to everything back there.

I had my Indie...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-20-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,928
Posted By Al's540i
Yes, I never had one problem mechanically with my...

Yes, I never had one problem mechanically with my Mercedes but then again...it didn't look and feel as nice as the X5. I will NEVER buy another BMW with N63/S63 or N63Tu engine.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-20-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 45,928
Posted By Al's540i
Wish I knew this before buying my 2011 X5 50i...

Wish I knew this before buying my 2011 X5 50i with 50300 miles on it. Luckily for me within 2 weeks of purchasing it I found this thread and had the N63 recall accomplished on it. I do believe...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-18-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,119
Posted By Al's540i
***Update 4*** Turned out to be Aux Water...

***Update 4***

Turned out to be Aux Water Pump that fixed the issue. My BMW guy said this aux water pump was replaced once already via recall but these water pumps still go bad. It's a design flaw...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-13-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,119
Posted By Al's540i
Update 3***** I'm glad to see lots of...

Update 3*****

I'm glad to see lots of discussion on my issue. So on Monday morning the spousal unit took the X5 into our BMW guy. We connected all his computers to the car and was getting a fault...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-10-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,119
Posted By Al's540i
Ok Update 2** After the X5 had been sitting...

Ok Update 2**

After the X5 had been sitting all night, some 12 hours, my wife gets in to start it after I topped off the coolant and immediately gets the same message "Engine Temp is hot" ....
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-10-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,119
Posted By Al's540i
Thanks ard and FedoinSF. Update **** I...

Thanks ard and FedoinSF.

Update **** I checked the coolant level and it was below the min mark. Luckily I had some pre-mix BMW coolant that I use in my 15 year old 540i lying around. I topped it...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-09-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,119
Posted By Al's540i
Exclamation Hot Engine Warning

So after driving a short distance today and then getting back in to the X5 I get the "Engine is Hot" warning. The iDrive system tells me to drive moderately so the engine can cool down and that if...
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