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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-26-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,442
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
First, I would never buy a brand new one. Better...

First, I would never buy a brand new one. Better a cpo coming off lease, being sold by the same dealer who sold it new.

Second rule, no V8 cars, especially "hot vee" twin turbos. In fact, I...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-23-2020, 03:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Better look before it totally fails!!!

Better look before it totally fails!!!
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-09-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,235
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
95 cents a quart ...

95 cents a quart

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Honda-Synthetic-Blend-Oil-5W30-08798-9034/588363745
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-09-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,235
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I suppose you could also buy 99 cent a quart...

I suppose you could also buy 99 cent a quart motor oil and change it four times as often as the $10 a quart stuff that meet BMW standards.

And come out ahead on the cost of oil changes, if you do...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-08-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,235
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I avoid the Chinese brands I never heard of. ...

I avoid the Chinese brands I never heard of. But there are a lot of good tires not carried by Tirerack. Nitto, Nokian, come to mind. My X5 has the space saver spare and jacking kit, so I...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-06-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,235
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I have had them on for 25,000 miles. I expect...

I have had them on for 25,000 miles. I expect to get close to 50,000 miles.

In Vermont, I run them year round. No, I wouldn't go through deep unplowed snow with them, but they are fine on...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-06-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,235
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I am uaing Nokian zLine all season tires, not the...

I am uaing Nokian zLine all season tires, not the cheapest, but very affordable high performance tires. Made at Nokian's state of the art tire plant in St Petersburg, Russia
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-21-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,642
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I live in southern Vermont, on the next peak...

I live in southern Vermont, on the next peak south of Okemo. We live on Nokian all seasons. They get me by. I am reluctant to put on dedicated snows because I am retired and do not have to...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-01-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,801
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I have no problem with anyone telling me that...

I have no problem with anyone telling me that they think I am wrong. What I object to is being told that I am an idiot over a matter of disagreement.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-01-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 778
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I have not bought a Goodyear in the last 30...

I have not bought a Goodyear in the last 30 years. I am enjoying my Nokian all season tires.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-01-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,801
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I hear he is taking time off to write his book,...

I hear he is taking time off to write his book, project title is

I'm OK, you are not OK
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-16-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,586
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I had mine done six months ago. They gave me an...

I had mine done six months ago. They gave me an X7 as a loaner. My, they are big.

The car came back perfect. I saw no evidence whatsoever that it had ever been taken apart and put back...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-30-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Actually, the Nokian model I recommended is...

Actually, the Nokian model I recommended is manufactured in a fairly new, modern Nokian factory in Russia.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-30-2019, 04:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Boy, that would certainly frustrate a car thief. ...

Boy, that would certainly frustrate a car thief. Maybe you should accept it as a new security feature. Only kidding.

When things start acting weird electrically, the first question is...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-30-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
By standard, do you mean size 255/55-18 ?? ...

By standard, do you mean size 255/55-18 ??

In this size, I am using and loving the Nokian Z line SUV non run flat tire. Has a W speed rating, 500 AA A, grippy and quiet. And perfectly smooth,...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-11-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
I moved to my "bug out" location 16 years ago to...

I moved to my "bug out" location 16 years ago to a home I built on a piece of land purchased 90 days after 9-11

Best decision I ever made. Dead end unpaved road, no US mail delivery, not...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-04-2019, 04:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,291
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Normal ambient air is about 78% nitrogen, 21%...

Normal ambient air is about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, some trace gasses, and moisture. If the air source has gone through a dryer, most of the moisture will be removed.

I always assumed the main...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-15-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,091
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
VW 504/507 is a pretty stringent standard on ash....

VW 504/507 is a pretty stringent standard on ash. Most oils that are LL-04 also meet this standard and vice versa.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-06-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,492
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Thw name that's known is Firestone, where...

Thw name that's known is Firestone,

where there's carnage on the road.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-03-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,798
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
You better get that car out on some longer,...

You better get that car out on some longer, harder runs so its DPF can regenerate.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-02-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,705
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Reopen the FOB, make sure you inserted the...

Reopen the FOB, make sure you inserted the battery with the correct polarity (not upside down).
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-02-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,798
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Back to the original topic of how frequently the...

Back to the original topic of how frequently the oil is changed.

On my M57 diesel, if the vehicle is in the shop for some other service, and there is more than 5000 miles on the oil, I will have...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-23-2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 812
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Passing cars on the right doing 20 mph over the...

Passing cars on the right doing 20 mph over the limit will likely get you a ticket most anywhere.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-01-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,265
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
Those Nokians are a bargain :thumbup:

Those Nokians are a bargain :thumbup:
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-28-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,265
Posted By Milliwatt Rob
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