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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-18-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 226
Posted By Michael47
Probably that, or if the damage got repaired,...

Probably that, or if the damage got repaired, perhaps the repairman didn't bother to connect that one wire . . . .

Good luck getting it sorted out.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 10-18-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Michael47
Non-electrical accessories would not cause an...

Non-electrical accessories would not cause an abnormally high electrical discharge, unless for some reason they managed to keep one of the normal system monitors awake when it shouldn't be. For...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners & Enthusiasts 10-13-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,994
Posted By Michael47
Just stumbled across this hilarious explanation...

Just stumbled across this hilarious explanation of why DPFs go bad and why you don't need one. Enjoy:
https://youtu.be/-bOlDFFhuPM
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners & Enthusiasts 09-18-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By Michael47
Can't help with regard to that warranty issue; I...

Can't help with regard to that warranty issue; I just don't know. But I do know that unlike a gasoline leak, a diesel fuel leak is not particularly a fire hazard. Have you ever tried to set fire to a...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-12-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 784
Posted By Michael47
I haven't run the numbers lately, but back in the...

I haven't run the numbers lately, but back in the day the rule of thumb was that as long as you didn't burn/leak more than a quart every 1,000 miles, you were golden. Even then, save for trivial...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-11-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 784
Posted By Michael47
Um, the wise grasshopper watches for the need to...

Um, the wise grasshopper watches for the need to add oil starting at about 1,000 miles. Seriously. There is no magic mileage number at which to begin to pay attention to the details, such as slight...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-23-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 567
Posted By Michael47
X2 I do it all the time, especially when...

X2

I do it all the time, especially when I've used GPS set to "Home" in order to wend my way out of some places I'd had to go to. OK, once I get out of the woods and back onto the main road, I...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-16-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 441
Posted By Michael47
See, here's the thing, the EPA was adamant about...

See, here's the thing, the EPA was adamant about making it very difficult if not impossible for car owners to remove or defeat the pollution controls, and they worked hard to get vehicle...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-16-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,169
Posted By Michael47
I use if frequently in traffic. It was designed...

I use if frequently in traffic. It was designed specifically to hold a traffic lights so you can take your foot off the brake pedal. I have found that it seems to shorten substantially the turbo...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners & Enthusiasts 08-12-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By Michael47
It's happened to me several times, when driving...

It's happened to me several times, when driving our Jetta TDI, Jeep Liberty CRD, and even the X5d. Most recently, pulled in to a diesel pump with the X5, ran my credit card on the pump, credit...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-28-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,926
Posted By Michael47
Yup, famous last words. The VW forum at Fred's...

Yup, famous last words. The VW forum at Fred's contains many messages from folks who had a friend volunteer to pay for a tank of go-juice while they were on a road trip, or they filled up on the way...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-18-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 885
Posted By Michael47
This is an ENORMOUS amount of information, which...

This is an ENORMOUS amount of information, which is why my key never leaves my pocket. Since I rarely take off my pants to exit the car, it is unlikely the key will get locked inside by accident....
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-18-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By Michael47
What @Ard said. Failing (but not yet...

What @Ard said.

Failing (but not yet completely dead) airbags. Replace them now, before they go completely flat and you are reduced to driving home on the bumpstops, a ride you'll never forget, as...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-10-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By Michael47
It obviously makes a huge difference whether the...

It obviously makes a huge difference whether the fog is on the inside or the outside of the lens. Most of the time, it appears, the fog is on the outside, and thus is amenable to owner DIY repair.
...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners & Enthusiasts 06-29-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Posted By Michael47
Overall, I get 24-25 mpg, mixed highway/city. I...

Overall, I get 24-25 mpg, mixed highway/city. I have seen as high as 31 on long trips. I can tell you that cold starts require extra fuel, so if you are averaging 85 mile trips to/from work, you...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-24-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By Michael47
Exciting ride

So about a month ago I got an alert that the level control system had gone bad. I had notice for a couple days that first thing in the morning, the compressor had kicked in and blown up the rear air...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-06-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,003
Posted By Michael47
Given that the symptoms went away (however...

Given that the symptoms went away (however briefly) by changing the fuel filter suggests to me that a clogging filter was to blame. That they came back a few days later suggests that you may have...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-04-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By Michael47
Also true. Best way to increase mileage in stop...

Also true. Best way to increase mileage in stop 'n' go traffic is never touch the brakes, slow down by coasting in gear. I know, not especially feasible. But between the miles-but-zero-fuel and the...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-03-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By Michael47
20 mpg with 90% city driving sounds right to me. ...

20 mpg with 90% city driving sounds right to me.

Think about it, what's your mileage going to be like sitting at a light idling? True, doesn't use much fuel at all, BUT you are getting zero miles...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-31-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,119
Posted By Michael47
At the same time, "they changed my tires last...

At the same time, "they changed my tires last week, and now my radio won't work" happens all the time.

The answer to the previous question, brake fluid change now caliper sticking, is probably...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-31-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,826
Posted By Michael47
Finding a way to void warranties, decline...

Finding a way to void warranties, decline insurance claims, and otherwise screw the consumer is how they all make a profit. If you have an issue with anything and need coverage, the wise grasshopper...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-31-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 137
Posted By Michael47
won't talk to code reader

Bit o' weirdness here.

So the other day I went for a drive and the suspension seemed pumped up way to much, hitting small bumps like the tires were made of concrete, or something. WTF, eh? Then I...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 05-29-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Michael47
What is with the double posts?

What is with the double posts?
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 05-29-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Michael47
It should be noted that anything that damages the...

It should be noted that anything that damages the sidewall always ruins the tire completely, as there is no way to patch a sidewall. And, of course, any hole bigger than the average roofing nail is...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 05-27-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,088
Posted By Michael47
Double post. WTH.

Double post. WTH.
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