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Old 02-01-2011, 02:33 PM
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Newbie- hello everybody

Hiya everybody

Im proud to say ive just got my first X5 e53 3.0d sport, just wish i knew the exact mpg before i bought it

it said on the sale pitch and book said FSH, but if the oil was changed 400miles ago i would expect to see nice oil, not the black thats on the dip stick

ive got a little issue though with the idleing, once ive really given the engine a good flooring, the engine will "miss" and cause the car to shudder. this sorts itself out after aprox 1-2min, when my g/f drives the car (responsibly) the problem never happens

ive got a few ideas but just really wanted all you experts opinion, im a plumber and not a mechanic by any mean strech.

i got a copy of the TIS and going to try and attempt a insp11 on my own, is this wise??
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The colour of the engine oil doesn't mean anything, with a diesel you can expect to see black oil immediately after changing it.

Powers1 would be a great resource to comment on the idling issue. He is pretty familiar with that engine.

The Inspection I and Inspection II can be done yourself, but the caution is whether you know what you are looking for. They are really just a thorough going-over to make sure everything is OK. Easier to do on a hoist. Not worth the main dealer pricing IMO, but you may want to get a good independent to have it up on a lift and take a look at it. If you do it yourself, come back with any specific questions based on what you find.

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Welcome to Xoutpost! This site has saved me thousands!!! Literally. Try not to floor it until your engine is warmed up, will save you a lot of grief in the near future.
When I got my first X a year ago I changed the oil (i do that with all the cars I buy) right away, spark plugs about 2k later (65k), all the filters, and tyres. The ones on them were a little too dry for my taste. So far I have changed brakes, rotors, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and antifreeze. Other small stuff here and there have gone wrong, but no major problems thanks to this forum!!!
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Im reading through the DIY's on here for an oil change on a petrol and i know the location of parts and drain plugs may be different, but im sure ill get through it.

do you think i should follow what bmw say and change the coolant a brake fluid??

do you find the carbon filter on the AC is worth installing? i was going to replace the pollen filter but not sure about the carbon

on a diesel would you replace the glow plugs on a service just as u would spark plugs on a petrol?
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Just too add to my first post regarding the idleing issue, the engine is warm and usually been running for a while when the stuttering happens
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Im reading through the DIY's on here for an oil change on a petrol and i know the location of parts and drain plugs may be different, but im sure ill get through it.

do you think i should follow what bmw say and change the coolant a brake fluid??

do you find the carbon filter on the AC is worth installing? i was going to replace the pollen filter but not sure about the carbon

on a diesel would you replace the glow plugs on a service just as u would spark plugs on a petrol?
Coolant has varied between 4 years and lifetime by BMW recommendations. I would do it every four years myself.

Brake fluid should absolutely be done every two years. Saves money down the road from seized calipers, etc.

I would use the activated carbon microfilter.

I haven't had to deal with glow plugs, but I wouldn't change them unless a code indicated it was necessary, or I had a cold start issue.
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Hiya everybody

Im proud to say ive just got my first X5 e53 3.0d sport, just wish i knew the exact mpg before i bought it

it said on the sale pitch and book said FSH, but if the oil was changed 400miles ago i would expect to see nice oil, not the black thats on the dip stick

ive got a little issue though with the idleing, once ive really given the engine a good flooring, the engine will "miss" and cause the car to shudder. this sorts itself out after aprox 1-2min, when my g/f drives the car (responsibly) the problem never happens

ive got a few ideas but just really wanted all you experts opinion, im a plumber and not a mechanic by any mean strech.

i got a copy of the TIS and going to try and attempt a insp11 on my own, is this wise??
Sunny Wales!Who are you kidding?I stayed in Monmouth for 3 weeks in August 2008 and it rained everyday.Damm it!I couldnt wait to get back to the Algarve

Anyway,welcome mate,I am sure you will find lots of useful information and a lots of mods very useful for your 3.0D, and a great bunch of guys and girls.

I need to know the year,mileage and whether you had the car scanned for errors.Can you also look at your inlet manifold (remove the top cover) and check if you see a long metal rod under the manifold on he passengers side (RHD).
If you say that the car stutters after you floor it,maybe its the EGR valve not sealing properly but let me know what I asked, and then I try and help you further.
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Sunny Wales!Who are you kidding?I stayed in Monmouth for 3 weeks in August 2008 and it rained everyday.Damm it!I couldnt wait to get back to the Algarve

Anyway,welcome mate,I am sure you will find lots of useful information and a lots of mods very useful for your 3.0D, and a great bunch of guys and girls.

I need to know the year,mileage and whether you had the car scanned for errors.Can you also look at your inlet manifold (remove the top cover) and check if you see a long metal rod under the manifold on he passengers side (RHD).
If you say that the car stutters after you floor it,maybe its the EGR valve not sealing properly but let me know what I asked, and then I try and help you further.
Im so amazed that people on here are from all over the world
its a 2003 M57 3.0d with 90k, i havent had a diag on the car (do u recommened i do and know newhere local for me, im close to cardiff)
i havent pulled the car apart now but if u need me to see if i got a long metal rod then i will
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Im so amazed that people on here are from all over the world
its a 2003 M57 3.0d with 90k, i havent had a diag on the car (do u recommened i do and know newhere local for me, im close to cardiff)
i havent pulled the car apart now but if u need me to see if i got a long metal rod then i will
Believe me !I did try to use another word apart from "rod",because I knew someone would catch on it....but rod is the technical word for it.

Its essential that you have you do diagnostics on the car,because it will point us in the right direction...
Erratic idling can be all this......but with diag it shorten this list a lot
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not really sure if i have a bar or not, assuming not because all i can see is the comman rail? ( i think thats what its called)
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