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  1. https://www. dailymail. co. uk/news/article-6525515/The-worst-drivers-wheels-German-cars-like-BMWs-Audis-Mercs-study-reveals. html
  2. So, like many others with "German" orientated towing electrics, I discovered when I changed my car for the X5 that there is no live feed for the fridge or leisure battery. I contacted UK Towbars Ltd who aren't too far away just past Peterborough (March in Cambridgeshire to be precise) and I'm booked in next week to have it sorted. Just wondering if they will simply add the missing connections or carry out a complete rewire. Has anyone had experience with this and if so any tips or points to be aware of?
  3. Our new to us 5 series is booked into a tow bar specialist this week to wire up the pins for the fridge electrics. This was an issue I was aware of before buying the car, so not a disaster. I have just spoken to the towbar people and they tell me that the parts will either cost approx £15 or £120, depending on the socket used. Apparently, some BMW 13 pin sockets can have individual pins added to them (they are the same ones used by Audi / VAG) but on other types it's a whole new BMW socket. They won't know until they see it. Has anyone else experienced this when retro - wiring in the fridge power supply? Our car is a 2012 with the electric retractable hitch.
  4. Considering going for a BMW X1 2 lite auto 2013 and around 25000 miles. No reviews on CT, also a search for a small string does not work. So seeking opinions. CC forum have some enthusiastic owners, one pulling a twin axle at over 100%. I think I will be about 89/90%. mpg looks really good. Interested in nose weight, rear suspension set up. As well as anyone's real experience. Or links to any reviews. John
  5. Looking at getting one of these in the next couple of months to tow the van. Got a budget of up to £6. 5k (£7k if I find one I can't refuse). I want an M Sport model and was initially looking at a 2. 0l. However a friend (not a caravanner) reckons buying a 2. 5l would be more beneficial due to it having a six cylinder engine instead of the 2. 0l's four cylinder. I'd only been looking at models with manual transmission's as I remember being told automatics can be a nightmare with a van on the back, especially on variably hilly roads, and worked out costing a lot more in juice when towing. The questions I have are. .. a) Are automatics that much more expensive on fuel when towing or is it not very noticeable? Does anyone have one of these and if so, how do you rate them? Looking online, my budget will get me a 525d M Sport around a 2006 model with approx 120k on the clock. As you can probably tell, I'm new to the game, only started towing last year. And before anyone suggests it, 530d M Sport is a hefty hike north on the insurance side of things compared to the 525d M Sport. Thanks in advance. John
  6. Well today my holiday was put in jeopardy by what I think was a shoddy installation of tow-bar electrics. For a while now I have noticed that the storage space under my boot floor was damp. (where the Spare wheel would go on a normal car) so today I decided to dry it out before we go on holiday tomorrow. Car is booked into the dealer when we get back to get the problem looked at. Me being me wanted to go a little further than just open the boot and let it evaporate. I took the whole of the boot floor lining out to let them dry of properly. This is when i found this. An inch of water under the storage area. So our comes a tub and bailed it all out. Now I am a fixer of things and this irked me why the water would get in there so i looked about for where the water was coming in. My investigations took me to the battery compartment which is in the right rear wing of the car and to my horror I found it almost half full with water. Not only that my split relay charger was submerged and basically dead. We did wonder when coming back from holiday at Easter why the van battery was flat. Further bailing out of the water and moving the battery to get the water to drain uncovered what I can only describe as a BODGE on behalf of the tow-bar fitter and the likely source of the water ingress. On the rear of the car where the tow-bar electrics come in was filled rather poorly full of silicone. this was not creating a full seal (a lump came away in my hands). not to mention the mess of the wires and connections, corroded Fuses and connections, a live terminal from the battery to the relay was split completely, all in not a job id class as being done well. Now as a precaution my car is away to the dealer to make sure that nothing else is damages with the water. The car did report battery problems earlier this year but the dealer said they couldn't find anything when it was in for its service. So now I am waiting a report and my holiday basically is due to start tomorrow at 1pm and I very much doubt I can get the whole thing sorted before then. I used a Witter Authorised fitter that they approve on their website and the dealer said as long as the tow bar was on their approved list and it was fitted by an approved fitter i would be ok. I am preparing myself for a BIG bill and fight between the dealer and the fitter to who will pay for it all.
  7. Dawn112

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    Thinking off getting a bmw x3 30d for towing my twin axle bailey does any body on here tow with one are they any good
  8. I am changing my 2008 Stellar for a New Clubman ES this coming Saturday. On my BMW 520d msport tourer all the Stellar had to do was hang on for grim death. However, the Clubman ES looks as though it might prove more skittish according to some posting on here, so can anyone advise me what the noseweight of an ES should be? The bimmer will take up to 90kg. The handbook for the 520 says maximum trailer weight is 1800 kgs. So I am well within the recommended guides for towing, but my wife is a bit concerned as she liked the way that the Bimmer "took no nonsense" from the Stellar. Any info/ opinions welcome, apart from" ooh whaddya go and get one of them for. ....."
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