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June 13, 2017, 02:06:25 PM

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Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« on: June 13, 2017, 02:06:25 PM »
Hi all :)

Just picked up my first X5, and to say I'm delighted is an understatement.  It's a bit of a departure for me, as this is my first 'soft roader' (Am I allowed to say that? :-[)  All my previous 4x4's have generally been chosen by off road prowess and towing capacity.  Think Range Rover, Landcruiser, Shogun, Grand Cherokee, etc...

As I'm sure you can imagine, I'm delighted with the smooth useable power, and finally, some decent road holding.

Anyway, I have plenty of questions for you all, so please bear with me as I learn the ropes, but for now, here's a couple of pics.





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June 13, 2017, 02:45:57 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 02:45:57 PM »
Welcome, looks very tidy.
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June 13, 2017, 03:29:10 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 03:29:10 PM »
It looks brand new  :ok:
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June 13, 2017, 04:49:52 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 04:49:52 PM »
Very tidy looking motor. Welcome to the forum 😀
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June 13, 2017, 06:14:34 PM
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 06:14:34 PM »
Thanks all. I'm really pleased with the condition. I viewed quite a few 'bins' before I found this one.

Interior is equally in lovely nick, but there's a few areas I'd like to tidy up.  A couple of little marks on the leather could do with a conditioner or similar, maybe the interior door grab handles finish could be improved, and the sun has made the driver/passenger door wood trim hazed, where the tints have left the rear doors trim completely as new.

Will need to work out whether the trim is the dark poplar, or smoke grey poplar - I find it hard to tell visually, so may have to pop it off for the part number.
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June 13, 2017, 06:31:30 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 06:31:30 PM »
If you check the last 7 characters of your vin here: 

https://www.bmwvin.com

It should give you the build spec.....

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June 13, 2017, 11:01:29 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 11:01:29 PM »
Hello Ross & welcome  :)

Car appears tidy. The reality is most newly acquired used E53's will have some tired cosmetics. Even if paint is relatively tidy, the interiors can need some tlc.

The interior door handles as with many cars are plastic with a rubberised type coating that can over time deteriorate....Rings worn by those grabbing the handles do not help. Your options are to replace,  maybe wrap or if brave partially or fully remove scratched rubber.....this will leave a shiny black plastic but be mindful the areas more exposed to  sun or hand contact are not easy to strip without making things worse.

From the exterior of your car looks great.

Engine wise probably the most reliable E53 built...

Any more info....Spec, options, manual or auto etc ???
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June 14, 2017, 07:02:03 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 07:02:03 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Congrats on your new X5 and nice choice of colour.

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June 14, 2017, 10:20:30 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2017, 10:20:30 PM »
If you check the last 7 characters of your vin here: 

https://www.bmwvin.com

It should give you the build spec...

Thanks - I've had a look and the info given is 'S435 Fine Wood Trim'. I remain none the wiser as to whether this is the Dark Poplar or Smoke Grey Poplar ???

The interior door handles as with many cars are plastic with a rubberised type coating that can over time deteriorate....Rings worn by those grabbing the handles do not help. Your options are to replace,  maybe wrap or if brave partially or fully remove scratched rubber.....this will leave a shiny black plastic but be mindful the areas more exposed to  sun or hand contact are not easy to strip without making things worse.

From the exterior of your car looks great.

Engine wise probably the most reliable E53 built...

Any more info....Spec, options, manual or auto etc ???

That's great information on the grab handles, and good suggestions.  I think I'll try wrapping first, I see there are leather texture vinyl adhesives that might do the trick nicely.  The titan silver half remains in good condition, it is as you say, the previous owners rings that have done the rubberised finish damage.

I'd like to thank you personally for your buyers guide.  A really helpful post that swayed me to the 3.0i and I have no regrets, even though my heart still fancied the 320bhp of the V8.  Reliability is something I've really lacked for the past few years, and while I don't expect the E53 to be faultless, I wanted to give myself the best chance of all the E53's.

While I'll do the lazy thing of copying and pasting from bmwvin below, it is an auto and has just enough options for me to be happy. I would have liked power fold mirrors, and sadly I'm lacking Bluetooth, but other than that, I can't think of anything further I'd want.  Strangely, I'm delighted this doesn't have a sunroof - I'll be using the roof rails often so the panoramic wouldn't have been the best choice.

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S205   Automatic transmission
S220   Self-levelling suspension
S226   Sports suspension settings
S230   Extra package, EU-specific
S249   Multifunction f steering wheel
S255   Sports leather steering wheel
S2CC BMW LA wheel, star spoke 132
S302   Alarm system
S321   Exterior parts in vehicle color
S328   Footplate, aluminum
P330   Sports package
S386   Roof railing
S428   Warning triangle and first aid kit
S431   Interior mirror with automatic-dip

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S435   Fine wood trim
S441   Smoker package
S442   Cup holder
S459   Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S473   Armrest front
S481   Sports seat
S494   Seat heating driver/passenger
S502   Headlight cleaning system
S508   Park Distance Control (PDC)
S521   Rain sensor
S534   Automatic air conditioning
S650   CD player
S692   Preparation, BMW 6-CD changer I-bus
S761   Individual sunshade glazing
S775   Headlining anthracite

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L812   National version England / Ireland
S818   Battery master switch
S840   High speed synchronisation
S863   Retailer Directory Europe
S877   Delete cross-pattern operation
S880   On-board vehicle literature English
S8SM Car ident. number visible from outside
S8SP   Control unit COP
S925   Dummy-SALAPA
S926   Spare wheel
S945   Dummy-SALAPA

Vehicle options
S413   Trunk room net
S555   On-board computer V with remote control
S661   Radio BMW Business (C43)
S785   White direction indicator lights
S853   Language version English
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June 15, 2017, 12:17:12 AM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 12:17:12 AM »
Thanks for sharing the spec info.

Thanks also for your kind comments re the buyers guide. I am glad to see it was of use.

Spec will be fine. The folding mirrors are nice but more grief than good plus expensive to fix/replace.

As for reliability the engine is a wise choice in that regard. As with most larger SUV/SAV choices these cars can consume brakes and suspension more than on lighter vehicles. Based on my ownership....Thrust bushes, rear subframe bushes & front outer CV boots typically live for 70-80k. One of my rear suspension sensors failed around 140k. As with any vehicle....wear & tear can sometimes be extended by gentler driving. Ideally you will find the balance between caring for it & enjoying it.

I owned my last X5 between 60k & near 150k miles so I am probably better able than many to share ownership experiences based on living with an E53 for some time & mileage.

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June 15, 2017, 04:40:25 PM
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Re: Hi all - Newbie with a facelift E53 3.0i Sport
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 04:40:25 PM »
I had Dark Poplar and that has a code S438.

Realoem has S435 as Poplarwood Smoke Grey
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June 15, 2017, 10:02:42 PM
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 10:02:42 PM »
Realoem has S435 as Poplarwood Smoke Grey

Thanks for that, that's a great help :)

Of course, smoke grey being the hard one to find on eBay :(

Looking at realoem guide pricing, it's likely pointless asking the dealer £££
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June 16, 2017, 06:48:05 AM
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2017, 06:48:05 AM »
Looking at realoem guide pricing, it's likely pointless asking the dealer £££

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