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June 12, 2018, 05:26:13 PM

RoShamBo

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Looking for an E53 4.8is
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:26:13 PM »
All,

Been a while, owned a couple of E53 4.4i's the last of which threw a timing chain - and that was after costing me £4k in 18 months (gearbox, water pump, cooling system etc etc etc) - so over a year later back I am - for more punishment.

I am looking for a 4.8is and spotted a couple which - if anyone has any thoughts / opinions on would be greatfully received :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-X5-4-8is-auto-2004MY-S/253658169504?hash=item3b0f3480a0:g:mWcAAOSwz35bDuLU
seems too cheap ? 66k miles

https://www.woodhammotorgroup.co.uk/used-cars/bmw-x5-4-8-is-s-5dr-201805317037975
or maybe this is too expensive ?

And yes I have been on this board long enough to know I will need deep pockets to run a 4.8.

Just...cant.....fight.....the.....urge.......

Ro.

June 13, 2018, 12:20:31 AM
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Re: Looking for an E53 4.8is
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 12:20:31 AM »
The eBay one looks to be plenty of money for a 2004 gas guzzler, interestingly on last years MOT it failed on (seriously corroded) front brake pipes, 6 days later they were ,miraculously just on as an advisory. Logic says that if they failed they would have been replaced yet 6 days later they are still there and only corroded -doesn’t make sense!
I mention this because it’s just cost me about £700 to get the 4.6 completely re-piped in copper. Make sure you check all the brake lines on whatever you look at as its common at this age and a good bargaining chip.

The other one looks way over price wise to me, other 4.8 owners may disagree!

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June 13, 2018, 09:07:37 AM
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Re: Looking for an E53 4.8is
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 09:07:37 AM »
Good spot ! And a little odd......
The Woodham one has only failed MOT's on windscreen / tyres / gaiter (v common from experience !) and brake pads, so consumables. The optimist says its a good one the pesimist says its holding on to all the major stuff going wrong for the next owner !

Ro.

June 13, 2018, 03:39:35 PM
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Re: Looking for an E53 4.8is
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 03:39:35 PM »
The eBay one looks to be plenty of money for a 2004 gas guzzler, interestingly on last years MOT it failed on (seriously corroded) front brake pipes, 6 days later they were ,miraculously just on as an advisory. Logic says that if they failed they would have been replaced yet 6 days later they are still there and only corroded -doesn’t make sense!
I mention this because it’s just cost me about £700 to get the 4.6 completely re-piped in copper. Make sure you check all the brake lines on whatever you look at as its common at this age and a good bargaining chip.

The other one looks way over price wise to me, other 4.8 owners may disagree!
On close inspection you can see the brake discs are severely rough and corroded, owning a car is all about enjoyment, as you have stated has so,some else left the jobs for you ?
Through your past experiences I think you would be on edge waiting for the next 2/3 K problem to surface. 😬😬😬
I got fed up with things bonging and going wrong on my X3 and E93, so I know how frustrating it can be.
Good luck whatever you end up buying 👍
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