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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Steel underengine splash guard
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:36:28 PM »
If you are replacing the reinforcement plate bolts, the advice is that you should here are the part numbers:

Reinforcement plate bolts 56nm 41ftlb + 90 Degrees

Bolts x6 31101096987
Nuts x6 33306760587

They are about £60-70 quid, discount available through Cotswold BMW on this forum, just send them a message

How to instructions here https://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/BMW-X5/37-TRANS-Front_&_Rear_Differential_Fluid_Replacement/37-TRANS-Front_&_Rear_Differential_Fluid_Replacement.htm

I had the Dynavin N7 fitted, I’ve sent it back, apparently the N6 owners all say it works fine on here which is why I went for the N7 when it came out. It basically doesn’t work if you have too much music on your iPod! I also couldn’t use Bluetooth streaming because the Dynavin thought my entire music collection was on my phone even though it only has one playlist on it.

I’m having this Alpine Halo 9 ( https://www.alpine.co.uk/p/Products/SingleView/iLX-F903D) unit fitted next week, the screen will fit flush with the dash and not stick up in the air like they show on the ads, seems to be a new trend to have a screen stuck up in the air!

My car had premium sound with DSP and twin sub in the boot which made it a bit more difficult - hence the original decision to get the Dynavin as it integrates with DSP, such a shame it didn’t work. Alpine fitters are using crossovers and bypassing the DSP amp.

Had a set off eBay - front and back were about £12-15 quid each and about £7 for four wheel centres I think, they lasted less than a year, started to deteriorate after 6 months really although the back one faired better for some reason.

So you can go super cheap and replace often or main dealer - I got mine from Cotswold BMW through the forum and they were £73.08 for 1 x Bonnet Badge 51148132375 and 4 x Wheel Centres 36136783536.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Transfer Case Oil Change - Advice Please
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:28:14 PM »
Did mine earlier in the year along with both diffs and a few other bits whilst the undertrays were off, the transfer case oil was cheap from Cotswold BMW - cheaper than the new plugs! - message them on here for a discount. Bits for mine were (2003 4.6is)

TRANSFER CASE           
Oil BMW ATF DIII            83229407858   1 Litre   £14.69
Screw Plug (fill and drain)   27111226467    x 2           £19.44
Gasket Ring                   7119963308    x 2           £1.13

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Rear Subframe
« on: September 02, 2018, 11:11:43 PM »
Don’t panic! They’ll be painted when the ramp is back up at work, our new business premises came with a 2 post Bradbury ramp so I will be in underbody painting heaven in a couple of weeks  :))

Problems / Re: Airbag light on
« on: September 01, 2018, 10:53:32 PM »
Just off of interest there was a safety recall for the e53 steering wheel airbag, have you checked if yours has been done? Might save a bit of faffing if it needs a new one anyway for free.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Rear Subframe
« on: September 01, 2018, 10:46:07 PM »
All a bit of a pain but quite nice when you see it all shiny every now and again when it’s up on the ramp!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: ebay suspension kits?
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:59:59 PM »
Got my kit from B&B in Maidstone, they are a Meyle HD distributor, they also sell on eBay but if you phone them up you might get a deal. Plenty of folk have fitted the cheapest copies from China with no problems but I also came across tales of some of those components feeling loose before they were fitted! These allegedly have a 4 year guarantee.


One of their  eBay listings is here for








Problems / Re: A couple of problems to start the day roling.
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:27:00 PM »
I had the same issue when I picked up the car, the chap said only one key worked and assumed it was a flat battery.
All I did was re-pair the key to the car and used it for a few days and it’s been ok for the past 12 months, try the reset procedure here http://bmw-key-replacement.com/bmw-key-programming-free-guide/bmw-remote-key-fob-programming-guide-instructions-for-bmw-diamond-key/ - you never know, it worked for me!😀

General Discussion / Re: Alloy Centre Caps
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:32:49 PM »
You can’t argue with the price on eBay! I on;y paid about £6 for some but they lasted less than a year, so I decided this time to go genuine from Cotswold BMW - there’s a discount for forum members, it’ll be interesting to see if they last a bit longer

Problems / Re: Driver door handle
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:33:01 PM »
There’s a how to thread on the forum, sanj has put his original pics back on and I copied some from a US site that gives a lot of pics, there’s also a guide to pelican parts detailed how to a few posts down this page


For us folk from proper Cornwall that’s so far north they probably wear flat caps and put cream on their scones first😝 :))

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Wheel Arch Trim? / skirt ? / Flare???
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:58:00 PM »
These are the bits I had to get for mine when I stripped the wheel arch out:

Inner Wheel Arch
Hex head screw & washer x 7 07119902267
Expanding nut x 7 63121374075
Expanding rivet x 4 51481915964

Wheel arch trim
Expanding rivet x 10 51717002953

If they look like this they’re the ones ending 694

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Swapping 'F to 'C in displays
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:45:06 PM »
One of these


I’ve got one to sell if you want to PM me an offer

Thanks Henry, mine is the same with iPod classic or iPhone 6s Plus, if I try and select the keyboard option and press a letter it takes an age to appear then crashes, try to select artist/album/song to search and it flicks between options of its own accord - there is a ghost in the machine 👻!
Hopefully they’ll agree to an exchange, I don’t really want to drive to Worcester but I just want it to work!

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