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Problems / Rear Wiper Motor Leak
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:39:33 PM »
I’ve noticed over the last few days a weeping down the boot below the wiper arm. I assumed it was the water jet leaking but I’ve disxovered today it comes from the top of the rear screen! Upon further investigation it appears to be oil coming out of the wiper arm. Now I can only assume this is leaking from the motor. I’ve had a search but can find no other cases of this happening. Has anyone ever come across it before?

Google got me a link to a Range Rover forum where it happened to someone and he stripped the motor down and put a new o-ring in to stop the leak.

I’ve removed the complete OEM Nav system from my 55 Plate X5. All parts are working and in very good condition. There are no dead pixels or scratches on the screen. The amp was recently upgraded by Baris at Carphonics and has the upgraded power.

I’d prefer to sell it all together at £500, but would split if someone just wants something on its own.

TV Tuner £180
Widescreen monitor £150
Mk4 Nav unit £150
BM54 amp £100
Cd Changer £50

I have individual photos showing part numbers etc I can email upon request.

Buy and sell / Brand New Eibach 10mm Spacers
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:29:27 AM »
Eibach 10mm hub centric spacers suitable for E36, E46, E90, E81, F30, E53 etc. The part number is S90-10-2-004 and firmest can be checked here; http://web2.carparts-cat.com/default.aspx?11=279&14=4&1115=1&10=22ECD05DB081463792CA2F8F9C6560F2279004&12=101&52=1&30=16&1250=1&1230=9997&1231=

I have a few pairs of these, all are brand new and unopened.

£60 delivered per pair including new bolts. No offers.

General X5 Forum (E53) / OEM TV Tuner Location and Nav Value
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:40:54 PM »
Can anyone tell me where the TV tuner is located in the X5? Is it one of the small bits above the Nav drive?

Also, now that I've replaced my system with an aftermarket kit, can anyone advise on the value of the OEM bits? Digital TV tuner, Mk4 nav drive, screen, changer and BM54 unit.

Buy and sell / BMW iPhone cable
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:30:53 PM »
I have a BMW Apple 30 Pin cable along with a genuine Apple 30 pin to lightning adapter cable. This allows full control and charging of an iPhone with a lightning port. It also has the advantage of giving a bit extra length over the BMW lightning cable. This is for E70 and I assume F15 too. It came out of my E93.

£30 for both, no offers.

Performance / Dtuk Tuning Box
« on: December 08, 2017, 11:56:24 AM »
Anyone know much about dtuk boxes? I’m trying to work out if a box bought for an E70 has the same connections that would be found on an E53. Both boxes are the same model (CRD-t+), I just don’t know if there’s model specific versions.

Anyone help?!

Buy and sell / Intravee and Alpine KCA420i Ipod adapter
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:33:17 AM »
For anyone looking to integrate iPod/iPhone control in an E46/39/53/81 while retaining the oem set up this without doubt the best option available. The Intravee connects to the existing CD changer port and gives an Alpine Ai-Net port for connecting the Alpine KCA 420i iPod adapter too. You can also get a switch to add additional Alpine Ai-Net units such as DAB. The beauty of this is that it displays track info on the stereo better than some OEM units I’ve seen, which is impressive given the stereos are circa 15 years old. It also retains full control via steering wheel etc.

Included is the Intravee, Alpine unit, a CableJive DockStubz charge converter (needed to charge the iPhone as well as play) and a 5m 30pin Apple cable to get the connection up to the front of the car.

It’s still installed in my car at the minute, so I can get some photos of it in-situ this evening.

I'm after £200 for all the above, no offers. I also have a genuine Apple 30pin to Lightning adapter cable and a brodit iphone cradle for it too, both for an extra £30 if required.

Buy and sell / BMW 20” X6 Style 214 Alloys and Nearly New Tyres
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:32:15 PM »
For sale is a set of genuine BMW 20” Style 214 Alloys and Tyres from an X6. These were professionally refurbished a couple of months ago and are literally perfect. The wheels have never been welded, no cracks or buckles etc. They will fit an X6 and also an E53 X5 (00-06 shape). The tyres are just a few weeks old and cost nearly £800, they all have 7mm remaining. 2 are Kumho and 2 are Pirelli.

£800 for the full set. Postage would be circa £60 to Mainland UK.

I can email photos of individual wheels and treads to anyone interested.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Double Din Queries
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:31:59 AM »
Folks, I know this has been done to death, so I apologise in advance, however when I went looking for an old thread to bump up rather than starting a new one, photobucket appears to have killed all the photos.

Basically, I was always under the impression that the air box or duct had to be butchered to allow a double Din to fit in an E46/39/53. However despite being convinced I’d read this numerous times on here, I couldn’t actually find any reference to it in said old threads.

I removed my 16:9 screen at the weekend and this is what I was faced with;

I’ve fitted plenty of stereos in my time, including double dins, and to me it looks like one should fit in here without any cutting.

Can anyone advise? If cutting is required, could someone identify exactly which bit?

As an aside, does anyone know what make the oem digital tv tuner is? I’d love to be able to get it working with a replacement unit, but I reckon chances will be slim to none.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Sunroof Rattle/Click
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:43:21 AM »
Folks, I've had a rattle from the rear for the last few months which I assumed was caused by the boot. I spent the last few weeks adjusting the rubber bump stops but to no avail. Then at the weekend I opened the sunroof a little and the noise stopped. Sure enough, each time I have been driving it since and opened the sunroof the noise stopped immediately.

So its a rattle that sounds more like a click or tick- hard to describe exactly but it occurs when going over bumps!

Anyone ever had anything similar? Any idea where to look to try to sort it!? It stops as soon I open the sunroof, but I've literally no idea where to look and how to fix it!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Drivers Speaker Not Working
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:53:12 PM »
For the last couple of weeks the drivers door speaker hasn’t been working. I assumed it was due to the temperamental Parrot look so i ripped it all out this morning but sadly to no avail. However when I moved the jeep back a bit later I noticed the speaker was working.

Has anyone ever had anything similar happen?

Does the normal Nav system have a separate amp or is it just powered off the HU? Just trying to pinpoint where the fault may lie.

Does anyone know which of the wires in the look are the speaker wires, and ideally specifically those for the drivers door?


General X5 Forum (E53) / iPhone Cradle
« on: September 22, 2017, 02:11:36 PM »
Folks, I have a few questions relating to the phone cradle slot in the armrest.

Firstly, does it work independently of the bluetooth system? I gave up on getting my OEM bluetooth working last year, but its just occurred to me that I could perhaps get an iphone cradle to plug my phone into and get handsfree calls working this way. But is the handsfree/cradle side of things separate to the bluetooth side?

Assuming they are separate...I believe they only made a cradle up to the 3GS for the E53, does anyone know if you use a 30 pin to lighting adapter on the jack of the 3GS cradle, could you make it work on a later iPhone?

If anyone happened to have an old 3GS cradle lying about from yesteryear and would be willing to assist in my investigations let me know!

Buy and sell / 2 Single Le Mans Front Wheels
« on: August 23, 2017, 04:18:48 PM »
I have 2 front wheels from an E53 that are now surplus to requirements.

Some kerbing on each, but not buckled or cracked.

Tyres are work on the edges and not legal.

£100 each

Can't get photos to work here, but here's my ad on Gumtree;


General X5 Forum (E53) / Spigot Rings for X6 Wheels on an E53
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:48:59 AM »
Folks, I bought a set of style 214 yesterday for the E53 and I know I need a pair of spigot rings for the front, but can anyone advise if I should get metal or plastic ones? Or does it matter? There are plastic ones on Mrs Lyons' Golf R, but just wanted to check if the extra weight/size of the X5 required metal ones for any reason?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Replacing Front Bumper Clips
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:48:21 PM »
I had the front bumper off this morning to replace a faulty parking sensor and while I was removing it I was obviously a little rough with the clips/guides on each side in front of the wing. Both clips on each side have broken so the bumper no longer clips back into place.

I already had all the screws retightened at the front before I realised and didn't have time to remove for a better look, but from what I could see the bit of plastic with the clips on it actually appears to be held on with 2 screws just. Can anyone confirm if this is the case? If so, it would be dead handy to replace I assume.

I also managed to break a small area of the mesh at the front. I stuck my finger in to pull the bumper forward without realising the mesh was made of the most fragile stuff in the world! Anyone have a part number for a replacement grill?

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