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Words of encouragement that’s what we need! Mines an 03 so no need for coding anything that I know of!

So the idea was to replace a couple of rusty brake pipes front to back. Whilst we’re under there I thought well we might as well do a couple of other bits and pieces. This has now turned into:

1. Dropping the rear subframe and diff, and replacing all the steel brake lines from each wheel back to the ABS unit. New BMW brake fluid obviously which was due anyway.
2. Replace all the flexi brake pipes.
3. Fit new handbrake shoes, no wonder one wheel didn’t work, there were no shoes!
4. Change front diff oil and replace reinforcement plate bolts.
5. Change transfer box oil.
6. Change fuel filter.
7. Change rear diff oil, replace stub axle oil seals on diff, de-rust and re-paint diff before refitting.
8. Replace power steering reservoir, and suction and return lines, and pump to rack pipe assembly.
9. Replace front anti roll bar bushes, drop links, suspension arms, ball joints, track rod ends.
10. Flush cooling system and refilled with BMWs special unicorn tear antifreeze.
10. Spend £££s on various replacement driveshaft bolts, replacement clips and bolts to refit all the undertray and wheel arch gubbins back on as most of them were knackered or missing.

Not sure why I’m telling you all this, just for therapy I think and so you can all say it’s a good idea! Heeelp, my wallet and I have fallen out😝

Excellent service from Ross at Cotswold BMW for the main dealer parts and the forum discount by the way.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:59:51 PM »
Sorry got carried away as I’ve been gathering bits/researching to put a new head unit in, forgot your original post!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:04:59 PM »
Yep, that’s right, either run the MID cable to the glovebox and fit the old MID in there if you want to be able to set date/time / fuel consumption etc, or leave the cable dangling in that area so you can plug the unit in if you want to it when the clocks change, some people can live without it - the rest of us are just anal!

If you google E53 MID in glovebox you’ll see what folks have done

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a mobile phone kit
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:51:46 PM »
The BM54 looks like this, but it doesn’t matter, you don’t need to bother with it.

If you have an original BMW Factory fit sat nav screen, it is literally a screen, all the gubbings such as the sat nav, cd changer, amplifier, radio aerial are in the boot, all these items are controlled by using the screen at the front to send messages along the I-bus but that’s all it does, sends electrical signals along the cars information cabling.
For this reason, if you are fitting an aftermarket stereo to an E53 that had sat nav you need extension cables and an aerial extension.

For cars fitted with NON NAV CD/Radio/MID unit, the cables at the back of the original radio will suffice, all you need is the correct cable to convert from the BMW loom to whatever connection your chosen stereo has.

As a for instance, the Dynavin mentioned above is Plug and play for your X5, as Horizon has said. Mine has a nav screen so I need to run cables.

Check out the Dynavin info at this Yankee website - I think their videos and FAQs might help you out, it’s a bit more comprehensive than the Dynavin UK site I think https://www.jandtdistributing.com/pages/installation-setup


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: This Weekend Work - Rear Wiper Upgrade
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:32:43 PM »
My eBay wiper “upgrade” lasted one visit to the car wash, good job I kept the old one  :))

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Passenger side carpet wet/ damp
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:29:09 PM »
I discovered that someone had been in my drivers door before and ripped the vapour barrier in a couple of places, and it wasn’t stuck down along one edge. So I’ve stuck all that back together, re-glued the top black plastic trim to the door card, clipped the lower rubber door seal back in that had a clip missing and put the card back on with new clips.

Certainly sounds better when I close the door, no rattles! Time will tell on the water ingress  :o

Problems / Re: Starting problem.. Making scary sounds
« on: February 11, 2018, 12:34:44 AM »
Not sure, when I was after a fuel filter, in the yellow“fitment details” tab under the picture it said in the notes that one was up to production month 03/2002 and the other was from 04/2002, mine is an 08/2003 model so I knew which one to get.

Is there anything similar in the fitment detail info for your starter?

Problems / Re: Starting problem.. Making scary sounds
« on: February 10, 2018, 05:25:40 PM »
On the ECP site it should just be a case of sticking your registration in, they often list 2 or 3 parts with different manufacturers, just click on the Bosch one and add to basket. The £80 odd quid surcharge gets added on as it’s an exchange unit - this is refunded when you return your old one. They’ve just got the usual WEEKEND35 discount code on at the moment (they have a permanent discount on!). If it’s a second car and not urgent you can wait a week or two there will likely be bigger discount - sign up for the email news.
Bear in mind there is a proviso that your old one is in a fit condition to refurb, not sure what that means but if you need a new one anyway it doesn’t really matter.

Check out the price on https://www.carparts4less.co.uk - this weekend 14% off with code WEEKEND14, it’s the same company as Euro car parts but online only - if you get it from them you just need to phone up for a return number when you’re ready to send your old one in. If I remember correctly you have 30 days to send it in?

CarParts4Less is often cheaper than ECP but I quite like to be able to deal with a human at the local branch sometimes if there’s only a couple of quid in it.

Let just cross our fingers and hope there’s nothing wrong with your teeth, as the BMW dentist will charge Enough to make you swear. I was told it was very unlikely to be the teeth and mine was making a horrible scary noise when I bought it, luckily I have an old school friend with his own garage so I have somewhere I can trust.

Problems / Re: Starting problem.. Making scary sounds
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:37:57 AM »
Just in case anyone wants to buy some - cotswoldBMW give a 10% discount off parts if you message through the forum. Should have said I’ve got a 4.6 - don’t know if other X’s all have the same set up? The bolts don’t hold the starter, it’s a large stiffener plate that needs to come off so you can access the starter motor.

Allegedly the reinforcement Plate that fits across the front subframe under the sump forms part of the structural rigidity of the front suspension, there’s 6 of the nuts/bolts in there.

Reinforcement plate bolts 56nm 41ftlb + 90'

Bolts x6 31101096987
Nuts x6 33306760587

Problems / Re: Starting problem.. Making scary sounds
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:33:40 PM »
I’d stop doing that if I were you! I got a recon Bosch starter from ECP which cured an almighty racket which sounded quite similar. £130 quid I think, you need to remove the reinforcement plate which has stretch bolts that should be replaced - £77 quid from BMW - although lots of folk do reuse them, that’s up to you

As title, just read this on another forum, anyone know if it’s true? I’ll be replacing the stock NAV unit with a Dynavin but in order to keep the ability to change clock etc I know you need to relocate the original unit.

Still struggling to see how I can move the NAV unit to the boot and thought it might be easier to stick a non nav in the glovebox?

Any thoughts welcome!

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: What stereo
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:12:14 PM »
Dynavin have improved the FM on the N7 allegedly

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: What stereo
« on: February 06, 2018, 11:30:17 PM »
Probably will put one of these in when my wallet has recovered after my current suspension and brake refurb

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Passenger side carpet wet/ damp
« on: February 01, 2018, 11:52:16 PM »
Don’t worry about the door handle cable, it’s quite easy to clip on and off and obvious once you get that far, just remember to be careful with the various cables - there’s a little cable for the orange light that lights up the door handle, and the puddle light etc etc - double check they’re all unplugged

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