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Not sure of what the exact name is...but I need the tailgate panel that has the rubber button and the two number lights mounted in.
Ideally in Sterling Grey....for a 2004 E53 X5

Anyone breaking an X5?


Buy and sell / **Wanted** PDC cover - Off side rear
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:25:37 PM »
Its fallen off somewhere...most frustrating. Now my PDC sensor is hanging inside the bumper and 'sensing' all the time when I put her in reverse.

I need the outer cover (Offside corner), and I think there may be the internal cage bit i need. Had a look on flea bay and don't really want to spend over £20 from Latvia if someone is breaking one in the UK i can exchange for some beer tokens.



General X5 Forum (E53) / PDC cover needed. Anyone got one spare?
« on: April 11, 2015, 12:48:07 AM »
As per title...noticed one of the little plastic covers is AWOL on the rear drivers side corner. The sensor is still clicked in, but i think the cover also secures it?

Seen a new one on eBay for £15...but wondering if anyone has one knocking around in exchange for some beer tokens?

General Discussion / Bucking the trend..a GOOD eBay seller for a change!
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:45:52 PM »
All too often you hear of bad experience from traders, especially on eBay, but I need to buck the trend and actually report excellent service.
I was on the look out for replacement front grilles as one had a large hole in it. Expensive items from BMW and a few places on the net, I found a seller called 'oe245'...based in Latvia!

A relative new member from August 2014, with 100% feedback I went for it and ordered the long lower piece and the two mid sections. They were reasonably priced (cheapest OEM BMW I could find) and genuine BMW parts.
Straight away I was contacted thanking me for the order, not some automated email. A tracking number was supplied a couple of days later, followed by the items turning up safe and sound a few days later, exactly as described...all the way from Latvia!!
Check them out if you need anything X and BMW.



General X5 Forum (E53) / 2 months of ownership and loving it!
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:26:42 AM »
Well, just under 2 months of ownership of my 3.0D X5 and I am loving it!! I scoured Autotrader and eBay until I found one that ticked all my boxes. Mileage was unimportant to me, as long as it had full BMW service history. Found one with 115k on the clock, full dealer history, 2 previous owners (I am now 3rd), Sterling grey, pano sun roof, nappa black leather interior with grey trim, full nav screen etc etc.....

I have fixed niggling issues, made some upgrades, and planned some more....well and truly put my stamp on the car.
So far I have:
Replaced all 4 BMW centre caps with new to compliment the refurbished 19" wheels.
Replaced all interior festoon bulbs with bright white LED.
Replaced horrible yellowish angel eyes with Cree LED version
Cleaned out blue gunk from the windscreen washer tank and got all washer jets working (thanks to this forum for that one)
Repaired DVD Nav drive by fitting new internals
Upgraded to V32.6 software, with 2015 maps, speed camera and traffic light camera alerts
Repaired BM54 amp with stage 2 upgrade and iPod connectivity (Thanks to Baris at Carphonics!)
Tinted rear windows with 20% film
Fitted front tinted wind deflectors
Replaced missing sill rubber grommets.
Bought new plastic boot liner with carpet insert
Bought new BMW key ring  :P
Bought new BMW document wallet for paperwork

Next up:
Convert analogue TV module to digital
Install 2 x rear screens (for the kids)
Replace front kidney grills with matt black version
Replace front upper broken plastic grill with new matt black
Replace front lower plastic grill with new matt black

Am sure there will be something else to add to the 'to do' list, but for now I am enjoying comfy motoring.  8)
Will get some pics up soon.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Baris @ Carphonics has worked his miracle!
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:59:24 PM »
Feel I must leave some great feedback for Baris at Carphonics. My BM54 unit needed some repairs after all but one channel failed and I was left with front passenger side speakers only. Most frustrating!
A couple of emails and a phone call later I removed the unit and sent away on Monday. Today it was back at my house, fully repaired with Stage 2 upgrade and complete with iPod connectivity (using his latest innovation which allows the iPod to be controlled via the steering wheel buttons).

Fitted it all back in tonight and everything working like a dream. Well done that man! Clear, crisp sound, more deeper bass notes, with Aux enabled and iPod connectivity.
Next on the list...Digital TV module.


General X5 Forum (E53) / What is this plug and where does it plug into?
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:06:46 PM »
Sitting on top of my DVD Nav drive, purple plug left hanging.
There is a module on top of the cage that looks like it would plug into...some kind of aerial maybe?

Thanks all.

Problems / E53 MkIV DVD Unit/BM54 Amp..repair or replace?
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:22:28 PM »
I know this topic has probably been done to death, and I have read loads and loads on it on various forums and the web...but I still can't find a conclusive answer.
The issues:
TV Tuner needs to be converted to digital
The BM54 amp needs repairing as some of the channels do not work.
The DVD drive is playing up. I have replaced the laser in it (SF-HD4) and its made no difference. Think the sled on its runners is shot

And this just what I know about.
Now...the question is, do i spend a good amount of money repairing all of this, what is effectively 10 year old electronics....or buy an updated head unit?
Found this, and quite like the look of the functionality of it.

What has everyone else done and what works etc? I am guessing I still need to repair the BM54 unit regardless of what unit I go for?

I did also look at getting new internals for the DVD Nav drive. I have the M3 4.6, and I have seen the M3.5 pop up on eBay a couple of times. Anyone know if they are compatible?

Problems / Strange goings on with on board computer??
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:03:25 AM »
Noticed yesterday a couple of times whilst driving the screen would go blank, flicker, reset and come back online.
Then last night, it froze. I turned off the car and back on again...it reset...and now looks completely different than before and I have lost the Sat Nav function...???
What the hell?

I have the full screen jobbie, car is a 3.0D 2004 X5....

Anyone help?
I took a few pics of what the current screen looks like if it helps diagnosis.
I am thinking its done some kind of factory reset and wide out any firmware upgrades that it may have had?

Newbies section / Noob saying hello.....
« on: December 07, 2014, 08:32:10 AM »
Hello all.
Have owned my 2004 X5 for a week now and am loving it so far! (although the wife seems to be driving it more than me!)
Had a few different cars over the years, and my most recent was a 1991 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI....so I have swapped classic retro motoring for a bit of comfort! It has made a welcome change!

The version I have is a 2004 3.0D X5 Sport in Sterling Grey with black Nappa leather interior. Has 114,000 on the clock, full BMW service history, Pano sun roof  refurbished wheels, etc etc...

I have had a quick flick through your forum, and found some handy hints and tips already, so rest assured I will check for any questions that may have already been asked and answered before asking them again!  ::)

Few things on the 'to do' list, and the priority is either to replace or upgrade the existing head unit ( i have the full screen version). It needs the digital modification to make the TV work for starters, and for some reason the rear speakers don't work, so need to look into that. Would also like to add some form of Ipod connectivity. Found this on ebay..any thoughts?

Other than that a few cosmetic odds and sods that need to be sorted, like a small cracked plastic grill at the front, and replacing the steering wheel trim, there are no other plans...at this stage...and am going to enjoy some comfortable motoring for a change!

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