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General X5 Forum (E53) / Serious off road X5
« on: July 18, 2018, 08:31:45 PM »
I hope the link works..

Problems / Driver door handle
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:34:50 PM »
I've just gone to open the driver door and there was a click from the handle and the door didn't open. Handle just lifts up but doesn't do anything now. Door still opens from inside normally. Doors still lock etc.
 What has broken and how do I fix it?
Thanks in advance.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Wide-screen head unit
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:00:44 PM »
My X5 has the small screen thing on the dash. If I wanted to put in the later side screen type is it a straight swap?

Problems / Rear parking sensor removal
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:13:17 AM »
I have two new rear pdc sensors to fit on the near side. I can reach them from underneath but how do they come out? Chuffing things are well wedged..

General X5 Forum (E53) / Door rubbing strips
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:38:17 PM »
This is an odd one. Has anyone removed the thin door rubber bump strips and cleaned up the paint? I'm wondering if it would look a bit more modern or at least different. I can't find any photos online.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Mot brake test
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:00:44 PM »
Mine has just passed the mot but it got me wondering how the E53 is brake tested. I forgot to ask at the garage but i assume its a road test if they only have two rollers?

General Discussion / Air suspension
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:38:50 AM »
I've just been to look at a Range Rover sport at a dealer to possibly purchace.
 Nice car but the suspension was flat at the rear when I got there. It pumped up when it was running though.
When I questioned him about it he said that all air suspension vehicles lose air when sat for a week or so. Our two X5s have been left for 2-3 weeks and never dropped a mm.
Is he right? I've never known that before.

Not only that, he was an idiot too. An hour befor I called and asked if I could test drive it when I got there. Yes was the reply. When there he asked if I had booked 24hrs in advance otherwise they can't let people test drive cars..
What kind of a dealer does that? He mumbled something about insurance blah blah but by then I had lost interest. Bafoon.

Problems / Oh oh.. Timing chain
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:44:19 AM »
This morning my wife got in her 4.4  to go off to the office. When she started the engine I heard - for the first time on hers- the timing chain slapping against the guides for a second.
Having shelled out 2K on mine a couple of years ago I'm not keen on doing that again.. Mine broke at 150k but hers is only on 90k with fsh too.
Is there a way to prevent the initial slack in the tensioner on start up as that is when the guides get broken? I seem to recall an updated tensioner somewhere ( I'll have a search in a while) and if so, has anyone installed one?
What else can I do to prevent /delay a catastrophe..

General X5 Forum (E53) / Opinions..
« on: March 10, 2018, 04:32:09 AM »
The wife has recently been talking about swapping her X5 for a Range Rover sport..
I quite fancy one too, but - her car is a 2 owner 90k 4.4 with fsh. At the moment its got to the age/milage where all the suspension parts need replacing to firm it up (like i have done with mine) and a new set of tyres wouldn't go a miss either. I recon about £1500.
A fairly decent RR 4.2 is going to be circa 10-12K  and will only be a year or two newer than the X5. It could also potentially be at the same point as the X where things are starting to wear out so I would have to search very carefully.
What do you recon?
What would you do and why?
Im keen to do the work on it as i enjoy that but also like a new vehicle to play with..

Problems / oh no! wet carpet..
« on: January 06, 2018, 04:42:50 PM »
I was cleaning all the dirt out of the cars today. In the rear footwells i have large rubber over mats that i made to stop the mud from the kids spoiling the car.
Anyway, i lifted the mats to clean and found that the rear driver side is wet on the floor. I have a feeling that the rubber mat has been trapped in the bottom of the door which may have let water in, however, if that's not the cause, what is a common leak area in the back?

General X5 Forum (E53) / engine mounts 4.4
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:50:17 PM »
Has anyone had issues with the engine mounts on a 4.4? The reason I'm asking is that we have to identical X5's and recently my car seems to feel 'harsher' between 2-3k revs. The other car is smooth in comparison.
Also, when its started from cold it definitely feels like the engine is less isolated from the car compared to the other one if you get what I mean.
Anyone had symptoms, failure or any thoughts?

Problems / Guess the worn ball joint..
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:23:01 PM »
Our black X5 has a slight knocking coming from one of the front joints so before I take a look I thought I would put it out there for you guys to have a guess at which one it is.
To give you a clue- it knocks most notably on relatively un bumpy roads but where the car is sort of swaying side to side.
There is no prize for the winner by the way..

Problems / driver door lock
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:15:32 PM »
Just recently I've noticed the driver lock button doesn't pop up on first press on the remote- its random tho'. Some days its ok.
Does this mean the actuator is on its way out?

Problems / sunroof shade
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:57:55 PM »
I had opened the windows and sun roof the other day via the key and later I went to close the sun roof however, it kept bouncing open. Then I noticed that the shade was not being pulled from the roof void by the closing glass. So a swift 'finger grab' while it was closing sorted it but what's happened? Why has the shade seem to have become detatched? Advice required please.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Interestingly dangerous..
« on: July 04, 2017, 08:26:51 PM »
The past few days I've noticed a rattle coming from the ns rear and was thinking ' not the brake shoes loose in the drum again'. Just a minute ago I shone the torch underneath to see if the shoe retaining pins were still there and to my suprise found that the long lower suspension arm bolt was totally loose- and the bolt above it that is part of the assembly..
Now I replaced all the rear suspension last winter and I do like to have a San Miguel while I'm doing these jobs. Did I forget to torque the bolts up..possibly. Maybe 'drink repairing' is a no no..
I've torqued them up now. Sober.

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