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General X5 Forum (E53) / Window regulator and vinyl wrap
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:55:13 AM »
Sorry the title is a bit odd..
First- my X5 has the silver highlight interior trim pieces and I am bored with them. I fancy doing a spot of vinyl wrap to update it a bit. Choices are - pretend carbon gloss, pretend carbon Matt or plain black Matt. I've just installed an M3 steering wheel which has the bottom part in Matt black so may go the same. What do you think?

Second- my driver window seems to have a it of 'slack' in its operation i.e. the motor runs slightly before the window moves. It's like the cable isn't tight or something. Before I take it too bits, is there something that can be adjusted to tighten it up?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Vibration ooo err..
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:47:31 PM »
For ages now my V8 has developed a strange vibration between 2-3k rpm. Intermittent tho, one day ok the next it was horrible. Slight but harsh feeling.
Anyway, yesterday I remembered that lump of rubber bolted to the exhaust and I thought I would take it off to see what happens. Low and behold the harshness has gone.. I did replace the driver side rear exhaust about 18 months ago which thinking back is about when it started. It would seem that the replacement didn't like the exhaust damper even tho it is BMW. Odd. Just thought I would share.

The lounge / Holiday villa
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:03:19 AM »
I'm looking to hire a large (6 bedroom +) holiday villa in Spain / canaries / Balearics next August 03- 17.
Plan is for myself, wife and two kids have it for two weeks but during our stay extra family members can join and ruin our holiday for a long weekend etc.
I've scanned James Villas etc but thought I would ask on here.

General X5 Forum (E53) / PAS
« on: August 23, 2018, 03:36:02 PM »
Anyone know of a way to make the pas on an E53 any lighter? Our range rover sport is lighter and I want it like that.
I did read somewhere about altering a valve in the pump or something along those lines. Anyone.

General Discussion / Buying a car privately
« on: August 05, 2018, 01:45:11 PM »
I'm picking your brains here.. Im going to view a car tomorrow and may buy it. Now, am I best to just drive it home then re register it in my name and tax it or do it at the current owners house?
If I just drive it then I am essentially taxed and insured as I've sort of borrowed the car if you see what I mean..
It's not going to be on the road for another month anyway but my concern is that if I go to tax it at his place then it may not work as it won't be insured in my name.
Answers to a layman please..
By the way - it's a BMW mini..

General X5 Forum (E53) / Strange colour combo
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:14:50 PM »
I was working in a house not far away today and this guy turned up to deliver something in an 03 X5. Black with bright red leather and fake wood trim bits..
It was a 3.0 petrol but had the diesel type turn down exhaust tips - that's not normal is it?
As for the interior, I actually liked it but I would have to change the fake wood to carbon or piano black.. it also had side steps on it which I have never seen close up and you can actually stand on them. Our Range Rover has them so now I want some on mine.
Has anyone retro fitted any? At the moment mine just has the plastic moulding things

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..

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