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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?

Buy and sell / E53 20" Style 168 Rear Wheels
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:58:59 PM »
Edit - 2 rear Style 168 (Le Mans) wheels required now.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Broken Wing Mirror
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:52:57 AM »
While parked at the airport the other day some asshat has walked between my car and the next and bent my drivers wing mirror back. It now doesn't click back into the original position and floats loosely in a 1-2" range.

Does anyone know if there is a spring or some sort of clip within the housing that can be changed? Or is it goosed? When driving along the mirror now swings round past where I need it to be.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Where for parking sensor?
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:07:34 PM »
Folks I got 8 new parking sensors from eBay in January and 1 of the front centres has failed already. I opted for some at £15 each as I assumed the sub £10 ones would have been rubbish!

Has anyone bought some from eBay before that have proved fine thus far? If so, can you give me a link to the seller? I'd rather replace with a tried and tested part.

Also, found a couple of rough bumper removal guides online- doesn't seem too bad?! How long roughly should it take?

Buy and sell / Wanted - Alpine TUA T100 DAB kit
« on: June 12, 2017, 12:46:58 PM »
As above. I know these work with the Intravee.

Anyone have one?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Gearbox Solenoid Replacement
« on: April 19, 2017, 10:56:22 AM »
Folks, my 05 X5 has a nasty habit of doing the lurching forward when coming to a stop. You can adjust your driving style to combat it (brake late) so it doesnt bother me all the time. However I'm mindful that it may put any prospective buyers off when the time comes to change, despite it being a very common issue.

I was discussing it with the BMW specialist I use to do any work and he said the solenoids are at fault and he can replace them for £700. Judging by other reports online, this seems like a bit of a bargain. But I'm just curious if any other members on here have actually had the solenoids replaced, and has it cured the problem?

I cant decide whether to fork out the £ and have it running perfectly, or put up with it!

Buy and sell / Bluetooth Modules
« on: April 14, 2017, 02:16:24 PM »
Both of these were bought on eBay to try and get Bluetooth working in my X5, but the module wasn't the issue.

Both were listed as working 100% and bought from reputable sellers. The BMW software was also able to read them in my car. However I obviously wasn't able to confirm they are working. I've no reason to doubt it though.

Will fit E39, E53 and E46. Maybe others too.

£20 each, plus postage.

Buy and sell / Wanted; 19" tyres and maybe wheels
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:40:46 PM »
Folks I'm ideally after a single 285/45/19 Bridgestone Turanza ER30 to match 1 I currently have. However would also considering a matching pair in this size. Must have at least 5mm and not be a budget brand.

Would also consider a full set of E53 Sport wheels and tyres if they were cheap enough.

Problems / Window/Electrical Issue
« on: February 14, 2017, 08:46:30 AM »
I came downstairs this morning and all windows on the X5 were down. I went out to put them up and noticed the sunroof was open too. Turned the ignition on and got them all closed, then went to start it but no joy. The the windows dropped again but wouldn't go up with the switch. Eventually I got the fronts up but then they started to randomly drop an inch at a time until they got half open, then just opened fully.

The only way to get them closed now is to hold the lock button on the remote. But even after this they have just opened again a bit later.

A bit of history; I've had to jump the car twice in the last few weeks, both times after working on the car with a door/window open for an hour or so the night before. Ordinarily this wouldn't be enough to drain the battery, but perhaps its on the way out. There was also the issue where "my friend" jump started it a couple of weeks ago but connected the wrong terminals and sent the car bonkers.

Its been fine since, but I'm wondering would a dodgy battery cause the windows to behave like this? I took it to work yesterday and wasn't out at it last night, so this is the first time it hasn't started with no reason. If the battery is dead, I would've thought it would just not work. Not do random things like this!

Sadly I wasn't able to try and jump it before I left to check all is OK and it does actually start, so my father in law will come over when hes up.
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