Door Handle Fix (E53)

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Edward R-W
Location: Welwyn Garden
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)

Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:59 pm

Hi guys, I bought an E53 with an intermittent passenger front door handle not always opening from the outside. Took it apart and noticed the carrier behind the handle had been replaced once before. Put it all back together as it looked fine but still with the same issue. I have heard that sometimes there is some play in the actual link between where the cable attaches and the lock mechanism in the side of the door. Is this true? I reassembled the door before hearing about this, didn't know if it was worth replacing the lock but not been  able to see one on ebay, only the carriers seem to be on there.
2004 3.0d 218bhp E53 X5, Black, Cream Leather Interior.
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Alan Gunn
Location: Anglesey North Wales
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)

Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:14 pm

I had a problem like that and it turned out to be the bowden cable starting to fray and not letting the mec go back into place.
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Location: Gillingham, Kent
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)

Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:55 pm

Another successful carrier change thanks to this post :D
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)

Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:44 am

Prices of the genuine BMW carrier still rising...

Even with a 5% discount, I still got charged £100.37 by my local dealer today.

That said, the original has lasted 90k miles, so if it lasts as well as that, it’s money well spent over a pattern part.

Thanks to all for the ‘how to’ - something for me to tackle at the weekend :(

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