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Forum: BMW X5 SAV Forum (E53)

Discussion forum for the original BMW X5 Sport Activity Vehicle.
Model years: 2000 - 2006
Chassis code: E53

  1. Large battery drain - 2005 X5 4.4

    After 5 years of relatively painless ownership, woke up to a dead battery...no big deal...replaced it and all was fine. Two weeks later, won't...

    Started by foreberry‎, 06-06-2010 10:44 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    07-18-2018, 12:19 PM Go to last post
  2. Help!!!Back where the Changer is, What are these??

    Hey, I was working on my X5 this evening, and ran across two very odd looking boxes in the rear where the CD changer will be going. I was looking...

    Started by PWallace‎, 12-20-2002 04:28 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-30-2017, 11:14 AM Go to last post
  3. 03 x5 4.4 transmission issues

    Curious, I have an 03 X5 4.4 with 180K and transmission is acting up. Changed fluid and filter at 90K even when BMW says lifetime, but never...

    Started by SaveGas‎, 11-06-2017 05:34 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    11-06-2017, 05:34 PM Go to last post
  4. Is there a way to shut hatch light off on tailgate

    I have noticed that BMW usally is smart in designing car features. For example , the drivers door can not be manually locked if the door is open ....

    Started by Anthony Pascucci‎, 02-21-2002 05:15 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 8,412
    11-06-2017, 05:19 PM Go to last post
  5. Mirror courtesy light (aka puddle light) question.

    According to the manual, the outside mirror lights (standard on MY03 and MY04) come on at the same time as the interior lights. In other words, if...

    Started by IFlyX5‎, 05-14-2004 11:24 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 5,102
    06-25-2017, 04:29 PM Go to last post
  6. Urgent!! how to avoid digital odometer rollback?

    hi, all!! i got a problem!! actually not my car, is my bf's x5 my bf's has a pretty high mileage on his leased x5 , so he is "smart" enough...

    Started by sweetiebingbing‎, 01-14-2005 04:24 PM
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    • Replies: 36
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    03-29-2017, 09:22 PM Go to last post
  7. Anyone else get carsick driving X5??

    I recently bought a new X5, and while I think it's great, my wife, who generally sits in the passenger seat, complains that riding in it makes her...

    Started by markp‎, 01-15-2003 08:23 AM
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    • Replies: 24
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    02-20-2017, 03:26 AM Go to last post
  8. X5 Drive cycle issue

    2004 X5 - I know all about the BMW drive cycle and unless you are on a closed track it's almost impossible to accomplish around where I live. I only...

    Started by gusser‎, 12-20-2016 05:35 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,041
    12-20-2016, 05:35 PM Go to last post
  9. Vibration at idle - tired old subject I know

    With 133,000 miles on my '01 X5 3.0, I am getting a more than annoying vibration when idling in drive (at a stop with foot on brake)- enough to where...

    Started by curt95540ia‎, 05-21-2008 09:50 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 13,839
    09-20-2016, 12:48 PM Go to last post
  10. Newbie with a 3.0i

    Just getting back into having a BMW again. Had four E39's in a row, but have been (mostly) missing that BMW feeling. I have a 2005 X5 3.0i that I...

    Started by deputer‎, 07-31-2016 01:53 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 763
    07-31-2016, 01:53 PM Go to last post
  11. 04' BMW X5 4.5i vs. 04' Infiniti FX45

    I realize that this topic has been discussed quite a bit, but Infiniti has just released information on the 2004 FX45 and changes that will be made. ...

    Started by senneca01‎, 07-16-2003 05:26 PM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 1,415
    07-12-2016, 10:36 AM Go to last post
  12. Misfire due to valvecover issue

    My 2002 X5 4.4 started misfiring the other day. I checked codes and found a 38 (Misfire cyl #7) and a 3E (Misfire, random multiple cyl). A first, I...

    Started by randerson‎, 04-22-2012 01:14 PM
    coil, misfire, valve cover
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 3,437
    08-15-2015, 09:30 AM Go to last post
  13. Tip of the day (yes, a bit late....)

    When windshield wiper performance diminishes, just changing the blades doesn't always work. The windshield itself needs to be thoroughly cleaned...

    Started by theJrod‎, 01-11-2002 01:28 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 2,493
    02-23-2015, 07:31 PM Go to last post
  14. Warning X5 Transfer Cases Flawed - Class Action?

    Dear Prospective Future X5 buyer ( and BMWUSA ), After some investigating internet bmw forums and speaking with numerous bmw part counter...

    Started by treztark6‎, 08-21-2008 10:36 PM
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    02-18-2015, 12:14 AM Go to last post
  15. Perma-VIN Etching....scam???

    Ok, I think I let one get past me....$295 for Perma-VIN? I was overwhelmed w/ the aroma of new car smell and must not have noticed them slip that...

    Started by David R.‎, 04-13-2002 06:33 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 2,644
    01-19-2015, 02:22 PM Go to last post
  16. Farewell to My Awesome E53 X5 4.8is!

    Though it was a bit painful, I finally brought myself to letting my awesome (new to me) E53 X5 go. I have been through three E53 X5s,...my first, a...

    Started by JMD540IS‎, 12-28-2014 09:56 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,106
    12-28-2014, 09:56 PM Go to last post
  17. Video: Air Suspension Pump Removal DIY Guide

    Hi guys, I just uploaded a video guide for removing the air suspension air pump from the rear of my E53 X5. I have a dual-axle suspension. My pump...

    Started by cncmastr‎, 11-15-2014 04:50 PM
    air bag, air suspension, pump
    • Replies: 0
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    11-15-2014, 04:50 PM Go to last post
  18. Vanity Mirror Lights do not work...

    Hi friends, I am a bit confused. I just realized (not sure how long they have been doing this) that my neither of vanity mirror lights do not...

    Started by DriverX‎, 10-17-2014 06:03 PM
    vanity mirror lights
    • Replies: 0
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    10-17-2014, 06:03 PM Go to last post
  19. Mannheim/ New England Auction Request for 2004-2006 bmw x5 3.0

    Wondering if someone can pull numbers on what 2004-2006 3.0 X5's with higher miles are running through the auctions at... I'm looking for a winter...

    Started by fortress‎, 09-24-2014 02:58 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 773
    09-24-2014, 02:58 AM Go to last post
  20. A fix for problematic power windows

    If you have a problematic power window which fails intermittently, sticking either full up or full down or jamming, here's a very easy, cheap fix....

    Started by frankie‎, 04-01-2007 12:03 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    07-15-2014, 12:54 PM Go to last post
  21. 2004 X5 console door lock button not working

    I can lock/unlock all the doors with the key, just the button on the console won't operate. The hazards work and i checked all fuses related to the...

    Started by gusser‎, 06-30-2013 02:56 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,207
    06-04-2014, 08:18 PM Go to last post
  22. Valve Cover Gaskets

    I discovered oil leaking on the passenger side down the side of the engine and also dripping on the exhaust. I replaced the valve cover gaskets and...

    Started by grussell‎, 05-28-2014 09:46 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 939
    05-28-2014, 09:46 AM Go to last post
  23. X5 parts are CHEAP these days!

    As the X5 gets older, the parts cost seems to be going down. I recall a few years ago, a new coil from the catalogs was like $175. I paid $75 at...

    Started by Robert Platt Bell‎, 10-04-2013 10:10 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,591
    05-27-2014, 10:20 PM Go to last post
  24. X5 4.4 extremely strange thing that happened.

    Hello all So my wife's 06 e53 X5 with about 120K on the clock had an alternator failure. I replaced the alternator BY THE BOOK as I always do,...

    Started by tommycat1313‎, 01-30-2014 11:17 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,183
    05-27-2014, 10:07 PM Go to last post
  25. Towing 7000 lbs with a X5 4.4l 6000 tow rating

    hey guys, I have read a few things and wondered if anyone had any personal experience or knowledge on towing over tow rating capacity. I have a...

    Started by Carlfluk‎, 04-27-2012 02:54 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 13,519
    04-26-2014, 02:17 AM Go to last post
  26. Navigation update

    Installed the nav update and 2011 road maps this weekend in my 4.8is. I bought the update from bavnav.net and it's awesome. Now I have perspective...

    Started by beecee‎, 11-14-2010 06:46 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 3,290
    04-25-2014, 08:21 PM Go to last post
  27. How long after brake warning light?

    I just found out that I need to take a four-hour road trip in my 2005 X5 3.0 before I can get in to see my mechanic next week. My brake pad warning...

    Started by johnbyrne‎, 09-15-2009 01:51 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 44,875
    04-05-2014, 12:23 AM Go to last post
  28. BMW E53 4.4i - Transmission Problem

    Hello, I own 2002 years BMW E53 4.4i I have changed all frictions and OIL/Filter in Transmission. Now on high RPM, transmission needs more time...

    Started by Unregistered‎, 03-19-2014 04:51 AM
    • Replies: 0
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    03-19-2014, 04:51 AM Go to last post
  29. BMW X5 trans failsafe program problems

    Hello, I have a 2002 BMW X5 and for the pass 3 weeks it occassionally locks up in 3rd gear while I am driving. I then have to pull over and cut the...

    Started by diva24x7‎, 08-29-2012 01:56 PM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 57,145
    02-13-2014, 11:38 AM Go to last post
  30. Re: Throttle "lag" when first starting from stop

    <i><p>Since your vehicle has drive-by-wire throttle, then unless the computer is malfunctioning, I doubt you have a problem. <p><br>Does anyone know...

    Started by Jay Gans y2k528 speed‎, 08-21-2001 02:19 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,316
    01-16-2014, 08:51 AM Go to last post
  31. Pre-emptive oil separator replacement?

    I've read about the horrible issues with the oil separator failing and am curious whether it makes sense to pre-emptively replace the part? My 05...

    Started by studioj‎, 02-16-2010 07:06 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 10,142
    01-14-2014, 10:05 PM Go to last post
  32. Best Boston detailing shop?

    Greetings,<p>Does anyone have an educated opinion on who in the Boston area offers the best high-end exterior wax jobs?

    Started by Eric‎, 10-05-2001 03:42 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 871
    01-09-2014, 04:26 PM Go to last post
  33. Engine Failsafe Prog.....my wife\'s X5 3.0i....

    ...sputtered and stalled twice yesterday and the "Engine Failsafe Prog" was displayed on the MID and some of the other warning lights came on also. ...

    Started by rodybmw‎, 03-16-2004 02:55 PM
    • Replies: 16
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    12-27-2013, 03:12 PM Go to last post
  34. X5 overheat, engine destroyed

    A friend has a 2001 X5 (3.0 6cyl) with 82k on it that expired on the freeway the other day with his wife driving. Apparently sprung a leak in the...

    Started by gjbrauch‎, 06-08-2006 05:46 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 13,819
    12-27-2013, 04:42 AM Go to last post
  35. Windows falling down in X5's

    I have a 2001 X5 and last week the right rear window just fell down inside the door frame and would not come up. The dealer said it is an "epidemic"...

    Started by murphy‎, 06-20-2003 11:18 AM
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    • Replies: 20
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    12-12-2013, 11:50 PM Go to last post
  36. Lost drive to front wheels

    Hi All First time poster seeking help. I have a 2006 X5 e53 3.0td auto. I had an issue where my 4x4, DSC and ABS dash lights all came on...

    Started by contactjt‎, 11-30-2013 01:57 PM
    gearbox fault, transfer box
    • Replies: 0
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    11-30-2013, 01:57 PM Go to last post
  37. Any tire recommendations for a 2005 X5 4.4 w/ sport package?

    I have a great set of snow tires (Gislavid Nord 5s) and as spring approaches, I need to replace the OEMs. Any suggestions for good summer tires is...

    Started by MajorWebUser‎, 03-09-2013 09:37 PM
    all-season, summer, tire
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,404
    11-23-2013, 10:47 PM Go to last post
  38. 2001 X5 Heater Blower ON, AC control Panel dead. New FSR did not fix.

    Ive got the HVAC fan going, it wont quit even if I turn off the ignition, and its on heat mode sends the air to the footwells. And the automatic temp...

    Started by platech1‎, 08-04-2012 06:01 PM
    a/c control, fsr, heater, hvac
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 21,226
    10-02-2013, 09:00 PM Go to last post
  39. Coil Failure

    Well, it finally happened, at 150,500 miles, almost across the street from the factory in which it was born. We were traveling through Spartanburg...

    Started by Robert Platt Bell‎, 10-01-2013 04:34 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 878
    10-01-2013, 04:34 PM Go to last post
  40. long wave radio interference diesel X5

    I know you guys in the USA dont have long wave, but to listen to the 5 days of a cricket test match it is essential.The car is a 3.0 l diesel auto...

    Started by paulleslie‎, 08-26-2004 07:16 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 784
    09-25-2013, 06:58 PM Go to last post

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