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  • 01-12-2011, 10:43 AM
    XZ-Driver

    Re: Door won't open

    Give yourself plenty of time doing this for the first time. Robert Platt Bell probably can give you an honest estimate based on the experiance he has in taking the door apart. You will wan to be carefull not to break the door cover snaps but as suggested by the xoutpost author, purchasing some additional snaps may be prudent. For me I would expect 2 hrs if you do not encounter any problems and you are carefull to document your steps so that after you replace the parts you can back track to reassemble the door. Good luck.
  • 01-11-2011, 02:31 PM
    johnbyrne

    Re: Door won't open

    Thanks so much. Any idea how many hours the job should take a reasonably competent fellow?
  • 01-11-2011, 11:36 AM
    XZ-Driver

    Re: Door won't open

    Go to xoutpost.com and hit the tab "How To's" for X5. There is artical 32 under Body, Wheels and Styling. the location is


    http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x5/body-style/55388-e53-broken-outside-door-handle-fix.html
  • 01-11-2011, 01:55 AM
    johnbyrne

    Re: Door won't open

    Oh, and - duh - my E53 is an '05 3.0, if that makes any difference.
  • 01-11-2011, 01:55 AM
    johnbyrne

    Door won't open

    Howdy. I went to open my driver's side door on a sub-freezing day last week and felt something give in the mechanism and now the handle is more or less sticking out of its housing a bit, so now the door only opens from the inside.

    I've gathered from some online research that it's likely that the Bowden cable or part of its housing inside the door has failed, but I'm unclear as to exactly how involved the repair process is. A local indie shop is quoting $330 for the job based on my description of the symptoms over the phone, but if I thought I could save $100 or more by doing it myself I might be willing to give it a shot.

    Thanks in advance for any guidance you can share.

    John

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