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Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-20-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By Carsly
If you purchased it from a dealer you may want to...

If you purchased it from a dealer you may want to contact the State Attorney General's office if it's just been a month. Leaky valve stem seals are an issue that builds up over time and was likely...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-11-2017, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By Carsly
I can tell you, definitively, that the bluetooth...

I can tell you, definitively, that the bluetooth in my 2002 X5 4.6is works perfectly with my iPhone 6S (and 5S and 5 before that).

Not sure why the iPhone 7 would suddenly cause things to stop...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-10-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By Carsly
Looks pretty normal actually, if anything your...

Looks pretty normal actually, if anything your repair costs have been quite low for each issue. If you didn't get complete service records or know that a lot of wear items have been done recently...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-06-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By Carsly
On the backup camera retrofit, you'll find part...

On the backup camera retrofit, you'll find part numbers and instructions here http://www.bmwmotorsports.org/pdf/e53/rearcamera-x5.pdf

I found the OEM camera and wiring parts on ebay via a seller...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-06-2017, 05:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By Carsly
You can retrofit a backup camera to the factory...

You can retrofit a backup camera to the factory system, and if your car was pre-wired you can also retrofit bluetooth if you don't already have it. I did both to my 2002 X5 and find it's much more...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 883
Posted By Carsly
I leased a 2005 X3 3.0i for three years and it...

I leased a 2005 X3 3.0i for three years and it never had an issue. Mind you, it was a brand new car and it was the second model year (I'd avoid the 2004's). I had the same 2.5L engine you're...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 883
Posted By Carsly
One thing to note about these older X5's is that...

One thing to note about these older X5's is that you get a lot of car for the money, but parts and labor are both expensive and things tend to fail over time (not just mileage) so if you're not handy...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-13-2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Carsly
I also thought about a 4.8is but ended up buying...

I also thought about a 4.8is but ended up buying a 4.6is, fewer issues with the engine, air suspension, etc. on the older models. Slightly lighter and I prefer the front-end and M3-like steering...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-17-2017, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By Carsly
Sounds like you have a leak / system isn't...

Sounds like you have a leak / system isn't holding pressure when the car is turned off.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 12-09-2016, 08:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 716
Posted By Carsly
jdauria is spot on, these are rare, frankly...

jdauria is spot on, these are rare, frankly brilliant, machines. I sold an '08 E60 550i to get into my current '02 E53 X5 4.6is and couldn't be happier. Yes, you have to stay on top of maintenance...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-29-2016, 06:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,306
Posted By Carsly
Before retrofitting you'll want to make sure you...

Before retrofitting you'll want to make sure you SUV is pre-wired for phone. I see option code 640 Car Telephone Preparation on the build sheet for my '02 X5 4.6is and sure enough the wiring...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 10-03-2016, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 732
Posted By Carsly
On any AWD car you should generally replace all...

On any AWD car you should generally replace all four tires at the same time. Otherwise differences in rotational speeds could be interpreted by the car to be slippage so it will try to reapportion...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 09-21-2016, 01:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By Carsly
Depending on who you believe, the 4.6 was an...

Depending on who you believe, the 4.6 was an Alpina designed or Alpina-assembled version http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x5-e53-forum/56283d1350317265-what-makes-4-6is-4.6.pdf

Increased bore,...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 09-20-2016, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By Carsly
I have an '02 X5 4.6is, the predecessor to this...

I have an '02 X5 4.6is, the predecessor to this car, and though I like the E53 quite a bit (I got out of an E60 550i to buy it) I'm a bit leery of the later 4.8is. I looked at a number of them and...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 05-05-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,201
Posted By Carsly
Sorry to hear it, I hate driving in NYC for the...

Sorry to hear it, I hate driving in NYC for the same reason. Well, cabs are often somewhat predictable in their erratic driving, it's the buses who do whatever they please that are more troublesome....
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-29-2016, 06:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By Carsly
Sorry to hear about this incident and glad you're...

Sorry to hear about this incident and glad you're all okay.

This doesn't sound like any fault of BMW or the X5 itself, it's really lack of diligence when buying a used car and buying from a...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-28-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 331
Posted By Carsly
start with the easiest things first: 1 - tire...

start with the easiest things first:
1 - tire pressures. Depending on where you live we're into spring so a good time to check tire pressures all around and make sure you don't have any tires...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-25-2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,120
Posted By Carsly
There is always an answer in between

I'm toying with selling my 2002 X5 4.6is with 49K miles. All major services have been done in the last 3 years - front CV boots, tires, battery, brakes (pads and rotors), cooling system, light...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-10-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Carsly
Is it actually off when you turn it off? Quick...

Is it actually off when you turn it off? Quick check is turn on the rear cabin fan and turn off the car. If the fan is still running you've got a bad Final Stage Resistor (FSR). It's a ~$50 part...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-16-2016, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 851
Posted By Carsly
1. Depends on the specific model but my '02 X5...

1. Depends on the specific model but my '02 X5 4.6is came with 20" rims from the factory with 275's on the front and 315's on the rear.
2. You may want to check your trunk, there should be an...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By Carsly
It's pretty straightforward. 1) Open the...

It's pretty straightforward.

1) Open the hood
2) Look around
3) There is no turbocharger!
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 959
Posted By Carsly
Porando has nailed it. Would add brake pads and...

Porando has nailed it. Would add brake pads and rotors on all four corners, final stage resistor (because it will go and kill your battery with it), check all your light bulbs / turn signal bulbs...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-22-2016, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,449
Posted By Carsly
No one can predict the future. It's an older...

No one can predict the future. It's an older car, maintenance expenses and failures generally increase with age - just as they do with just about everything else, including the human body.
...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-21-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By Carsly
checked to make sure you don't have any interior...

checked to make sure you don't have any interior lights on (perhaps with a burned out bulb?)? How about the battery cables? Are the cables in good shape with clean connectors? And was the new...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-21-2016, 09:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,449
Posted By Carsly
It's the difference in maintenance between a...

It's the difference in maintenance between a $50-70K German car (at original MSRP) and $18-25K Japanese car (at original MSRP). My Honda Pilot has less upkeep than my BMW X5 4.6is, it's the nature...
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