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Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 05-05-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 950
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: 315
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: 275
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: 953
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: 498
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: 741
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: 447
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: 833
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: 1,253
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: 521
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: 1,253
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...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-06-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 723
Posted By Carsly
I hope you realize you're going to chew up parts...

I hope you realize you're going to chew up parts in the transfer case AGAIN as soon as you start driving it if you don't restore the wheel setup to factory specs. That isn't to say you can't change...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 09-15-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,078
Posted By Carsly
If you've got any aftermarket equipment - stereo,...

If you've got any aftermarket equipment - stereo, DVD, etc. you may want to see if they have a latent drain if they were incorrectly wired and not attached to switched power.

I'd still start with...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Posted By Carsly
To feed power you can do so either under the hood...

To feed power you can do so either under the hood via the battery charging terminal and a ground or from within the trunk as the battery sits underneath the trunk carpet and spare tire. So what I'd...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-29-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 895
Posted By Carsly
I have the 4.6is BUT if you want maximum...

I have the 4.6is BUT if you want maximum reliability and affordable operation I'd also recommend the naturally aspirated 3.0 liter straight six, one of BMW's best engines of all time. Buy the lowest...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-29-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By Carsly
There used to be a Dinan Supercharger kit that...

There used to be a Dinan Supercharger kit that was available (no longer listed). I believe ESS has a supercharger kit as well that gets you to ~450HP.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-24-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By Carsly
Could be a nice find, again check the service...

Could be a nice find, again check the service history and Porando has a lot of good tips on regular wear items. I'd also assume about $4K worth of catch-up maintenance of some sort - brake pads and...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-10-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By Carsly
I have an '02 X5 4.6is with the older model 5...

I have an '02 X5 4.6is with the older model 5 speed auto trans that just crossed 45K miles (bought it with 36K two years ago). I've had the transmission fluid and differentials serviced in the last...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-23-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,010
Posted By Carsly
That's the segment of the lineup that will end up...

That's the segment of the lineup that will end up being transitional in the BMW history - first gen of crammed in electronics everywhere. Why shouldn't you be able to drop a battery into the car...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-23-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,010
Posted By Carsly
biased crowd but like you I sold an E60 550i to...

biased crowd but like you I sold an E60 550i to get into a low-mileage (36K when I bought it, just crossed 45K) E53 X5 4.6is.

I also liked the looks of the E60 but could tell the basket of...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 735
Posted By Carsly
does your blower turn off when the car is off /...

does your blower turn off when the car is off / key removed? You may have to listen closely, that's when I knew my FSR was shot.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-14-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By Carsly
I've got an '02 X5 4.6is with 43K that I bought...

I've got an '02 X5 4.6is with 43K that I bought two years ago with 36K on it. Outstanding handling, solidly built and I've fortunately had no major issues (knock on wood) but a few things have...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 06-09-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
Posted By Carsly
I had a similar situation purchasing an '02 X5...

I had a similar situation purchasing an '02 X5 4.6is w/36k last year from a private party (second owner) in NYC. Have put on about 5K in ~18 months. Some things to keep an eye on:
- CV boots -...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By Carsly
Thanks for the contest George. Sign me up! ...

Thanks for the contest George. Sign me up!

1. Carsly

BTW happy to share before and after pics if I win.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-20-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 36,438
Posted By Carsly
'02 X5 4.6is, just crossed 40K miles. Owned...

'02 X5 4.6is, just crossed 40K miles.

Owned it just over a year putting on about 4K miles, it's a great vehicle. Only minor issues thus far, a minor leak with a power steering hose (that was...
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