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Old 09-27-2012, 06:32 AM
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Outside door handle not working/questions

My mom just called and said she can't open the door from the outside.

Did some searching around/research and it seems like most common problem is Door Handle Carrier.

I found few instruction guides but wondering if anyone has any videos etc? I will most likely tackle this myself.

http://www.xoutpost.com/440278-post28.html
http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x5/...andle-fix.html
http://xdrivers.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=417.0

My question is, where should I get the part? Seems like OEM BMW one is garbage, am I better off going with some aftermarket brand?

What would you guys recommend?

Any other info would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:46 AM
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Local BMW wants $150

I found it at German auto parts .com and ECS Tuning for $50 bucks....$100 for BMW genuane part

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E53-X5-...andle_Carrier/

What do you guys think?
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:00 AM
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No need to go with BMW part. Aftermarket is fine. I bought the aftermarket replacement on eBay about 4 yrs ago and it's still working fine.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:14 AM
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Should I take it apart and see what's wrong? seems like some guys are doing DYI fixes to broken part vs replacing it.

Or should I just go ahead and purchase? ECS has it for 50 bucks.....
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:26 AM
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Normally, it was broken, not jammed so it might be hard to fix. I'd replace it at that price.
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