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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:17 PM
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Sunroof Drain

I've searched and searched, I've even gone to realoem with no luck.

Where the fargh is the sunroof drain on an E70 and where does it drain out? Anyone know for sure or do I have to find out so I can tell ya'll? I've got a guy.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:59 AM
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In my other cars the sunroof drains are located in front of the sunroof, one in each corner. I am too lazy to go out to check it on mine, but try to look for it there.

To locate the outlet, take a bottle of water and pour the water in to the drains and see where it comes out

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Old 01-31-2013, 11:05 AM
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IIRC there are four drains, one in each corner. Fronts drain down under the car next to front jacking points; rears combine under the roof and drain near the left tailgate hinge.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:19 AM
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Awesome, thanks. I will see if I can find them. Just glad I had Weathertech mats otherwise it would have been much worse.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:51 AM
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Did you have water come inside from plugged drains? That can be a major PITA if the water seeps below the floor.

This happened on our XC90 and it was a mess, there must have been a gallon of water underneath the floor panel. Noticed it when I could hear sloshing noise whenever braking or accelerating. Had to rip the floor open and remove front seats and let it dry in the sun. The plugging was due to a design flaw in the drain hose, I think there is a class action lawsuit against Volvo on this.

Keep us posted.

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:30 PM
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The ice storm last week caused some water to come into the truck. The weathertech caught most of it I believe. About 6-8 ounces of water sitting in the mat when I finally found it with some dampness in the carpet underneath. Could have been worse as I have heard stories of X3s with water pouring out of the dome lights.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:56 PM
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Sorry to hear. Just to be certain, I would suggest removing some of the floor carpet to see if there's dampness underneath. Can quickly lead to mold if not taken care of. Also, I imagine there are electrical wires running underneath the floor, damp condition can't be good for them either.
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Also, check the space in the trunk behind side covers - if rear drains are clogged and/or disconnected, water may go down c-pillars and damage electrical units there.
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I guess if we know where the drains are we could blow it clear periodically with a air can right?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:03 PM
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I'll let ya'll know if I find them this weekend.
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Do yourself a favor and research what happened with all the E60 535 wagons that had clogged drains. Fried electronics are no fun. Especially when BMW denies the warranty claim.

I would check yours while you still have a fighting chance to dry them out. G/L

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I guess if we know where the drains are we could blow it clear periodically with a air can right?
Air can or a compressor will do fine, just don't go crazy with the pressure; push too hard, and you'll be taking the trim pieces off to reconnect the drain tubes.

And on the related topic, checking and cleaning drains behind the firewall is equally important.

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had this problem before. Used a spool of line from a weed sacker and pushed through from the drain holes in the sun roof. Clears out all the gunk. Test afterward with a garden hose to ensure that holes are open.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:25 PM
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OK so I tried to find and clear the drains today. Didn't work out too well. Couldn't find the drains and in the process of looking I pulled up on the wind deflector, which then proceeded to break off in my hand.

I will be taking it to someone that knows what the hell they are doing.....................
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