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Old 05-07-2013, 04:07 PM
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Do you maintain your x5 e53 yourself?...Your experience appreciated!

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Old 05-08-2013, 06:39 AM
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Luck has nothing to do with it, but thanks.

In all seriousness, if you have a copy of the TIS and/or a Bentley manual, you're more than halfway there. I also have an EBA CD (all the "retrofit" kits and instructions).

Toss in the DIYs from others who have BTDT and just about anything is within your grasp. A good set of tools is also assumed.

On the E46 forum, I was the first to figure out how to retrofit factory bi-xenon lights into an E46 3-series. All of the dealers said it couldn't be done and made up excuses. It took several hours to decipher to pin layout on the LCM, but once that was sorted, it was an easy DIY.

It's just a machine.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:10 PM
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From all the arguments it shows that world is full of grey areas, remind me of pro-life vs pro-choice both sides presented good arguments but alot of the debates is fuelled by looking at the issue in an extreme.

Same here, I consider myself DIYer guy but also agree rebuilding engine or transmission is probably best left to competent shop (dealer for example).
But in BMW many things is DIY candidate, I've done WP, thermostat, plugs, all kind fluid flush, suspension work, valve-cover gaskets, oil-separator etc etc etc.
At the end, it's how much money and time you are willing to trade not the dificulty of the jobs. I guess my boss don't think my weekend is worth $150/hr so I roll my sleeve and earn it in my garage (not the office)

PS: that $150 is after tax dollar money BTW.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:27 PM
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I have recently purchased a 2001 E53 X5 4.4i. I would recommend that if you are new to the BMW family that you take your vehicle to an auto shop that deal strictly with BMW's for your initial service. I would never recommend the dealer unless your vehicle is under warranty. I found a local shop that charges $84 per hour to service your vehicle and then they give you a print out of all the suggested repairs. Now here is where I go a little different from some; I have a trusted mechanic who has worked on all my vehicles and when I took it to him for the suggested repairs he took one look and said the exact same things that the BMW tech had told me with the exception of cost, instead of $600 for a part he told me to buy my own (brand new) for 1/3rd the cost and instead of paying $300 to replace the part, he charged me $80. So I am not against going to a BMW service place for your diagnostic work but you had better have someone you trust who is a certified mechanic do the work for you...yes you have to do the leg work on finding your parts but to pay $300 for a $900 BMW shop cost is a no brainer. If you can do the work yourself even better but I do not paying a professional to do what I don't want to attempt. Also since I use Amsoil for my oil changes my mechanic charges $10 to replace the filter & drain the oil.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:21 PM
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Do you maintain your x5 e53 yourself?...Your experience appreciated!

I do have the Bentley manual, only for referral and as information, not as a guide to repair. I still wouldn't touch my BMW, particularly not at this stage of its life, as it is still relatively young - only in its 7th year and has done 73000kms.


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Old 12-24-2014, 12:42 AM
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Oh my. It's just a machine. Anyone can service any car even a Ferrari. Changing timing belts might be difficult if there are special tools required but a simple oil change can be done by a 5 year old. Think about it this way guys, when you walk into a BMW workshop and you check the grease monkey working on the car does he look like he had a mechanical engineering degree and electrical engineering degree..... nope he is probably just a kid with a high school certificate that knows his way around the engine after been shown a few times.
So if it's just a oil change with filters do it yourself. If its more then take it in if you uncomfortable but you will save on every second service if you do it yourself.
Now if you worried about the service lights and hooking it up to a pc for diagnostic checks then no problem. That's the easiest part of the whole job. All you need is a ELM adapter and bluetooth it to your phone. There are lots of apps to use but BMWhat and torque work just fine. Can tell you any error code and there is a database of what each code is. That's even if you get any errors you probably won't have any.
Look in closing keep this one thing in mind. The guy working on your car cares less for it than you do. It's just a job for him and he is probably thinking of his new girlfriend or what he's doing for the weekend while he is working on your car. If you working on it you give 100%. If you have any problems you can still take it to a dealer and it will be cheaper cause you will know what the problem is which saves time on the labour if they had to look for the fault them selves. You just tell them what to fix.
I must point out that you shouldn't have to service the car if it's still under warranty haha.
Oh yes one more thing BMW was made by cleaver people so it's engineers actually thought about the services while designing the car and put things in logical order. Not like a Ford or toyota where if you need to change a battery you need to take off the wheels and remove all the doors and battle with 5000 screws in stupid places not made for hands to fit in. Lol
Enjoy servicing your BMW it's a treat to work on.
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:39 AM
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When I graduated from college many many years ago, the people at Midas ripped me off big time.
Then I figures out the above^^^. If kids with very little education can do it, then I can do it.
- Get over the FEAR factor.
- Read forums.
- Buy tools, follow instructions.
- Make mistakes ---> then you become a pro.

The internet has made things a lot easier than the 1980s...
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:42 AM
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When I graduated from college many many years ago, the people at Midas ripped me off big time.
Then I figures out the above^^^. If kids with very little education can do it, then I can do it.
- Get over the FEAR factor.
- Read forums.
- Buy tools, follow instructions.
- Make mistakes ---> then you become a pro.

The internet has made things a lot easier than the 1980s...
I had a similar experience with Midas and to this day I will never set foot in another Midas shop.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:14 AM
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I do have the Bentley manual, only for referral and as information, not as a guide to repair. I still wouldn't touch my BMW, particularly not at this stage of its life, as it is still relatively young - only in its 7th year and has done 73000kms.


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10yrs of being a BMW merc mechanic, and your opinion doesnt go hand in hand. Sounds like some bad experience is resorting to your opinion. But hey its your call. There is a saying that i dont recall exactly..goes like this..Guy who learn by mistake is smart !, Guy who learns from others mistake is Wise. We members are here to learn from other folks who have been sucessful and help out from our experience as well. Isnt that a GREAT THING !! I take pride when i achieve results by myself. Having said that at every step of way i check and ensure if its within my calibre else ONLY take it to a reliable Mechanic.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:51 PM
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I am shocked at Prometheus comments, former Mercedes mechanic, an electrical engineer and does not have the courage to fix the E53. I only have one word to say "sad".

If you have no time and make a lot of money, I understand why you are willing to pay dealer.

With appropriate software, laptop, you can diagnose and fix virtually any issues. The kids at dealership do not have an electrical engineering degree.

The E53 is no different than other cars...It can be fixed by the owner.

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Old 01-16-2015, 11:33 AM
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I am on my 10th BMW/MINI and do just about all of the maintenance myself in my garage. I have maintained the e53 myself except replacing the radiator that blew in front of an Indy i get some parts from. I could have done that myself, but didn't have time then and needed it back on the road. Our e53 now has 175k and runs great. I will be chasing a radio issue this weekend. I have a garage, no lift and a good set of tools. With the Bently manual and the forums you should be able to handle alot. I recently setup INPA Ediabas on my laptop and can now read codes/clear codes and see diagnostics.

We also had an e34 and if you can work on that you should be able to handle the e53 IMHO.
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Where could I get that BENTLEY manual ?
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:09 PM
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Ok so I have an update to my previous post. I recently changed the brake fluid for the 2 yearly interval as the iDrive told me too. Didn't even have to jack the car up. Fantastic easy one man job. But to come back to the resetting of the service interval it was the easiest part. You hold in the trip reset and the computer menu button on the steering stalk and you enter the service menu. It was easier than I thought. And if you wondering about the service history don't cause the car stores the new info on the key the next time you start the engine. So if you took it to the dealership and gave them the key to check the service records it will show that it is done.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:29 AM
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Oh my. It's just a machine. Anyone can service any car even a Ferrari. Changing timing belts might be difficult if there are special tools required but a simple oil change can be done by a 5 year old. Think about it this way guys, when you walk into a BMW workshop and you check the grease monkey working on the car does he look like he had a mechanical engineering degree and electrical engineering degree..... nope he is probably just a kid with a high school certificate that knows his way around the engine after been shown a few times.
So if it's just a oil change with filters do it yourself. If its more then take it in if you uncomfortable but you will save on every second service if you do it yourself.
Now if you worried about the service lights and hooking it up to a pc for diagnostic checks then no problem. That's the easiest part of the whole job. All you need is a ELM adapter and bluetooth it to your phone. There are lots of apps to use but BMWhat and torque work just fine. Can tell you any error code and there is a database of what each code is. That's even if you get any errors you probably won't have any.
Look in closing keep this one thing in mind. The guy working on your car cares less for it than you do. It's just a job for him and he is probably thinking of his new girlfriend or what he's doing for the weekend while he is working on your car. If you working on it you give 100%. If you have any problems you can still take it to a dealer and it will be cheaper cause you will know what the problem is which saves time on the labour if they had to look for the fault them selves. You just tell them what to fix.
I must point out that you shouldn't have to service the car if it's still under warranty haha.
Oh yes one more thing BMW was made by cleaver people so it's engineers actually thought about the services while designing the car and put things in logical order. Not like a Ford or toyota where if you need to change a battery you need to take off the wheels and remove all the doors and battle with 5000 screws in stupid places not made for hands to fit in. Lol
Enjoy servicing your BMW it's a treat to work on.
^^^^ What he said.
My daughter just got a 2001 X5 and I have to say the spark plug replacement was one of the easiest I have ever done. Ive been going through it and fixing little things here and there but its not rocket science by any means.

I'm even doing the gauge cluster light fix. $20 and about 1hr from start to finish vs $500+ at the dealer? No brainer.
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