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Old 01-12-2016, 05:45 PM
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Exclamation New member and have a lot of questions about my 2004 X5

Hey guys, I'm new here and my mother just handed down her x5 to me. It's a 2 owner with 173k and pretty clean... Needs service..

Services needed to be done:

- Transmission and diff fluid (trans-safe came on)
- bank 1 sensor 1 O2 sensor
- both front cv axles (boots are busted)
- oil and oil filter

Am I missing anything else? My moms had it since about 99k and the previous owner says that tranny service hasn't been done. Everything else has been maintaind regularly until 99k. Services done since 99k: oil & filter every 3k, brakes & roters... That's all I can remember. I'm a college student so most work will be done by me. My budget for this round is about $1k. Please guide me through this as I would like this x5 to survive. Thanks in advance, Simeon
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:22 PM
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I moved your post to our X5 sub-forum, you will get more help in here.
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:01 AM
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First, welcome. For the fluid changes and other maintenance items Pelican Parts has a great collection of how-to with photos on their site (they are a vendor that sell BMW and Porsche parts). I have always liked them as they are quite thorough with the steps. Do check that out first!

CV boots I usually do myself (buy the rubber boots and packing grease and assemble myself. But sometimes if you don't have time or want to deal with all the grease, buy a rebuilt one and swap the whole axle assembly out...

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Old 01-18-2016, 12:27 PM
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- Transmission and diff fluid (trans-safe came on)
Yeah I would do this ASAP. http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarti..._Replacing.htm
- bank 1 sensor 1 O2 sensor
Be careful here. There is a good chance your CCV is bad. Does it idle rough? Is there a misfire also in the codes? Does it smell like burning old after you get out? If so, i'd this its the CCV not your sensors. Here is a guide to fix:
- both front cv axles (boots are busted)
For this job, i would disconnect the hub enough to pull the cv out from the inside (I.e. don't remove the wheel nut/collar). Follow this guide: http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...0-minutes.html
- oil and oil filter
Always a good idea.

Also, Ebay is usually the best place to get parts I have noticed. I am a college student too and parts for these cars can be a bit pricey even with doing the work yourself!
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