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Old 02-24-2009, 01:49 AM
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Exclamation Very Bumpy ride!!! Plz help!

Hello im new to bimmerfest and any help would be appreciated.
I just purchased a 2001 X5 4.4i and Ive noticed that its very bumpy i used to own a 2000 528i and it was much smoother. Any one know anything about this issue? or any recommendations? Thanks
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:58 AM
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Bumpy or bouncy? Have the shocks checked?
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:31 AM
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The 528 is a great sedan. The X-5 is a great truck. That and the fact your 528 didn't have run flat tires explains a lot.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:05 AM
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Uh, did you happen to get one with sport suspension?
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:08 AM
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I had E53 with sports package + 19'' rims --> Ride was pretty stiff and bumpy compared to my current E70.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:51 AM
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You're lucky you didn't get an X3 now THAT's a "Bumpy Ride"! You should check the air in your tires first. Then if no problem was found take it to your good indy BMW shop and tell them to check the shocks and suspension to see if perhaps something is wrong there. You do have an 8 year old car so it is not unreasonable to expect some repairs are needed. If nothing is found, then you have joined the wonderful world of stiff handling BMW SAV's. Some will say that it is the price you pay for having the "best" SAV out there performance wise. Personally I don't accept that as other SUV/SAV's I have driven have equal or better performance and ride much smoother IMHO. Some of these include the Lexus GX series, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes ML, and Infiniti FX. Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:21 PM
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Its kinda both Bumpy and bouncy...i took it in to my bmw dealer i had them check the suspenion..they found that my rear subframe mounts were damaged soo i changed both. I do feel a bit of a difference but not that much! how much would it cost to change the shocks?
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:52 PM
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Hello. I believe you purchased the air ride suspension model(sport). Good luck ! you will need it . I had the same issue with mine and I hated it! one day my suspension blew( air bags). The air compressor was trying to fill the air bag but it didnt do a thing to it. believe me ,its a bit complex, These cars came with a self leveling suspension that uses air bags as a spring. unfortunately the air bags are very stiff because you dont have any additional weight on them to compensate. What sucks is that the air bag will only get filled up with air more and more as you load the vehicle, making it stiffer. Bad on your back too! I myself removed one of the air bags and took it to a local junkyard. I purchased a pair of steel springs from an unknown vehicle that were the same diameter but not length as the extended airbag. I had to cut them and have them flattened at the ends . After all that , I disconnected all my tubing and pulled the air compressor unit out. had a friend weld a pair of cups or fittings for the springs to sit on the upper control arm and voila! All I have to do is purchase a self leveling code delete sem\nspr from Eibach suspensions. Dont take mmy word for it. All this work was tidious and time consuming but, rides beautifully and suspension is very soft ! I do have pictures of the cups I made and the springs in the cups and on the the vehicle if you would like to look at them . Please again dont take my word for doiing such a thing to your vehicle. There are sellers on E bay that will sell you the air suspension retrofit set for about 700 to 800 dollars. Befor any other expenses on your vehicle consider the kits I believe its well worth it.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:34 PM
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Have you had any warnings on dash "self level suspension" if yes then check your fuses. If not and your trunk area is sitting too low then you have popped your air bags. The sport pack version with run flats are notorious for hard bumpy rides.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:31 PM
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I have a '01 4.4 with the sport package, has always been wicked stiff even with 150,000 logged. I just had to replace my rear air springs, but the self level suspension inactive scroll came up and you could hear the leak. surprisingly they were a piece of cake to replace, two clips and a pin. The most complicated part was taking all of the interior stuff out of the hatch area.
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FYI...you do know that you are responding to a thread that was started back in 2009, right? And the last time the OP posted to the forum was in Dec 2010. More than likely they don't even frequent the forum any longer since they have posted anything in over 2 years.

Not sure why this thread was brought back from the grave.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by QSilver7 View Post
FYI...you do know that you are responding to a thread that was started back in 2009, right? And the last time the OP posted to the forum was in Dec 2010. More than likely they don't even frequent the forum any longer since they have posted anything in over 2 years.

Not sure why this thread was brought back from the grave.
Mwahahaha OOPS Rookie mistake new to the Forum "mental note to self LOOK AT POST DATE MORON" hahah thanks QSilver
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