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

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:06 PM
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melted and soft plastic door handles

Anyone else have this problem on their door handles? I'm in Houston, TX so maybe the heat have something to do with it? it's pretty nasty

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:09 PM
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Maybe it's hotter in Houston than in South Jersey but that looks plain ugly!

I've never had my BMW's interior parts get chewed up like that ... but then again I usually leave my wife locked in the trunk where she can't do any real damage!
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:21 PM
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Somebody job posted a DIY for this. do a search. I think it's rings. No ring on my fingers and I've never had this happen to any of my cars, but I've seen it on many used ones.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:29 PM
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Somebody job posted a DIY for this. do a search. I think it's rings. No ring on my fingers and I've never had this happen to any of my cars, but I've seen it on many used ones.
sh1t, i think you are absolutely right about the rings. I don't wear rings and my handles are perfect. Both the front and rear passenger door handles have these marks. if i replace the handles, what's preventing them from getting chewed up and looking nasty again? I'm very surprised by how soft these plastic handles are.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:44 PM
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I believe it can be replaced independently from the rest of the rest of the door panel, but I'm not 100% sure.

In this diagram it shows part number 14 as what you probably need:



I recently replaced the driver side door pull: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=759529. In that thread I poset instructions on how to pull up the part number of those interior parts that very much option dependent. You can use realoem to look them up, but it can be confusing if you don't have the actual option code handy
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:02 PM
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I have this too and I can only assume it was some sort of cream my wife was putting on her hands, I replaced than handle with a new one, told her to stop putting cream on her hands before getting in the car and it has been fine ever since.

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Old 03-24-2014, 06:02 PM
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that is the workings of a rear passenger side child seat...
another common issue is the air vent being broken on the same side if that is the cause along with exacerbating the pivot bolt issue.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:45 PM
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Anyone else have this problem on their door handles? I'm in Houston, TX so maybe the heat have something to do with it? it's pretty nasty

I had the same issue, I bought new ones at getbmwparts, around $40 each. they are basically snap ins.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:41 PM
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That really looks like a reaction to a chemical. It looks like when my wife tried to take something off of the dryer window with goof off.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:01 PM
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That really looks like a reaction to a chemical. It looks like when my wife tried to take something off of the dryer window with goof off.

I don't think it's a chemical reaction the plastic or rubber there feels soft. Like a firmer version of play dough. I can make an indentation with my nails pretty easily.


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Old 03-24-2014, 10:04 PM
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I had the same problem and did a fix for these with real leather recover from a local shop. The handles now look even more luxurious. You can remove those 3 handles and send them to your local shoe maker who can recover them with real leather.
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:04 PM
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I believe it can be replaced independently from the rest of the rest of the door panel, but I'm not 100% sure.



In this diagram it shows part number 14 as what you probably need:







I recently replaced the driver side door pull: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=759529. In that thread I poset instructions on how to pull up the part number of those interior parts that very much option dependent. You can use realoem to look them up, but it can be confusing if you don't have the actual option code handy

Thanks I'm gonna get a replacement handle. Hopefully it won't happen again.


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Old 03-24-2014, 10:05 PM
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I had the same problem and did a fix for these with real leather recover from a local shop. The handles now look even more luxurious. You can remove those 3 handles and send them to your local shoe maker who can recover them with real leather.

Can you post a pic of your recovered handles? I'm really interested. Thanks.


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Old 03-24-2014, 10:06 PM
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I had the same issue, I bought new ones at getbmwparts, around $40 each. they are basically snap ins.

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Old 03-24-2014, 11:02 PM
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Can you post a pic of your recovered handles? I'm really interested. Thanks.


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Here for your ref. Mine costs 25$ for recovering 3 pcs with real black leather. It is really cheap against paying 50$ for each one replacement.

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Old 03-25-2014, 07:58 AM
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wow, that looks great just like OEM. So you went to a shoe repair place? How long have you had it restored like that? Is it holding up well from daily use?

btw, are you Vietnamese? noticed your location. I'm Vietnamese too.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:02 AM
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that leather wrap looks oem... well done.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:18 AM
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I just bought a 2007 X5 and all 3 handles look like that.....rings and children combination I think.


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Old 03-25-2014, 05:25 PM
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wow, that looks great just like OEM. So you went to a shoe repair place? How long have you had it restored like that? Is it holding up well from daily use?

btw, are you Vietnamese? noticed your location. I'm Vietnamese too.
Yes, I am Vnmese and in Hanoi. There's a guy doing the leather restoring service for steering wheels, dashboard and the same like this. But I think a shoe repairer or maker can do this provided he has the similar leather like your interior. It took only 2 hours to complete. If you are in Hanoi too I can tell you his cell phone.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:26 PM
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Yes, I am Vnmese and in Hanoi. There's a guy doing the leather restoring service for steering wheels, dashboard and the same like this. But I think a shoe repairer or maker can do this provided he has the similar leather like your interior. It took only 2 hours to complete. If you are in Hanoi too I can tell you his cell phone.
Actually, I'm in Houston, Tx never been to Vietnam before. One day i will go.

Ok, I will try to find a shoe repair or auto upholstery place in town. Hopefully, they can do a good job like yours. Thanks for the idea.
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I have a 2008 335i and I am having the same problem with my passenger side door handle. It is sticky and gets on your hand when you get out of the car.
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:25 PM
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I have a 2008 335i and I am having the same problem with my passenger side door handle. It is sticky and gets on your hand when you get out of the car.
I just ordered the OEM replacements and snapped them in. cost about $45 each. I replaced all three doors. Driver's door don't have that type of handle in my X5.
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Old 02-11-2015, 05:48 AM
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Angry door handle melted

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Anyone else have this problem on their door handles? I'm in Houston, TX so maybe the heat have something to do with it? it's pretty nasty

I have the same problem. Feels like my kids put some gum on it. I am in florida so I was thinking the same thing about the heat but come on this is a BMW this should not happen.
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