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Old 09-05-2013, 11:54 AM
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Question Do I actually have sports pkg suspension?

Hello I just purchased a 2002 X5 with all the options (even has tow hitch and sunroof). I have the sports steering wheel (3 spoke) and the clear indicator lights front and rear. But I don't have the sports seats (mine are heated seats with electric headrest elevation and electric lumbar) or the sports size tires (mine are 255/55 18 inch). The person I bought it from said the X5 has the sports pkg plus it has the climate pkg (sun shades and rear a/c).

Is the steering wheel and clear indicator lights enough to prove the vehicle has a sports suspension? Or did he just swap out the steering wheel and indicator lights to the clear ones?

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Old 09-05-2013, 03:13 PM
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Hi Tony ,

When I bought my 2005 X5 a few weeks ago , I went to the local dealership for the first time to order a spare key . They immediately printed out a sheet of all my cars specs and options as per my VIN number . Before that sheet I had no idea what my car had as far as the options go . Now I exactly know what it has.
I would suggest going to your local dealership and get that sheet . You will feel much better
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:17 PM
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I have to buy a spare key as well. I guess I'll print out that sheet too as you suggested.

Thanks Tolgatt
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:34 PM
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What's the last 7 digits of your VIN? We can look your build sheet up with those last 7.

BTW...it reads like you have the 16-way Comfort Seats? The 16-way comfort seats include a 2-way upper articulating back feature...as well as the regular 8-way seat features + 4-way lumbar feature+2-way electric headrests. The 16-way comfort seats may have been selected over the sport seats.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:45 PM
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QSilver7...I was thinking the same thing about the seats. Now I wonder about the suspension.

The last 7 digits are:
LH38525
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:53 PM
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QSilver7...I was thinking the same thing about the seats. Now I wonder about the suspension.

The last 7 digits are:
LH38525
Double check the last 7 digits of your VIN...I'm getting an error message.
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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 09-05-2013, 08:59 PM
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That's definitely the last 7.

Here's the last 10:
592LH38525
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:23 PM
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For some reason, your VIN isn't pulling up anything...sorry. Perhaps some of the other forum members that have VIN access will have more luck and get back to you.

Until then, some other"visual" cues of the sport pkg that you didn't mention are:
shadowline trim (instead of chrome trim around the windows etc)
anthracite (dark gray) headliner (instead of color coded headline)
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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

http://imageshack.com/scaled/grid240/822/e38e532ndsigpic.jpg
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:44 AM
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Well, I definitely don't have the chrome trim around the windows. Instead it has a dark trim (like black rubber). Plus it has visors on the outside of all four windows. But the headliner is very dark. It seems to match the black leather interior. I'm not too sure how dark anthracite is suppose to look. But if it looks almost black then that's probably what I have. So far everything points to having the sports pkg except for the wheel size.

Thanks for trying the vin for me. Hopefully, someone on the forum will have better luck. If not, I'll check it at the dealer.

Thank you for all your help.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:39 AM
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Hi Tony

I have the sports package on my X5. the tale tale signs are as posted previously anthracite head liner, sports steering wheel - much chunkier and thicker than a normal steering wheel, 19 inch wheels mine are 285x45x19 on the rear and 255x50x19 on the front. air suspension on the rear (you should have a compressor located under the spare wheel) clear indicators. full leather interior. I have sports seats with electric heating and electric lumbar support and of course the 3 position memory. my rear seats are also electrically heated and electrically adjustable (not seen this on any other X5). I also have chrome all around the windows and chrome wing mirors!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:48 PM
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TonyX5, here's your built sheet for your X5

Model description: X5 4.4I
Market: USA
Type: FB33
E-Code: E53
Chassis: Sports Activity Vehicle
Steering: left
Doors: 5
Engine: M62/TU - 4,40l (210kW)
Drive: All-Wheel Drive (xDrive)
Transmission: automatic
Body Color: OXFORDGRUEN 2 METALLIC
Upholstery: STANDARDLEDER/SCHWARZ
Production date: 30.07.2002
Assembled in: Spartanburg


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Standard Equipment


S220A
Niveauregulierung Self-levelling suspension

S249A
Multifunktion für Lenkrad Multifunction f steering wheel

S302A
Alarmanlage Alarm system

S321A
Exterieurumfänge in Wagenfarbe Exterior parts in vehicle color

S354A
Frontscheibe grün Grünkeil Green windscreen, green shade band

S437A
Edelholzausführung Fine wood trim

S459A
Sitzverstellung elektrisch mit Memory Seat adjuster, electric, with memory

S473A
Armlehne vorne Armrest front

S533A
Fond-Klimatisierung Air conditioning, rear

S534A
Klimaautomatik Automatic air conditioning

S640A
Vorbereitung Telefoneinbau universal Preparation f tel.installation universal

S645A
BMW US Radio BMW US Radio

S692A
CD-Wechsler I-Bus Vorbereitung Preparation, BMW 6-CD changer I-bus

S845A
Akustische Gurtwarnung Acoustic belt warning

S853A
Sprachversion englisch Language version English

S876A
Funkfrequenz 315 MHz Radio frequency 315 MHz

S992A
Steuerung Kennzeichenbefestigung Control of number-plate attachment



Code

Sonderausstattung

Optional Equipment


S205A
Automatikgetriebe Automatic transmission

S226A
Sportliche Fahrwerksabstimmung Sports suspension settings <-Here's the indication of Sport Pkg

S255A
Sport-Lederlenkrad Airbag Sports leather steering wheel

S257A
Deaktivierung Seitenairbag hinten

S261A
Seitenairbag für Fondpassagiere Side airbags for rear passengers

P330A
Sportpaket Sports package <-Here's the definite answer

S376A
BMW LM Rad Sternspeiche 74

S386A
Dachreling Roof railing

S403A
Glasdach elektrisch Glass roof, electrical

S417A
Sonnenschutzrollo Tür hinten Roller sun vizor, rear door

S430A
Innen-/Aussensp. mit Abblendautomatik Interior/outside mirror with auto dip

S441A
Raucherpaket Smoker package

S456A
Komfortsitz mit Memory Comfort seat with memory

S461A
Sitzlehnenverstellung elektrisch hinten Electric seat backrest adjustment, rear

S464A
Skisack Ski bag

S494A
Sitzheizung Fahrer/Beifahrer Seat heating driver/passenger

S502A
Scheinwerferreinigungsanlage Headlight cleaning system

S508A
Park Distance Control (PDC) Park Distance Control (PDC)

S521A
Regensensor Rain sensor

S522A
Xenon-Licht Xenon Light

S609A
Navigationssystem Professional Navigation system Professional

S677A
HiFi System Professional DSP HiFi System Professional DSP

S690A
Cassettenhalterung Cassette holder

S761A
Individual Sonnenschutzverglasung Individual sunshade glazing

S775A
Dachhimmel anthrazit Headlining anthracite

S785A
Blinkleuchten weiss White direction indicator lights

S926A
vollwertiges Ersatzrad Spare wheel
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:42 PM
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Along with the Cold, Sports, Premium, Rear Climate packages, and Nav, you also have rear airbags (though it says they are deactivated) and the hifi stereo with dsp. Check the compartment on the drivers side in the trunk to see if you have the 6 disc changer installed.

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Old 09-06-2013, 07:44 PM
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Thanks fellas on coming threw with the info...don't know why I couldn't pull up the info. I even looked up used 02 X5s just to get the VIN sequence...and still got shot down

The rear airbags even when optioned, must be activated by the owner upon delivery. I think this has to do with the danger to young or small people...or if the owner feels rear passengers will be few...why waste a bag.
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91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 09-08-2013, 12:27 PM
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Free VIN decoder

If you need to check out what you have try this decoder.

http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:37 AM
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:59 AM
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Thank you all for hour help. I feel a lot better knowing that I have the sports pkg even though I don't have the sports wheels and front seats.

Thank you again,
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:55 AM
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I have a related question. Do all X5's have a 'sport' mode auto transmission or only the V8's or is it part of the sport package?
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:10 PM
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I think all of the V8's have steptronic but it's most likely option on the 3.0i because the 3.0i offers manual transmission (which does not have steptronic or opting for automatic on the 3.0i which would most likely come with steptronic.

Steptronic and "sports pkg" are not the same thing.

At least that is my understanding.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:17 AM
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...Do all X5's have a 'sport' mode auto transmission or only the V8's...
All e53 X5s with an auto tranny imported to the USA have STEPTRONIC & ATC (adaptive transmission control). And STEPTRONIC has a manually selectable sport mode.


STEPTRONIC GEAR SHIFT: PRND M/S +/-



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91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 09-11-2013, 07:41 AM
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All e53 X5s with an auto tranny imported to the USA have STEPTRONIC & ATC (adaptive transmission control). And STEPTRONIC has a manually selectable sport mode.


STEPTRONIC GEAR SHIFT: PRND M/S +/-



Since I am relatively new to being a BMW X5 owner ( I had a 3 series while living in the Netherlands in the late 90's) What exactly is the difference between a sport mode X5 and a regular 4.4i X5? Do they run faster?
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:24 PM
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I'm relatively new as well. I just got my X5 about 1 month ago.

Let us first remember that there are no "regular" X5 4.4i as they all have a Sport Mode. Only the 3.0i is available in "true" manual transmission and would not have StepTronic unless the 3.0i an automatic transmission.

Let us discuss the 4.4i. This engine size only comes with automatic transmission (Adaptive Transmission Control or ATC). What you will also find is what is called StepTronic. The normal selection of the gear box is Park, Reverse, Neutral and lastly Drive. The StepTronic feature allows the driver to move the gear shifter to the left out of the drive position which places it in "DS" position which now allows the driver to quickly push the handle forward or backwards to shift the gears up or down. So the acceleration should remain the same for all 4.4i EXCEPT if you have the "Sports Package" option which will give you even better than the already exceptional handling these BMW's posses.

I hope that clarified it for you? If you need more in depth or detailed explanation, someone else with more than 1 month experience will have to answer it for you.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:55 PM
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Although Im quite new to BMW X5 as well , in addition to Tony's information , as far as I know , "Sports Package" is more of a cosmetic upgrade rather than performance. The only performance related upgrade I found is this :

Sport Suspension (firmer springs, shock absorbers,anti-roll stabilizer bars)


No matter which package the X5 has, the auto transmission has the Sport mode as well as the StepTronic feature.
When you move the shifter to left it will go into "Sport" mode if you dont touch the shifter again to move it up or down. This mode will delay the shifting , and will shift up at a later RPM letting you drive the car more aggressively.
If you move the shifter up or down after you move it left , it will go into StepTronic mode which is completely manual , and wont shift up or down unless you move the shifter up or down.
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The Sport Suspension (firmer springs, shock absorbers,anti-roll stabilizer bars) is part of the Sports Package. Therefore, the Sports Package is not just a cosmetic upgrade as the Climate Package is.

If you have the Sports Package then you will have the Sport Suspension which allows for better performance of the X5.

I know this because I have the sports package on my X5 4.4i and the handling is a little hard on the bumps but would have to be to have such supreme handling.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:06 PM
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Thats exactly what I said Tony , mine is same as well.
Here is the full list of what Sport Package contains :

Black Chrome Exhaust Tips,
Clear Lighting Signals,
19" Alloy Sport Design Wheels,
Sport Suspension (firmer springs, shock absorbers,anti-roll stabilizer bars),
Leather 3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel,
Sport Seats,
Shadowline Trim (replacing the standard chrome trim),
Anthracite Black Headliner (instead of the standard grey or tan) and
Titanium colored front bumper grill inserts (replacing the standard black).


From what I understand all these options could be picked or opted out and customized . For example , just like yours , mine has the comfort seat option rather than the sport seats. but I do have the 19 inch wheels and all the other items listed on here.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:11 PM
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Hello I just purchased a 2002 X5 with all the options (even has tow hitch and sunroof). I have the sports steering wheel (3 spoke) and the clear indicator lights front and rear. But I don't have the sports seats (mine are heated seats with electric headrest elevation and electric lumbar) or the sports size tires (mine are 255/55 18 inch). The person I bought it from said the X5 has the sports pkg plus it has the climate pkg (sun shades and rear a/c).

Is the steering wheel and clear indicator lights enough to prove the vehicle has a sports suspension? Or did he just swap out the steering wheel and indicator lights to the clear ones?

Thanks,
Tony
Hi Tony you will easily tell a sport model as it will bunny hop very roughly on pot holey rough roads due to stiffer suspension and all true sport models will have black hood lining.
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