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Old 12-31-2004, 12:54 PM
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So it rained freezing rain last night. I decide not to try the 50 mile run into work. So far so good. Now my wife wants to go to the barn to train her horse. No problem, we've seen the truck go by with the sand, salt etc... The X5 has good snows on etc...

So as soon as she goes from our village line to the next village over, the road turns to sheer wet ice. Now she is braking because someone is in the middle of the road ahead of her. The ABS doesn't even come on, it thinks she is standing still. Anyway, She cracks him on the rear and each of them go into seperate ditches. Here are the pics.

Oh yeah, did I mention? we got the X5 in November.

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Old 12-31-2004, 01:00 PM
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So it rained freezing rain last night. I decide not to try the 50 mile run into work. So far so good. Now my wife wants to go to the barn to train her horse. No problem, we've seen the truck go by with the sand, salt etc... The X5 has good snows on etc...

So as soon as she goes from our village line to the next village over, the road turns to sheer wet ice. Now she is braking because someone is in the middle of the road ahead of her. The ABS doesn't even come on, it thinks she is standing still. Anyway, She cracks him on the rear and each of them go into seperate ditches. Here are the pics.

Oh yeah, did I mention? we got the X5 in November.

Sorry to hear, hopefully noone was seriously injured. The damage doesn't look structural, so it should go back together without any lasting driving/handling implications. The other vehicle she hit sure must have had a high bumper.
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:05 PM
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Sorry to hear that! And even sorrier to see the pics. Glad everyone was OK. Good luck with the insurance adjuster.
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:09 PM
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Wow, sorry to hear that. Glad to hear your wife is well.

Do you think there was a problem with the ABS system or the tires? I would be curious to hear what you think was the cause of the accident.
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:10 PM
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She hit a van who was crawling on the ice ahead of her.

She was fine, not even shaken up. She was actually PO'd that she couldn't get to the barn.

I'm glad to hear that it shouldn't affect the handling. That was my inital worry, but it appears to be all "brumply" bits that broke.
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:12 PM
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The ABS is fine. Actally, it was so wet and icy that the truck thought it was standing still. There was NO traction whatsoever.

I know the ABS is fine 'cause when I'm alone in the truck I still love "testing" all the safety features!!

Had we decided to go into town as was the plan, our two toddlers would have been in the car also. It's better that she was alone.

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Old 12-31-2004, 01:14 PM
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Ouch!

Your wife probably hit a patch of the dreaded black ice which is normally undetectable until it's too late. I'm surprised ABS wasn't working but am not sure if it would help in this situation.

Front end looked bad but it did its job in protecting the occupant from absorbing the energy of the impact. Hope your wife was Ok and good luck getting the X fixed.
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:18 PM
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Actually Breton, the roads out here are ALL ice!!! But normally they are sanded and salted pretty well, so you get by. Except for today!!

I can't wait to get it back, repaired!! Indeed, if my wife is going to have an accident, better it's in an X5!
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:20 PM
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Good thing nobody was hurt, especially not your toddlers. That is most important. Good luck with getting it fixed!
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:21 PM
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Good thing nobody was hurt, especially not your toddlers. That is most important. Good luck with getting it fixed!

Thanks!!

I'll be getting it done at the dealership. They fixed my 325i's bumper when it was run into last June, and they did a great job.
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:49 PM
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Ah don't worry - save for the hood, all else is a simpler fix. The hood will cost the most, but it's good nobody got hurt, because I haven't yet figured out the cost of a human life.
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Wow, I hate winter driving. However, it could have been worse, and I'm glad to hear everyone is OK.

I seem to recall you needed a flat bed to tow an X5??
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I seem to recall you needed a flat bed to tow an X5??
That's definately the recommended mode of transport
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:58 PM
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Sorry to hear that, glad everybody is OK. Good luck with repairs.

Seems like they will put new bumper, grille and probably hood. If they do, you can consider to change to "2004 X5 looks". This maybe a good time as hood and bumper are the two expensive parts beside headlamp units. I know somebody who took the opportunity of frontal accident to change to 2004 looks.
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Old 12-31-2004, 06:05 PM
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...I seem to recall you needed a flat bed to tow an X5??
All 4 wheels should be off the ground. Hmmm, hope this doesn't cause damage.
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Old 12-31-2004, 06:30 PM
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In regards to the flatbed towing issue.

Indeed, I was wondering when someone would notice/comment on the lack of flatbed...

I mentioned this to my "garagiste", and he said, "It's okay, it's electrical"...

Right. I remember reading in the manual (Yah, I did!) that it should be a flatbed. It was a short tow from the fields to the garage. I hope it doesn't hurt the truck.

The long haul to the dealership, Tuesday WILL be on a flatbed, at my insistence. I've got enough problems as it is without the tranny going AWOL!!!

As for changing the look, that is a fascinating proposition, one that hadn't occurred to me. Glad I'm a Bimmerfester, eh??!! I should ask the Dean in the bodyshop about that. 2004 parts are probably more readily available than 2002 parts?? That sounds very cool. I'm trying to take as many positives out of this as possible.
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Old 12-31-2004, 07:26 PM
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As for changing the look, that is a fascinating proposition, one that hadn't occurred to me. Glad I'm a Bimmerfester, eh??!! I should ask the Dean in the bodyshop about that. 2004 parts are probably more readily available than 2002 parts?? That sounds very cool. I'm trying to take as many positives out of this as possible.
Here are the part#s and prices provided by crevierbmw.com, in case you go that route. May be you can get even better deal. The person I know who changed the looks took the money from insurance and got it fixed on his own.
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141-35-7-121-007SIDE PANEL1$233.60
241-35-7-121-008SIDE PANEL1$233.60
341-61-7-121-102HOOD1$486.00
451-11-7-129-297BUMPER TRIM1$348.00
551-11-7-111-767GRID1$81.60
651-11-7-116-397GRID1$25.80
751-11-7-116-398GRID1$25.80
863-12-6-940-173HEAD LIGHT1$352.00
963-12-6-940-174HEAD LIGHT1$352.00
1063-13-2-492-179SIDE IND. LFT.1$14.80
1163-13-2-492-180SIDE IND. RHT.1$14.80
1263-17-6-920-885FOG LAMP LFT1$79.20
1363-17-6-920-886FOG LAMP RHT1$79.20
1451-13-7-124-815GRILLE LFT1$48.60
1551-13-7-124-816GRILLE RHT1$48.60
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Old 01-01-2005, 08:07 AM
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Wow thanks for the list. It doesn't seem that expensive laid out like that. I guess the labour will pile up though...I'm not sure what kind of internal damage there might be.

The shape of my headlight compartment is different from the 2004 model, would that mean toss the old ones, even though they're not broken, and re-install xenons and DRLs in the new unit?

The inside of the X5 engine compartment doesn't seem that complex, and I guess the light fixtures are the same through the years?
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Sorry to read about the mishap. Hoping for a smooth recovery.

P.S. No more pick up tows!! Flat-bed always.
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Sorry to read about the mishap. Hoping for a smooth recovery.

P.S. No more pick up tows!! Flat-bed always.

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Wow thanks for the list. It doesn't seem that expensive laid out like that. I guess the labour will pile up though...I'm not sure what kind of internal damage there might be.

The shape of my headlight compartment is different from the 2004 model, would that mean toss the old ones, even though they're not broken, and re-install xenons and DRLs in the new unit?

The inside of the X5 engine compartment doesn't seem that complex, and I guess the light fixtures are the same through the years?
You need new headlights, that's why I included on the list. You can sell the old ones on Ebay. Headlights changed as of MY 2004 and therefore the new side panels as well. You can go for Xenons and stock "angel eyes".

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So it rained freezing rain last night. I decide not to try the 50 mile run into work. So far so good. Now my wife wants to go to the barn to train her horse. No problem, we've seen the truck go by with the sand, salt etc... The X5 has good snows on etc...

So as soon as she goes from our village line to the next village over, the road turns to sheer wet ice. Now she is braking because someone is in the middle of the road ahead of her. The ABS doesn't even come on, it thinks she is standing still. Anyway, She cracks him on the rear and each of them go into seperate ditches. Here are the pics.

Oh yeah, did I mention? we got the X5 in November.

It reminds me of the X-5 print ad they ran for while. It showed a smashed up X-5 and at the bottom it said "Return buyer"
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You need new headlights, that's why I included on the list. You can sell the old ones on Ebay. Headlights changed as of MY 2004 and therefore the new side panels as well. You can go for Xenons and stock "angel eyes".


Hmmm...this is getting altogether too interesting...but since I have little to no technincal skills I would have to convince my body shop to convince the insurance company of this, no? Angel eyes, sure, I'm in, and the new styling too.

Would these new panels fit on the old frame?

How hard a DIY is this, assuming I get the paint done professionally (obviously).
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Maybe you can sell the damaged hood to this person:

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It reminds me of the X-5 print ad they ran for while. It showed a smashed up X-5 and at the bottom it said "Return buyer"

My wife smiled when I read her this
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