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About BrokeMyWallet

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    A P
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    Auckland
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    135i
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    E53 X5
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    135i

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  1. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    I just completed my Coolant Pipe repair. It was a pain in the arse but got there in the end. Took probably 10 hours to sort it. I know it’s a 13 year old car but still, this is pretty “out there”! Check out the condition of the old seal that was leaking. The alternator bracket is leaking, I reckon the guy that sold it to me knew about it and purposely didn’t tell me about it. Private sale so caveat emptor I guess. I didn’t realise I’d be signing up for non-stop repairs like this, but this is the last broken thing as of right now.
  2. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    Since you own them side by side, is there a significant performance difference between the 4.4 and 4.8?
  3. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    Also, where do you guys source parts from. I use Pelican Parts, RMEuropean and if I really have to ECS Tuning. Often even with 3 day DHL Express and GST it's 1/3 the price from the dealer, and more importantly they actually seem to have stock which is more than can be said for the dealer. Lots of parts are often "3 weeks ex germany". Ain't no one got time for that! Is there anyone in NZ that sells parts for our cars at a reasonable price? Reputable manufacturers too (Behr, TRW etc)
  4. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    As far as I can tell this is my first radiator replacement. The OEM unit was branded “Behr” - if I recall correctly they’re an OEM supplier to BMW. No, I don’t have MBI - I like to live dangerously 😎
  5. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    @TermiPeteNZ not good, I thought you guys were exaggerating about the reliability issues but I think I've had just about every "common fault" happen to me on this thing. Luckily the most expensive and time consuming one (valve seals) were completed by previous owner. Since then I have had: - Coolant leak - radiator cracked. Replaced it. Once I replaced the radiator, some o-ring let go near the temperature sensor on the bottom right hand side of the radiator (driver side). From what I can see the rest of the cooling system has been done already (hoses, coolant res etc) - One-way check valve failed between the vacuum pump and the brake booster. Caused brake booster failure from contamination of the diaphragm/seals etc. Had to take the whole thing apart, replace the booster, new fluid. Also replaced the master while I was there. while I was at it I replaced the check valve, took apart the vac pump and replaced both the o-rings with VITON gaskets and not the cheap shite BUNA-N gaskets. Still need to bleed the brakes properly, probably introduced a ton of air into the system. Can anyone give me a hand with this? I've bled a few times but had NO luck (I have working ISTA-D and tried cycling the pump several times with my pressure bleeder attached). - Power steering reservoir leak - replaced the res itself + the shorter of the two hoses, MAN that thing was a bitch to get off without the right tools. Once I solved all that I noticed a puddle of coolant under the car. Opened it all back up again, it's leaking from the weep hole. I am waiting on parts (ordered the Uro parts expanding coolant kit). Waiting on parts. Hopefully this takes care of the "common" issues with the X5 - just in time for summer (almost). Other minor sh*t I need to solve - Rear driver side window very temperamental - Minor oil leak from oil press sensor and alternator gasket bracket. Photo of the X5 in its natural environment attached 😂
  6. BrokeMyWallet

    135i N55 charge pipe problem

    I believe I was quoted $500 + GST. It comes with the clip and the o-ring (this is a N55 135I). Insane I thought for something that will likely go bust again. You couldn't buy the clip separately. I ordered a replacement clip from an aftermarket "FTC". It cost about $35 landed. I ended up not needing it since I found mine caught in a wiring harness that runs under the charge pipe. I thought I had for sure lost it since it blew off on a back road. Everything was fine one second, the next the engine lets out a reeeeally loud groan 😅I pulled over, took a look saw this (see pic below). All fixed now with a metal charge pipe.
  7. BrokeMyWallet

    135i N55 charge pipe problem

    Doh... of course it does... thanks guys.
  8. BrokeMyWallet

    X5 4.8is - Valley Pan Leak

    Because I didn't have the right bit at the time, and even if I did I'd need some sort of low profile ratchet head to get at it. Anyway I managed to back it off using vice grips + masking tape! After getting that done I promptly managed to strip one of the bolts on the VanOS Servo motor. Clearly this thing has been apart before, I can see the valve stem seals were done, god knows why they didn't do the valley pan at the same time 😤
  9. BrokeMyWallet

    135i N55 charge pipe problem

    Hi Guys, My 135i (N55) charge pipe exploded a little while ago. BMW wants $600 for the plastic pipe, so I started looking for aftermarket options. Aftermarket options were just as ridiculously priced - $400-500 NZ. So I jumped on trademe and bought a no-name brand one which was supposed to come with "everything you need to upgrade your factory charge pipe" which in hindsight, may have been a mistake. At the time I bought this pipe, I couldn't find my OEM "clip" (The metal C clip that goes on the pipe that holds it to the throttle body - I actually did ask the seller if he could source one but he couldn't so I ended up ordering one from eBay for ~$40. In the end I ended up finding my OEM clip, which I was happy about. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get this clip to seat correctly. Is this user error or is this not the right kind of clip? I know this is a non-premium part so I am not expecting excellent fit but this thing isn't even close to fitting. I have tried both the clip I got from ebay AND my OEM BMW clip - neither fit. See images below. What is the deal with this thing? Do I need to get a bigger clip from somewhere?
  10. BrokeMyWallet

    X5 4.8is - Valley Pan Leak

    Already done along with valve stem seals Also I’m currently working on removing the manifold still. I need to get this one torx bit off (see pic) but can’t get my rachet handle on there because of the plastic shroud. Any trick to this? Maybe I could get a 1/4” spanner on the hex portion of the socket and back it out that way?
  11. BrokeMyWallet

    X5 4.8is - Valley Pan Leak

    Hello Boys & Girls I've got coolant dribbling out from the weep hole near the water pump area. I've already started taking this thing apart. I am planning on using the URO parts expanding pipe to rectify this. So far, my parts list has the following Anything else I should "renew" while I'm in the are?
  12. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    I will try the 30 seconds thing... there is NOTHING in the manual about how to pair Bluetooth.... go figure. Gabe79, that is the page I'm referring to. I can't find my ULF part number on that list at all. My ULF PN is 8411694601101 - no such thing on that page. Only part # starting with 8421 XXX and 8410 XXX - no 8411 like mine. Edit: 30 seconds thing not working. I also found instructions saying if if you press the button with the speaking face for 6 seconds with the ignition turned off, then put the key into position 2 (i.e. 1 before starting the engine) then it will become discoverable. I managed to get it to show up (it showed BMWXXXX (the last 5 digits of VIN) but when I tried to pair it asked for passkey which I didn't have. I then went digging in the boot and removed the bluetooth module and I had to flip it over to get the PIN. After re-assembling everything, I can no longer get it to show up on my phone when I go to add bluetooth devices.
  13. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    Hmm, it looks like my car definitely has bluetooth of some sort. The car did originally come with a built-in car phone (Cordless) and it appears it connects back to the car using this bluetooth module. Is it possible to pair say, an iPhone to the car to play back music etc? I believe this is the bluetooth "ULF" but when I search the model # I can't really find it on any of the well-known sites that list the bluteooth ULF model numbers (Apparently the earlier ones are quite problematic) - 84.11 6946011-01
  14. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    That could work - pretty creative solution there. But I suppose you don't get the ability to answer phone calls nor switch tracks etc with the steering wheel buttons? After being spoiled by my 135 that has all this I think I might just have to bite the bullet and go with one of the more pricey solutions. Also I think something with a rear view camera could enhance the resale value should I decide that the car isn't for me.
  15. BrokeMyWallet

    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    The auto-tilt mirror works, it just works unreliably. I am aware that the switch must be to the right for auto tilt to work. When I put the car in "R" one of two things will happen. 1 - The mirror will tilt all the way down or 2 - the mirror tilts part way down and stops. When I put it back in D, one of three things will happen - 1 the mirror moves back to its normal state (rare), 2 it will move part way and simply give up (likely) or 3 - it will not move at all (almost certain). No matter the case I am always able to use the power adjust controls in the drivers door and put it back to where it was. Doesn't feel like a mechanical problem since the mirror tilts freely when manually adjusting - just won't play ball when its time to do it automatically. I do have CDs but its just so damn inconvenient. The Dynavins are nice, I read the build quality & functionality of those is far superior to the third party clones but at close to $1000 + fitting - that's almost 1/10 the value of the car. I'm not sure if that's worth it. Still undecided at this stage what to do. I think the most cost effective + versatile solution is to get a single DIN kit and fit a mid range JVC or something with a reversing camera. That way if I decide to sell the car (haven't even decided if I want to keep it long term at this stage) I can remove it and put it into the next car.
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