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@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 😂

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@SRacin boy you have been thorough! As I keep telling myself - only makes sense to be thorough if you keep the vehicle for a good while!

Re the key I just ordered one from Winger BMW. Pricey? yes, but not as bad as some other brands apparently …

@BrokeMyWallet - so that's a 2nd recent radiator replacement? And the usual plastic and rubber fails we have to expect.

Did either of you get MBIs on your vehicles? SO glad I did on mine... as I'm not hands-on...

Went for a Sunday jaunt in the X5 over in the Wairarapa with the BMW Club - most enjoyable!

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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 😎

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I have a 2003 4.4 x5. Absolutely love it . Timing chains done at 190k . Currently sitting at 219k . I also have an e70 4.8 x5 but for some reason love driving the e53 more . Little niggly things with the e53 . Just today a rear heater hose split but meh . 30 buks and its fixed . Rear suspension needs a lot of work regulary to keep rear tyres from uneven wear as not cheap for 285 tyres . Reality ...i  wouldnt change my e53 4.4 for the world. Love it 

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8 hours ago, Stevejackie2017 said:

I have a 2003 4.4 x5. Absolutely love it . Timing chains done at 190k . Currently sitting at 219k . I also have an e70 4.8 x5 but for some reason love driving the e53 more . Little niggly things with the e53 . Just today a rear heater hose split but meh . 30 buks and its fixed . Rear suspension needs a lot of work regulary to keep rear tyres from uneven wear as not cheap for 285 tyres . Reality ...i  wouldnt change my e53 4.4 for the world. Love it 

:) First question - why do you have both the E53 and E70?

And what differences do you notice/appreciate between the two?

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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)

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I’ve been using FCP Euro for 11-12 years for the bulk of my parts, with some from the local dealer, and sometimes Schmiedmann.  I’ve tried Pelican and found the scant savings (on some items), not worth the hassle compared the FCP’s better service. YMMV.

FCP have recently re-signed with FedEx which makes things great for us down here in the shaky isles.

HTH

PS: Mick’s Garage can also be attractive for selected parts.  Brands clearly identified so you know what you’re buying, pricing in NZD, and 5 day DHL from Ireland.

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Pelican are offering FedEx now too but FCP are the cheapest and fastest. Only use Pelican now when FCP doesn't stock something.

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16 hours ago, TermiPeteNZ said:

:) First question - why do you have both the E53 and E70?

And what differences do you notice/appreciate between the two?

The e53 is my work wagon and the e70 is just because i can lol. I also have an e46 330i and a e60 540i. I just love them . The 330 and the 540 hardly get driven to be honest . Its hard to go from the x5 to a lower car myself . Hmmm differences . Apart from the obvious of one being a 4.4 and the other a 4.8 ...i do kinda find the e53 not as cramped inside . Im 6ft3 and the e53 seems to have more room . The e70 certainly has a better trans .not quite as smooth but changes alot different to the old gm box e70 not as hard suspension as the e53 and i prefer the e53 steering myself . Not quite as loose . I have mechanical insurance on the e70 but e53 do all the spanner work myself . I guess i have to admit . Im an addict  

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25 minutes ago, Stevejackie2017 said:

The e53 is my work wagon and the e70 is just because i can lol. I also have an e46 330i and a e60 540i. I just love them . The 330 and the 540 hardly get driven to be honest . Its hard to go from the x5 to a lower car myself . Hmmm differences . Apart from the obvious of one being a 4.4 and the other a 4.8 ...i do kinda find the e53 not as cramped inside . Im 6ft3 and the e53 seems to have more room . The e70 certainly has a better trans .not quite as smooth but changes alot different to the old gm box e70 not as hard suspension as the e53 and i prefer the e53 steering myself . Not quite as loose . I have mechanical insurance on the e70 but e53 do all the spanner work myself . I guess i have to admit . Im an addict  

 

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

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34 minutes ago, Stevejackie2017 said:

 

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Forgot to mention . Both my e70 and e60 i have mbi and both through turners. I didnt purchase either cars through them but jist took them in and had apraised and then got the insurance .the e70 has 10k claim limit and the e60 has 4k . 10k for e70 as alot more expensive to repair with airbags etc . For 3 years on the e70 with 10k claim was $1800. The only thing i dont like about mbi is you have to put it in to be serviced  which isnt cheap .Im quite fussy and do all my own services at 5 thousand k for oil and filter and all the rest at 10thou k . . I still service mine every 5thou but then at 10thou have to put into shop to be done which annoys me 

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12 minutes ago, BrokeMyWallet said:

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

Yes for sure . The 4.8 is defo the winner but then one is an m62 and the otherr an n62 . Ive never driven a 4.4 n62  

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On ‎9‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 10:00 PM, TermiPeteNZ said:

So @BrokeMyWallet and @SRacin how are your E53 X5s going a year later? This is what I'd done a year ago...

  • repair ABS unit
  • fix ABS pump bracket and pressure sensor (this was all due to the 'brake light trifecta')
  • replace thermostat
  • fix instrument cluster (dead pixels)
  • replace radiator and hoses
  • replace 2 x window regulators
  • replace both rocker cover gaskets
  • replace trans main oil seal
  • replace both front lower brake reaction rod arms
  • new key (they use a capacitor not batteries - and die eventually)
  • plus regular servicing stuff including 2 large front tyres!

And 15 months on have done these items (inc. 3 additional MBI claims)...

  • Replace all discs, calipers and pads
  • Replace 2 x front axle assemblies
    replace left lower suspension arm
  • replace 1 x air shock 
  • replace valve cover gasket
  • replace ABS ECU (failed after repair)

Along with 8 new spark plugs and 2 rear tyres, along with some cosmetic:

  • Fixed 2 kerbed wheels (Wheel Magician)
  • Leather restoration on steering wheel, armrest, front seats (FibreNew)

Pete

Update … at 235KMs now. Additions:

  • replace hatch handle/catch/light unit - (was unlocking randomly) new unit much better sealed design so shouldn't get full of crud like the other. 
  • replace right rear ABS sensor  (caused rear wheels to lock)
  • replace damaged dipstick
  • full service

And next:

  • it's off to the transmission specialist for a trans oil leak.

Yes I expected to have to sort a few things but never this list! :o I've spent twice the cost of the vehicle on sorting and maintaining it in 2.5yrs and 24,000KMs. And that's with a MBI, noting that genuine parts are being used.

Unsurprising advice:

  • always buy the vehicle you really want - be patient. I probably should have waited for a 4.6is or 4.8is for my keeper.
  • service history is a BIG deal - buying a tidy vehicle that hasn't had all the stuff in my list done means you'll probably need to do it
  • if you can, get a MBI!! Autosure has been brilliant. Also work with a garage that is Autosure-approved so you're passing jobs between repairers.
  • if you can DIY you'll no doubt save a bundle
  • don't buy it, fix it all up and then flog it because you're annoyed. Unless you're just so annoyed you don't enjoy it.

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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. 

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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. 

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