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Thread: X5 FAQ, common problems and model year changes

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    With the iS models, do both of them come with air suspension front and rear or just rear?

    Secondly, was it optional on the iS, or standard. Do i assume that all iS trucks have air suspension, and if so, as with the 1st question, rear or front and rear?

    Removing this air suspension and putting lowering springs front and rear why isnt it done more often, since the air suspension seems to be such an expensive nightmare fix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad
    With the iS models, do both of them come with air suspension front and rear or just rear?

    Secondly, was it optional on the iS, or standard. Do i assume that all iS trucks have air suspension, and if so, as with the 1st question, rear or front and rear?

    Removing this air suspension and putting lowering springs front and rear why isnt it done more often, since the air suspension seems to be such an expensive nightmare fix?
    The 4.6is had rear air suspension, while the 4.8is had the full suspension. It came standard on both. And it depends on what goes wrong with the suspension system that makes it expensive. Eibach makes lowering springs for both, thinking about doing it to my 4.8is, just want to know if my air suspension would still work since the 4.8is has the ability to be raised and lowered with the button, and since the front raises up once you turn it off.
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    Thank so much for the answer. Im not interested in raising it, just need it nice and low if i do get one.
    Im so torn, E46 M3 or X5 iS cant decide, love em both and cant afford both.
    Wel shall see tho. thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad
    Thank so much for the answer. Im not interested in raising it, just need it nice and low if i do get one.
    Im so torn, E46 M3 or X5 iS cant decide, love em both and cant afford both.
    Wel shall see tho. thanks again.
    No problem. And I have driven both, and I've owned two 4.6is's and now own a 4.8is. I can assure you that these are amazing cars. The performance is great and the looks are amazing, plus they are so practical. If you decide to buy an X5, buy my 4.6is!!
    98 540i/6 Biarritz-Dinan Intake, Dinan Stage 2 Tune, Dinan Exhaust, Hamann Mirrors, M5 Front Bumper, Hamann Fogs, M-Pars, ACS Skirts/Diffuser, Custom Facelift Headlights Lights, Facelift Tails, Clear Side Markers, OEM E60 SSK, ZHP Knob, K40 Radar, Euro armrest, Technical Graphite trim and more miscellaneous odds and ends

    -05 X5 4.8is Lemans-SOLD
    -2003 530i/5 Tiag-SOLD
    -1998 540i/6 Oxford-SOLD
    -1998 540i/6 Schwarz-SOLD
    -1999 M3/2/5 Tiag-SOLD

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    hehheh, it wont be anytime soon, and i dont think yours will last at that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad
    hehheh, it wont be anytime soon, and i dont think yours will last at that price.
    I've had it up for a week, maybe even 2, and no one is buying! let me know if you're interested!
    98 540i/6 Biarritz-Dinan Intake, Dinan Stage 2 Tune, Dinan Exhaust, Hamann Mirrors, M5 Front Bumper, Hamann Fogs, M-Pars, ACS Skirts/Diffuser, Custom Facelift Headlights Lights, Facelift Tails, Clear Side Markers, OEM E60 SSK, ZHP Knob, K40 Radar, Euro armrest, Technical Graphite trim and more miscellaneous odds and ends

    -05 X5 4.8is Lemans-SOLD
    -2003 530i/5 Tiag-SOLD
    -1998 540i/6 Oxford-SOLD
    -1998 540i/6 Schwarz-SOLD
    -1999 M3/2/5 Tiag-SOLD

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    Quote Originally Posted by snikwad View Post
    wow, i used to drool over 4.8iS models, but now it seems i should stick to the more rare 4.6iS.
    Speaking of, with the 4.6 only having a 2 year run, does it have any unique hard to get parts that one should be aware of?
    You made a good point about the extra hp at the top not being needed, i did not think of that.
    Pardon my ignorance, but the mention of door carriers being crappy on the E53, whats a door carrier? are we talking about the hinges, the door jamb, what?

    oh, thanks for the awesome thread, btw.
    It's actually "Door Handle Carrier"
    One day you open the door and hear a "pop", then the handle will now stick out a little and you cant open the door anymore. That's when it's broken. Not too hard to replace. I replace 2 window regulators, 1 door handle carrier on my daughter 02 X5 3.0
    So far on my wife X5 M54 with 94K mi, no problem with them or window regulators yet (knock on wood) All the maintenance is up to date, new Vanos Seal, VCG, Sparkplugs. Cooling system overhaul is next.
    Last edited by tmvE39E53Z32TT; 04-26-2012 at 01:05 PM.

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    cool, thanks guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by manbeer View Post
    I don't know about Japanese, maybe Toyota but after owning a handful of bmws, a Lexus and a few other assorted cars I have to say my Nissan/ infiniti experience has been the worst by far. This car is such a POS that it forced me to dislike anything that came out of that entire country. 3x engines by 50k miles, 4 body control modules, suspension that never felt right stock or modified, tire feathering, you name it. As far as I'm concerned the only reliable cars are old cars that have minimal electronics and were decently maintained. Nothing that requires troubleshooting beyond common mechanical sense, amd something where parts are cheap and plentiful, preferably from a junkyard
    What about buying a car in warranty and getting another when the warranty runs out. Obviously research what car has good resale etc. I finance my BMWs for 4 years so by the time the warranty runs out it is paid off and I can choose to keep it if it has proven reliable or trade it in.
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    I still have a ton of electrical issues with my 04 3.0 ... cant figure them out ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilliwilli View Post
    Well at least you're comparing a Japanese (Lexus/Infiniti) luxury variant to the X5...still apples to oranges, imo, however a more realistic comparison. Would be interested in hearing which vehicle bimmerlova chose. Of the Japanese variants mentioned so far, at higher mileage, my suggestion would be an Acura MDX/RDX or Lexus SUV. I don't have enough experience with Infiniti to recommend to anyone...including the new FX45 i owned for a few months before dumping for another E53 4.6iS.

    ...Ditto on less electronics for reliability.
    Best cars I've owned (about six) were Toyota Landcruisers-80 and 100 series. 60 series was rubbish. Lexus LX470 X4 and the best LX570 X1. The worst was a 2 year old Range Rover Sport supercharged with 30000kms on the clock. Electrical, overheating, brakes and rotors wearing out too early. The best part of that car was the 4.6 S/C Jag motor. The rest just a heap OS.
    Just bought a 2003 BMW X5 4.6 is, really looking forward to picking it up in a couple of days.
    I'll be hanging around this site quite a bit from now on.

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    Check out this YouTube playlist dedicated to E53 X5 common repairs and DIY videos. It covers a range from basic common problems to some more complex repairs:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...BoZOPEauRHskow

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