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Old 02-25-2019, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Russianblue View Post
...I could NOT figure out how to get that center vent out despite everyone's attestation that it's simple. I think it probably is but I was unable to find a single youtube vid for the e53. A few were for the e39 but even those were incomplete, and would skip the part where the vent was actually removed.
Did you try searching on the website? If not, many times you can find step by step instructions.

I entered my 2006 X5 4.4 info and went the manual selection route (you can type a key word or phrase into the search box if you don't know where to start). I selected:
  1. Repair Manual & Technical Data
  2. 64 Heating & Air Conditioning
  3. 64 22 Air Vents & Other Outlets
  4. 64 22 161 Removing & Installing fresh air grille center (click follwing link for instructions):
Looks like there's a special tool that you use to unlock the the link above and you'll see pics and links to additional info etc. Good luck.

64 1 020

Note: (release hook) For releasing and removing fresh air grille. For removing various covers.

Note: the location of tool 64 1 020 in the pic below used to UNLOCK the center fresh air grille
{BMW CCA Member #191509 - (for more info see:}
  • 2013 f06 650ix GC (1/13 build date) Black Sapphire exterior/Schwarz (black) Nappa Leather interior
  • 2006 e53 X5 4.4i (12/05 build date) Sterling Gray exterior/Schwarz (black) Dakota Leather interior
  • 1997 e38 740iL (sold) Arctic Silver
  • 1999 e39 540iT (sold) Orient Blue
  • 1995 e34 525iT (sold) Alpine White
  • 1991 e32 735iL (sold) Schwarz (black)
  • 1985 e30 325e (sold) Bronzit

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