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Old 05-28-2013, 09:26 AM
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my 4.8iS to do/done list

I will be updating the first page as I progress with my list

1. installed aspheric, heated electrochromatic driver's side mirror ($100 delivered, OE part, ebay, part # 51168247769, hg=51&fg=07) 5/3/13
2. installed blacked out front badge ($8, chinese unit, ebay) 5/2/13
3. installed rear blacked out roundel badge ($6, chinese unit, ebay) 5/27/13
4. installed blacked out center wheels' roundels (chinese units, ebay) 8/26/12
5. installed blacked out valve stem caps ($5, chinese units, ebay, &hash=item1c32f9886f&vxp=mtr#ht_1683wt_1161) 8/26/12
6. installed blacked out steering wheel roundel (chinese units, ebay) 12/12/12
7. replaced 2 CCV membranes, right membrane was torn ($34 for 2, OE, BMW of Fairfax,
8. installed OEM fire extinguisher (part # 72 60 0 000 335, 9/15/12
9. installed OE first aid kit ( 9/15/12
10. installed OE TV module 9/15/12
11. installed reverse camera (a good source of info is at this post -, also a write-up is available for the license plate light camera from ebay, email me - terminatorx5 at midnightstar dot com; check the pics of the reverse camera install here -
12. installed aftermarket headrests with TV/DVD players (about $250, chinese units, ebay) 9/15/12
13. installed OE european light switch (S8, part # 61316909776, this one has no LED for adaptive lights and has knurled knob for manual lights adjustment, neither interfere with normal operation of the adaptive xenon lights) 9/15/12
14. flushed engine with LiquiMoly Engine Flush ($18.87 a 500ml bottle, 4.m1497.l2649#ht_2335wt_1692), added Auto-RX to Castrol 5W40 synthetic oil (
15. cleaned MAF with MAF cleaner ($8 CRC MAF cleaner, local auto parts store, probably will get replacement Bosch MAF, 4.m1438.l2649#ht_2507wt_1161)
16. installed OE projector fog lights (changed connectors from free-form fogs to projector fogs, 9/15/12
17. installed "blue" OE turn signal bulbs (part # 63217160897, bought in France over 10 years ago, 20&hl=59) 9/15/12
18. installed K&N air filter 33-2149 ($34.15 from ebay) 5/14/13
19. cleaned throttle with throttle cleaner (local autoparts store, $3.50) 5/14/13
20. replaced coil pack ($32.50 OEM Bosch from ebay) part # 12 13 1 712 219 - 05/14/13
21. replaced outer right CV boot part # 31 60 7 507 402 ($20 OEM part on ebay, $100 labor) 05/21/13
22. replaced coolant tank part # 17 13 7 501 959 ($45 OE BMW part, ebay)

23. will replace fuel filter (OE unit, BMW of Minnetonka on eBay, $78.31 delivered)
24. painted styles 87 with PlastiDip, needs redone ( 8/15/12

25. installed 2x power inverters under the front seats for rear passengers (Harbor Freight, $20 each with coupon,
26. installed AV input/output for rear center console (
27. installed rear fog lights (this is page 200 - that has detailed info)
28. will install V1 (
29. will install LED AE light bulbs
30. will install police LED strobe lights ($36, I have LE credentials, still, off-road and/or overseas use only)
31. will install 8 channel mobile DVR with GPS and 3G ($425 delivered, need testing before posting write-up) - as of 6/1/14 it is running and is functioning fine, still learning ropes
32. will install cameras for 8 channel DVR - as of 6/1/14 i have 4 cameras installed
33. will install roundvision system for reverse (,
34. will install carputer with CIS-IBUS (about $800 complete setup, - no need for this to be installed, item 43 took care of this need.

35. installed remote AV selector for the AV input in main monitor ([/URL])

36. will install front euro license plate holder ($23 OE unit, BMW of Fairfax,

37. built resistors for the trailer adapter (to disable rear PDC when a bike rack or a hitch tray are used)
38. will repair the dipping issue with the passenger (right) side external mirror -
39. will install Priority First auto battery cut off switch - (;;
40. installed "power distribution" in the trunk - it is a relay that operates from the "Wake-on-LAN" signal, when the power is turned off after 16 minutes of inactivity, and the relay operates direct power from the battery. That source can be used for various purposes in the car, such as feeding power to power inverters, to headrest DVD players, to the on-board DVR. (
41. installed an AUX input in order to use a BT interface to stream pandora from a "stupid phone" - . I made my own cable from the OE parts, such as 61136931929 connector, pins and a 3.5 stereo jack - see post in this thread.
42. installed battery cut-off switch
43. Got an HTC One X+ smart phone along with HTC Media Link HD in order to stream video to factory Nav screen ( Here is a link to the functioning setup - this eliminated the need for the item 34 on the list
update - the HTC phone was replaced under warranty, as its power system just did not hold up. Now I have an LG Optimus G Pro, that holds up the power rather well, but it has an MHL video out system, that i need to update my conversion setup from HTC setup i had to LG setup... why don't they just come up with one freaking standard and be done with it???!!!

44. outside mirrors to fold in on engine stop, fold out on ignition start, manual operation to be retained, as per this post -

45. set up a solar battery system for a stand alone battery for all the things i have - this should eliminate the alternator whine... we'll see if this works out or not

Programming changes (

windows roll up on remote - KOMFORTSCHLIESSUNG_FB - activ

windows continuous roll up/down when doors ajar - FH_TIPP_DISABLE_TUER_AUF - nicht_activ

fog lights on simultaneously with high beams - FL_UND_NSW_NICHT_GLEICHZ - nicht_activ
inner high beams are on with bi-xenon high beams - PWM_FL_BIX - wert_01
internal clock synchronized with GPS time beacon ( - GPS_UHR - activ
gong off on key left in ignition - ZUENDSCHLUESSEL_WARNUNG - nicht_activ
gong off on seat belt warning - GURTWARNUNG_GONG - nicht_activ

front turn signals are off as side markers - KEINE_PARKLICHT_FUNKT - activ; BLK_V_GED_ALS_PARKLICHT - nicht_activ

sunroof auto close on rain sensor activation - REGENSCHLIESSEN - activ; REGENSCHLIESSENTILT - activ
corona cold monitoring off for LED fitment in corona lights - KALTUEBERWACHUNG_SL_LV - nicht-activ; KALTUEBERWACHUNG_SL_RV - nicht-activ
cold monitoring off for license plate lights - KENNZEICHENLI_PRUEF - nicht_melden; CC_MELDUNG_KZL - nicht_activ; KALTUEBERWACHUNG_KZL - nicht_activ
single push of remote to unlock all doors - ZV_SELECTIV - nicht_activ
steering wheel tilt upon entry - EINSTIEGSHILFE_HOEHE - activ
steering wheel extend upon entry - EINSTIEGSHILFE_LAENGE - activ
drivers seat into position upon entry - AUT_SITZVERSTELLUNG - activ
rear fog light activation for US spec's cars - NSL_AH_US_OPTION -nicht_aktiv
E53 X5 4.6iS
147K mi - Sold May 2013
Tireprints left in:
USA, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Russia

E53 X5 4.8iS built 2005-10-17
66200 mi - June 2012
96000 mi - June 2013
112000 mi - June 2014
OEM fire extinguisher
OE first aid kit
OE tow hitch
OE TV module
OE aspheric mirror
K&N air filter
black/white badges
rear camera
4-channel video recorder

Here is the list of things I have done to the X

Last edited by TerminatorX5; 09-01-2014 at 05:50 PM.
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