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Old 01-31-2017, 06:24 PM
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Smokey's 4.6is Journal

Howdy all,

Thanks for checking out the journal of my 4.6is. Will post some pics later but here is a quick run down.

03 4.6is Estroil Blue, Black sport interior 134k
Pulled the car fax car has been a CA/AZ for most of it's life, little stint in UT. Super clean car for being 14 years old. Guy that delivered was blown away it was a 03 let alone what I paid for it. Will be my weekend/family car and stay tucked in the garage for the most part.

Some maintenance that was on the carfax.
-Basic service done through it's life
-Radiator replaced, new brakes at 123k
-Alternator replaced at 124k


Things I need to do. No special order.
[X] Replace Battery (Picked up a Autocraft AGM battery From Advanced gotta love 20% coupon for online orders)
[ ] Service diffs
[ ] Service T case
[X] Oil service
[X] Fix interior lighting (Got some burnt out bulbs and I want to upgrade to LED's)
[ ] Get paddle shifters working (Someone put a SMG wheel at some point but paddles don't work, feels awesome though)
[X] Service tranny (filter and fluid)
[X] Fix rear cargo cover or just ditch it (Doesn't like to slide and rattles a ton)
[X] Search for squeak coming from front (Thinking maybe a strut bearing)
[X] Fix windshield wipers, fluid doesn't spray. I think the line is clogged
[X] Fix dead pixel display on ODO (Found a local guy but open to others)
[ ] Recondition leather on front seats, very minimal wear and should be a simple fix
[ ] Dinan software, upgrade tranny and stage 1
[ ] Replace rear Roundel
[X] Source some interior parts
[ ] Paint wood accents (I want to do estroil blue and silver)
[X] Fix side marker turn signals
[X] Add aux input


Other big ticket items that hopefully will happen later rather than sooner
[ ] Full suspension refresh with coil conversion
[ ] Timing chain guides
[X] New tires

Pretty sure the list will be ever expanding. Now just need to figure the way to balance the bimmer and jeep budgets!

Cheers!

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Stoked to see you started a thread about it, now post some pictures

I'm happy to have helped you get this 4.6, glad everything worked out well.

I wouldn't really bother with converting to coils, these pre-facelift X5's only have air suspension on the rear axle, not all around like the facelift X5's do. The self-leveling rear suspension is pretty much trouble-free and you don't even notice it there.
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Stoked to see you started a thread about it, now post some pictures

I'm happy to have helped you get this 4.6, glad everything worked out well.

I wouldn't really bother with converting to coils, these pre-facelift X5's only have air suspension on the rear axle, not all around like the facelift X5's do. The self-leveling rear suspension is pretty much trouble-free and you don't even notice it there.

Welcome. I too second Danny's recommendation as to not change out the air springs they are only on the back and basically bulletproof for this set-up the later IS models(2004-2006) carried air suspension on all four corners and have much more headaches. I lowered the rear when I put a set of H&Rs front springs and sachs touring shocks.

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I got to do mine one day. It hasn't given me any trouble in the last 7 months. Once I get some serious problems I'll post it. Driven only 3k miles in the last 7 months.
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Welcome. I too second Danny's recommendation as to not change out the air springs they are only on the back and basically bulletproof for this set-up the later all corners air suspension have much more headaches. I lowered the rear when I put a set of H&Rs front springs and sachs touring shocks.
This is good to hear from both of you but contrary to what I recall hearing that there are issues even with 4.6is setup. Can you clarify are you referring to as "basically bulletproof" the bags, lines, compressor or whole setup? What would be/are the issues seen on 4.6 then?
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This is good to hear from both of you but contrary to what I recall hearing that there are issues even with 4.6is setup. Can you clarify are you referring to as "basically bulletproof" the bags, lines, compressor or whole setup? What would be/are the issues seen on 4.6 then?
I have replaced air bags on the two 4.6is due to leaks each but that is it. My two 540i wagons that I had did not leak one had 150,000 miles and the other was 197,000 miles when I sold them.
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The bags on my 4.6 aren't leaking and they haven't been replaced in a long time, if ever. The 4.6 has 214,000 miles. My 2000 540i touring has the bags in the rear as well and they're still original at 185,000 miles. It's been a trouble-free system in my experience, much less troublesome than the air suspension in the Range Rover that I had.
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Stoked to see you started a thread about it, now post some pictures

I'm happy to have helped you get this 4.6, glad everything worked out well.

I wouldn't really bother with converting to coils, these pre-facelift X5's only have air suspension on the rear axle, not all around like the facelift X5's do. The self-leveling rear suspension is pretty much trouble-free and you don't even notice it there.
Thanks again for checking it out man. HUGE help.

As for the coil conversion its a two part thing. One, is I would like to lower the X just a tad. Secondly any time I can remove a electronically controlled item for something simple I'm all for it. While I know the airbags aren't a huge problem I'd prefer just to have some coils. I'll see how thing go.
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Thanks again for checking it out man. HUGE help.

As for the coil conversion its a two part thing. One, is I would like to lower the X just a tad. Secondly any time I can remove a electronically controlled item for something simple I'm all for it. While I know the airbags aren't a huge problem I'd prefer just to have some coils. I'll see how thing go.
No problem

And I get that you want to simplify it, but having the airbags makes lowering the rear super easy— you can lower the rear with INPA without ever getting your hands dirty. That's what I did with my 540i touring (exact same system).
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Thanks again for checking it out man. HUGE help.

As for the coil conversion its a two part thing. One, is I would like to lower the X just a tad. Secondly any time I can remove a electronically controlled item for something simple I'm all for it. While I know the airbags aren't a huge problem I'd prefer just to have some coils. I'll see how thing go.
This is exactly how I feel with my 4.6is about coilovers. I struggled to explain it though ha.
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