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Old 05-16-2017, 02:58 PM
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Yep! I recognize your username from m5board, along with Danny. Seems that the X5 is a pretty logical companion to the M5, like others have said.

Thanks for the welcome, everyone. Really enjoying this thing so far, but I really haven't driven it too much because my girlfriend has really taking a liking to it as well. She sold her car recently and was searching for a Volvo C30 R-design, but after driving the X5 for a few days she's decided that we don't need another car. Fine with me, but that leaves me with a decision to make on my M5. It has 105k miles right now, and if I'm going to be driving it every day I need to decide if I'm going to keep this one and drive the value out of it or sell it and buy something that already has some miles on it. Really considering swapping it for another e34 m5.

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A little more regarding this issues with the X5... The 3-4 shift problem is on upshifts. I can make it better by using manual mode, but it still doesn't shift into 4th the same way it does into any other gear. Not super worried about it because I know everything in the transmission is mechanically good, but I will try to get to the bottom of it after I take care of the more glaring issues.

The vibration is the first thing I'm going to fix. I need to get tires balanced just to see how bad it really is but I'm sure these things eat thrust arms, I would imagine they would be even worse than the M5. So- what do you guys replace them with? I have sphericals on my M5, and they feel amazing but I'm not a huge fan of the increased NVH and they have also made the car hyper-sensitive to wheel/tire imbalance. I want to avoid all of that on the X5. Should I just use the updated Lemforder pieces? It looks like they made a new rubber bushing with some different plastic inserts.
I used the heavy duty armored car/severe service version bushings for the control arms. ECS tuning sells them and you can get them from BMW since they make them.
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:26 PM
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Hello all, just found the forum and it looks like there's a ton of good info and activity here! I picked up a 2003 4.6is this weekend, and decided to start an introduction/project log thread... I've always found it to be a good way to keep track of maintenance and whatnot.

This is my first X5, but I've had plenty of BMW's over the years. I currently have an '01 m5 and '88 e30 race car that I've owned since 2003. I sold my '01 Land Rover Discovery to buy the X5, mostly because I needed(wanted) a SUV-type than would be a comfortable hwy cruiser, somewhat fun daily driver if needed, and suitable tow rig for race car/trailer. To be honest, I hadn't even considered an X5 until friends let me borrow this one but it won me over pretty quickly.

'03 4.6is LN80030
Sapphire Black/Black Comfort
250k miles
Trans rebuilt in Jan '16
e46 M3 SMG wheel with working paddles
Magnaflow cats

It comes from a BMW family, and has been with them since it had 60k miles, I think they bought it as a CPO car. It's on it's 2nd engine, and I think the timing chain guides were done on this engine as well. Still need to find out the specifics on that stuff so I can have an idea on what it'll need next... For now, I'm just cleaning it up and enjoying it.

It has a few issues- nothing pressing but definitely things I'll need to address
-Hard 3-4 shift. This has been a lingering issue, and was a problem before the transmission rebuild. It's not a huge problem, but just an annoyance.
-VANOS noise- It definitely needs O-rings, but it's also a little louder that I would like it to be at operating temp
-Shocks are old
-Vibration around 60 mph. Doesn't feel like thrust arms, might be wheels. I need to get new wheels anyways because the chrome is peeling, but I think I'll have these road-forced in the meantime.

First chore- headlights. They were terrible. Didn't take a before picture of the left side but they were both equally bad. I removed the lights and wet-sanded with 800/1200/2000 and polished with Meguiars 105 on a rotary. They came out really nice, need to get some Lamin-x or clear coat them to keep it that way though.

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Old 05-17-2017, 09:13 AM
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I used the heavy duty armored car/severe service version bushings for the control arms. ECS tuning sells them and you can get them from BMW since they make them.
These?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...r/31129069820/



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Congrats Beautiful X5!!

Thanks! Really enjoying it so far.

Installed my first "mod" last night, a bit different than the parts I'm used to buying for my BMW's but it's definitely a must for us... Because dog(s). Also ordered OEM BMW rubber mats and cargo mat. I was looking for a factory divider, but apparently those are pretty rare so I just got this one from Amazon. It's made by Travall and the fit/finish is actually pretty nice. I wasn't super happy with the way I had to install it, as it's meant for X5's without power rear seats so the little upright rod that pulls downwards is secured to the power seat track and not the hook that is apparently there on non-power models

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Old 05-18-2017, 10:41 PM
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Do you have more info on the Magnaflow cats?

Are they the direct fit cats? -> NEW Magnaflow 24431 Direct Fit Catalytic Converter Cat BMW X5 | eBay

or just regular Magnaflow cats that were welded in?
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:58 AM
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I'll double check, but it looks like they're the direct fit. I just had a quick look last night though
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:11 AM
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Life's too short to worry about resale value— it's not like you have some super unique car that needs to be a museum piece. Just keep driving your M5 and enjoy it. You've already put a bunch of time and money into it, might as well drive it until the wheels fall off. It's always tempting to get something different, but that means getting into another basket of problems.

Though what do I know, I'm apparently crazy for selling my M5 and keeping the 540i touring haha
This is good advice. No matter what I end up with, I'll be re-doing a lot of the same things I've already done to my current M5, so it really makes more sense to keep it... But you know how that goes.

I'm really tempted to get something less practical. I have two other 4 door cars right now (w/ no kids), and I'm really wanting to build another e30 street car (M54/S54/S62) or buy a 996.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:20 AM
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I'll double check, but it looks like they're the direct fit. I just had a quick look last night though
Thanks for checking! Much cheaper option when/if it comes time to change my cats
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This is good advice. No matter what I end up with, I'll be re-doing a lot of the same things I've already done to my current M5, so it really makes more sense to keep it... But you know how that goes.

I'm really tempted to get something less practical. I have two other 4 door cars right now (w/ no kids), and I'm really wanting to build another e30 street car (M54/S54/S62) or buy a 996.
Get a 993 otherwise stick with what ya got.
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Now a 996 Turbo... that's a car worth selling an M5 for. And despite the unpopular headlights, those 996 Turbos will go up in price for sure, because Porsche people are insane and love paying more and more money for the same thing. They've already started going up in price compared to a few years ago.
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