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Old 07-13-2018, 07:27 PM
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Looking at another X5, two questions...

I joined this forum back in 2015 with my previous E53. I ended up getting rid of that one, but now I'm looking at replacing it (they're like a drug that you can't stop!). The dealer I frequent has an '01 4.4i and I have a couple of questions before I get it.

First, don't all X5's have folding mirrors? This model has everything, including Nav and even a cassette changer (I didn't know those were a thing??), but there is no button on the door to fold the mirrors. I'm guessing at some point the pad was replaced and they didn't get the right pad?

Second, it's high mileage and I understand that. My wife and family are driving it and everything feels really good. Engine is fine, transmission is fine, but there is a kind of "hollow" knock on the drivers side that you need to be close to the valve cover to hear. It doesn't sound like a knock, but aside from my horrible description is there something over there that would make a knock sound? My FIL described it as sounding like a diesel. My wife is going to get me a video of the sound and I can get that posted to help.

There are no codes being thrown, no lights, no noise from the timing chain guide.
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:38 PM
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X5 Engine Noise

Hopefully this works, I uploaded the video to YouTube. Try to ignore the wind but you should be able to hear the "knock" or "tock" noise.

https://youtu.be/bv_qBtUBMDk
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Based on the VIN decoder the vehicle came with the S430A option so it should definitely have folding mirrors. I wonder what the previous owners have done?
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:22 PM
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Nevermind, it seems to sound like the traditional VANOS noise.
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First, don't all X5's have folding mirrors? This model has everything, including Nav and even a cassette changer (I didn't know those were a thing??), but there is no button on the door to fold the mirrors. I'm guessing at some point the pad was replaced and they didn't get the right pad?
You can also try to fold mirrors manually as a test.
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Based on the VIN decoder the vehicle came with the S430A option so it should definitely have folding mirrors. I wonder what the previous owners have done?
Look for a sticker on the door that will show the vin. Could be that door was/is a replacement door from a recycle (AKA Junkyard) center.
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