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Old 09-13-2018, 09:29 PM
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New rear air spring popped!!!

So I replaced my rear air spring the other day and today right rear one BURST while driving lol!
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:30 PM
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Yikes! Hope it's warrantied. Good that they are not terribly difficult to replace


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Old 09-14-2018, 05:24 PM
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Returning air springs and going with coil spring kit!!!
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:26 PM
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My original air bags still going after 17 years I'm going to eventually stick with air. I frequently have 500-600kg in the back I don by have a choice


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Old 09-14-2018, 07:11 PM
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DONT DO IT!!! I mean it's up to you in the end. What brand did you purchase that they pooped out already? Mine still OE from 05 doing good but I am going to replace them this year because I am buying a Camper this year and don't want it to fail. I also replace every suspension component recently.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:30 AM
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Returning air springs and going with coil spring kit!!!
My e53 came from the factory with coil springs all round as standard.
But itís a harsh ride, especially at the rear.
I love how itís absolutely reliable, but I think Iíd like the luxury or Air suspension...
If I had Air, Iíd just fix it properly with the best parts.
Others are very happy the coil springs all round as the ride is very Ďsportyí, and itís one thing never to have to worry about.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:47 AM
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I have air in the rear, no regrets (I replaced the bags proactively a few years ago). More labor and a bit of coding involved to switch to coil springs. It does happen that a new bag is bad - BMW dealer (if this is the case) will warranty it, Arnott is well known for their prompt treatment as well.

YES it's a hassle but the air system is helpful when you load the car up, as well as keeping your headlights correctly aimed when you drive - regardless of conditions.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:03 AM
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YES it's a hassle but the air system is helpful when you load the car up, as well as keeping your headlights correctly aimed when you drive - regardless of conditions.
Auto headlight leveling works independently of air suspension and will still work without air.
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I depends on where you are in the world and what the authorities require. In Europe, the presence of Xenon headlights requires auto-aim (headlight leveling) and headlamp washing. Yes, that should indeed be enough (and what EU law requires)

In the spirit of "belts and braces", any Swiss E53 car with Xenon headlights that I have seen also has rear air springs. I have one local friend with a pre-facelift 3.0i with 5 speed and four springs (rare), I believe it to be a Swiss delivered car - I'll be helping him with stereo upgrade advice and will check, once I have the VIN.

My personal X5 was delivered new in Italy (few frilly options - cloth manual seats, no sunroof, no charging socket in glove box) with Xenon headlights, headlight leveling and rear air suspension.

We will see what JimDevx5 installed for air springs (OE is Continental).
It would be useful to read out codes as well.

There was a post some time ago about someone who replaced front (or all four) air spring with Arnott, there was an issue with one of fronts that Arnott promptly sorted out (and acknowledged was a production issue over a brief time). One of the Arnott benefits in North America is a lifetime warranty - European sales are no more than the standard (legally required) two year period.
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Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:08 AM
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My 2001 X5 3.0 MT5 had coil all-round. I also have seen others here in the U.S.
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