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View Poll Results: How much longer are planning to keep your E53?
1-2 years 7 13.46%
3-4 years 1 1.92%
5-6 years 10 19.23%
7-8 years 4 7.69%
9-10 years 0 0%
Longer than 10 years 30 57.69%
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:55 AM
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How Long are You Planning to Keep These Cars?

Nice #1. My e53 bumped my "nephew" of the 'vette, the z28 Camaro to the #2 favorite spot of my cars and sadly no longer have it's dearly missed.

Until as pointed out above, you spend more on purchase price plus repair than it would cost to get a different better car the X5 will be a better value. I have to smack down on people I'm helping repair their $50-70,000 original price X5 when they start moaning that they've spent $1000-2000 on repair over the first couple years because they bought it with 120-150,000 miles for $3000 and are "shocked" that they have to spend close to what the car is worth to get it fully operational. My response to the comment "I spent $1500 making it whole" is: "and…"?

When I bought my X5 exactly 4 years ago, I paid under $6k at auction, it had 128,000 on it and I had a buffer in my head of "expect to pay $800-1000 on top to replace a timing chain or all the suspension parts". The only repairs or turned out needing was a cam position sensor, HID bulbs (bought some high-rated knock offs for $40 that look like the day I put them in 4 years later), and plug in the low pressure sensor for the AC. In the first 2 years needed to repair disa and replace the thermostat.

Over the first three years with brakes and tires included, I did the math it was about $40/mo for my X5 for parts and wife's has been about double that (she had three to my one wheel bearing and front control arms and CV axles and thrust bushings.

I think if you spend less than $100/mo to maintain ANY X5 you have nothing to complain about at all. That's simply amazing to me. $1200/yr budget yes some years a big repair will kill the whole budget but the next year might be $60 for a thermostat and that's it.

My buddy with the 08 328xi keeps complaining that it costs money to maintain his $40,000 car he bought for $6k and though he prob spent about $1500-1800 on repairs that's about $100/mo and includes a full set of run on flat tires. "First world problems" I guess.
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:52 AM
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Considering everything I've spent on the truck I'm at $230/mo. But that includes the new wheels, body kit, Xpel, etc. Just maintenance and I'm at $133/mo. You aren't going to touch anything in the luxury department (with a warranty) for $230/mo, let alone $133/mo. I consider the X5 a great value. < Okay, okay, that may be a little far, the straight 6's probably fall into that category. But I do consider even the V8's to be a decent value. Just expect the first year or two you buy them to spend $1000-2000 bringing them back up to "daily" condition.
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And there is the rub: at "Market value" the X5 with 120-160,000 miles or more will need $1-2000 but people are oblivious to this and somehow think that a $50-60,000 Luxury car sold for $4000 will be turn key ready to drive 100,000 miles.


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I have replaced so many components on mine that it has become kind of reliable based on that fact. No plans to sell. As other people have noted, it's not the market value of the car that matters, it is the cost to replace it. Part of the equation there is the imputed value of all the repairs you have done, because a lot of E53s have deferred maintenance that detracts from the value. My X5 is virtually the same car as the day I bought it.

If my car were totalled, I would probably look for a used X5 to replace it, but it would be hard to find a car that needs nothing.

Non-Routine Service:
1. 8/17/01 6,657 mi Engine Aux Cooling Fan -- Recall N/C
2. 8/17/01 6,657 mi Thermostat N/C
3. 8/17/01 6,657 mi L Front window regulator N/C
4. 8/17/01 6,657 mi R Cargo Lamp N/C
5. 6/6/02 15,716 mi DME Reprogramming -- Recall N/C
6. 6/6/02 15,716 mi Engine Aux Cooling Fan -- 2nd Recall N/C
7. 6/6/02 15,716 mi Nav Housing Lubed N/C
8. 5/28/03 27,780 mi Front Inner Door Handles N/C
9. 5/28/06 27,780 mi Driver's Door Seal N/C
10. 8/28/03 32,440 mi Driver's Seat Bottom Frame N/C
11. 8/28/03 32,440 mi Nav System Software Overwrite N/C
12. 8/28/03 32,440 mi Rear Washer Jet Hose N/C
13. 9/25/03 33,537 mi Steering Column add'l Rubber Stop added N/C
14. 9/25/03 33,537 mi L Rear Door Sunshade Hangers N/C
15. 9/25/03 33,537 mi Final Stage Unit of Climate Control N/C
16. 1/9/04 37,872 mi R Fog Light & L Turn Signal bulb N/C
17. 10/18/04 46,182 mi Cargo Cover Blind N/C
18. 10/18/04 46,182 mi Instrument Cluster N/C
19. 10/18/04 46,182 mi R Rear Seat Bolster Cover N/C
20. 10/18/04 46,182 mi R A-Pillar Cover N/C
21. 11/10/04 46,916 mi R Headlight Assembly N/C
22. 12/13/04 47,813 mi Center Console Cupholder N/C
23. 1/12/05 49,112 mi Driver's Seat Control Cover N/C
24. 1/12/05 49,112 mi Both Rear Seat Belts N/C
25. 12/12/05 59,515 mi Both Rear Seat Belts 2nd time N/C
26. 12/12/05 59,515 mi R A-Pillar Cover 2nd Time N/C
27. 8/14/06 66,499 mi R Rear Window Regulator
28. 10/8/07 77,785 mi Camshaft Position Sensor
29. 10/8/07 77,785 mi Thermostat
30. 10/8/07 77,785 mi Right Tail Light Assembly
31. 10/8/07 77,785 mi Left Turn Signal Bulb & Socket
32. 10/8/07 77,785 mi Left Outer CV Boot
33. 1/12/08 R Cargo Lamp 2nd time
34. 5/6/08 81,718 mi L Front Window Regulator
35. 5/6/08 81,718 mi L Rear Window Regualtor
36. 5/9/08 Clips for Rear Hatch Seal
37. 9/26/08 86,503 mi Engine Aux Fan (3rd one)
38. 10/1/08 86,756 mi R Outer CV Boot
39. 1/16/09 90,040 mi L Front Lwr Control Arm
40. 1/16/09 90,040 mi Power Steering Suction & Pressure Hoses
41. 4/23/09 92,588 mi Replace Oil Hose to Oil Separator
42. 5/05/09 93,000 mi DIY L Front Door Handle Carrier
43. 7/14/09 95,712 mi Oil Separator
44. 8/29/09 97,500 mi LCD replacement MID
45. 8/29/09 97,500 mi License Plate Holder
46. 9/15/09 98,081 mi Coolant Reservoir and Cap
47. 10/12/09 99,122 mi Rear Main Seal
48. 10/12/09 99,122 mi Torque Convertor Seal
49. 10/12/09 99,122 mi Oil Filter Housing Gasket
50. 10/24/09 PDC covering rear bumper 511 282 683 67
51. 1/18/10 New Rear Wiper
52. 4/27/10 104,734 mi L Front Window Regulator (under warranty)
53. 5/28/10 105,966 mi Valve Cover Gasket
54. 9/14/10 109,352 mi Both Rear Upper Control Arms
55. 9/21/10 109,662 mi L outer CV boot 2nd time
56. 2/1/11 113,518 mi L Tail Light Assembly
57. 2/1/11 113,518 mi Alternator bearing/Drive Belt Tensioner
58. 2/11/11 113,518 mi Hood Shocks
59. 7/8/11 118,500 mi Final Stage Resistor DIY (2nd time)
60. 11/30/11 122, 284 mi Secondary air injection valve
61. 3/26/13 134,244 mi Oil Pan Gasket
62. 3/26/13 134,244 mi R Outer CV Boot (2nd time)
63. 3/26/13 134,244 mi L Front ABS wheel sensor
64. 3/28/13 New Hood Emblem
65. 3/29/13 New mats
66. 5/4/13 135,991 mi New Windshield
67. 10/23/13 140,080 mi Alternator Bearing/Drive Belt Tensioner (2nd time)
68. 3/11/14 143,745 mi A/C Compressor Bearing/Drive Belt Tensioner
69. 6/2/14 146,308 mi New Front Suspension Install
70. 8/25/14 149,661 Hydro-steering Vibration Damper
71. 8/26/14 149,983 mi Inner Manifold Boot
P72. 8/26/14 149,983 mi DISA Valve
73. 10/1/14 151,749 mi Transfer Case and Front Drive Shaft
74. 10/13/15 160,336 mi Both windshield washer pumps (only front broken)
75. 10/13/15 160,336 mi L outer CV boot (3rd time)
76. 2/12/16 163,591 mi Alternator
77. 4/30/16 166,198 mi vertical steering adjustment screw DIY
78. 9/9/16 170,620 mi Aux Fan (4th time)
79. 11/23/16 172,682 mi oil separator (2nd time)
80. 11/23/16 172,682 mi Brake Light Switch
81. 11/23/16 172,682 mi L outer CV Boot (4th time)
82. 8/29/17 176,780 mi Intake Manifold hoses replaced
83. 8/31/17 176,780 mi DME programming updated
84. 11/2/17 Dashboard Blower Motor R/R
85. 4/21/18 180,658 mi passenger mirror replaced
86. 8/6/18 182,596 mi exhaust camshaft position sensor
87. 8/8/18 182,626 mi thermostat, oil level sensor, right outer CV boot (3rd time)
88. 9/28/18 183,584 mi Final Stage Resistor (3rd time)
89. 10/15/18 183,736 mi Valve Cover (Replaced) & Gasket (2nd time), Radiator, Heat Exchanger Bypass Valve
90. 12/14/18 184,508 mi Motor Mounts
91. 3/28/19 186,058 mi Expansion Tank, Radiator Hose Upper, Thermostat, Power Steering Line, Vanos Line.
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I like your maintenance style Mark.

And yes, would be impossible for you to find a replacement maintained as yours has been (at least local from a non-enthusiast).
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So, what's the general consensus for how long to keep the E53. Right now, it's a 13 -20 year old car and I've seen quite a lot of them still driving. How much longer do you think you are going to keep yours?
I bought my E53 12/2001. It had 7 miles on it. I drive it every day. As of May 2019 it has 250,000 miles. I will get out of it when I am forced to get out of it. I still love it after all these years!
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I will get out of it when I am forced to get out of it. ...
I like the way you've put it I feel the same
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I have replaced so many components on mine that it has become kind of reliable based on that fact.
Non-Routine Service:
1. 8/17/01 6,657 mi Engine Aux Cooling Fan -- Recall N/C
2. 8/17/01 6,657 mi Thermostat N/C
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91. 3/28/19 186,058 mi Expansion Tank, Radiator Hose Upper, Thermostat, Power Steering Line, Vanos Line.
Great list. Thanks for posting that. Helps non-original owners like me see what to expect.

I notice you're still on your original fuel pump. That is an inevitable failure headed your way. The brushes in the motor in there wear out just like tires do, except you can't see the wear until the post-failure autopsy. My pump ( 16-11-6-755-043 ) failed at 173k miles, luckily it was a hard failure, with no warning, and happened right in front of my house. If you're open to pre-emptive repairs, this would be one to consider.
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I’ve owned mine for 8 years and about 75k miles (has about 165k on it now). I was driving it Saturday and was frustrated by an intermittent brake light warning and got thinking I should fix that right, do some paint correction and a good detailing, refinish the wheels and give it a go on BringaTrailer. Wife pretty much said no f’ing way.
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