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Old 06-23-2019, 12:49 PM
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A couple of things. Since it had an Eonon double din installed the PO may have butchered the mounting frame that holds the MID in place, check that. Secondly the radio/tuner is in the Business CD just to verify. I would look for the fuse for the MID, perhaps it is blown or missing. Recheck your connection and check fuse 7,41.
I had everything hooked up and kinda sitting in my lap to test (and it's all still sitting like that, hah). The mounting frame is butchered for sure, but the MID is still not getting power. I will check fuses and report back.

The car still has random issues with cluster indicators and door chime not working. There is a fault stored for the LCM so I am wondering if that's going out. Everything that's "dead" will occasionally come back to life.
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Nice work! It's always amazing how a little time (and a relatively small amount of money) can just wipe the years away from old BMW's.
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This is absolutely hilarious but I fixed the cluster problem. I noticed everything would start working if I pulled the handbrake fairly hard. I could flip on a turn signal, pull the handbrake and watch the signal work/not work based on how high up it was pulled.

Popped the boot off of the handbrake and wiggled the wiring harness under/near it, and bam, everything works again.



Still have the trifecta after fixing wiring to the FR wheel speed sensor and replacing the sensor. Previous owner said he had the ABS module rebuilt but it was a few years ago. Hrm.
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I'm not surprised re abs module. The fix they probably tried to solder. They need to be welded.


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I'm not surprised re abs module. The fix they probably tried to solder. They need to be welded.


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Gotcha. I'll pull it out and send it off then.
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One thing I forgot to mention earlier is how I tested for a working LCM. This doesn't seem to be documented well, but a BMW tech shared the test. With the key off and lights turned off, remove the gauge cluster (2x T10 torx) and unplug the two wiring harnesses. If the headlights turn themselves on, the LCM is working. If they stay off, the LCM is dead or dying. You can turn the lights off by cycling the switch.

The turn signals were both out, I think because they were old bulbs and I messed with them a bunch. I swapped the left tail light for the OEM unit and plan to do the same with the right side, once I acquire bulb holders. The smoked aftermarket units look okay but don't match the front of the car (front has amber corners) so I figure I'll go back to stock and sell the other units.

Managed to get a complete set of working bulbs and I now have functional turn signals and brake/running lights! Took the X5 to a friend's place for dinner last night and it drove well to and from. It is amazing how heavy the steering is - just typical BMW of the era, really - and I can see why Karen McLexus wanted something with lighter effort for daily driving to soccer practice and Orangetheory.

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Got a state safety inspection on the X5 and have been driving it to work all week. Aside from the lack of AC, it's been pretty pleasant. Should cross 195k miles on my way home today.

The car decided to celebrate this milestone by dropping the right rear window into the door in dramatic fashion. Ordered a new window regulator this morning and it'll be here Friday - gotta love Amazon.

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Fairly easy job. If you have privacy curtains, the small curtain can be a little difficult to release to get to the small torx bolt underneath it.
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It's actually pretty easy to release that privacy screen. There is a tiny notch to get in a little tool like awl or small screwdriver I think you push the spring clip UP to release.
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It's actually pretty easy to release that privacy screen. There is a tiny notch to get in a little tool like awl or small screwdriver I think you push the spring clip UP to release.
Yes, indeed that is the procedure. I always struggle with mine though. No clear access and up or down
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