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Old 03-23-2020, 10:21 AM
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Picked up a X5 3.0L in rough shape

Hi everyone. New here and first post. I'm also new to working on BMWs. I'm very familiar with Fords and GM products. So this is a learning curve for me.

I've picked up a 2001 X5 with just over 200,000 miles on the clock. It has been sitting for over a year. The former owner says he had the brakes replaced and new tires put on.

The engine sounds strong but appears to have oil leaking out of the passenger side of oil pan where the CV shaft goes through. Is that possible? The skid plate and pad on top of it was saturated in oil.

The rear tail lights, are both top and bottom lenses suppose to light when stepping on the brake? Right now only the bottom lights come on.

Now the funny. The brake reservoir was very low, so I topped it off. When I drove it, the brake peddle went way down and was hard to stop. The left front gowned. I jacked up the left front and removed the tire to find the outer brake pad had been installed backwards. Yes, metal against the rotor. Fortunately they didn't drive it too much and not too much damage to the rotor. Started bleeding the rear brakes and once I got the air out I noticed fluid dripping down midway on the vehicle. Found the driver side brake line had a hole. Passenger side line also showed signs of rusting. So I replaced 2 feet of line on both brake lines going to the rear. Now this thing will stop on a dime.

The radio has a bunch of LEDs burned out on the display so it is very difficult to know exactly what you are choosing. The arm rest has a holder for CDs. Has anyone been able to remove this and actually use it as storage?

While checking the windows I was rolling the rear passenger window up when it popped and dropped down into the door. I took the door apart and found the cable that pulls the window up had come loose from its mount.

Search is going to my friend on this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give.
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Old 03-23-2020, 11:49 AM
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You are finding most of the problems our cars will get over the years, all at once.

Best advice on the oil leak is to pull both pans, and clean everything under there with simple green and water so it is clean. Then look for the leak. The oil ends up everywhere when driven so it is hard to pin point the leak once oil is everywhere.

The tail lights seem normal to me, on my LCI face lift model the upper lights only light as a brake force display and only lower lights when normal braking.
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While checking the windows I was rolling the rear passenger window up when it popped and dropped down into the door. I took the door apart and found the cable that pulls the window up had come loose from its mount.
A bit of advice from a guy who has just done 3 of 4 in the past 6 months; don't buy the cheap window lifts from amazon. You will be back in there in a matter of weeks/months. FCPeuro.com is a great place for parts and are warranted for as long as you own the car. And BE SURE to replace the plastic tabs that affix the glass to the lift. DO NOT cheap out here!

Hope you enjoy the X. I love mine but be aware that you just bought a car who's acronym is Busted My Wallet! DIY!
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Hi everyone. New here and first post. I'm also new to working on BMWs. I'm very familiar with Fords and GM products. So this is a learning curve for me.

I've picked up a 2001 X5 with just over 200,000 miles on the clock. It has been sitting for over a year. The former owner says he had the brakes replaced and new tires put on.

The engine sounds strong but appears to have oil leaking out of the passenger side of oil pan where the CV shaft goes through. Is that possible? The skid plate and pad on top of it was saturated in oil.

The rear tail lights, are both top and bottom lenses suppose to light when stepping on the brake? Right now only the bottom lights come on.

Now the funny. The brake reservoir was very low, so I topped it off. When I drove it, the brake peddle went way down and was hard to stop. The left front gowned. I jacked up the left front and removed the tire to find the outer brake pad had been installed backwards. Yes, metal against the rotor. Fortunately they didn't drive it too much and not too much damage to the rotor. Started bleeding the rear brakes and once I got the air out I noticed fluid dripping down midway on the vehicle. Found the driver side brake line had a hole. Passenger side line also showed signs of rusting. So I replaced 2 feet of line on both brake lines going to the rear. Now this thing will stop on a dime.

The radio has a bunch of LEDs burned out on the display so it is very difficult to know exactly what you are choosing. The arm rest has a holder for CDs. Has anyone been able to remove this and actually use it as storage?

While checking the windows I was rolling the rear passenger window up when it popped and dropped down into the door. I took the door apart and found the cable that pulls the window up had come loose from its mount.

Search is going to my friend on this forum. Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give.

There's a seal there, but the fluid is not oil. The fluid will be the fluid used in the differential. Buy the OEM seal and not some cheap seal on eBay or Amazon. OEM seal has a lip seal thingamagjig that retain the spring so it doesn't come off as you pound the seal back in or if you do cheap out and buy an eBay or Amazon seal, load the back of the seal up with grease to prevent the spring from popping out. The oil in the pad could also be from the OFHG leaking which is more common.

As for the front brakes, look like a DIY job gone wrong. I wonder what else the PO tried to fix and fucked up.

The radio display or mid (multi info display) can be repaired. The part to repair is cheap, but there are many people that offer the service to repair it. If you are good at electronic repair and know how to micro solder you should be ok, if not just send it in.

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Had a lot of home time this week so got to do some tinkering. The brakes are now 100%.

The skid plate and pad was covered in engine oil, not differential oil. I ran the heck out of the engine for 2 days with no leaks. So I'm guessing the oil is left over from who ever did the oil change. The skid plate and pad are now clean and installed. There is a cover that goes between the bumper and skid plate that's missing. So I'm going to search bone yards for one.

I did find the driver side rear CV shaft has a lot of play, so replacement will be in the future.
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Welcome. Sounds like you are off to a good start.
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