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Old 06-18-2021, 05:10 PM
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more mysteries, part 2: extra panel, item missing

Here's two more items I can't identify (yet): 1) there's a black plastic panel, with a release on it (similar to the releases on the side cargo panels), with a soft covering on the outside. And 2) there's an empty space under the cargo floor, on the left side of the spare...what goes there?
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Old 06-18-2021, 06:02 PM
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Subaru panel...please disregard

My EE friend, with whom I swapped cars (Chevelle for X5), finally looked at his phone (he must turn it off for days at a time), and identified the mystery panel as off of his Subaru (a permanent project car of his).
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That mysterious empty space is where your rubber tie-down straps are suppose to live.
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Old 06-18-2021, 09:42 PM
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no straps found, will get some

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That mysterious empty space is where your rubber tie-down straps are suppose to live.
I can't get bungee cords that last very long, or they decide to disappear on their own...after 20 years and two previous owners, I guess that's to be expected. I'm sure that the BMW OEM straps are no longer made, or they're
sehr teuer (very expensive).
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Towbar.

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Old 06-19-2021, 10:43 AM
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nope, don't have it

My X5 didn't have a tow package from BMW, or dealer.
My friend that found/restored the X5 for me (major mech and electrical stuff), had found it w/o a tow hitch. While working on suspension, he installed a Draw-Tite Class IV custom hitch.

Background history of how I traded for the X5
Because I originally wanted to be able to take my home-built trailer off-road. I thought of using either a 4WD JEEP (XJ-Cherokee/Wagoneer (Unibody only) 1996 2001, WJ Grand Cherokee 1999 2004, ZJ Grand Cherokee 1996 1998), because I never had a Jeep before, and my two trucks are 2WD, or alternately a 4WD Chevy Suburban (1996-2001, being a primarily Chevy truck guy). As you can see, I specified OBD2 years, to be able to diagnose more easily, and I was tired of dealing with finicky carburetors, etc., from many years of drag-racing.

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He had found a '89 Grand Cherokee (not an OBD2 candidate), in fair-poor condition, that became another project for him, and as time passed, I waffled on the off-road specification, and asked for an AWD soft-roading vehicle, that could be a back-up tow vehicle, or used as occasional/bad-weather/special event transportation. My preferences were a first gen BMW X5 E53 (2001-on, never buy the first year of production), a MB ML320 (a guy at work had one), or a full-time AWD Jeep WJ. That's when he found the X5, and began working on it.
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Since my trailer is 2222 lbs, with brakes, I could tow it with the BMW, since he overhauled cooling, Vanos, transfer case, etc., but I probably won't. At 70, I'll probably not even go semi-off-road, and my '04 Chevy 2500HD has been outfitted with all my extra gear for camping/whatever, already. I'll just use the X5 for short-distance, localized activities with the wife (I camp alone).

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That is a very sweet trailer you built.

I keep my 7pin to 4pin trailer adapter in that empty spot. Now I know what it is really for, Thank you!
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Towbar.

Noway! That looks more legit than the rubber tie downs I have stuffed in there. Woah!
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Old 06-20-2021, 07:57 PM
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alternative cargo space filler

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Noway! That looks more legit than the rubber tie downs I have stuffed in there. Woah!
It looks about the right size to store a compact MP5 (that I'll never have).
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It looks about the right size to store a compact MP5 (that I'll never have).
They don't quite fit



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