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Old 01-26-2022, 04:39 PM
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2005 X5 Door Swap

I bought a very clean 2005 X5 4.4, but the driver's side doors, front and back, are too far dented to repair and I plan on just buying replacements. I have found a set, same color, but for a 2004 X5. The salvage yard says they are supposed to fit but before I go get them, does anyone know for sure what swaps in and out for a 2005? Also I need the left front fender, and they have one, but there is no badge where the 4.4 badge goes, just above the side light. Does that go in a slot, or do they just stick on the outside?

Thanks for any help, they are located a couple of hours away, and I don't want to waste a trip if I don't have to.
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:38 PM
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A 2004 is identical to a 2005... the doors and fender should work. You can confirm this via part numbers on RealOEM.

The badges are simply stuck on with adhesive (3M?).
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Thanks my friend, that is going to make this a cheap fix
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Watch the electrics - it's pretty easy to unplug the door loom at the hinge boot (after removing the retaining bolt) but disconnect the battery first or you could get a slew of SRS (Air Bag) errors.
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Will do. Thanks so much for the tip.
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make sure there is no rust on the bottom edge....It's quite common on an E53 door.
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make sure there is no rust on the bottom edge....It's quite common on an E53 door.

-Which is the exact reason i'm also on the hunt for drivers side front and rear doors.



And now that we are on the subject, <hi-jack thread> Does anyone know why it seems like the drivers side door bottoms rust out way before the passenger side doors?
When searching the scrapyards, i can get as many rust-free passenger side doors as i want, but almost no drivers side doors. They are always more or less rotten. Why is that? </hi-jack thread>
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Old 02-03-2022, 09:06 PM
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... When searching the scrapyards, i can get as many rust-free passenger side doors as i want, but almost no drivers side doors. They are always more or less rotten. Why is that? </hi-jack thread>
Spray from passing vehicles gets the driver's side much wetter/dirtier...
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Spray from passing vehicles gets the driver's side much wetter/dirtier...

That is a contributing factor for sure.
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.............. Does anyone know why it seems like the drivers side door bottoms rust out way before the passenger side doors?
When searching the scrapyards, i can get as many rust-free passenger side doors as i want, but almost no drivers side doors. They are always more or less rotten. Why is that? </hi-jack thread>
I noticed yesterday in raining conditions that the lower door seal on my drivers doors seems to be blocking the front door drain when the door is closed.

When I open the door, quite a bit of rain water drains out of the door. Why is this?

My door seal is not loose...I need to look at it...I don't like the idea of a pool of rain water sitting in the bottom of my door shell.
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