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Old 01-24-2023, 01:59 PM
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Indeed those doors! my little one struggle to pull open and that forces her to yank the handles! and those handles are am sorry fit for only doors that are flyweight not as heavy as the X5s! no matter, hmmm wheel dust is a scourge...
i wish there were ANY proper wheel places out here that could do a proper strip back and powder coat but alas there are none....if there were I would do them a charcoal black or very dark grey to hide the dust going forward....
Solved the black dust problem with Akebono ceramic brake pads. Little to no dust and what dust there is, is light in color. In my experience they work as well as stock black dust makers.
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I plan to hold on now, though to be transparent I have flirted with the idea of capitalizing on the crazy prices in 2021 and early 2022. I soon realized if I did sell I'd have to be ready to divest myself of ever owning another Estoril 4.6 in my condition. Oddly this was my dream car and color combo when they came out new in 2002 just way out of my reach at that time.

Now that I got the OG "in shape" and some preventative maintenance completed I realized as a multiple concours winner with some real nice Dinan parts it would be an unobtainium specimen.

My solution.. I contacted Hagerty, insured for agreed value and tucked her in garage for winter under a cover.
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Old 01-24-2023, 04:50 PM
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Solved the black dust problem with Akebono ceramic brake pads. Little to no dust and what dust there is, is light in color. In my experience they work as well as stock black dust makers.
Yep, got the Akebono too and virtually no dust visible .
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Yep, got the Akebono too and virtually no dust visible .
Third on the Akebonos. My Rial Racing wheels didn't show the black brake dust as much as the original wheels (OE Style 74), but now there's virtually none.


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4th here with the Akebonos.

My 5 year old can just barely open the door to get out for school in the mornings. Outside handles? Not so much..
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My unpopular opinion is that I disagree. I find the G series BMWs to be far superior in the interior quality department to the E series BMWs. I do love the vault style thunk to the E53 doors, but that's about where it ends and a light door doesn't mean the build quality is bad...the doors on the G01 are aluminum for weight savings.

The interior door handles, exterior door handles, interior door pulls, center console, dash trim, buttons, and all of the lower plastics (seat bases, lower door sills, rear hatch plastics, etc) are suuuuper cheap and flimsy on the E53 and very solid on my mom's G01 X3. I also think the suspensions are much more robust on the G series BMWs and last a lot longer. My mom's has 65k miles and all of the bushings, mounts, and ball joints look like new. That doesn't happen on E53s.

Again, unpopular opinion on here, but I call it as I see it.
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Whistle

^ technology moves forward. Who knew?

Pointing out the obvious to those who own older X's will always get a response.

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I mean I own an E53 too... lol. Sorry you're hurt about it, but I think the response is directly related to the original post.
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Not me. I thought it was funny personally. Technology and models years should get better each year. Not everyone thinks that way however. Hence my post.

The X53 models are engineered way back in 1998-2000 time frame and reflect the engineering and materials available at that time. 20+ years old electronics, suspension designs, and body/interior fit and finish parts. I personally like to compact nature of these years as we are the size of the current X3. The X5 has become a whale while the X7 is a barge in size. Will they perform better in every category compared to a 20 year old E53? They should.
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Old 01-26-2023, 11:22 AM
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My unpopular opinion is that I disagree. I find the G series BMWs to be far superior in the interior quality department to the E series BMWs. I do love the vault style thunk to the E53 doors, but that's about where it ends and a light door doesn't mean the build quality is bad...the doors on the G01 are aluminum for weight savings.

The interior door handles, exterior door handles, interior door pulls, center console, dash trim, buttons, and all of the lower plastics (seat bases, lower door sills, rear hatch plastics, etc) are suuuuper cheap and flimsy on the E53 and very solid on my mom's G01 X3. I also think the suspensions are much more robust on the G series BMWs and last a lot longer. My mom's has 65k miles and all of the bushings, mounts, and ball joints look like new. That doesn't happen on E53s.

Again, unpopular opinion on here, but I call it as I see it.
I take issue with the statement that the E53's suspensions are done at 65,000 miles. That depends greatly on how and where you drive. I have 271,000 miles on my X5 3.0. The suspension didn't need a refresh until 130,000 miles. I replaced everything including the swing arm bushings. The swing arm bushing were actually still in good shape, but "while I was in there" I did the works. Come talk to me when your mom's X3 has 200,000 miles or more on it and let me know how it's holding up.
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