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Old 12-08-2018, 03:24 PM
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Thank you Brian for the post!! I was searching on a fix for this problem and some said to remove the door inside panel and nearly gave up before I started. Until I saw this and God send I opened the door in less then 5 min. It's only my second time I ever worked on my BMW. Very clear and precise pictures and instructions!!! Thanks again!!!
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:57 AM
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This really works!

Thank you,

I have now twice solved this locking problem on the passenger door of my X5. I must now carry out the rest of the advice and grease the offending links.

Thank you so much. This would have been an expensive garage job otherwise.


Kind regards,

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Old 02-27-2020, 12:12 PM
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great write up btw, had this happen recently and referred to this post for help!
2004 E53 3.0i 185K Miles
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Old 03-14-2020, 05:54 PM
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Hi everyone,

I am having an issue where I replaced the door carrier on the rear passenger. It was a pain to remove the old one so I unbolted the lock actuator to give me more space. Also had removed the metal lock/unlock rod that comes out of the door to show it is locked or not.

After reinstalling everything I went to do a test with the panel still off. Now the door will not open at all. It is not stuck in lock either.

Does anyone know of a way to get the actuator to open besides interior cable? It definitely unlocked just seems stuck closed like the actuator is not releasing and allowing the door to open.

Thank you in advance!

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Old 07-13-2020, 04:56 PM
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Excellent instructions from Brian which saved me considerable time and effort, thank you Sir. I have previously changed two drivers door handle carrier mechanisms on my X5’s (2005 & 2006) which thankfully both failed “door open” condition so it was only necessary to follow the door card off and replace door handle carrier procedure, not a pleasant job but take your time and it can be done. Last week the front passenger door handle carrier mechanism on one of my X5’s failed but in “door shut” condition and I have to admit until I read the comprehensive instructions from Brian I was concerned it would necessitate sacrificing the door card to gain access to the internals but the wire tool and depth tape saved the day and after following the instructions to the letter the door was open and I breathed a sigh of relief. A few hours later all was back together and fully functional.I was just reading the post by Draztik and may have had the same problem, everything refitted and thought I would test before refitting the door card but the lock would not operate or allow me to close the door so I refitted the window switch mechanism to the wiring ( three plugs) without the door card and the door lock worked normally allowing me to refit everything . I presume the circuit for the door lock is routed through the window switch?Hope this helps.
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Old 01-30-2021, 11:38 PM
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This is all fine and dandy. But I can't even open the fucking inside of the door because my ex-boyfriend broke it so I can't open it from the inside or the fucking outside so now what??? How do you take the door panel off from the fucking inside when you can't open the door at all? There's no way to open it from the inside or the outside the driver's door is fucked I have to climb in through the passenger side and I'm tired of it help me fix it please
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Old 01-31-2021, 03:34 AM
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Mizzroxy69, the very first post on this thread explains one method for resolving your problem. Slow down, take a deep breath and take the time time to understand what Brian is doing with the bent peice of wire.

Once you have the door open using Brian's wire method, you can use some of the rest of the thread info. to fix the lock/latch.

Wishing you lots of luck... ssems like that is something you're kinda short of lately...
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Old 03-20-2021, 03:37 AM
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Passenger Window jammed inside frame

Hi there, i used this thread to open passenger door on my X5 e53 door which would not open (it worked, thank you) and while trying to fix the window (which was stuck in the bottom position) discovered the window was actually jammed inside the frame of the door. See pix 1.
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My handle stays partly open because the latch(?) sits on the window itself because the window is probably 1.5cm too much towards the jamb of the door. (Pix 3)
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The bottom hinge is actually dislodged and the window is completely stuck in its position. See pix 2
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Even with my 2 hands i could not move it a millimeter.
I removed all the bolts securing the 2 guides and the bolt securing the motor. I can now move the window 5mm up and down but not sideways(which you need to unjam it). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-20-2021, 02:49 PM
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The front vertical edge of the window is supposed to slide up and down inside a rubber-lined U-shaped channel as a guide.

I will guess that due to other failures, the window shifted rearwards and the front edge is now hung up on one of the tops of the U, rather than being settled in at the bottom of it.

So I'd focus on the front edge of the window, moving it in and out (towards the vehicle left and vehicle right), hoping it can get unstuck and fall into the U channel. At that point, the rear problem will be fixed as well.
2001 X5 3.0i, 203k miles, AT, owned since 2014
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Old 08-31-2022, 09:52 PM
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Brian - Thank You

Link to Post - https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...-fix-pics.html

Thanks so much for this Brian - Piaras here in Perth Western Australia.

Completely in the dark on this one - no way to open the passenger door.

Your clear and concise instruction with pics made it possible.

PS: Does need something like a welding rod though (which I had) - tried for some time with wire coat hanger (not enough rigidity)
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