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Old 08-13-2018, 02:32 PM
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Tim, Thanks for the update and tip on the painter's tape, good call. I have the illuminated inside handles and the little itsy bitty bulb goes into the inside door release lever from the top. As you are aware, the tails of broken door handles/carriers only happen right after the big freeze each and every winter.

I do enjoy those who attempt to choose a cheap eBay carrier and then post the pain and suffering on the install. Glad to read you reached the same conclusion.

Tip: Take the time to buff out the scratches from the finger nails in the door handle pocket. Easy with no handle in the way!
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:07 PM
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As you are aware, the tails of broken door handles/carriers only happen right after the big freeze each and every winter.

My first one failed in September and this one failed in early August.
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:07 AM
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My driver's door failed at 46,000 at year 10. I drive 90% with only one person so the other doors and windows are only opened when I wash the SAV beast. This year with all the other stuff going on the X has been on the wait list. She sit quietly under a cover slightly jacked to keep the suspension uncompressed. Not certain if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:09 AM
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Add me to the "busted in the summer" list. My driver's door handle carrier gave up the ghost Aug 1, 2018 (w/approx 144000 on the odometer)...just picked up the part from the dealership yesterday (priced match one of the online vendor's prices I had pulled up online for an OE part...out the door for approx $129 w/local taxes) I went with BMW oe carrier instead of less expensive aftermarket carrier due to it being the driver's door which gets the most use.


Like StephenVA above...98% of the time, I'm the only one in the X5 so driver's door is worth the extra money (for oe) vs one of the passenger doors (in my case).


Thanks for the DIY video and various tips.
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Help! Can’t get the broken carrier out of the rear driver’s side door. Getting hung up on door lock/popper. Can’t seem to find correct angle. Gonna get a big hammer soon!😠
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I posted this, you can continue to struggle or just loosen the 3 torx bolts holding the lock actuator to drop/move it down out of the way and the the carrier will come out struggle free.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:10 PM
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Thanks. I was able to pop out the lock rod which was in the way. Carrier came right out afterwards.
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I need to do my rear driver's side door handle carrier now, so I guess I will find out what they are talking about there. This is my 2nd most used door, since I rarely have passengers, but I toss groceries, etc.. in that door a lot. I have had way too much cash going out lately, so I want to try to attempt a non-OEM carrier for this one. I figure they are 1/4 the cost, so it's worth a shot. It isn't critical to get fixed right away like the driver's door was. If I get one that won't work, I'll button it back up and return it.


Has anyone had any luck with a particular aftermarket seller on these?
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I've had good luck with my Amazon purchases. Both front doors with this carrier:

A-Premium Outside Door Handle Carrier for BMW E53 X5 2000-2006
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:55 PM
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Thanks - I went ahead and ordered the 'A-Premium' rear door handle carrier and will give it a shot. It came in over the weekend.



There aren't as many vids or DIY's for the rear carrier. I have the retractable shades in my rear doors. I saw one video that shows removing the trim piece that holds the shade for the triangle window. Do I need to mess with this just to get door panel off to replace door handle carrier?
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