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Old 04-20-2021, 05:02 PM
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.PS NOV 2004 x5 3.0d, i dont think has x-drive , all the notes you mention still apply to non xdrive
I know we have discussed this before - but a Nov. 2004 should be X-Drive.

Why don't you check and answer this question once and for all? Climb under the car with a flashlight (or a torch as we say down-under!) and look at the transfer case. If you see a small electric motor and wiring on the side of the transfer case, you have X-Drive.

X-Drive transfer case (ATC500)..



non-X-Drive transfer case (NV125 or LWC500)..

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This is a comment from me today in the tire forum on xoutpost ...

Wow I should have checked this forum instead of the general e53 forum as I had the same question as OP.

I JUST installed new Mich Latitude Tour HPs on the front late last summer and now the rears are toasted BUT Michelin no longer sells the Latitude Tour HPs in the 315 size... So I reviewed internet lore and consensus (based on tire company, vehicle.manufacturer & testing) was the same tread pattern SHOULD be used on AWD vehicles, as having different tread patterns could cause different traction. slippage of one set of wheels compared to the other axel set would cause AWD system to work harder or sometimes malfunction, at the extreme.

I have a great Indy Mech who never steers me wrong so I called them and asked their thoughts and I was told essentially the same thing. They said there are a few factors at play. Not just tread pattern but rubber compound, similar sidewall feel also count. He said he would sell me a set of just rears that were closely matching my Lat Tour HPs but once I told him I could buy 4 new Nokians for just a few hundred more than just 2 Michelin's... He said don't be stupid and just.buy the 4 new Nokians.

So I JUST dropped my PERFECTLY washed wheels (even removed every wheel weight and any road tar or old wheel weight stickers with Good Gone and the inside is brand new again) Even the tire dealer complimented on cleanliness of wheels (it's actually so I can see if they scratch my wheels up)...anyhow I am getting a new set of Nokian Z Line tires installed for JUST a little more than buying JUST 2 rear Michelin Pilot A/S 4's.

And I can sell my new Front tires I just installed last late summer.

Even the tread difference between the Lat Tour HP and new Pilot A/S 4 is quite different so I didn't want to chance anything.

I hope to have a review of the Nokian Z Line in a month and

6 months and

a year of ownership.

Apparently they have a 65k km warranty and width is 0.2" wider than Mich Pilot A/S4 so a BIT more wheel protection and they are 11/32 as opposed to 10/32 of many other tires. That's a few more days of driving safer

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I know we have discussed this before - but a Nov. 2004 should be X-Drive.

Why don't you check and answer this question once and for all? Climb under the car with a flashlight (or a torch as we say down-under!) and look at the transfer case. If you see a small electric motor and wiring on the side of the transfer case, you have X-Drive.

X-Drive transfer case (ATC500)..



non-X-Drive transfer case (NV125 or LWC500)..

hahahah thanks Wpoll, i'll give it bash when i can squeeze under as had a mishap yesterday preventing me from doing much, ok so there will be no cowling etc hiding this ...this is the spec as per BMW mail to me, not sure if there would have been a ref to it being xdrive here



Fahrzeug Details WBAFB72090LX10326


Produktionsdatum

E-Reihe

Motor

Getriebe

13.11.2004

E53

M57/TU

AUT



Länderausstattung

Type

Leistung (KW)

Antrieb

EUR

X5 3.0D

160

ALLR


Lenkung

Variante

Hubraum



RL

GEFZG

3.00







Türen

Motorsteuerung





5

DDE


Produktionsstätte

Lackierung

Motor-Nr.

Getriebe-Nr.

Werk 75 SPARTANBURG

TITANSILBER METALLIC

29705784





Modellzyklus

Polster





01.10.2003 bis 30.09.2006

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hahahah thanks Wpoll, i'll give it bash when i can squeeze under as had a mishap yesterday preventing me from doing much, ok so there will be no cowling etc hiding this ...this is the spec as per BMW mail to me, not sure if there would have been a ref to it being xdrive here
It won't mention X-Drive specifically - see this PDF on your actual car for a full list of fitted options.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nlo7o0u6lz....work.pdf?dl=0

No, there is no cover over the transfer case itself - you should be able to peer in under the left rear door, looking forward and see it. It sits just behind the transmission under-shield...

You have X-Drive, BTW.
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It won't mention X-Drive specifically - see this PDF on your actual car for a full list of fitted options.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nlo7o0u6lz....work.pdf?dl=0

No, there is no cover over the transfer case itself - you should be able to peer in under the left rear door, looking forward and see it. It sits just behind the transmission under-shield...

You have X-Drive, BTW.
Hahahaha amazing thanks for pdf .....
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gonna live with X5 long as I can its showing its age things are started to sag the inner headliner puffing up here and there, the panoramic sunroof usual issue and haven't got round to trying to disable the 2 clips on either side at rear of the guide rails for the sunroof, so at least it can work half way.......

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