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Old 12-16-2013, 12:25 PM
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Congrats, MPughJr on your silver 5 speed. You'll need to pick up the 3m headlight restoration kit [the one you use with a drill, and the only 'consumer' one that works] to fix those faded headlights. The replacement units cost a fortune ....
Thank you Riggodeaux it's been an awesome car so far my only regret is not getting one sooner! Thanks for the feed back on the headlights, I will most likely clean them up before I sell them. I've already found some angel projectors I plan to replace them with that look close enough to oem. Gotta have HIDS and projectors on my first bimmer
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:41 PM
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Another good product is Novus plastic cleaner and polish (use #2). It's even certified by Cessna & Boeing to do the same on aircraft windows. Very reasonable and it works. I've saved many headlights (and tail lights) over the years with this product. Also handing on flatscreen TV & PC screens.
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2002 Euro X5 (E53) 3.0 diesel (M57)
5 speed manual with UUC short shifter.
Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
Dimple magnetic drain plugs in all compartments.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:50 AM
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New X5 owner

Hi, My name is Tony and I just bought an 2003 3.0 with a 5spd manual. I was looking for a BMW and happened upon this car with 96K on it. It is a basic model with no sunroof and manual heating and air cond. controls. No heated seats or any of that fancy stuff. It does have leather. So far, I have replaced all of the filters, all of the oils, and all of the cooling system components. Bought a set of tires and changed the spark plugs. It needs a radio upgrade because of the dead pixel issue. It also needs an overdrive for the transmission. I would love to put a 6 spd in it, but not sure if that can be swapped out easily. Any thoughts on that? Thanks for having a great site!
Tony
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:59 AM
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If you have the pixel problem, this can be repaired (it's a known problem, typically with the internal ribbon cable from the electronics to the display). I've sorted this out, easy to remove the head unit and send it off (there are some reliable guys who advertise in the BMW CCA Roundel magazine who offer this service).

Installing a 6 speed is possible BUT you'd also have to sort our different length drive shafts, transaxle & mounting and a few other items (I've converted auto BMW's to manual so am familiar with this). Feasabile, yes. Economical, no.

My X5 is a 2002 and also no sunroof, roof rails, DSP and other items. I had a cloth interior and upgraded to leather (and gained power, heated sport seats up front).

You mentioned all oils, this includes transmission, transfer case and both diff's? Did you replace the power steering oil (and reservoir to be able to change the filter)?
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2002 Euro X5 (E53) 3.0 diesel (M57)
5 speed manual with UUC short shifter.
Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
Dimple magnetic drain plugs in all compartments.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:59 AM
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If you have the pixel problem, this can be repaired (it's a known problem, typically with the internal ribbon cable from the electronics to the display). I've sorted this out, easy to remove the head unit and send it off (there are some reliable guys who advertise in the BMW CCA Roundel magazine who offer this service).

Installing a 6 speed is possible BUT you'd also have to sort our different length drive shafts, transaxle & mounting and a few other items (I've converted auto BMW's to manual so am familiar with this). Feasabile, yes. Economical, no.

My X5 is a 2002 and also no sunroof, roof rails, DSP and other items. I had a cloth interior and upgraded to leather (and gained power, heated sport seats up front).

You mentioned all oils, this includes transmission, transfer case and both diff's? Did you replace the power steering oil (and reservoir to be able to change the filter)?
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2002 Euro X5 (E53) 3.0 diesel (M57)
5 speed manual with UUC short shifter.
Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
Dimple magnetic drain plugs in all compartments.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:41 PM
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I did not change the power steering fluid or the brake fluid yet.... everything else is complete. I used Red Line oils, with the exception of the engine, that I used 5w-30 shell synthetic. I have had other BMWs and they all fall victim to the pixel issues. Thanks for the info on the transmission, I forgot about the driveshaft stuff, oh well, maybe my next one..
The radio face is actually broken, it still works, just cant see anything. I would really like to upgrade to a touch screen unit, with HD radio. All the Chinese units I see do not have HD radio.... Does anyone know if there has been success with installing a double din radio say from either pioneer or kenwood? I also suspect I will lose my avg MPG and temp. readouts on the dash....
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:55 PM
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You select oils as I do (Redline), I endorse your selection. Mike Miller (tech guy for the BMW CCA) highly recommends MTL in BMW manuals (with one specific exception) rather than ATF. I've tried it and agree.

For pixel issues, I found a guy in Budapest (I live in Switzerland so it works for me) who does fine work and has a line on good (used) displays. Great work and still fine with no issues after two years.

As Switzerland is now transitioning to DAB+ (digital standard) FM radio over the coming years, I am looking to change my head unit for a double DIN unit that will accommodate CD's (I don't have this in the trunk), AM/FM/DAB+ with RDS and a iPod port on the front. There is ONE unit (a specific Kenwood model) sold in Europe that meets my criteria. I've researched the installation brackets and found the best (guy who has one delivery point in Europe and another in New Jersey), the harness adapter and the interface module so you can still retain the steering wheel controls.

You would not loose the MPG or temp readouts on the instrument cluster.
Afterwards I will sell my BMW head unit, and preset the region codes and frequencies to the next user's requirements.
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2002 Euro X5 (E53) 3.0 diesel (M57)
5 speed manual with UUC short shifter.
Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
Dimple magnetic drain plugs in all compartments.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:59 PM
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Good news about the computer display. Can you share with me the resource for the faceplate and wiring connectors?
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:05 PM
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Remember you need to do a few things: (A) select a head unit that meets your needs, (B) physically mount the unit, (C) wire it to the car and (D) provide a steering wheel interface to the non-BMW head unit.

A. Your head unit (double DIN) will be a personnal choice, I plan on buying the JVC (not Kenwood) DB60ATE based on the specifications / functions in my earlier post.

B. For the head unit mouting bracket and bezel, there is a guy on Ebay.de (naturally in Germany) who sells a VERY good product (better than Metra) for a very reasonable price. His seller ID is striker1980. He's not a cousin, brother-in-law or similar.

C. For the wiring adapter (ISO adapter in Europe), you'll find them easily (ebay or similar). Crutchfield for US people. Depending on the year of your E53, you would a specific one (BMW used one with round pins, another with flat pins and a third one (from memory) as well.

D. For the steering wheel control adapter, Axxess ASWC-1. I've found good reports that I works easily with the E53 CAN BUS and many brands of head units.
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2002 Euro X5 (E53) 3.0 diesel (M57)
5 speed manual with UUC short shifter.
Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
Dimple magnetic drain plugs in all compartments.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:05 PM
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Remember you need to do a few things: (A) select a head unit that meets your needs, (B) physically mount the unit, (C) wire it to the car and (D) provide a steering wheel interface to the non-BMW head unit.

A. Your head unit (double DIN) will be a personal choice, I plan on buying the JVC (not Kenwood) DB60ATE based on my choice of specifications / functions (in my earlier post).

B. For the head unit mounting bracket and bezel, there is a guy on Ebay.de (naturally in Germany) who sells a VERY good product (better than Metra) for a very reasonable price. His seller ID is striker1980. He's not a cousin, brother-in-law or similar.

C. Depending on the year of your E53, you would a specific one (BMW used one with round pins, another with flat pins and a third one (from memory) as well. For this reason the one I would require may not be the correct one for your year E53. For the wiring adapter (ISO adapter in Europe), you'll find them easily (ebay or similar). Crutchfield for US people.

D. For the steering wheel control adapter, Axxess ASWC-1. I've found good reports that it works easily with the E53 CAN BUS and many brands of head units, a non-hassle installation and set-up procedure.
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2002 Euro X5 (E53) 3.0 diesel (M57)
5 speed manual with UUC short shifter.
Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

Bilstein B6 shocks F&R
Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
Dimple magnetic drain plugs in all compartments.
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