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Old 10-31-2016, 11:33 AM
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It's been a year since I replaced ours with an aftermarket brand. It is still going strong, would definitely recommend it so far. Will check back in here in another year!

Here's the repair video I made, hope it helps someone:


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Old 11-19-2016, 11:04 PM
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After my driver door carrier failed I replaced it with an aftermarket part and preemptively replaced the passenger side.

I recently bought these aftermarket door handle carriers and they seem to be doing OK but only have about a month on them. The fit and function appear fine.

Replacement Exterior Passenger Side Front Right Car Door Handle for 51218243616 | eBay

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Door Handle Carrier Front Driver Left Side LH Hand BMW X5 BM1310104 51218243615 | eBay

Time will tell.

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Old 11-28-2016, 09:37 PM
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i bought 1 on ebay for less than $20 and has been working fine for almost 2 years with everyday use
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:41 PM
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Quote:
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After my driver door carrier failed I replaced it with an aftermarket part and preemptively replaced the passenger side.

I recently bought these aftermarket door handle carriers and they seem to be doing OK but only have about a month on them. The fit and function appear fine.

Replacement Exterior Passenger Side Front Right Car Door Handle for 51218243616 | eBay

and

Door Handle Carrier Front Driver Left Side LH Hand BMW X5 BM1310104 51218243615 | eBay

Time will tell.

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I am considering getting the same ones you got off eBay. How was the fit on installation? Everything fit into place? Still functioning fine?
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:47 PM
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Hi AZX,

Yes, everything is still fine on the carriers that I bought and installed.

Care was required to insure the proper OEM clearance to the non-movable portion of the handle was achieved (the part that would house the lock cylinder). Watch for that before you snug it all up.

I also gave a shot of CorrosionX lube on all the moving parts of the linkage before installing them.

Here are the clearances I was able to achieve with those eBay parts





Just a wee bit wider clearance than the rear handles that were installed at the factory, but good enough for my eyes.

Enjoy.

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Old 12-26-2016, 07:40 PM
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Update: I used Febi/bilstein door handle carrier. This is about the 6th door carrier I have done between two X5's and the first time I have gone with non OEM. Over all I am happy with the part. The fitment is not as perfect as OEM. If OEM is 100% this is around 95%. Knowing that this part fails about every 3 years or so I am happy with the price and fitment. If you are looking to spend less and have everything functional this is a good option.
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This site is amazing and its the people that make it. I had my Passenger side (drivers side to our cousins in the US) Door carrier break yesterday. The door will not open and its cold in the UK now. Was thinking about a aftermarket part as they are 30 rather than 91 for a OEM part from BMW parts but... it sound like its worth every single penny to fit the OEM carrier as the job could take me an hour or so as its the first time I am doing it. Also i don't fancy having to do it again in the next 12 months because I bought a cheap part.

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Sometimes not broken when just frozen. What happens with these parts is due to a design defect the lock mechanism stays locked when you've unlocked the car. You've been conditioned to pull hard on a frozen door because you think it's the door seal that is frozen but that is not the problem.

When you yank on the handle when the lock mechanism is stuck due to the lubricant gumming up in the cold you will break the pot metal frame.

So: since the OEM part has a design defect fair game to use a copy. Just swap over the cable because the OEM cable is far better. Search my posts on the topic.

Better yet: 95% chance the break can simply be fixed literally better than new with 2" of 16ga steel wire, virtually no cost!


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Old 01-10-2017, 08:33 AM
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Follow up on the "are you sure it's broken"? My wife's copy of x5: both front doors "acted broken" but only one actually broke. The passenger (right in USA) was just gummed up and when thawed out came right back to life

You can tell if broken: it will lift up as if unlocked but do nothing. If it lifts partiallly and won't open but fights you it's just locked. Try on a working door: locked and unlocked. If the "broken handle" feels like the locked working door it's not broken it just needs to be thawed.

Here is the science: rather than a smart design where when locked the mechanism is simply disengaged, BMW stupidly designed the door handles so when locked a tiny lever BLOCKS the motion of the handle.

The problem is: that tiny piece: literally about 1cc volume, has a very soft spring and when cold will gum up and not return to the unlocked position when the door is unlocked.

The feedback to the user is "the door seal has frozen to the frame" so you yank extra hard. You can prove this is not the case as the door will open easily from inside.


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Old 01-10-2017, 08:41 AM
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One more: if x5 owners would learn this Achilles Heel issue with the design defect they would never break another door handle carrier. It takes about 10-15# to open the door. About 70-100# to break the carrier. It will ONLY happen when you think the door is unlocked but because the locking lever is stuck in gummy grease you yank very bar assuming the door seal is frozen. I've been trying to work out a non-invasive way to get some lock de-icer in there to share with people.

In a worst-case scenario all four doors frozen: climb in the tailgate or use some portable heat like IR electric heater and warm up the door near the handle just don't ever pull harder than it normally takes to open the door or risk "operator error" self destructing the carrier.

My x5 the drivers door froze up just about a week ago. I climbed in the back door and about 3-4 days later it finally warmed up enough to defrost the door and work good as new.


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