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c-bass 09-27-2020 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by timmyc (Post 1192196)
Holy hell, man. Windows must have been left down? Hopefully your electronics are all fine? Would be remarkable if they are.

A white or yellow drill brush and a good carpet cleaning solution should get the carpet decent. The smell? Not sure there...


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I think the windows being left down is a solid possibility.

I've been to Florida before and I know the rain there is no joke. It wouldn't take long for it to get pretty wet inside, specially if the sunroof was open.

All the electronics seem to work fine, but from my understanding of how rust works, everything is "fine" as long as it stays underwater but as soon as it's exposed to oxygen that's when the rust starts to develop.

However, I do think that if there was any part of the cable that was compromised it probably would have rusty at this point or some crazy electronic gremlins would be present...I guess we'll see what happens

c-bass 09-27-2020 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by TriX5 (Post 1192197)
Brave, very brave. Generally I find that cars not cared for like that in the interior also have had no maintenance done on the mechanical side. Hope you get lucky but not my cup of tea. Wish you luck!

Stupid decisions aren't brave :D

and there's no shortage of google results that tell you not to buy a BMW never mind a neglected X5 so whatever the end result, I bring it all on myself.

Bdc101 09-27-2020 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192200)
I have a soft spot for neglected cars, which is a terrible habit to have, but I totally agree that $1200 for a running and driving "truck" isn't bad by any brand name.


This is more than a soft spot. You have a problem.


But seriously, good on you for saving an old car. This would have been headed straight to the junkyard if not for people like you.

Happy 09-27-2020 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192201)
I think the windows being left down is a solid possibility.

I've been to Florida before and I know the rain there is no joke. It wouldn't take long for it to get pretty wet inside, specially if the sunroof was open.

All the electronics seem to work fine, but from my understanding of how rust works, everything is "fine" as long as it stays underwater but as soon as it's exposed to oxygen that's when the rust starts to develop.

However, I do think that if there was any part of the cable that was compromised it probably would have rusty at this point or some crazy electronic gremlins would be present...I guess we'll see what happens


Use dielectric grease on all the contact points that you suspect were subjected to moisture.

c-bass 09-27-2020 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Effduration (Post 1192198)
what's the story on the hood being a different color?

I must say the condition of that X5 doesn't seem to jive with the appearance of the seller's living arrangement...

Excellent observation.

The couple was in Florida when he had the stroke and had to head back to Canada right as COVID was happening.

Shortly thereafter they started downsizing which included selling their home and moving in with their daughter and son in law...who clearly have the space.

as far as the the hood goes, the ol' guy specifically said "It's got the two tone hood like a Rolls Royce" uhhhh riiiiiiight, just like it

but realistically the hood is also the reason there's a new headlight on that side and the wonky fender and last but not least

https://i.imgur.com/4DY1dPP.jpg

So clearly it was involved in an accident at some point of it's life.

c-bass 09-27-2020 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Bdc101 (Post 1192204)
This is more than a soft spot. You have a problem.


But seriously, good on you for saving an old car. This would have been headed straight to the junkyard if not for people like you.

I figured it's got relatively low KM and no rust on anything major so it's definitely got a few years of life in it.

Here in Ontario they use salt on the roads during winter so anything that doesn't have holes in the floor or rocker is a "solid" car :D

c-bass 09-27-2020 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1192205)
Use dielectric grease on all the contact points that you suspect were subjected to moisture.

luckily I didn't find anything that was exposed below the water line...feels weird to write "below the water line" in reference to electrical wiring in a car :yikes:

Anything suspicious looking is getting cleaned up and greased before it goes back together.

Fifty150hs 09-27-2020 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by c-bass (Post 1192187)
While I was vacuuming I noticed a couple times if I came close to the end of the carpet at the door jam some visible water would get sucked up. I did mention that the carpet was WET so this didn't surprise me all that much...

However I wasn't expecting what I saw when I took a peek under the carpet

https://i.imgur.com/urtJvv6.jpg

All the low spots in the floor had at least 1/2" of water just sitting there, nevermind the foam being soaked :thumbup:

https://i.imgur.com/xEtmPBj.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/7P5wVfi.jpg

Investigating a little further, I decided that the only thing that makes sense at this point is to take the carpets out...except that to remove the front carpet in a BMW is ridiculous (other cars I've owned also) and that's NOT the level of commitment I'm willing to get into at this point.

I took out the rear section of the carpet which was completely saturated in water and propped up the front as much as I could

https://i.imgur.com/upnAOP7.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/tirDQk4.jpg

Well this escalated quickly...




So for the next few days I used a combination of synthetic chamois, sponges and whatever else I could think of blot, squeeze, pinch and absorb all the water I could out of the underside of the carpet, which is obviously the most water retentive material known to man. :rolleyes:

Even after days of the hot sun and all my efforts the underside of the carpet was still damp so I strategically placed several small fans under and left them running.

Now it's time to try and clean this:

https://i.imgur.com/NhaPeT7.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/HOjdcHg.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/IVk41c9.jpg

Suggest you rent a dehumidifier from a construction equipment rental outfit if there's one near you. Stick it inside for about a week with the drain tube running outside and it will thoroughly dry out the interior relatively quickly. Good luck!

bmw540san 09-27-2020 10:50 PM

I've been messing with BMW's pushing on 20 years now but I haven's seen one in this bad / nasty condition yet.
I understand that $1200 can be considered a deal for this X5 but after seeing all of this, I don't think it's worth it considering the effort it has to be put in.
But that is just my opinion and hats off to PO and I trully hope he gets her back in decent condition.

Effduration 09-27-2020 10:50 PM

Not to add to a big list of to-do items, but you should have a peak under the driver's side plastic under-cladding to see how good the rear brake lines are in that location. It's a big issue with any E53 living in a moisture environment. Mine were rotted.


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