2006 Le Mans Blue Sport Edition BMW E53 X5 3.0D

Lauren_E

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Took a notion for one of these for pulling the skis up and down to the caravan/beach

It had to be a Le Mans Blue E53, so this one popped up for humble money as it needed a front diff and a few other bits and pieces, perfect project I thought 😅

Has a nice spec some of which includes
  • Staggered 20” Le Mans Alloys
  • Flared Arches
  • Sport Package
  • Lava Grey Individual Leather
  • Heated Electric Memory Seats
  • Walnut Trim
  • Xenons
  • Auto Lights / Wipers
  • Digital TV
  • Sat Nav
  • Bluetooth
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tow Bar

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So onto the ramp it went to see what all it needed, discovered it needed the front diff as expected but on further inspection the exhaust manifold looked to have had a crack in it (common issue) and the turbo shaft had quite a bit of play. So stripped down and new parts ordered as well as the turbo sent to get refurbished meant it wasn’t moving for a few days

Old turbo
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In the meantime I thought now was a good time to start cleaning the interior, previous owner had a few dogs so it was rather hairy as you’ll see 😂
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Loom under the back seats was a sticky hairy mess so stripped all the old tape, cleaned and rewrapped with tessa tape. I know no one will see it, but at least I know it’s done 😂

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With same said dog, when it was a pup, it apparently took a notion of eating the leather seats, rear bench demolished as well as the front driver seat 🤦🏻‍♀️ Driver seat had been replaced but due to the rare lava grey colour scheme, the owner had only replaced it with a cream one.
RIP rear bench
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With that in mind I started searching for a full interior, I really like the lava grey and wanted to keep it original so eventually I found a full interior with door cards that was heated and electric over in England 🥳
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Once it arrived I give it a steam clean and used @Big Pimp rawhide leather cleaner. Came up like new and really completes the interior
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Replacement front 3.91 diff arrived, as did the new cast exhaust manifold and refurbished turbo.
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Few bits and pieces still need done. The steering wheel is quite worn so will swap it out with a spare one I have as it’s not quite as bad. Also want to get a new head unit so I can stream my music via bluetooth, fit a reversing camera etc. Have been looking at the Xtrons ones below as with the android units you can run an ibus app which lets you still make use of all the original functions e.g auxiliary heater, on board computer etc.
Option 1
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Option 2
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Lauren_E

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Few jobs ticked off the list.
Decided on the OEM looking Xtrons headunit.
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Fitting was an absolute pain due to everything being in the boot so had to run all the extension leads up to the front
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It took a little while to set up, but now it’s all fitted, it really is a great job. As its an android unit you can get a multitude of apps etc but I generally just use it on the Apple Carplay mode
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Also fitted the Resler module which works alongside the ibus app. This lets you monitor data, code some features, and allows you to still access auxiliary heating etc
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Last on the headunit front, a reverse camera. Just makes hooking up to the trailer so much easier 😂
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A new set of tailored rubber mats fitted
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First trip to the beach with the superjet a couple of weekends ago
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So today treated it to a wash and polish. It’s far from mint as there are a good few scrapes and scores from previous owners but it cleans up ok considering there is 160k miles on it. Maybe in time I will get it painted but for now it does the job just nicely
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So that’s it this far, it’s packed to the gills at the minute ready to set off tomorrow for a long weekend with the ski 😎
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What was the craic with the windows in the end lol?

It’s lovely, just the exact right colour and trim in them
 

Lauren_E

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What was the craic with the windows in the end lol?

It’s lovely, just the exact right colour and trim in them
I think it was because I had stripped all the previous modules out, it threw a hissy fit. When I reset it on diagnostics everything started working as it should and windows stayed up when locked 😂
The headlights/tail lights flashing was because the headunit region was set to China in the hidden menu, must be some sort of feature out there lol
 
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