Bmw X5 E53 1999 - 2006 - used, experience, breakdowns

Bmw X5 E53

Bmw X5 E53


The Bmw X5 E53 takes the form of the previous BMW 5 E39 wagon with increased distance from the ground. The BMW X5 is shorter than the BMW 5, but wider and taller. With its direct steering and agile chassis and powerful engine, it relies entirely on driving pleasure.

The Bmw X5 E53 is more than a highly comfortable luxury family car. From front to rear, the vehicle carries all the usual BMW attributes starting from the double opening on the front hood, the same style of headlights…

BMW has spent most of its century developing brand identity. As one of the world's leading manufacturers of performance cars, many thought that the production of SUVs would upset their loyal customers. Fortunately, BMW did not create the SUV at all. In fact, the Bmw X5 is an SAV or "Sport Activity Vehicle". Take most of the functionality of the traditional Sport Utility, add a good look and a car with the performance of the BMW 5 - Series Touring (station wagon) and here you have the BMW X5. This Bmw X5 E53: Compared to competitors such as the Mercedes M-Class and even the Porsche Cayenne, it is an athlete in the SUV category. Its off-road capability is limited despite the raised body and standard all-wheel drive.

The safety equipment of the Bmw X5 E53 is complete with six airbags, ABS i ESP anti-slip system and various (optional) assistance systems. In the Euro NCAP crash test, it reached five out of five stars for passenger safety - TOP rating.

The Bmw X5 E53 is a benchmark in its domain, both in terms of production quality, performance and equipment. In the half-car market, the variety of models is great, though mostly diesel. The prices reflect the success of the model: very high, except for large petrol engines 4.4 l, 4.6 l 4.8 l and. In terms of reliability, the BMW X5 suffered from the shortcomings common to all BMW models of earlier careers, before making significant improvements. Today, worries are rare.

In October 2003, the Bmw X5 received a facelift, changes mainly in the front and rear lights.

BMW's first foray into the world of off-road vehicles has been successful.

COMFORT - Bmw X5 E53 

Bmw X5 E53

Bmw X5 E53

The Bmw X5 E53 gets the same attention to detail as any other BMW. The materials and workmanship are excellent and the comfort level is high. The interior of the Bmw X5 is quite flawless and simple and functional. As expected, each seating position provides plenty of comfort.

The front seats are great, they hold the body, with lots of adjustments. The rear seats are comfortable, too. The seat backs can also be adjusted. Despite its height, the Bmw X5 E53 has almost identical headroom to that of the Series 5. The payload capacity of the Bmw X5 is no better than that of the Series 5 caravans.

The safety equipment is complete with six airbags, ABS and ESP systems with various (optional) assistance systems. At Euro NCAP, the crash test has reached five out of five passenger safety stars.

The Bmw X5 E53 is very agile and agile. Its suspension has the ideal calibration: it is able to absorb inconvenient road conditions and deliver impressive handling capabilities

All BMW X5s have four-wheel drive, but during production it introduced a major change to the system. The 2000-2004 models are equipped with a system that distributes 62% of torque to the rear wheels and 38% to the front wheels. In 2004, the X-Drive system was introduced with the BMW X5 during the restyling, here 100% of the torque goes to the rear axle, but if necessary it can vary, the electronics distribute the torque between the axles in any ratio.

ENGINE - Bmw X5 E53

Bmw X5 E53

Bmw X5 E53

The Bmw X5 E53 offers six-cylinder and V8 petrol engines and 3.0 diesel engines. The base model of the BMW X5 is with a 3.0i six-cylinder in-line engine with 231 hp. Above are the 4,4i V8 petrol engine with 286-320 hp, the 4,6is V8 petrol engine with 347 hp and the 4,8is V8 petrol engine with 360 hp. The Bmw X5 comes with two 3,0-liter diesel engines of 184hp to 218hp. BMW engines have a drive chain that is not serviced and reliable.

The most reasonable economical choice is the 3.0d turbo diesel version (218hp) under the hood and a manual transmission. It consumes a reasonable amount of fuel and manual transmission is permanent. In this case, the maintenance cost will be the lowest, assuming that no fault is characteristic of the turbo diezel. Performance enthusiasts should choose the V8 petrol version, the BMW X5 with the V8 engine under the hood is a real rocket. Avoid cheap copies of the LPG system. Only sequential LPG injection to avoid ruining technologically advanced and sophisticated BMW engines.

All Bmw X5 E53 engines deserve a very high rating, especially when combined with a manual transmission. Diesel consumes 10 liters per 100 kilometers, since autumn 2005, have a particulate filter. Gasoline V8 engines consume about 15 liters per 100 kilometers.

Bmw X5 E53 - Model History:

  • 1999 Premiere of the BMW X5 E53 with 3.0 and 4,4-liter petrol engines.
  • 2001. 4.6is gasoline engine, 3.0d.
  • 2003. Small body modernization (new front part), new 4 × 4 drive system - kDrive system, 3.0i petrol engine (231 hp), 4.4i (320 hp), 3.0i turbo (218 hp).
  • 2004. 4.8is gasoline engine (360 hp).
  • 2006. The premiere of the second generation BMW X5 (E70 version).

FAULTS - Bmw X5 E53 

Frequent failures of ignition coils for gasoline.

Initial V8 engines have porous engine blocks.

Diesel engines. On the suction side of the engine, plastic closures (valves) that regulate the flow of air through the suction branch, in the event of broken valves, can break into the engine and damage the interior of the engine.
Diesel Pump Injection Problems.
Frequent injector failures on 3.0d diesel engines, after 200000 km.
Flowmeter. At 3,0d by the end of 2002, the flowmeter may become clogged and cause power loss. It has to be replaced.
Turbocharger failures caused by an ECU program that allows more pressure than is safe for the turbine. Replace the turbine, reprogram the ECU, and thoroughly clean the turbo inlet and piping.
Idle vibration usually means a failure of the floating flywheel.

Frequent failures of the automatic transmission, manifested by heavy shifting and shifting of the gear lever. Required gearbox oil and filter change every 60 to 000 kilometers to prevent malfunctions.

Frequent wear of the wheel front bearings, heard at low speeds, like clicking.

Common problems with disc brakes, in some cases significant bending of the disc even at low miles.

Due to the weight of the vehicle and the sports chassis BMW The X5 intensively wears out tires, front suspension as well as brakes that wear out quickly when traveling fast.

Water penetrates the area of ​​windshields and headlights.

Air condition. Sometimes the air flow cannot stop. ECU reprogramming required.

Electronics failures
Often a failure with the parking sensor.
Common problems with the operation of the taillights.
As with other modern luxury vehicles that have many electric consumers, the Bmw X5 E53 also frequently drains the battery.
The fuel gauge wants to show the wrong results.
Make sure xenons work well, repair is very expensive.
Breakdowns of electronic windows, electronically adjustable steering wheel, electric seat adjustment and electronic rearview mirrors. There are problems with the satellite navigation system and parking sensors.

Reviews - Bmw X5 E53:
• 31.01.2001. a problem in the steering column.
• 16.11.2001. a problem on the fan motor, which can cause overheating and fire.
• 31.07.2002. problem on the brake pedal, the reason is the pulled out connector on the brake pedal.
• 03.02.2003. a problem that can cause the brake hose to rub against the front tires.
• 24.02.2003. problem with front belt tensioners.
• July 2004 models with V8 gasoline engines built between May 12 and July 6, 2004 can slow down and lose power. Electronic engine control module failure.
• 08.02.2005. potential problem with the bearings in the fuel pumps high.
• November 2005 exhaust branches replaced to 3.0 manufactured between March 2, 2004 and March 11, 2006. Risk of turbine damage and catalytic converter due to collector failure.
• 25.11.2008. an error in the airbag system.

Recommended models after face lifting in 2003 were of poor quality before.

Used Bmw X5 prices - review


  • Rusmir says:

    Respect I have a bmw x5 e53 2002 135 kw 3.0 diesel on diagnosis showed me that they had gone nozzles 3.4 and 5 but when they were taken overhaul it was decided that they were not nozzles my car went out on the back and in the car and the engine was shaking simply it worked irregularly afterwards, we changed the diesel pump to serve a 5bar fuel pressure and the car hangs up more and more, but I still notice that it doesn't work as it should on the back sometimes, as if it had a little throttle quite a bit and so normally continue running the engine because of the uneven but not the same way. i think this unevenness every one increases increases i am interested in your opinion regarding all this in advance thank you.

  • Zoran says:

    Respected. I got a 5 BMW X2002. 3.0 petrol. The car has been standing for 2 years. The previous owner says that the cyber was clogged and that he could not turn it on. Since I understand mechanics, and diagnostics, where to start first. Thanks and regards

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