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#242 of 678 2004 X5 Transmission
Nov 03, 2004 (2:46 pm)
I have a 2004 X5 3.0 When the vehicle is cold and I back out of garage,the transmission is not engaging in drive after selecting drive.
I was told it is because the transmission fluid is cold and thick and BMW has seen this before in the 3 series cars.
BMW has a software update for the transmission and they complied with this in my vehicle. It did'nt help!!
Probably will need a new transmission? Has anyone seen this before.
#243 of 678 DEAD BATTERY
Nov 30, 2004 (7:40 am)
I have a 2002 BMW X-5 with 23000 miles on it and yesterday was the 2nd time the battery went dead. First time i was on vacation for three weeks in December (I live in Ohio) and the second time I did not drive it for 1 week last week. Just want to know if anybody has the same problems with their batteries or does anybody know if there's anybody wrong with my car. I asked BMW about this and they said that batteries go dead if the car is not being used for long period of time...
#244 of 678 2005 BMW X5 - No CD player
Dec 13, 2004 (2:33 pm)
I recently purchased a 2005 X5 3.0 and along with other optional packages I opted for Navigation and did not realize that the standard CD player will be replaced by a cassette player.
I'm looking for advice on how to get a CD player installed for a reasonable price. Do I have to purchase and get it installed from a BMW dealer? or can I buy it from stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, etc and have them install?
I appreciate all your suggestions.
#245 of 678 Re: 2005 BMW X5 - No CD player [yazi]
Dec 15, 2004 (2:52 pm)
I bought CD changer from EBay for less than $400(BMW OEM brand new) and installed it myself. Finding prewired for CD player was little tricky (thanks for other Edmund members' advise!) but rest was easy. Hope this helps.
#246 of 678 X5 : new car part replacements
Jan 04, 2005 (10:08 am)
After few days of giving the deposit, I went to pick up the SAV from the dealer. I found that the ABS light was on. Didnt take delivery. Dealer says that it needs part replacement (hydraulic pump?) and said will replace it next week before delivering. I am not sure if this is an indication of a bad vehicle; and hence not sure whether to go for it or not.
Did anyone else had similar experience? Any 'advice' from experts will help me make the decision.
#247 of 678 Automatic climate control....
Jan 14, 2005 (1:08 pm)
IMMHO there is only one thing that is done properly with these european, mostly BOSCH, systems.
And that is when you select defrost/defog/demist mode you will always get lots of HOT airflow to the interior surface of the windshield. There is also a remote possibility, EXTREMELY remote considering this is most likely a wintertime only event, that this airflow will also be somewhat dehumidified via the cooling capability of the A/C.
On a cold or coolish day ALL modern day automatic climate control systems will initially begin operating in "heating" mode, footwell and windshield interior surface airflow ONLY.
Then as the passenger cabin warms, approaches, rises, your temperature setpoint, the system will switch to "cooling" mode. Initially to combined footwell/windshield and dash outlets, and then as the cabin temperature nears or reaches your temperature setpoint, to dash and windshield outlets only.
It will do this, switch to cooling mode, on the COLDEST, DARKEST night in the depths of winter provided the cabin atmosphere is within a reasonable limit of your setpoint.
Feel a bit coolish do you?
If the radiant effects of the surrounding landscape is on the cool or cold side, as it typically would be during the winter and especially at night, then the human body will be extremely discomforted by the cooling effects of cool, 75F, and dry airflow directed to your face and upper body.
The only thing I have found that works is to manually select footwell airflow only if I want the system to remain in heating mode on a cold day or when the radiant effects on my body are negative, COLD.
Now, one would think that the system as described above would be perfect for summertime, mostly cooling, use.
You would be wrong.
The more the A/C is used, the colder the system airflow needs to be to maintain your temperature comfort level, the more the interior surface of the windshield will become CHILLED.
That's right, the european designs automatically route a great deal of the system's cooling airflow directly to the interior surface of the windshield on the hottest day of summer.
There are two problems with this, a lot of your A/C's cooling capability is lost into the great beyond via the poor insulation qualities of the glass. And should the windshield glass get cool enough, and/or the outside humidity high enough, you might find yourself sudden blinded by a heavy film of condensation on the outside of your windshield.
Yes, it can happen quite suddenly, and at night it might take a few minutes to realize what has happened and act with the proper response, turn on the wipers.
So, when using the system primarily for cooling the cabin, be sure the windshield airflow dusts are fully closed, and if the system does not allow you to do that, then place some sort of baffle over these outlets such that your windshield will not be cooled to the local atmosphere's dewpoint.
Shorty after having the exterior surface of my windshield fog over completely and unexpectedly on a hot and humid June night in AL (2001 Porsche C4), I learned to close those ducts manually.
Later I added a switch within the glovebox so I can completely disable the A/C compressor if I don't need it for cooling. And absent knowing when and if it will be functional for dehumidification I never want it to be used for windshield defogging or condensation prevention.
I did notice on a VW Touareg forum that VW has a fix for the windshield cooling problem, I don't know if any other manufacturer does or not. I do know that Porsche refuses to even acknowledge it a problem even though I notified them of the VW fix which would probably also apply to the Cayenne..
#248 of 678 Re: 2004 X5 Transmission [airplaneguy]
Jan 23, 2005 (6:32 am)
Yes! I had the same problem on my 2003. A software update DID take care of mine. Good luck.
#249 of 678 Driver Seat replacement
Jan 23, 2005 (6:34 am)
Has anyone ever done a seat replacement on the X-5?? I need a seat with more support for a bad back...either the BMW sport seat, or a Recarro Orthopod. Any ideas?
#250 of 678 Re: 2004 X5 Transmission [airplaneguy]
Feb 13, 2005 (7:51 pm)
My 325i has the same thing. When cold the tranny is slow to operate but that situation disappears quickly. Don't worry about your tranny as we have over 200 000 km on ours
#251 of 678 Re: BMW X5 Problems [izulu]
Feb 16, 2005 (10:26 am)
I would like some opinions about purchasing a 2004 X-5 with low milage versus a new VolvoT-6. The pricing is within a few hundred.
What do you think?