Repairing door handles on a BMW X5 2000 thru 2006
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Here at Bavarian Autosport, we have found that our BMW X5 owning customers
have been contacting Otto about troubles with their outer door handles not
working. They note that the handle pulls normally, but the door will not
open. The common problem is that the inner handle mechanism breaks and does
not transfer the outer pull handle's motions to the latch release cable.
The cure is to replace the inner handle mechanism.
We have seen customers' shop quotes for hundreds of dollars to replace the
inner handle mechanism ... and more than just a few incorrect parts
replacement quotes (quotes to replace the incorrect parts). Since one of
our purchasers had an X5 with BOTH front door handles inoperative, Otto
decided to have a look and see just what the problem was and determine if
the replacement is a reasonable DIY task. We found that the inner handle
mechanism was indeed the culprit and the repair is no more difficult than
the common window regulator replacement.
Come on along as we show the steps for replacing the X5 inner door handle
mechanism on a 2004 x5 3.0i. All E53 x5 models (00-06) will be as shown in
this video. Note that you may wish to order a few new inner door trim panel
securing clips. It is very common that some of the clips will break, or
already be broken from a prior door panel removal. We replaced six clips on
the door panel shown in this video. Additionally, if you find that the
vapor barrier panel is ripped or damaged, this should be replaced to
prevent water entry to the cabin. Bavarian Autosport stocks the clips,
vapor barrier and the vapor barrier adhesive as well as the handle
Inner door handle mechanism --
Left or Right (various PNs)
Door trim panel clips - 51 41 8 224 768
Vapor barrier -- Left 51 48 8 402 389 or Right 51 48 8 402 390
Vapor barrier adhesive -- 08612
Non-Marring pry tools -- various PNs
Torx bit set, T10-T50 - 26550
Metric socket and ratchet set -- ¼ " and 3/8" drive, 8mm through 13mm
Metric combination wrench set -- 8mm through 13mm
4mm long ball-end Allen wrench
Various common mechanic's hand tools -- Screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars,
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