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2005 BMW (E53) X5 4.8iS

2005 BMW (E53) X5 4.8iS

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Details

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 148,400 Miles

Engine: N62 4.8-Liter V8 Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/ Manual Shifting

Exterior color: Titanium Silver Metallic Exterior (354)

Interior: Black Exclusive Leather Interior (V9SW)

Additional features:

Silver Trim

Sport Suspension Settings

Self-Leveling / Adjustable Ride Height

Servotronic Steering

Panoramic Sunroof

Dynavin Touchscreen Stereo / Navigation /

Apple Car Play / Backup Camera /

BMW HiFi Sound System w/ Dynamic Sound Processing (DSP)

Power Memory Seats

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Sport Multifunction Leather Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel

Multi-Function Steering Wheel

Power Rear Seat Back Adjustment

Rain Sensor

Headlight Washer System

Auto-Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors

Xenon Headlights

Headlight Control

Rear Air Conditioning

Anthracite Headliner

Fold Down Rear Seats

Ski Pass-Through

Receiver Trailer Hitch

Tinted Windows

Black Kidney Grills

BMW Carpet Floor Mats

BMW Rubber Floor Mats

18” Style 58 Wheels

BF Goodrich T/A KO2 All-Terrain Tires

Background

2005 BMW (E53) X5 4.8iS exterior photo

The BMW X5 4.8is was the X5M of the E53 X5 generation. Evolved from the X5 4.6iS, the 4.8iS’s 355-horsepower N62B48 propelled the 4.8is to 60 miles per hour in a real-world 6 seconds. It also was the last naturally aspirated V8 engine BMW produced. It makes the 4.8iS extremely desirable because it suffers none of the timing chain guide issues that its predecessor M62 V8 engine did and none of the turbo issues that plagued the S63 engine of the X5M. It was also adorned with nearly every option in the X5 catalogue and exclusive M bits, like white-face M gauges with a variable tachometer, quad exhaust pipes, and a heated M steering wheel—features pulled from the E39 M5. While it will certainly need proper BMW maintenance, the X5 4.8iS is the most reliable of all of the V8 X5s and also the pinnacle of BMWs high-performance naturally aspirated era.

Summary

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This Titanium Silver over Black Exclusive Nappa Leather 2005 BMW X5 4.8iS is a repeat visitor to Glen Shelly. We originally sold it from one Glen Shelly regular to another back in 2017. It was well-optioned from the factory including all of the standard 4.8iS kit. The wood trim was replaced with aluminum silver trim. The original stereo was also replaced, with a modern Dynavin unit featuring APPs, Bluetooth communication and streaming, a backup camera, along with a host of other features. The Dynavin is the best original-equipment style infotainment upgrade for older BMWs. A factory receiver hitch was added, and the 20-inch 4.8iS wheels were replaced with 18-inch Style 58s wearing aggressive BF Goodrich T/A KO2 all-terrain tires. The wheel-tire combination rides exponentially better than the OEM 4.8iS 20-inch wheels and looks badass on an X5!

It was originally delivered by BMW MINI of Wichita, Kansas and resided in the local area through the first few owners up to 2011. The Carfax shows frequent and regular dealer services at BMW MINI of Wichita throughout this period. In 2011 it came to Utah, then Idaho where the Carfax shows more dealer services at BMW of Idaho Falls. In 2016 it came to Colorado where it entered the Glen Shelly fold. In 2017 at 123K miles it was treated to a massive service including the valve stem seals, and all associated seals and related parts including the valley pan gasket, valve cover gaskets, timing cover gaskets, etc. It also received a fresh lower oil pan gasket, a cooling system overhaul, spark plugs, front air springs, and drive belts. The bill totaled $7800! Since then it has continued to have regular services, including the alternator, fuel pump, driver’s seat heater mat (a common 4.8iS issue), window regulators, door handles, front brakes, and another water pump at 142K miles. The 4.8iS was the best iteration of the E53 X5-generation, and remarkably more reliable than the newer generations that followed. Make no mistake, it will certainly require more preventative maintenance and repairs, but it has benefited from the significant maintenance that all X5s need. You can buy one those examples and spend a bunch of money to bring it up the standard of this one, or benefit from this example’s maintenance history.

Exterior

2005 BMW (E53) X5 4.8iS exterior photo

The Titanium Silver exterior is in great shape considering its age and mileage. There are lots of small imperfections, but they are hard to see without close scrutiny. The most notable are several scratches on the driver’s side doors, a small crease on the right D-pillar, and some scuffing on the front bumper cover. It is a rust-free thanks to living in Western states. All trim is in place, with some light UV fade on the black plastic bits. The windshield has been recently replaced, with no cracks or pitting. The side and rear windows are tinted, which is in good shape. The headlight lenses are clear with light pitting. The Style 58 wheels have minor imperfections with one small spot of curb rash on the right front. The BF Goodrich T/A KO2 all-terrain tires are worn evenly with over 50% tread remaining.

Interior

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The interior also presents well, considering its age and mileage. The fine wood trim has been replaced by silver trim, which looks much sportier and doesn’t crack like the wood trim does. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. It comes with BMW carpet and rubber floor mats. The seats also have minor seat bolster wear, with one small hole in the driver’s seat bottom cushion where the seat heater mat burned through it (a common 4.8iS issue). The seat heater mat was replaced, the seat motors and front and rear seat heaters work. The heated steering wheel is a nice touch. The instrument cluster LCD screen has no failed pixels, and the Dynavin installation is seamless. The blower motor works at all fan speeds; the heat blows warm and the air-conditioning blows cold. The power door locks and window regulators work, as do the power mirrors, and panoramic sunroof—but as I’ll tell every X5 owner, use the latter at your own risk!

Mechanical

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The N62 engine fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline once the variable tachometer indicates the oil temperature is warm enough to do so. It has no VANOS rattle or lifter noise, and the valve guide seals have been done. There are no active fluid leaks or drips, but it is a BMW V8, so it will leak again at again at some point. The adjustable air suspension functions correctly. The transmission throws no codes and shifts smoothly, and we recently re-aligned the transfer case actuator. The driveline, differential, and wheel bearings are quiet with no vibrations. The front suspension has a faint clunk, which is likely due to front strut mounts, but it will not warrant replacement for some time. We replaced the front control arm bushings. The brakes are firm with the fronts also being recently replaced. Like any V8 X5, this example will need continued preventative maintenance and regular repairs, and I can educate you on what will likely be next. That said, the 4.8iS is likely the most reliable V8 X5, having none of the timing chain guide issues of the M62-powered X5s and solidly built before the disposable era of subsequent X5s that followed. We pay for and ensure it passes emissions.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: 5UXFA93575LE83447
  • Type: FA93
  • Model: X5 4.8iS
  • Market: USA
  • Development Code: E53
  • Chassis: Sports Activity Vehicle
  • Steering: Left
Doors: 5
  • Engine: n62
  • Displacement: 4.80
  • Power: 355 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Color: Titanium Silver Metallic (354)
  • Upholstery: Black Exclusive Leather Interior (V9SW)
  • Production Plant: Spartanburg
  • Production Date: 6-28-05

Option Codes

  • 205 Automatic Transmission
  • 216 Hydro Servotronic Steering
  • 221 2-Axle Self-Leveling Suspension
  • 226 Sports Suspension Settings
  • 249 Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • 255 Sports Leather Steering Wheel
  • 302 Alarm System
  • 309 BMW LA Wheel, V-Spoke 168 Wheels (replaced by Style 58s)
  • 321 Exterior Parts in Body Color
  • 354 Green Stripe Windshield
  • 386 Roof Rail
  • 402 Glass Roof, Electric Panoramic
  • 417 Roller Sunblind Rear Side Windows
  • 430 Auto-Dimming Interior / Exterior Windows
  • 438 Wood Trim (replaced by Aluminum Trim)
  • 441 Smokers Package
  • 442 Cup Holder
  • 456 Comfort Seat w/ Memory
  • 459 Power Memory Seats
  • 461 Seat Back Adjustment in Rear
  • 464 Skibag
  • 473 Front Armrest
  • 494 Heated Front Seats
  • 496 Heated Rear Seats
  • 4NA Interior Mirror w/ Digital Compass
  • 502 Headlight Washer System
  • 521 Rain Sensor
  • 522 Xenon Light
  • 524 Headlight Control
  • 533 Air Condition for Rear
  • 534 Automatic Air Conditioning
  • 609 Navigation System Professional
  • 639 Mobile Phone Preparation
  • 645 BMW US Radio
  • 672 CD Changer for 6 CDs
  • 677 HiFi System Professional w/ DSP
  • 761 Individual Sun Protection Glazing
  • 775 Headlining Anthracite
  • 785 White Direction Indicator Lights
  • 840 Delete Remote Control for Radio
  • 845 Acoustic Belt Warning
  • 853 Language Version English
  • 876 Radio Frequency 315 MHz
  • 8SP Control Unit CO2
  • 992 Number Plate Attachment