BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Overview


  1. LOCK microswitches, inner, on seat frame on left and right.
  2. FOLD microswitch on backrest frame, outer.
  3. CF microswitch on seat frame, outer.


  1. Seatbelt outlet trim.
  2. Trim, CF release unit.
  3. Trim, fold, inner.
  4. Trim, seat screw fastening.
  5. Trim, follower, outer.
  6. Trim, fold, outer.
  7. Trim, fold adapter, outer.
  8. Trim, cross-member.
  9. Trim, seat screw fastening.
  10. Trim, fold adapter, middle (60 %) Trim, pivot bearing lower section (40 %).
  11. Trim, follower, inner.
  12. Trim, slide, middle.
  13. Trim, fold, middle (60 %) Trim, pivot bearing (40 %).
  14. Trim, slide, outer.


The rear seats must be checked for damage following an accident. This measure is applicable above all in the event of structural damage (engine carriers, luggage compartment floor side members) but also if large pieces of luggage were stowed in the luggage compartment. The most important checks are set out below.

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 136: Identifying Rear Seat Components

  1. Rear seat
  2. ISOFIX cover strip
  3. Side section, left/right
  4. Backrest with center mount
  5. Center armrest
  6. Ski bag
  7. Head restraints

1. Rear seat frame:

Check complete frame for damage (cracking, breakage, etc.), paying particular attention to the marked areas.

2. ISOFIX cover strip

Check marked areas for damage (cracking, breakage, etc.).

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 137: Identifying Rear Seat Frame

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 138: Identifying ISOFIX Cover Strip

3. Side section:

Check side section for tight seating if it is loosely seated:

  1. Check retaining lugs and snap-in fixtures for damage (wear, breakage, cracking, etc.), replace if necessary.
  2. Check marked guide lugs for damage (cracking, breakage, etc.).

Also check corresponding counter-supports on body (bending open, etc.).

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 139: Identifying Retaining Lugs And Marked Guide Lugs

4. Rear seat backrest:

Carry out function check (easy folding and snapping into place).

  1. Check center mount for damage (cracking, breakage, bending, bending open, etc.).

    If damage is identified at one of the following points, the center mount must also be replaced.

  2. Check backrest mount (oval head screw, bushing) for damage (cracking, breakage, bending, etc.), replace if necessary.
  3. Check mounting bracket for damage (breakage, cracking, bending, etc.).
  4. Check backrest head for parallelism to rear parcel shelf.

    Check whether there is deformation at backrest head and backrest moulding.

  5. Check mount of center armrest for damage (breakage, cracking, bending, etc.).
  6. Check gap for parallelism and uniform distance.
  7. Check mount of backrest lock for damage (breakage, cracking, bending, etc.).

If damage is identified at the backrest supporting points, the mounting points on the body must also be checked (bending open, function, etc.).

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 140: Identifying Rear Seat Backrest Components

5. Center armrest:

Carry out function check (easy folding and snapping into place).

  1. Check armrest shafts for damage (cracking, breakage, etc.).
  2. Check armrest vertically and diagonally for deformation.
  3. Check folding cover for exact operation.
  4. Check armrest buckle for damage (cracking, breakage, bending etc.).

If the backrest structure is damaged, the center armrest must also be replaced.

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 141: Identifying Center Armrest Components

6. Ski bag:

Carry out function check (easy snapping into place).

Check marked areas for damage (cracking, breakage, etc.).

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 142: Identifying Ski Bag

7. Head restraints:

  1. Check head restraint cushion for distortion. If the cushion is loose in relation to the tubes, replace head restraint.
  2. Check tubes for damage and parallelism to each other. Check guides on backrest.

Carry out function check on new rear seat or reference vehicle.

Rear Seat, Through-loading
Fig. 143: Identifying Head Restraint Cushion


 Removing And Installing Backrest Lock Adapter Plate

Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove luggage compartment wheel arch trim on left or right. Release screw. Tightening torque 52 26 06AZ. Remove adapter plate for backrest lock (1). Fig. 144: Ident

 Removing And Installing Outer Fold Adapter

Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove outer fold trim. Remove rear panel trim. Partially remove seat cover with padding. Release screw. Release screw (1). Unclip trim (2) at top. Carefully tig

 Removing And Installing/Replacing Ski Bag On Rear Seat (Through-Loading System)

Special tools required: 00 9 317. Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove armrest. Release screws (1). Tightening torque 52 26 09AZ. Fig. 146: Identifying Screws Release screws (1). Tightening tor


 Storage compartment in the center console

Opening the storage compartment Press onto the cover. Closing the storage compartment Pull the cover on the handle bar back. Storage compartment in the rear center console The rear of the center console contains one or two storage compartments. Center armrest, front General information A storage co

 Front/Rear cup holder

Front cup holder Safety information Warning Unsuitable containers in the cup holders may damage the cup holders or be thrown about the car's interior in the event of an accident, an evasive maneuver, or forceful braking. Spilled liquids can distract from the traffic conditions and lead to an acciden

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