BMW X5 Factory Running Boards

BMW X5 Factory Running Boards

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Vail, CO

#1 Feb 10, 2010
I recently purchased a 2010 BMW X5. I love the car but the factory running boards are driving me nuts. They make it really difficult to get out of the car especially with the sport seats.

Can anyone tell me if there is a replacement side skirt to get rid of these factoy running boards?

-Thanks, Shad

San Diego, CA

#2 Mar 11, 2010
I feel your pain! I just took delivery of my X5 diesel, with sport seats and factory running board and cannot get out of the vehicle without scrapping my pants on the boards. I inquired at the dealer about having the add-on running boards installed to make a bigger lip to step onto, but at a cost of $1200.00 to purchase and install - NO THANKS!
Naturally, the salesperson said he had never heard anyone complain about the sport seats and factory running boards, so I told him that he needs to remember my comment so the next poor sap can pay the $300.00 and add on the other running boards during assembly and not after the fact.
Good luck!
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Provo, UT

#3 Feb 2, 2011
I've heard a lot of complaints of running boards for trucks having the same problems. There are some, I'm sure, that are much better than others however. #

Oromocto, Canada

#4 Feb 18, 2012
Exactly the same issue, boards stick out under door sills too far and catch pants eveytime. They should have been moulded back inline and flared at the ends only.

Concord, NC

#5 Feb 9, 2013
poor design, can these be removed ?

Maryville, TN

#6 Jun 20, 2014
Did anyone have any luck with finding a remedy for removing the running boards? I have the same issues and it is so annoying.

Keystone Heights, FL

#7 Jan 29, 2016
I am having the same issue. Just purchased a bmw x5 and I can't stand the running boards. Does anyone know if they can be removed? I asked the dealership and they said no. Is that true?

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