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BMW X5, SUV
#1352 of 1508 Re: to buy or not to buy ??? [metairie_la]
May 22, 2006 (2:19 pm)
okay to lease but it is one of the most unreliable vehicle to purchase. it could easily run you additional $5000 after the warranty. i have one x5, cost me $2000+ to repair so far. you think a bmw born in germany would be better, you are wrong again. my 323i cost me $5000 as of last week, replaced water pump, rebuilt auto transmission, replaced a/c unit, coolant leakage ... and the car is only 50k miles. lexus and infinite are much better vehicles.
#1353 of 1508 Re: X5 Leak??? [burrsr]
May 23, 2006 (8:38 am)
I have a 528i and the same thing happens to me during a very hard rain. I thought it was because my car is low to the ground. It is always my driver side rear passenger floor. Every place I have brought the car (Including the dealership) can't find anything wrong and their is never any leaks aroung the door seals either. Good luck, but it sounds like my car and yours are related.
#1354 of 1508 should I purchase a 2001 X5 with 17000 miles
May 25, 2006 (5:27 am)
I have driven Benz for last 30 years. My current S500 has 152,000 miles and I just want a different car. Never owned a BMW. I have a chance to buy a one owner 2001 X5 4.4 with 17000miles. Looks perfect. Owner says she has never had any "serious" problem, but after reading about all the problems some of you have had, I am hesitant to make the purchase. The asking price is $25K. Was this a particularly bad year for reliabillity?
#1355 of 1508 Re: should I purchase a 2001 X5 with 17000 miles [jigyn1]
May 26, 2006 (6:55 am)
please refer to oct 05 consumer reports. bmw has the worest record among all automakers for the 1st and 2nd model years (70+ problems per 100 vehicles). honda and toyota have around 20 problems per 100 vehicles. i think lexus would be a much better choice.
#1356 of 1508 Re: should I purchase a 2001 X5 with 17000 miles [jigyn1]
May 26, 2006 (7:00 am)
i can't speak for anyone else, but my two bmw started to have serious problems (over $1000 per reapir) after 50k.
#1357 of 1508 Considering the X5 - w/Out Sport option
Jun 10, 2006 (2:33 pm)
I test drove the X5 Sport and found its handling and ride VERY stiff and bumpy. I currently have a Lexus GS, which drives like it's floating on air. The dealer only had the Sport model in inventory and stated that 90% of its sales are the Sports model. Does anyone have the X5 without the Sport option...does it offer a smoother ride and better handling? Will I be making a mistake by purchasing from the factory without the Sport option? JC
Jun 10, 2006 (6:56 pm)
Stiff & Bumpy are relative terms as far as ride & handling go. First of all, you're coming from a Lexus which for all intensive purposes is a couch on wheels. Second, going from a car to a truck you will feel the bumps more. My Dad has an X5 3.0iA with Sports Package and neither of us (or his Great Dane he bring to work with him every day) think the ride is anywhere near harsh. He drives on the pot hole laden roads in and around NYC.
I would imagine the a non-sport X5 would ride softer and maybe more to your liking.
Funny you should mention that your particular dealer only has SPort Models in stock. My Dad had to special order his. Besides the sport suspension tuning, you get 18" wheels, black trim around the windows, black chrome exhqaust pipes, & the ever so comfy for a long ride SPort Seats with side & knee bolsters.
How come you don't want another Lexus? Have you test driven the RX350?
#1359 of 1508 Re: JimSUV99 [nyccarguy]
Jun 11, 2006 (7:50 am)
I DO think that the RX 350 and/or 400h will offer a smoother ride over the X5, far superior stereo sound (not to mention the CD configuration), and Lexus' quality and reliability are exceptional (RX 350 reviews are nearly perfect). You cannot get wood trim with the 400h, so the RX 350 is my finalist against the X5. When I test drove the X5, I found the comfort seats more comfy than the Sport seats...and loved the headrest adjustment. Will test drive the nonSport X5 and RX 350 and see where I'm at. Anyone else been caught up in the X5/RX 350 dilemma?
Jun 13, 2006 (5:34 pm)
Of my last 4 cars, 3 were BMWs: '96 328i, '99 528i and '02 Z3 3.0. Last year, I bought an '06 Infiniti M45 over the 545i. Reason: the M45 drives very well (not as good as a 5, but darn close), all the gadgetry works (Bluetooth, nav, incredible sound system, rear-view camera, rev-matching downshifts, etc) and reliability is among the best (the 545i I test-drove had two flaws: 1) a transmission firmware issue and 2) iDrive). I'm super satisfied with the M45, except that my kids are growing, and I need to carry more stuff, hence I need an SUV. The Infiniti FX45 is not kids-friendly at all: it feels very tight, the door sills are high (young kids can barely see outside) and the car roof line is too low, making access to the cargo area not ideal. On the other hand, the X5 4.4 looks just what I need in terms of safety, space and performance: excellent crash ratings, kids-friendly (roomy, good visility, etc) and enough torque for the SoCal highways. But the interior (from a driver's standpoint) even with Premium & Sport pkgs, feels austere. And the nav is so-so (no voice recognition to state destinations). But it sure drives like a BMW and is arguably the safest SUV out there (strong points for me). But how about reliability? I keep reading all sorts of issues on Edmunds' forums like leaking seals, dead batteries, etc. all of which being non-acceptable when buying a vehicle to carry kids around. I need some advice about the X5 4.4 (recent years, say 2005 or 2006) in terms of reliability. According to Consumer Reports, the X5's reliability has been 'below-average' for years, and just this year it got 'average'. I can accept occasional visits to the dealership (as I always did with my previous BMW), but I need a vehicle that I can count on. So maybe a simple way to ask you: I'm looking for a top-handling SUV, will an X5 let me down with kids on board and can I trust the vehicle? (I know I can't trust any M-B out there). What do you think? Thanks.
#1361 of 1508 CPO 2004 Best Price?? What to offer...
Jun 27, 2006 (11:12 am)
Make: BMW Truck
Body: 3.0i Sport Utility 4D
Exterior Color: Gray
Interior Color: Gray
Engine: 6-Cyl. 3.0 Liter
Packages - Sport, Premium, Rear Climate, Xenon and Wood Trim
The asking price is $38,475. I was thinking around $33,000. (this is in TX)