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BMW X5, SUV
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)
#1362 of 1508 Re: CPO 2004 Best Price?? What to offer... [kbcwalsh]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 27, 2006 (2:58 pm)
We have TMV for certified cars too; a similar one to yours came in at $33,264 for my zip code but I didn't enter the options you have listed.
Here's the link that you can tweak for your zip, etc.
Check out the BMW X3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion too.
#1364 of 1508 What is right time to buy?
Jun 30, 2006 (8:42 am)
I want to buy an X5 and was planning on waiting for the '07, but I am now worried about the 3rd row seat change. Should I buy now or have BMW dealers traditionally offered deals at the end of a model year? I live in OC/LA.
#1365 of 1508 Help on 2001 X5
Jul 02, 2006 (3:19 pm)
I'm looking into buying a 2001 X5 with the manual transmission. Can you please share with me anything you can abou this car? I'm very concerned about the reliability but I do not know much about the car. Thanks in advance for sharing!
#1366 of 1508 Re: scott & diesels [nyccarguy]
Jul 07, 2006 (2:41 pm)
I was wondering if I can find a BMW X5 Diesel in the USA. I want to buy the diesel option from the US but don't know if there are any available? Can you give me an advice on where to look for one?
Thank you in advance, I appreciate your effort,
#1367 of 1508 Re: scott & diesels [mxdim2001]
Jul 07, 2006 (7:56 pm)
X5 Diesels aren't available here in the USA Maybe we can hop that BMW will import them when they give us the next generation X5. The reason why it isn't available (yet) here is due to the fact that Europe's diesel fuel is MUCH cleaner than ours. I think the diesel would be a great option for people who do a lot of highway driving and towing. You get gobs of low end torque and great highway mileage.
Jul 12, 2006 (6:31 am)
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Jul 12, 2006 (7:41 am)
I'm getting a new X5 4.4i next week, I'm currently on assignment in Saudi Arabia, (extreme heat, dry & dusty), any advise/tips will be appreciated