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BMW X5, SUV
#1446 of 1508 Re: WRONG ON THE 580K Produced Stat [cioccabmw]
Apr 05, 2007 (5:59 pm)
To follow on what cioccabmw wrote and for people who obsess over consumer reports ratings... they calculate an average of problems per new car model across large numbers manufactured. So Porsche averages .82 problems per new vehicle. Lexus may have .9 problems. BMW may average something like 1.4 problems depending on the model. It boils down to the fact that statistically you are likely to experience at least 1 problem with any of these new vehicles. (You're certainly not going to have .82 problems.) So what's the difference?
You're likely to have a problem or two with any vehicle that you buy. New cars are becoming so reliable that a couple problems per new vehicle on average will earn a manufacturer a below average rating. That is pretty damned good when you consider the complexity of modern cars.
And so what if your BMW does have a problem? Get it fixed for free along with your free oil change and free wiper blades while you drive a free loaner car. Then go enjoy the vehicle.
And for those who say only complainers and the unhappy post on these forums... I have had 5 new X5s since August of 2001. The first one, BMW's first ever SUV and a brand new model built in a brand new plant in SC, had a three minor problems that were fixed under warranty. After that, these X5s were completely reliable. I've been driving a 2007 X5 4.8i for 5 months with no problems. I am extremely happy with their reliability. (Now ask me about my 2002 745i... that's a different story for another day.)
#1447 of 1508 Re: Brand New 2007 X5 Honeymoon Is Over! [tcn2k]
Apr 05, 2007 (6:14 pm)
And I totally agree with "thstone". I found this site because I was looking for a place to vent and see if others had similar problems. This is the first time I've ever blogged or engaged in an ongoing chat on the internet. I have a feeling I will keep coming back. I do LOVE the car despite the problems. BTW, I've had is 2.5 months now. Today, the "low oil" indicator light came on and I had to add a quart. This seems kind of early in the life of this vehicle to me but maybe it is because I live in the dessert (Palm Springs), drive a lot, drive fast, and drive aggressively. Nevertheless, I thought this car was designed to handle this type of driving. All-in-all, I have high hopes that these problems I'm having are not typical and will end soon after a little more breakin. My screen name stands for "american pit bull lover times four" and my four pits LOVE this car! So I'm keeping it.
#1448 of 1508 Re: Brand New 2007 X5 Honeymoon Is Over! [apbtlvrx4]
Apr 05, 2007 (6:22 pm)
Not sure if the oil usage is a sign of a problem in your particular engine, but I can tell you that BMW engines have historically used oil, especially in more extreme driving conditions. I asked one of the senior mechanics at the BMW Performance Center about oil usage (as he was showing us the mechanical design of the M5's engine.) He said they could design an engine that uses little or no oil, but there would be a performance trade off. I've found that all of my BMWs have used oil.
#1449 of 1508 Re: WRONG ON THE 580K Produced Stat [anon3]
Apr 16, 2007 (8:20 am)
So whats the 745i story????
#1450 of 1508 2007 BMW X5 Sport & Prem Package Combo
Apr 18, 2007 (11:42 am)
Can anyone tell me what happens when you combine these options in reference to the seats. Since the premium package seats have lumbar and the sport seats do not. Does the sport package seats override the premium doing away with the lumbar?
#1451 of 1508 Nokia 6300 and X5 compatability.
Apr 18, 2007 (11:27 pm)
For all that are interested, BMW told me that the Nokia 6300 (new phone) is not on the compatablity list for bluetooth. I had one checked out and I now bought one. It works well with my 2005 BMW X5. Its a great little thin phone too.
#1453 of 1508 Advice in buying a used BMW X5
May 10, 2007 (6:46 am)
I am in a state of confusion over whether to buy a used 2005 BMW X5 for approx. U$30k, 50k miles, in superb condition (the owner is a close friend and car fanatic) with every possible optional that you can think of...I wont bore you with the list. I have been driving Land Rover Discoverys for the past 10 years and am so very tired of them but having never bought a used vehicle before, I'm worried whether its a good idea to buy this one. I only drive SUVs but lately have the desire for something more which I know the BMW X5 will give me. I tend to hold on to cars for awhile (2-4 years) and I guess my concern is buying a car that is already 3 years old!! I am always concerned that there will be a major restyling and that I'm driving around in an outdated car. Please help me decide what to do??? Thanks in advance for any advice
#1454 of 1508 Memory seat problem
May 10, 2007 (7:08 am)
I have a 2005 x5 and for some reason, my two keys for memory seats recently developed some lack in memory where it doesn't move my seats back to the original keys if the car sits overnight.
If I did it whilst not overnight, it works just fine; by moving the seats to the appropriate keys. Any one have any idea on why this recent memory problems?
#1455 of 1508 Re: Advice in buying a used BMW X5 [christinee]
May 10, 2007 (7:09 am)
50k is a bit high in mileage, but if he took care of the car well and you trust him; then do it!