Last post on Mar 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
You are in the BMW X3 & X5
What is this discussion about?
BMW X5, SUV
Oct 30, 2001 (8:16 am)
Last night the wife and I picked up our new 2002 4.4 X5. What a fabulous machine. Our first BMW.
It has everything except the navigation system; including the sport package and 19" wheels. The ride and handling are great. We also have a '98 Vette and '00 Silverado 4x4 with 18" wheels, etc. so a firm ride is the norm for us.
The color is Green Gray Metallic and we love it.
#419 of 1507 brianinvegas
Nov 11, 2001 (3:32 pm)
glad u like your new vehicle.. what comparisons did you do??
#420 of 1507 re: new 2002 x5
Nov 11, 2001 (4:23 pm)
I am jealous!
Nov 12, 2001 (5:37 pm)
Thanks for the congrats. Compared the X5 to the MB430 but we just did not like the looks of the MB.
Believe it or not, we considered the Trailblazer because my wife, the primary driver, really liked the size and looks. We are loyal Chevy people but really wanted something special and were willing to part with some $$$. If the Trailblazer had a V8 and AWD it would be top notch; although that I6 is impressive.
But the X5 4.4i is amazing in every way. And the customer service at Henderson BMW is first class. We thought about ordering the 4.6i but glad we didn't spend the extra $10k.
Happy to be a part of your group.
#422 of 1507 Leasing VS. Buying, & '01 VS.'02, Advice??
Nov 13, 2001 (9:05 pm)
Here are some questions about leasing, or buying an X5 if anyone could help me out: I've never leased before; was always one of those "pay cash for a 2 y.o. car & keep it for 10 years" kind of people. But I paid cash for my used '98 Range Rover (I know, I know) & have lost my shirt in depreciation in less than a year.
What does anyone think about leasing vs. buying an X5? I tend to put on REALLY low miles, around 6,000 per year. And my commitment to keeping cars for many years seems to be slipping. Also, can I trade in the RR & save sales tax if I lease?
Also, it seems like it's probably not worth it to buy a used X5 over new, that I wouldn't save that much, anyone agree/disagree? And any advice on ordering an '02 vs. buying or leasing an '01? I'm wondering if they might have worked out more of the "bugs" on the '02's....... Finally, are there any 3.0 fans here? I've only driven the 3.0 so far, & loved it, altho I'm sure the 4.4 is awesome.
I know these are a lot of questions, but any advice would be appreciated. BTW, my "other car" is an '88 M6.
Nov 14, 2001 (8:12 am)
We leased our '02 X5 because it is our first BMW and wanted to try it out for 3 years. It is awesome of course. The lease residual factor is very high so the lease payments are not so bad.
In my humble opinion, which means nothing because everyone is different, if you drive a lot of miles you should buy the vehicle. If you really want to keep the vehicle long term, then you should buy. If you want a good tax write off, want a new vehicle every 3 years, and keep it under 12,000 miles per year then lease IF the lease deal is good.
#424 of 1507 brianinvegas
Nov 14, 2001 (9:12 am)
you mentioned leasing IF the lease deal is good. Can u qualify that?? Like the previous caller, I have always bought the car ((new ones)) and typically held for around 5 years. HOwever, with all of the tech changes to vehicles i am thinking of holding my next one for around 3 years. ((actually, if bmw or toyota made a vehicle that held 7 seats, like mdx or ml i would probably hold longer.)) anyway, what qualifies as a good lease or bad lease??
#425 of 1507 Advice Needed: Boston area BMW dealers
Nov 14, 2001 (9:46 am)
Anyone have advice on Boston area BMW dealers, particularly re: their service Departments? I haven't really been overly impressed with any of the ones I've visited, altho that was usually for sales. I've heard good things about Peabody.....bad things about Herb Chambers.....had one decidedly mixed experience myself at Foreign Motors West with my current BMW.
However, last time I checked, Herb Chambers was the only one willing to discount a new X5.
Nov 14, 2001 (9:58 am)
It is good to lease if there is a lease support from the manufacture. Last month BMW had provide lease support on all the 01 X5 model. The money factor is so low (.0022 on 3.0i, and .0019 on 4.4i) and with a 61% residual on a 3 year lease. This is one heck of a deal. You can go to Edmund's Lease Question and ask the host Car_man what is the current lease deal for the X5.
#427 of 1507 Leasing v. buying
Nov 14, 2001 (12:07 pm)
If you are uncertain, it seems feasible to lease and depending upon your circumstances at the end of lease, you can then elect to buy or turn it back in.