Last post on Oct 15, 2008 at 10:11 AM
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BMW X5, SUV
#12 of 13 Re: Planning to Purchase 2001 BMW X5 with 80K - No Warranty remain [vmopart
Jan 12, 2008 (4:55 am)
I would approach that vehicle with caution, especially if it does not have an extended warranty. 2001 was the first full year of production for the X5 when it was BMW's first SUV ever. The first year had a few mechanical and electrical problems. If possible, get the service records. Most likely, any issues would have been repaired under warranty but I would want to know if this vehicle has a history of trouble. A BMW dealer should be able to pull the service records for work done by BMW service departments if you give them the VIN. I would also want to know how many owners this vehicle has had.
#13 of 13 Re: Planning to Purchase 2001 BMW X5 with 80K - No Warranty remain [vmoparthy]
Oct 15, 2008 (10:11 am)
I purchased a 2001 4.4i from the Atlanta Auto Auction in Jun 08. It only had 77K and seemed to be in good condition except for the cv boots needing replacing. I immediately bought an extended warranty from a BMW dealership. A couple of months later my X5 overheated due to a cut hose. After I added water and drove the X5 to the dealer, they listed a multitude of problems in addition to the CV boots: Hose, water pump, coolant reservoir, radiator, transmission, oil leak, 02 sensors, spark plug boot cut, and possible catalytic converter (under 80K under BMW warranty). My suggestion is have the X5 checked out thoroughly, get history, run diagnostic before buying and buy extended warranty. I was unable to have the X5 checked out as it was in an auction but I am glad I bought the extended warranty. Also, if you start getting a lot of maintenance issues, the warranty people will try to get out of their obligation by refusing to pay so you have to be really persistant with them. In my case they refused to cover the transmission and I ended up calling the VP of claims and threatened to sue if they did not fulfill their obligation. They covered it.