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BMW X5, SUV
#9 of 13 Re: Planning to purchase a 2008 X5 4.8i, but I have a few questions... [grg
Dec 21, 2007 (9:08 pm)
I've been driving a fully loaded X5 for a year. This car has a few options that I consider either useless or just not worth the money:
1. Active Steering, $1,400. Big mistake for BMW. Not worth the money. It degrades handling and steering feel. Avoid it (unless your arms are so weak that you just can't manage to turn the steering wheel an extra half rotation going around a corner.)
2. Active Ventilated seats, $2,100. Not worth the money and not worth the limit on your interior color choices (only comes in black leather and beige). Ventilation might be useful if you live in the Sahara, but you get no air flow when you sit on the seat because your body blocks the air holes. I only use the active massage feature on very long trips.
3. 3rd row seat. Useless for me. Maybe useful for some people.
4. Rear-view camera. This is bundled with the technology package. I just turn it off and use parking distance control. You have to wait for iDrive to boot and for the back up system to come on line before it will work. Who wants to wait that long before backing up?
5. Headlight washers in the cold weather package. I hate having washer fluid sprayed all over the car when the headlights happen to be on. I opt for heated front seats and skip the cold weather package to avoid the headlight washers, saving $400.
On the other hand, the 20-way multi-contour seats are worth every penny. I will not drive a bmw without those seats. I also found things like comfort access and the heads up display to be extremely useful, especially with navigation.
#10 of 13 Planning to Purchase 2001 BMW X5 with 80K - No Warranty remain
Jan 02, 2008 (11:58 am)
Thanks for taking your time to post a reply to my question.
As a prestigeous owners and knowledgeable people out there, is this recommended to buy 2001 BMW X5 , which got 80K Miles on it? It has all the features with sports package and Navigation with 6 CD changer with Black Exterior..
It does not have any existing warranty from BMW and planning to take one if I go with this..
Any pointers or suggestions are appreciated
#11 of 13 Re: Planning to purchase a 2008 X5 4.8i, but I have a few questions... [mad [grgman]
Jan 04, 2008 (12:36 pm)
Tomorrow will be one week on our White/Tobacco - 4.8 with all options except for Active Steering and Ventilated Seats.
Although Personal, check out Tobacco interior before making the decision.
#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.