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#84 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [anon3]
Sep 10, 2010 (9:22 am)
I have the 2010 X5 diesel. It does have the improved iDrive in addition to the Google maps being sent to the car's nav. I use that a lot. Also, it does store music on the hard drive. Back-up camera is very quick. So, 2010's have those improvements. I bought mine at the end of '09, special ordered. I have 18,500 miles on it now. It has been great! I am very happy with it. I, too, get around 28.5-29.5 hwy. Mixed driving, I'm getting 23.5-24. My 5 series BMW's I've had in the past never got this kind of mileage. I was getting around 21.5 at best. I'd say go for it. I, too, checked out the MDX. X5, imo, is a lot better, and I feel better not having such a gas guzzler. Also, I could get mine without the roof rails, but I chose to get them. It was a stand-alone option. I personally like them.
#85 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [cablue]
Sep 10, 2010 (10:31 am)
I guess the third row on the X5 was the deal breaker for us. My wife really wants a decent third row. She like the X5 until she saw the third row. I guess we probably don't have a choice here other than to go with the MDX.
#86 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [sjthomas]
Sep 11, 2010 (6:09 am)
It may be time to use the one-time "I'm getting the BMW" exemption!
#87 of 111 liftgate
Oct 17, 2010 (8:49 am)
I have a 2011 x5 diesel. The liftgate opens with the keyfob, but will not close with it. I have been in a store, gone into my pocket to remove money, then came out and found the liftgate wide-open--obviously hit the open button by mistake in the store. This, along with other quirks, are pretty unbelievable.
#88 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [anon3]
Oct 27, 2010 (8:20 pm)
You mentioned that the roof rails are noisy. For sure the noise is coming from the rails? I just ordered a 35d and have time to delete the rails. I don't plan on using them. I thought they suit the car well.
#89 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [sjthomas]
Jan 03, 2011 (3:22 pm)
I've owned a 2010 X5 35d for 13 months now and am on my 4th "check engine" light. Can't say I'm thrilled about the reliability since I've never had any car even have the light go on until this one - let alone 4 times in a year. Also have some electrical issue with the rear license plate light - sometimes it's on, sometimes not - expect a lot more from such an expensive car. Runs great though otherwise. I had also hit the buttons in my pocket too.
Haven't seen any other posts with the level of problems I've had - keep hoping they have the issues worked out of mine but they haven't yet.
#90 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [stranger1]
Jan 09, 2011 (3:31 am)
I've also owned an x5 diesel for a number of months and I've had my car in for the 5-6th time for a check engine light!! What have they told you the problem is?
#91 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [stranger1]
Jan 12, 2011 (11:08 am)
I have had the same check engine light and licence plate light issues (which was fixed with a new bulb). The engine light has been on for most of the 15 months I have owned the vehicle. Dealer has replaced seveal pumps and filters, as well as the valve cover (leaking oil- took 6 weeks to get a replacement part from Germany) and also uploaded updated software, but the light always comes back on after driving for a period of time. Evidently could be a potential problem with the intercooler, and BMW is supposedly aware of this issue. I am tired of having my car in the shop. This is my 3rd BMW, but I will look to Audi next time.
#92 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [sjthomas]
Jan 23, 2011 (4:53 pm)
I guess I don't feel lonely anymore. I've had two "check engine lights" in the last month (the car is only 6 mos old). The techs couldn't figure out the problem so they went back to BMW USA for help and were told that there was a failure of the EGR valve.
Not only were there no EGR valves at the dealership, there were no EGR valves in the USA. They are so rare that the main factory in Germany had to manufacture one.
Once the new valve was received and installed, it took about 20 minutes of driving for the check engine light to reappear.
The techs went back to BMW USA asking for help and in the meantime, a new car will barely 7k miles on it is standing at the repair bay waiting for some kind of tech assist.
And..BTW, this is only one example of issues I've had with this car. I had a major control module fail, emissions tests failures, steering wheel bushing problems and...well forget it.
#93 of 111 Re: BMW X5 Diesel Reliability [harrytabasco]
Jan 28, 2011 (1:50 pm)
I had the same story at 6K on mine - a year ago. Funny thing is, this is my 4th time and they told me the EGR also needs replacing just yesterday (2nd time) and, like you, there are none in the world so I have to pick my car up and wait for it to come in before they can fix it. Hopefully I'll get more than 2 weeks out of mine - usually get about 3 months. Too bad my dealership is 80 miles away so this EGR failure is also causing me 640 miles or back and forth driving not to mention the time/money.
They told the me "the factory is working on it" and this is common in the WA/OR area - you don't happen to live in one of those states do you? Have a hard time believing this is common if they don't even have any in the world for spares. Heard the factory story a year ago too...hope they step up the pace...the truth is out there.