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Not worth the price
Pros: The car feels very safe and solid.
Cons: Repairs are too expensiveVery expensive for what you get. The car drives well and feels very safe. Rides like a truck. Needed more repairs than I thought necessary both during the warranty period and after the warranty was up. The trim became cloudy and looked worn out before its time. The drivetrain is well built but the windows, door handles, and interior trim panels all show many signs of aging, which I did not expect in such a costly vehicle.
like driving in your living roomThe best SUV EVER.
Pros: I have the sports addition so I like being able to drive manual or automatic
Cons: It stays in the shop. In 2 years I took it to the shop about 20 times. Most of the time under warranty however BMW should be embarrassed for its poor quality. My honda of 9 years only went to the shop once,
Advice: Make sure you purchase the extended warranty. Trade it before the warranty expires.I currently own the 2001 X5 4.4. Drives like a dream.
Pros: quality leather, seats very comfortable
Advice: stay away from 2001 unless you want to be on first name basis with service deptI purchased my 2001 X5 in 2003. It looks great, feels great and drives great. BUT, I've had nothing but problems with it. Not engine or transmission problems, jut minor issues, which I find most annoying...interior door handles peeling (BMW made me pay nearly $300 to replay them. looked like factory defect to me), interior fan went out, rear taillight assembly went out (BMW made me pay for them at $250 each), passenger side door panel fell off, passenger side I-beam cover came loose, told I have to order a new one, hmmm...should I go on? You get the idea. One thing I must say is that my service agent at bellevue BMW in Washington is awesome. I would have pushed this Lemon into a ditch if it weren't for him. Yes, I'm in the process of looking for something else. Time to offload this thing.
Cons: Lack of space (compared to SUV's)
Advice: Check the storage space, and unless you find the space indadequate, buy the X5.Amazing ride. Acceleration is outstanding from the 4.4 V8. Responds immediately with a nice kick of power. Steering is true BMW- meaning precise, and no play in the wheel. I heard negative comments about harshness of 'sport package' suspension, but both my wife and I both love the firm handling and lack of bouncing motion. Interior is the best- seats are wonderful and finishes are top notch. Sport package thick steering wheel is a pleasure to hold. Panoramic moonroof is great. Brakes, again, are amazing. Navigation system not as good as Lexus or other Japanese manufacturers, but definitely acceptable and indispensible.
Pros: Safety, acceleration, handling and luxury.
Cons: Took a big bite from my pocket after almost all options were added unto it = $65K.
Advice: Don't listen to those people who marks down X5 in their ratings. Just be sure though that you have enough to finance it.I have owned a 2005 4.4 liters X5 with sports & performance option and 20' wheels for about a month now. Its first week I drove interstate to Maryland from NJ and vice versa. Experienced the efficiency of its speed and dexterity in handling in I-95 in both daylight and night time. Never regreted buying it. Only problem, my wife loves to drive it as much as I am...