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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...
Cons: no in dash cd changer
Advice: buy it...you'll love itI test drove just about every Mid sized SUV on the market. BMW has not only the best looking but I think the best performing SUV on the road. Just picked it up a couple of days ago and I love how it drives and looks.
Pros: Y Spoke Wheels / Overall clean look
Cons: Firm ride
Advice: You want to play...You have to pay! it anit cheapFrom a 1996 Ford Tauras, to a 2003 X.5 3.0 (added on the 4.4 y spoke wheels seperately, $2,400). Quick and Classiy! Blends nicely into the North Scottsdale, all that, crowd...
Pros: auto-standard transmission
Cons: ugly standard wheels
Advice: get the sport package (much nicer wheels) for 3.0 or 4.4 modelsWent from a 540i with 4.4 litre 6-speed manual to an X5 with a 3.0 6 cylinder automatic and missed the extra giddy-up at first, but now find 3.0 sufficient and am saving untold $$ on speeding tickets. Rides and accelerates beautifully for a 'truck.'
Pros: seat memory
Cons: not enough add on accessories
Advice: more accessories for all the modelsis a wonderful vehicle to drive
Pros: 4 wheel drive
Cons: water leaks in when in rains .....
Advice: this is not your typical SUV .... it is really sportyVery solid and safe feeling in the car . Great visibility , superb road handling through the 4 WD and great road grip in all conditions . Accelerates well ....takes some effort in starting from a stop but picks up fast . Phenomenal German engineering inside in the little engineering feats .....great telephone and music capabilities .
Pros: HK audio system with two subs.
Cons: Windshield washer resovoir is gigantic 7.1L and I have to make frequent trips to parts department for more fluid.
Advice: Do what I did and buy the sports package, it makes the X-5 look sharper and more finished.The most solid SAV/SUV I have ever owned and I can't wait to purchase another X-5 in two years. The X-5 just performs without much effort; my only complaint is that people are constantly trying to drive to close, just to see what it is.