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Pros: BMW quality and drivability.
Cons: Cargo room.
Advice: Get the pre-owned certified car. Wonderful warranty.I have owned this certified used X-5 3.0 since October, 2002. As a practical SAV that handles like a 5 series sedan it simply excels in all regards. The ride and point and shoot handling are wonderful. Front seats are firm and supportive for long trips and rear cargo room, though skimpy in comparison to other makes, is ample for me and my family. Acceleration is brisk and the brakes are BMW awesome. Our X-5 is equipped with a trailer hitch which is essential in transporting our bikes and kayaks. Yes, we use this car as a mule, which is the best nag in the stable. Reliability for 85,000 miles has been excellent and the the certified 100,000 mile warranty has fixed any minor problems we've had. I've had at least one BMW in my garage since 1969 and this is by far my favorite.
Pros: The car has great brakes.
Cons: Whenever I unlock the liftgate from inside the car, then get out of the car and shut the driver's door it forces the liftgate to lock.
Advice: Be prepared to spend alot of time in the service department.I purchased a 2003 Certified Pre-Owned BMW X5 in October 2006. The car had 50,000 miles on it at the time of purchase. This car has been in the shop since the first day.The moment I drove the car home from the dealership and pulled into my driveway warning lights and bells were going off. In a two-month period my X5 has been in the shop over 6 times. I now know the whole service department on a first name basis. Nothing has been too major, no engine problems yet (knock on wood), but all the problems combined have been a major annoyance. For instance, my car is in the shop right now because today when I was driving down the highway in the pouring rain my windshield wipers stopped working. If you want to purchase a Certified Pre-Owned BMW beware, when I spoke to BMW regarding all the problems the car has had in the past 2 months, BMW responded with 'What do you expect the car is a 2003 with 50,000 miles on it.' Every car I have had in the past I have driven over 100,000 miles without EVER having a problem. BMW claims that a BMW is the “Ultimate Driving Machine”, I would not know, I barely drive my car because it is ALWAYS in the shop.
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: I-drive and the 4.4
Advice: once you own a BMW you will be spoiled!This is my 2nd X5 and my 7th BMW. The first was a 3.0 this one is the 4.4 and it kicks on all ends. If the 4.8 wasn't so much I'd have gottin it. Would never drive the Jap's SAV/SUV or Americans after owning the German SAV. Buy BMW or Porsche!
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: great handling
Cons: not enough cargo space
Advice: make sure you can live with the limited cargo spaceI have had this car for 1.5 years and love the performance. Very tight with reasonable acceleration. Have taken this up to Tahoe several times and it performs flawlessly in the snow and on steep grades. Feels just as good on the town as it does in the mountains (as long as it doesn't have to go off road).