by mercedesonly1 on May 19, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 BMW X5 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
The moment I bought this vehicle I was very excited.
Then the problems started.
First the rack and pinion leaked all over my garage twice $2200
then the front axles $400, then the ignition coils $800, then several sensors; from MAF to knock sensors $900 all within twenty thousand miles!
Sold it at a huge loss...BMW should be embarrassed to have ever of put this on the market.
by raindance74 on Oct 13, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
We bought this as an alternative to our minivan, thinking we would get the same quality from the X5 as our other BMWs. From the start we had problems. Within the first 3 months we replaced the oxygen sensor, max air flow regulator, thermostat, and lower control arms, along with what seemed like a half dozen sensors that keep going bad. Even the general maintenance costs are very high, as its costs $120 for an oil change (8 quarts premium synthetic) and 91 octane gas, performance brakes & tires, etc. We ended up selling this and taking a loss. Back in college I had a 1984 318i and later a 1995 325i convertible that were both extremely reliable. What happened BMW?
A lower-priced X5, with a standard 3.0-liter inline six is offered for 2001. Other newsworthy items include available sunshades for the back doors, as well as optional heated rear seats. The sport package includes a sport steering wheel, and 16-way power front seats can be purchased. All X5s come with a self-leveling rear suspension as standard equipment.