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 Dave Isaacson on May 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 BMW X5 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
6 months after purchase driver power window failed to operate, I was told poor design. Broke again then pass. Side front failed then pass. Rear failed. Charged for last three. At 65,000 miles right tail lights quit. Bad socket. Both front axles failed replaced. Self leveling system failed. Total cost over 5,000 usd. At 77,000 ignition coil failed. This car has never been off road, regularly serviced and garage kept. Currently at 95,000 miles have cooling problem [ I think blown intake gasket ] and 1 maybe 2 more coils, driver window will not close again, front fan inop, and many dash digits out. I say never buy 1st model year not even a BMW. No to BMW of sa. I have a lemon
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.