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Horrible Experience, I've only had it for 4 months
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By carreviewer502
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2001 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I've had the car for about 4 months and I've experienced all types of problems. 1- both the driver and passenger doors have problems with the handles. The passenger door doesn't open from the outside and the driver door doesn't open from the inside. 2- The stabilizing system is ridiculously expensive to fix (about $800 depending on where you live) 3- When shifting gears, you can hear loud rattling sounds. Don't buy this car!


Favorite Features

None


Suggested Improvements

everything


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Stay away, stay far away...
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By raindance74
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2001 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

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?


Favorite Features

The exterior looks great, I even like it better than the newer style E70 x5. Sits high like a truck. Lots of interior space. Our auto 3.0i seemed to get good gas mileage for an SUV.


Suggested Improvements

Quality of parts are poor. Handles poor in snow. Stereo sounds horrible and doesnt pick up AM stations well (embedded antenna). Unless you have the sports upgrade, the seats are fairly uncomfortable on long trips.


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Horrible quality and workmanship
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By peteryuhu
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2001 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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We bought this used from a private party who was the second owner. All the maintenance and repairs were done by the dealership. It was welled cared for. All I can say, from day 1, it is a lemon. We got for $1K less than private party price, but it is a LEMON. The interior design is great, but the quality of items (door handles-sun shades-back tailgate-etc) feels like the cheap made in China toys that break the same day you open it. This is our second BMW and thought it would be the same quality, our 2001 525i has never had any problems, just routine $65 synthetic oil changes, and normal brake replacements. The X5 is horrible, DO NOT BUY ONE. I should have just bought me a new Odyssey.


Favorite Features

AWD, rides high like a truck


Suggested Improvements

how about quality control? I think the plant in Spartanburg, SC forgot what QC was and not to mention they forgot reliability means. Typical "American vehicle" built in the 80-90s.


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Best SUV ever!
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By Montelimar
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2001 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Definitely the best vehicle I ever had! No problems at all, just oil changes, brakes and tires. The engine's still strong and feels like it is still new.


Favorite Features

Performance and handling, nothing drives better than a BMW.


Suggested Improvements

Nothing!


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Fun to drive? Yes; Plenty of Problems? YES
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By erchel
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2001 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Bought this car new in 2001. Put about 25K miles a year on it, 50/50 highway/local. Great car to drive! BUT nothing but problems - windows stick; doors freeze in cold weather, try driving with your left hand holding the door closed because it won't lock, or try getting in on the passenger side and climbing over into the driver's seat. Then there's the engine - twice in very cold weather something went wrong with the oil exchanger/valve? Car makes loud noise then plumes of black smoke emerge from the exhaust, dash & front grille. The first time BMW took care of it out of warranty - this time we're waiting to hear. Should be a recall item.


Favorite Features

Still a great car to drive - even after almost 200,000 miles. Very solidly built.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability is horrendous. To change one of the front bulbs requires removing several parts - dealer charges almost $200 to replace a $5 bulb. If you are going to buy one of these be prepared for very high maintenance and repair costs.


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