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Electrical gremlins
By BrittB on 02/15/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Our 2001 4.4 X5 is the "Ultimate driving machine". We love everything about it except... It has electrical gremlins in it. The dash warning lights come on and off all the time, indicating the need to check rear and brake lights. We take it to the dealership, they replace what is broken, if the check lights are actually still on when we get to the dealership and we go home. Some time a few days later, it happens again.. Check rear lights etc... Consumer reports rates the 2001's electrical system very poor. Newer models are much improved.
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Speed, fun and comfort !!
By tonymontana on 02/12/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Yes they have electrical glitches, but the car has to be good for all of us to still keep it eventhough that fact. Rides and drives almost like a 540i with cargo room for the 6' lumber I bought at Home Depot. Plus it pulls my 20' Boat with no problem. Build quality is execelent. These vehicles are used on the road, and if thats your case this is an excelent SUV. Speed, fun and comfort!
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70k and love it
By hlgilbert on 11/26/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

No problems in 70k miles. Solid, well built truck. Wonderful vehicle. Not a lot of room in the rear.
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2001 X54.4i
By Beachbum on 08/13/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Pros: Engine Power-its a 540 with a fridge on the roof. This SAV gets up and goes. Digital stereo has amazing sound Overall comfort supperior to any other SUV. Plenty of leg & shoulder room. Great for long drives. Handles just like any other BMW - like ridding on rails. VERY safe car -5 Star rating. Cons: I use the BMW Term SAV is stead of SUV - since there is little utility in the cargo bay. They need to stretch the cargo bay 1-2 feet more. No wonder they offer a travel trailer to pull behind the X5. Fit and Finish of the door pulls. Mine have been replaced twice, my finger nail scratches the finish off.
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need better relibility
By bruno1 on 05/31/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

transmission went out at 29000, no reverse, many other little problems, back hatch sticks, park distance control 2 times replaced sensors, now have some awfully squeaking sound. Love the way the car drives but lacks reliability.
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BMW X5 4.4
By mdratliff on 05/25/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

The 2001 BMW X5 supports BMW's mantra of performance. My vehicle performs as well as some sports cars (4.4 & sports package required) and provides excellent acceleration. I am disappointed in the vehicle quality (radiator crack) along with numerous computer/electronic failures (engine, transmission, fuel gauge, CD player,etc) requiring unnecessary trips to the local dealer. In the three years of leasing the vehicle, I have had the vehicle towed three times (all between 15K - 28K miles). My expectation for a $60,000 vehicle are much higher than a $30K vehicle and will purchase a Lexus or Infiti vehicle next.
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Awesome SUV, but Quality SUCKS
By Davil on 05/22/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Dear BMW, Please build your next X5 line with two major changes: 1: Do something about the terrible build quality. I have owned mine for almost 3 years now, and it's been in the shop about once every 2 months (or more often) the whole time. The worst incident was when it took your dealership's repair folks THREE separate attempts to fix my leaking radiator expansion tank (and I may be about to make a 4th trip to get it fixed AGAIN). 2: Make the damn thing 6 inches longer, and put all the extra space in the cargo area (and btw, offer a 3rd row seat while you're at it).
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When you have to drive the best
By MrTeeinSB on 05/19/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

The best SUV on the market and the fastest. German engineering all the way. all my freinds that have driven mine, have bought one (five). The biggestbang for the bucks, nothing compares to it.....nothing. In a league of it'e own. try it and you'll see. warning..you have to be smart enough to know the difference.
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Awesome to drive, but build quality sux
By Davil2u on 05/18/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I love this car. It is without question the most fun SUV to drive on the market. If you've driven a Ford Expedition or the like, take an X5 for a test drive. If you are driving enthusiast, you'll never want to drive anything else. The handling is amazing in a vehicle of this type and weight. That being said, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of build quality. Or let me just say that BMW X5 build quality can be summed up in two words: it sucks. If you buy a new one, do yourself a favor and get the longest extended warranty you can (100k miles, I believe)... that's assuming you plan to keep it that long.
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Happy Camper
By #1 SUV on 04/01/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I own the 4.4 and love this SAV. The power is incredible and it handles great. If you look at the specs of the 2003 Range Rover you will see it's a larger X5 4.4. The door locks keep malfunctioning and the navigation system isn't worth the money but this truck is so much fun to drive.
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