Bought it as a Certified Preowned with 25K on it. It is the most desirable SUV in its class. After several road trips with a baby, we like its safety features, ability to get places quickly and decent fuel mileage. There are some electrical gremlins that I can not duplicate for the dealer that only happen 20% of the time.
Transmission is the smoothest and most "read your mind" operating unit that I have ever driven. It makes my Dad's RX300 feel like a Ford. Steering at any road speed is well weighted and precise. Much better than any other SUV on the market.
Some plastic interior parts seem cheap. Rear heat and air controls are just a "vent" with a fan speed.
The best thing I ever did was trading
my 2000 ML430 for an X5 3.0 liter. The
ML is the WORST CAR I have ever owned,
it spent more time in the shop than I
drove it. After owning the X5 for
several months I have had not one
problem with it. It is the best
driving SUV in its class. Also it
looks the best too. Its like a tank
driving in the rain and a 5 series on
dry pavement. The V6 BMW has more
power than my V8 4.3 liter Mercedes.
Oh yeah, it uses less gas than the ML
as well. I've already decided in 2005
I will be leasing another one. TRULY
THE BEST SUV....
Drive handling, quiet cabin, radio,
instrument cluster lights in red,
comfort, and the jealous look on
everyones face as I speed by them in
I know everyone says this, but the
only improvement on the X5 should be
larger cup holders. AS it is I can
only fit one coffee, the passenger has
to hold theirs. When is the X7 coming
I have had the X-5 for 2 months and the
driver side window had to be repaired.
The coolant warning keeps coming up
although the BMW dealership says there
is nothing wrong. Also had to get knob
for the radio controls changed. Car is
still under warranty so was covered for
everything. Will probably get anxious
when the warranty runs out in a couple
Undoubtley a superb thrilling experience
to drive it. Will take on most of the
cars on the road. Greeaaat power.
Love driving it everyday. I have the
4.4i sport package with the 19inch
wheels so handles great. Rock solid
Overall a great SUV. Eventhough have
made 3 trips to the BMW dealership,
would still have bought it again.