2001 BMW X5 Consumer Review: Lots of Repairs
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Lots of Repairs
By Expeditiondrivernow on

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2001 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

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First, this truck was fun to drive. But......This truck needed dealer service about 20 times in three years, beginning the day I brought it home new. Battery discharged in the winter. Goofy electronics problems. Trailer towing was no problem for the drivetrain, but the subframe bent from the tongue load towing a trailer supposedly within the rated load. The cupholders would only hold one at a time due to the intersecting circles-- an aftermarket cupholder corrected this. Due to the frequent dealer visits and lack of confidence I wouldn't drive it to Canada or any remote places like I had intended...I bought a used Jeep for the trips far away from a BMW dealer.

Favorite Features

Engine smoothness; transmission; seating surfaces; operating sounds; styling.

Suggested Improvements

Cupholders. Reliability. Electronics. Install winter-capable tires at the factory. CD changer. Add a compass. Add a weather radio. In other words, equip it like a Subaru Outback.
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