by darkside80 on Jul 8, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 4.6is AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
I bought my 2nd X5 - a 2002 BMW X5 4.6is with 120k miles on it.
After two weeks of owning the transmission failed and had to be replaced at a cost of $4k.
The dealer wanted $8k to replace, but did work with me on the installation of the rebuilt one I found online.
The vehicle is powerful and fun to drive, but I've spoken with other owners who have experienced tranny failure, so this may be a systemic issue.
My first X5 was a 2001 3.0 and I did not have any issue with it.
by bimmerbenz on Feb 4, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
Having owned 3 consecutive 4.4l BMW from 5 to 7 to X5, I have liked the pwr. pkg. & the 5-series is my fav. Even w/o driving this one much I could never sell the vehicle. Safe and responsive 4800lbs., fun to drive
the 4.4l pwr gets the same fuel economy as the 3.0l (so go for the 4.4l). Typical mechanical wear over time. Sport Model wears tires on a staggered 19" wheel (can be altered to matching 255-55-19) with a tight suspension for handling. Offers an addicting drive response w/performance from optionl steptronic if desired, you could probable take the 5-speed to 125MPH in 4th gear, just stealth performance.
by KAV on Oct 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
SAV drives and handles awesome. I've loved it since owning it. It is quick, fast and fun to drive. BUT... it does have its quirks. Speed and weight causes brakes to wear. Electronic issues at times for heat, lights, etc. With 70,000 miles, the real problems have now started (and it looks like I'm not alone). CV boots & front axles had to be replaced. One month later, failed transmission with no warning. Dealer quote for transmission of $8,300 to replace. Although I love this vehicle, research tells me I can expect further serious problems and it is time to get rid of. (Contrast my '92 325i with 150,000 miles and still runs like new.) Now, looking at Porsche Cayenne.
by Tony on Jul 26, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Few months after driving this car with 42k miles the warning check engine light came on, had to change the whole electrical harness $700 out of my pocket few months later both front axles had to be change $1500 battery sensor $300 fuel tank sensor $300. Finally two years later had to sell it was driving me broke.
by Austin Reid on May 13, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I've owned the BMW X5 for about 2 years now and what can I say is WOW. It is really an Ultimate Driving Machine. This is the best vehicle I've ever owned. But within the first year I had to replace a 4K Transfer Case, a 900 dollar inspection, 1400 dollar brakes, 1100 dollar tires, 600 dollar window regulator, 1200 A/C Compressor. But hey I really love the vehicle and I'm sticking with BMW for Life. Don't set your reliability standards to high because again it is the Ultimate Driving Machine not your typical Ultimate Honda Machine.
by Hollie on Feb 9, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)
I purchased this car used. The list of problems goes on and on and pretty much resonates what I have read from others so far: Tires have to be replaced every six months due to excessive wear and tear, coolant tank and hoses had to be replaced and the car is still leaking coolant, and best of all, after 100k miles, it needs a new transmission. The cost? $6,000! The X5 has far too many mechanical failures to deal with which ultimately makes this model not worth it in the end.
A sports car-quick X5 4.6is makes its debut, boasting a 340-hp 4.6-liter V8 making 350 pound-feet of torque. The 4.4-liter V8 has been upgraded to make 290 horsepower, up from last year's 282. The X5 now offers such goodies as enhanced Hill Descent Control, trailer stability control and a self-leveling suspension. A CD player finally makes its way onto the standard equipment list.