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 TerminatorX5 on Jul 19, 2007 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 4.6is AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
This is my 3rd BMW and 5th in the family. Once you drive a bimmer, you don't want to drive anything else. I got the top of the line X5, fully loaded, OEM navigation, OEM TV, DVD changer, screen in the back, bluetooth, hatch, reverse camera, AV jack in the back, heated seats all around, integrated V1 detector, voice recognition. Mechanically this is not a car, this is a beast; I have pulled 140 MPH on this car, and it did not even shake or rattle. It even felt like it lowered itself to the ground; I know it has automatically adjust ground clearance. I had to back out, as it was too scary. I had driven in many countries, and can't trade a BMW for anything else other than another BMW.
by Fred Tramutola on Jan 23, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 BMW X5 4.6is AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
Fast and good handling as long as the
road is bone dry. Slides on wet roads
even with anti skid. Snow is the
worst. Doors and windows freeze shut
in sub freezing weather. Locking
system is impossible. Pieces of
molding fall off. No where near worth
the high cost.
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.