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.
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.
340 stock HP, handling on dry and wet pavement, 20" OEM rims with monster tires, negative camber that helps in tight, high-speed turns, huge vented brakes at 4 corners. Styling is another one - the style is about 7-8 years old, and still turns the heads. The interior is spartan and to the point.
This is gas guzzler. I get about 10-13 MPG city and about 15-18 MPG highway. This is the price of performance. Navigation maps are not available for half of the countries that I drive in. Could benefit from more room in the back seat area and the trunk. Battery in the key is not charged by the car.
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.
Find a way to keep it on the road.
Stop it from freezing in cold weather,
it is sssuppose to be a cold weather
I have owned a number of BMWs (97 M3,
2000 M5, 2002 745i) and two X5s (2001
4.4i and 2002 4.6is). I liked the 4.4i
and I like the 4.6is even better. In
fact, I had a 2002 745i that was
incredibly unreliable, so I traded it
after six months for the 4.6is.
Although the X5 is less technologically
advanced, I don't regret the trade. The
X5 is far more comfortable, more
practical, less pretentious, and I
enjoy it more. With comfort or sport
seat options, the X5 has the most
comfortable driving position of any car
I've ever driven. It has been very
reliable so far.
Very comfortable driving position,
performance, solid build quality with
virtually no squeaks or rattles.
**Sport seats should include the
adjustable backs from the comfort
seats: a perfect combination.** Better
sound system, more deeply
sculpted/comfortable rear seats (bench
seats are too flat), more cargo room,
X5 should lose about 500 lbs.