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2002 BMW X5 SUV

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45K Driven on '02 Sport in 5 Years, Just Can't Let it Go
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By bimmerbenz
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2002 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Performance, handling, stability @ higher speeds, driver height, safety & solid build. Good acceleration and excellent braking. Parts reasonable and readily available verses Lexus/Toyota. Speed sensitive steering w/dynamic stability. Driving is just fun.


Suggested Improvements

1) Tire wear on staggered Sport Model. 2) Battery under spare in rear compartment. 3) Plastic overflow reservoir design. 4) Requirement of routine oil change service entity to re-set oil change dash monitor with proprietary diagnostics, which most don't purchase, limiting oil change services for dash monitor


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Love It, But Wouldn't Buy It Again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By KAV
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2002 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Everything except BMW's quality control. They really got it right with the design, performance and handling.


Suggested Improvements

75,000 miles with failed handling and transmission systems, not to mention the electronic gremlins, is simply unacceptable.


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This luxury SUV stinks big time!
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By Hollie
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2002 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

Handles like a sports car; the steering is tight. Also has fantastic acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

Start over! Something's not right with the mechanical underpinnings of this SUV.


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Mechanical Nightmare
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By Jeff
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2002 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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I purchased this car with 38K miles and have had it 3 years. It is a great car to drive and has tons of power. Downside, a mechanical nightmare. I had to have new brakes and rotors at 40K miles. Had the cooling expansion tank replaced, both power window motors replaced, door lock cylinder replaced, water pump replaced as well as all hoses and belts since they had it apart. Also had a bad tail light piece replaced, and one CV boot on the front axle replaced. It also wears tires out very quickly because of the negative camber that BMW installs on these things. Worst car I have ever owned mechanically.


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Engine Gasket Problem
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By Pedro
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2002 BMW X5 SUV 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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Purchased a lightly used 2002 X5 which runs well except When the coolant light came on, $2000 dollars to replace gasket at 70K miles. Watch out BMW not taking responsibility for poor engineering. Found out this is a common problem with all of the 4.4L. BE CAREFUL!! OIL LEAKS TOO. Buy it cheap or stay away - learn from my mistake!


Favorite Features

Good driver


Suggested Improvements

Stand behind your product and back up mfg defects.


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