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.
I've read through some of the reviews
and am very surprised to hear about
numerous electrical glitches. I've
owned my 3.0 since 7/02 and have put
about 11k miles so far. I have not had
ONE electrical (or other)problem with
the car. Even though the Xs are built
in America, it is by no means an
American SUV. It is still German
driving, through and through. There is
no American SUV that can come close to
the absolute driving pleasure this car
brings. Even with the AWD, the car is
deceptively quicker than you think.
Have driven other SUVs and this is
completely solid at any driving speed.
I feel safe and in control in this car.
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!
Handling, safety, styling
Back climate control can get rather
load when going at full blast. Small
annoyance for an otherwise GREAT SUV!
I cannot imagine driving a better
SUV. Aside from the 16mpg I average,
the vehicle has no downside. During
my first year of ownership the X5 was
not a common sight on the street and I
had dozens of people ask me about
it. Now they have become very common
and I can understand why. Mine is
powerful, extremely comfortable and
incredibly fun to drive. It's also
given me a terrific sense of
confidence, driving through the snow
that was dumpen on the east cost this
After owning several Bmw vehicles, i
have finally reached the pinnacle of
bmw quality combined with a fun to
drive machine. I am very impressed
with my X5's power, performance,
comfort and off road prowess during the
unexpected snow storms we received this
year. I will definitely be keeping
this vehicle and look forward to
getting another new one in 2 or 3 years.
Seat heaters and Xenon headlights. Very
Would like to see the cargo area
increased and possible add an option of
making the rear seats able to slide
back towards the cargo area to allow
more leg room for taller passengers.