I recently bought a used 02 X5 4.4, I wished I'd read these articles first. One person said he had problems with the mirror and seat memory -- ditto here. I have wasted time on several trips to the dealer to be told "We can't find a problem." No code found. I can't get a trailer hitch because they're on back order. I cannot get an aftermarket rear entertainment system because no one has any positive experience getting them put in. However, it is a mechanical beast. It is a jack-up sports car and it moves. Some days I think about getting rid of it but when I clean it up, I like it, and other do too.
Handling, power and acceleration. Great looks.
Work on electronic/electrical integrity. In dash CD changer,navigation systems, available accessories that are not on back log. More room in the cargo area would be a plus. Standard Bluetooth technology and standard satellite radio capablities built in. Reasonably priced DVD players.
I have owned way too many cars, but I enjoy this one by far the best, and I sold a Benz E-Class to buy this vehicle. Operates like a BMW, which means great performance, but is also very comfortable with plenty of space for trips with my wife, my bicycle, luggage, etc.
My favorite feature is the way it handles.
a little more horsepower and the ABS system is really LOUD, but everything works wonderfully.
I have been a BMW buyers for over 20
years. This is a good hybrid of a SUV
and a sports car. Interior is
functional and comfortable with only a
few annoying problems. Interior door
handles are coated plastic and had to
be replaced in the first year when
paint peeled. Radio constantly fades
in and out even with local stations.
Gas pedal is too small. Rear leg room
is minimal if tall occupants are in
the front seats. Electronics are
constantly on the blink. Been an
ongoing problem for over a year now.
Dealer can't seem to fix. Brake
warning and service engine lights stay
on all the time. Dealer is 2 hours
away and day-long trips to try and fix
are getting tiresome. Cargo storage is
Performance and handling. The "M"
emblems I bought on ebay and stuck on
the sides and rear to baffle all my
friends. They think I'm a BMW secret
Electronics are faulty and will cause
you constant anxiety. The electronics
are faulty and will cause you constant
anxiety. Do I need to say it again???
Finish could be more luxurious inside.
Lose the plastic. Cargo room is a
joke. If you need to haul stuff, this
is not the auto for you!
Now for the rest of the story...
Sports pkg...Don't ask for a rotation
because tires smaller than front.
Darn expensive tires with less wear
than normal. As a result you
get "cupping" which creates road noise
after 1/2 life of tire.
Electrical...Bulbs go out like crazy.
Lost Pixels in the lcd displays had to
have element replaced
window silinoid (sic)...I have had 2
replaced. You sort of get used to
the "gunshot" sound when the windows
drop for no reason at all. Won't roll
up until silinoid is replaced.
Don't plan on getting good service if
you live in DFW. There isn't a dealer
in Dallas that seems to care about
your business. Are you listening
Huzanga? or John Roberts?
Hey this is a BMW forget about the
loud airconditioning and enjoy the
feel of the road!
This is a sports car not a luxury
vehicle. If you can just afford your
payments, this car is not for you!
Fast and fun to drive! Great tow
vehicle. Long trips? Drive the Lexus
Keep your looks and style. Follow the
Japanese on reliablity and Rd noise.
I bought this car new and it was great
until the 50k mile warranty expired.
That's when onboard computer readout
started to go bad... just the start of
one big headache. The resale is awful
on this car. Also, car had a noise that
the dealer was never able to fix. Goes
thru the oil, fast. Maybe I just got a
Good ride, tight steering box. Sturdy.
Get rid of the stupid computer readout,
just one more thing to go bad and have
to dole the cash out to fix.