Been a Ford Chevy man all my life but the wife liked
the X5 and to repent for all my fishing and golf
trips, and to keep taking them, I reluctantly agreed
to buy har an X5. Mistake!!! I'm married to a
BMWer Junkie! She loves it and wouldn't have
anything else! I too have come to like it more than
I'll admit to her. The handling in terrible weather is
awsome, and the power is unbelieveable. The
brakes are the biggest and best I've ever seen. The
car has to be one of the safest ever made.
The raw power and handling are second to none.
BMW needs to quit using SAV instead of SUV. Some
of their competition uses that fact in their claims to
be the best, fastest, safest, etc. I would like to see
them install the thumb control transmission as on
other models. How about an X6, or X7?
My first BMW at 12K ball joints replaced,emergiency
brk replaced, radio died-water leaking inside. Never
been able to get key to consistantly return seat to
memory position. Drivers door frozen most Jan, Feb
mornings, crawl in through back. HORRIBLE in
snow, only good thing is DSC keeps you from
sliding off into the weeds. Rain sensing works
erraticly. 44K all new brakes incl front rotors,
ball joints rattling again. Interior dr pull finish
chipped. Do we really HAVE to agree to legalities
EVERY time we start the car to use radio, nav
system? Heated seats set to RUMP-ROAST.
Nav system (except that you need a half dozen or
more discs to cover the US and a small portion of
Canada, cant get from CT to Pittsburgh, PA). Front
and rear proximity alarm.
Its all about quality control, make it worth the extra
expense to get that blue propeller on the hood!
Shopped for an X5 for months. Didn't
want to pay the $50,000 for a brand
new so I found a 2002 X5 3.0 with only
17,000 miles on it. Extremely clean,
hardly driven car. Have driven about
1,000 miles so far and have loved
every minute. This is my second BMW
(1997 328is) and they are by far the
most amazing DRIVING cars in the
world. The X5 lives for 80+ m.p.h. on
the highway. 3.0 is plenty peppy off
the start with plenty of torque but
lacks some power at speed. No big
deal though. Read all about the
electrical problems in the 2001's
which made me stay away from them.
Paid $37,250 for a 2002 w/every option
but NAVIGATION. (bought 7/10/04)
"dancing" Xenon headlights at start
up, comfort of seats, on-board
computer, rear window shades, sport
package with 18" wheels, safety
features, performance at highway
speeds, very solid/stable.
deeper storage compartment under
center arm rest, better gas mileage.