by pasomike on Feb 25, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Other than no lumbar support ... this is and has been an awesome machine to drive.
I purchased it new in January '04 ... now have 165,000 miles and it rides the same as the day I bought it!
I have driven cross country (CA to NY and return) four times and have visited almost every state.
I service it as scheduled and have had routine problems ... brakes once, front boots, a faulty thermostat when new and a broken brake light.
I do have to add one quart of oil between each oil change ... I drive long high speed miles and the engine runs hot I have been told.
Since the 1 qt has stayed consistent ... and no engine problems, I'm good.
I'm onto to 300,000 miles!
by Imiller on Oct 24, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 BMW X5 4.4i AWD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)
I bought a 2004 4.4i in October of '07 and just recently sold it in Sept. of '10. I drove this vehicle for 3 years and put about 35000 miles a year on this car, a huge number of miles a year. When I bought it it had 39,000 miles and when I sold it it had 139,000. I think this car was a lemon though. It had a vibration at a hard acceleration that no one could figure out and I was glad to be rid of this car because of that. I did have an '02 3.0 before this one and loved it. I am looking at buy an '04 4.8 at the present though because overall I loved the look and sportiness of this car. Also, both cars held their value when I sold them. I broke even even at such high mileage.
by RaleighBMWOwner on Jul 27, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Purchased new. Always followed recommended maintenance schedule. 54,000 miles driven as of jul/2010. Front brakes replaced under warranty (28,638). Starting to have lots of maintenance issues. Heat exchanger (34,113 miles). Thermostat (37,803). Front axle boot (47,488). Brakes fluid needed flushing (52,779). Rear brake light assembly (53,353). Front thrust rod bushings replaced (53,793). Told we need to replace other front axle boot. Passenger side a/c not working. What is next? All BMW repairs are not cheap. We purchased a 2005 Ford escape SUV (now with 57,000 miles) and have experienced only brake replacement. We didn't expect a $50k BMW to have these issues. We intended 2004 x5 to be 100,000 car.
The high-performance X5 4.6is is discontinued. The 3.0i and 4.4i receive an exterior update, as well as a new all-wheel-drive system called xDrive. A six-speed manual transmission is now standard on the 3.0i, and a six-speed automatic is standard on the 4.4i. The 4.4i also receives a new 4.4-liter engine with Valvetronic and a fully variable intake system. Both models can add Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth hands-free cell phone capability as dealer-installed accessories.