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 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.
by elstone on Jul 16, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
The X5 is a joy to drive! Fun, fast, agile, and driver-intuitive. All the reasons you buy a BMW to begin with. But, you also get the benefits of an SUV - more space (though it's not a huge cargo area) and solid off-road capabilities. A perfect marriage, in my book. If you are looking for an SUV and don't want to compromise in the driving department, this is a great fit. Looks great too!
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.