This is the car that you find a reason
to drive it. Great looks and plenty of
comfort features set this vehicle above
others of its class. We have found the
X5 to be a very safe vehicle ... my
wife survied a front-end impact that
resulted in severve damage to the
vehicle, but without injury to herself.
Styling and safety features (side-
impact air bags, etc.
The X5 is a great SAV. It is fun to
drive and handles great. The road is
no longer a challange due to my bad
back. The lumbar support option is
well worth the money. Forget all the
other SUVs! This is the ultimate!
We purchased our X5 with approx. 53,000 miles under BMW's Certified Pre-Owned program and bought the service package to 100,000 miles. The X5 has been great. We live in Denver and drive to Vail almost every weekend. Average MPG is 19.2, not bad for 300+ HP, 5,000# car. Run Pirrelli snows in winter and Yokahoma Geolander in summer. The X5 is remarkably capable off road - Hill Descent Control is very impressive. The only funny part is the looks we get from other SUV drivers. Trips to the dealer for unscheduled service have been minimal and not expensive.
Heated steering wheel and seats in winter. Icy A/C in summer. x-Drive year-round. Transmission is brilliant when descending in the mountains.
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.
Drives and looks great (outside and inside).
BMW should look at their quality control and engineering at the South Carolina plant. We've owned 4 BMW sedans and didn't have maintenance issues as with the X5 SUV.
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!
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