2005 BMW X5 Consumer Review: Never Again
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2005 BMW X5 - Consumer Review

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Never Again
By Infiniti G on

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2005 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

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Creature comforts are very nice and fun to drive but horribly unreliable. At 42,000 miles started to sound like a diesel, alternator bearings bad and then completely failed. Cheap oem crimp style hose clamp on transmission recovery bottle failed which is also positioned directly above alternator.Dealer service technicians incorrectly diagnosed as having a bad high pressure power steering hose.Found out they wanted 1500 for repair and I towed it back home to fix myself for $150.Eats break pads and rotors for lunch,repl'd with better aftermarket.Brake pad sensor is poor design and you must replace sensor at pad change or your brake pad warning light will stay illuminated.

Best Features

Very comfortable and fun to drive

Worst Features

Engine quality and craftsmanship is horrible, especially compared to my Infiniti.
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