The N62 (X5 4.4) is notorious for a valve stem deal issue which is a $4000 repair. For more evidence search "X5 white smoke cloud." This happens around 130000 miles, which I just reached. Avoid this model at all costs, and stick with the 6 cylinder which is a much more reliable vehicle. Such a shame and a waste of money in my case. The car is awesome with the exception of this fatal flaw.
I certainly get the fun to drive and German engineering concept. It is. Other than that, the experience has been nothing short of pathetic. I just don't know how BMW can build a car this poorly. Read the blogs because there is so much common ground with what you can expect. Fan clutch, gasket failure, window regulators, taillight failure, door handles, , etc... It just never stops. To make matters worse, BMW built this car for 6 years and never addressed these problems. I will never take this car on a trip for fear that Ill be stranded and stuck paying thousands to get it running. Cant wait to unload it. Bad company and bad car. Don't buy.
Engineering without attention to quality is horrendous.
I owned a 328is which was a truly great car.
This led me to believe that buying a used 2006 X5 4.4i with very low mileage was a safe bet.
We have owned it for 18 months - and had non-stop troubles - expense - and time wasted at the shop.
The latest - It has taken BMW 8 months and 5 trips to the dealer to determine what is causing the coolant leak we have.
We still aren't 100% sure - but now they think the heads will need to be replaced - or perhaps the entire engine.
$25K wasted on this vehicle.
I'll never buy BMW again.
The ultimate driving machine - for driving to the shop.
ride is great for an suv
Maybe BMW should get a Japanese company to design their engines for them.
This car is amazing, when it works.
It's beautiful, sounds great, fast, has a ton of features, but if its over 100k miles prepare to repair, paying all along the way.
Since I've bought this mean machine, I've had to fix it, not once, not twice, not thrice, but EVERY week since I bought it (I've had it six months.)
Every week, like German clockwork (if the clocks were designed to break) I've had to build and rebuild this car. Head gasket, exterior door handle, side lights, interior door handle, head lights, cv joints, alternator bracket gasket (didn't even know there was such a thing) window regulator, just so many things one thing right after another.
Don't buy one without a warranty
Exhaust rumble. By far.
Don't let the german engineers lay awake at night, thinking up new ways to make repairs on this car a nightmare. everything is insanely hard to get to, you have to let mechanics do it.