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2009 BMW X5 - Consumer Reviews

2009 BMW X5

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the shop guys call it a truck
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By woolly
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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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Love that diesel note at idle. Reminds me of being in Europe. Can't hear it at speed. Surprising punch with dual sequential turbo. Feels best at 80 mph. Gets an honest 26 mpg at that rate. Town is 17/18. Electronics are suspect. Clock won't boot sometimes. Nav screen will not come up on occasion. Had three Nav heads installed on warranty. Probably fixed. Had an alternator go out, took three weeks to get replacement. Dealer made a courtesy payment! With all those gears it is hard for trans to select medium takeoff velocity. Easy is fine and stoop on it and it flies. The middle is hard to attain. I love/distrust this car and will probably trade before warranty expires.


Best Features

In the winter it is the bun and hand warmers. In the summer it is the HUGE sunroof. Love that diesel. AWD is great, always.


Worst Features

I do not know how the HVAC works. I can run idrive long before I can make air come from where and what temp I want it.


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Turbodiesel X5 Tops All Mid Size SUV's
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By Bob A
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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


Review

I waited 6 months to write a review of the turbodiesel X5 to make sure that there would be no issues with the engine. There aren't any issues with the diesel - its great! Plenty of power on the low end with good power at speed. The six cylinder gas engine is way underpowered. The V8 has great performance with terrible fuel economy. I am getting between 30 and 32 MPG on the highway and 18 MPG in local driving. Figure that you will average 22 MPG in combined driving.


Best Features

After the diesel engine my favorite features are the Heads Up Navigation Display, premium sound system, and the hidden trunk if you do not get the spare tire. The I-Drive is not as bad as the press makes it out to be. With a little practice it is easy to use.


Worst Features

The annoying directional lever should be replaced with a mechanical lever. The electronic shifter control is counterintutive. You need to move the shifter forward for reverse and backward to go into drive. It is very easy to go into the wrong gear after you were driving another vehicle.


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All that and more! Really!
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By Doc
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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


Review

Feels rocket fast because of the low end torque. 0 to 60 is only 0.6 sec. slower then the gas guzzling 4.8 liter gasoline version. I average 22.4 mpg. and I drive it like a sports car. The comfort stability and ride quality still astound me. For the first time I always want to drive... and everyone else asks to. The thing corners like a sports car and feels soooo smooth doing 100mph on the straight. Sound system is superb. You can hear the engine if the sound system is not on but it's not intrusive. I don't have the sport package with the expensive wheels so the visual is an understatement but the highway ride quality is actually a lot better without the fat tires...go figure.


Best Features

The multi way adjustable seat is pure heaven to me. The ride, the feel, the stability the responsiveness...did I mention the ride? THE DIESEL MILEAGE.


Worst Features

Wouldn't mind nicer wheels without the fat tires. The rear gate automatic lift is temperamental enough to piss me off sometimes.


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X5 Diesel Pros and Cons, mostly Pro
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By NorhternVA
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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


Review

5,000 mile review: This vehicle is about compromise: V8 performance and SUV comfort with less pollution and up to 30 mpg highway. But there's no mistaking that this is a diesel. You can hear the clatter at low RPM. BMW designed the X5 model with a loud exhaust note, mistakenly thinking that buyers equate noise with performance. Add the diesel's louder, gravelly engine note to the already loud X5 exhaust note and you get a noisy driving experience. It quiets down at highway speeds, but the exhaust noise is constant, intrusive, and can be annoying. In the first 5,000 miles, mpg was 24.5 mixed and 29.5 highway. Not bad for a vehicle that weighs over 2.5 tons and isn't broken in yet. This might be a good choice if you are willing to trade drive-train refinement for the comfort of an SUV that gets great mpg and pollutes less.


Best Features

Solid build quality, great performance, comfortable seats, great mpg. The diesel "feels" solid and as fast as the V8. It's an excellent highway cruiser.


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Early impressions 100%
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By Stimulus
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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


Review

I purchased a dealer demo with 8000 miles. Paid $51K pre-tax, sticker of $63K, Invoice of $57K. Included $4500 eco credit. Dealer extended Warranty to 55,000 miles. I have driven 3000 miles so far and can find nothing to fault. Performance and handling is superb. There is no turbo lag if you use kick-down mode or shift to M1 for quick starts. Hiway accel is gutsy, mind the staties. I-Drive is easy to use, but it helps to practice when you are not driving. The Nav is DVD based but terrific. BMW Assist lets you download locations from Google Maps. Cool. I drive a lot in my job. Mileage averages 21mpg around New England and Boston. 27mpg on a long hiway trip at 75mph to 80mph.


Best Features

Engine, brakes, I-Drive, Audio System (pop in a USB stick, IPOD too), full moon roof, seats.


Worst Features

I would prefer a bigger center console, but the split lid is really cool.


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