2001 BMW X5 Consumer Review: Lots of Repairs

2001 BMW X5 - Consumer Review

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Lots of Repairs
By Expeditiondrivernow on


2001 BMW X5 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


First, this truck was fun to drive. But......This truck needed dealer service about 20 times in three years, beginning the day I brought it home new. Battery discharged in the winter. Goofy electronics problems. Trailer towing was no problem for the drivetrain, but the subframe bent from the tongue load towing a trailer supposedly within the rated load. The cupholders would only hold one at a time due to the intersecting circles-- an aftermarket cupholder corrected this. Due to the frequent dealer visits and lack of confidence I wouldn't drive it to Canada or any remote places like I had intended...I bought a used Jeep for the trips far away from a BMW dealer.

Best Features

Engine smoothness; transmission; seating surfaces; operating sounds; styling.

Worst Features

Cupholders. Reliability. Electronics. Install winter-capable tires at the factory. CD changer. Add a compass. Add a weather radio. In other words, equip it like a Subaru Outback.
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