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Better than GL
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By Cristine
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2008 BMW X5 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)


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I just got a BMW X5 3.0 and I can't say enough good things about it. My lease on a 2007 Mercedes GL is about to expire. I can't believe that for almost $20,000 less, BMW offers so much more! The biggest difference for our family is that the 3rd row is more accessible in the BMW. We have car seats installed on both sides in the 2nd row and the 3rd row in the GL was difficult to access. In the BMW, the entire seat can be lifted (even though the car seat is installed) to access the 3rd row.


Best Features

Real time traffic integrated into nav, smoother suspension, split tailgate (things don't fall out of hatch upon opening), rear camera, bamboo wood accents (from a sustainable source).


Worst Features

Can't find any yet!


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BMW X5
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By Billy C
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2008 BMW X5 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)


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I have owned many American and Foreign SUVs in the past, but the BMW X5 far surpasses my expectations with comfort, technology, gas economy and just plain fun to drive!


Best Features

My favorite features include the vehicle performance on the road, and the technology upgrades such as Bluetooth and some iDrive features.


Worst Features

I would suggest making some improvements to the iDrive function. To add more bass or treble to the stereo is a multi process that does not need to be so confusing. It could just be a knob you turn rather than 5 clicks on the iDrive. I would just keep things simple if possible.


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Nice looking and fun to drive
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By CL
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2008 BMW X5 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)


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This is my first BMW. I just broke the 1k break-in period. If you expected a race car-like feel for X5, you will be disappointed. The V6 3.0si is clearly not a M3. Maybe the 4.8 will be better. I picked 3.0 for the slightly better gas mileage. Overall, this is an excellent SUV. Drives better than my Mercedes E320. The transmission picks up swiftly and smoothly. Great brakes. The new space gray color matches well with the style. I don't have the active steering so my wife complains about the heavy steering in parking lots. The worst thing is battery. Since they loaded so many things on the car which consume power, the battery wouldn't last long if you don't drive it for a while.


Best Features

In addition to what said, blue tooth works very well. Love iDrive. Audio sounds perfect. Very quiet on the road.


Worst Features

Longer battery life. It is ridiculous that the car requires being plugged to a charger (a special order too!) if you plan to take a two week vacation.


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2008 BMW X5 3.0
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By KP
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2008 BMW X5 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)


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This SUV handles the road best, compared to all the SUVs I have ever driven. Remarkable attention to detail, best looking interior immediately caught my attention. When I test drove, its handle on road made me feel like I am driving my convertible. Front and rear heated car seats, USB interface-play music from your flash drive or iPhone/iPod, panoramic moon-roof, just amazing. Comfort Access-never take out your car key from your pocket, I didn’t know I would love it so much. . Real time traffic info and rerouting feature from navigation is just amazing.


Best Features

6 customizable buttons: I have assigned FM, AM, GPS, IPHONE, Rear Entertainment and WB, I can access them with touch of a button. iDrive – get used to it, you will love it, I am so hooked. PDC/ rear camera-it traces the path for backing and parking. Electronic gear and parking brake - touch of button


Worst Features

Blurry image from rear camera in dark needs improvement. Rear TV not viewable from 3rd row seats, do something about it.


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BMW X5
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By JC
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2008 BMW X5 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)


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This is my first BMW. I have driven 3,000 miles since purchase and have been impressed by build quality and technology. I was drawn to the X5 by its looks, both external and internal, and BMW Ultimate Service. I opted for 3.0 over 4.8 due to significant addtional cost of the V8 and a little better fuel economy. I also own a Mercedes GL450 which I prefer over the X5 if you really need or want a V8 SUV with a useable 3rd row for kids or for towing.


Best Features

BMW has the edge over Mercedes in technology department. The iDrive with Technology Package is terrific.


Worst Features

Seats... having trouble getting a comfortable postion set. In hindsight, I guess I would spend extra $ to get the Comfort seat option.


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