As a good friend said to me before I bought my first bimmer, they don't break often, but when they do, its expensive. This car is no exception. That being said I buy low priced, high quality cars. I prefer them depreciated from their showroom pricing, but in good condition. We bought our 2009 BMW X5 with 92K on it. In the last 24 months we have spent about 6-7K in repairs. The car does need special therapy. The tight tolerances of the sensors, the tight standards of the brakes, tires, wheel bearings, and glow plugs mean constant mechanic massaging. BUT!!!! When this car is running right(80% of the time) it is simply the best car I have ever driven. Insanely fast, stable, and powerful. With snow tires I have conquered the toughest storms that Colorado can throw at me. Do yourself a favor. Buy one of these cars with 90-100K on it, set aside $6K in repair dollars(that is still half of the original sticker price) and you will own a great car. A really great car.
Overall this was a high performing, satisfying experience. However, the frequency of my trips to the repair shop had both me and my mechanic frustrated, and diminished the positive feeling. The problem with these vehicles is the expense of highly specialized parts and the time needed to repair. If you're not ready to absorb these expenses, do not purchase this car.
Since I purchased this vehicle, I have put 9,000 miles on it. The fuel mileage is great. On average city traffic, I got 22.4 mile/gal. No problem so far and the quality is better than what I expected after own Japanese cars for many year. The only thing I don't feel comfortable is the car equipped with run flat tires. How can I drive on the interstate highway in a rural area with a flat tire. I decide to buy a spare tire and also replace the run flat tires with regular ones when the time come.
I bought a off lease 09 X5 D after my wife's new explorer was hit and totaled. After only a few days all i can say is wow! 425 pound ft of torque and 28 mpg on the highway is an incredible combination. The X5 has amazing handling and great brakes. We have owned a fx 35, a xc 90 and a ford explorer and this X5 is by far the best SUV we have owned. This engine is perfect for a 5000 lb truck. It pulls effortlessly and for such a heavy vehicle it has great pick up. If you are looking for the perfect combo of fuel mileage, power, comfort and handling look no further. I highly recommend
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.
Sport Package ($3,700 -- includes 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/50HR19 all-season run-flat tires, shadowline exterior trim, two-mode electronically adjustable shock absorbers, active stabilizer bars, sport steering wheel, power sport seats, anthracite headliner); Premium Package ($3,400 -- includes auto-dimming interior mirror with digital compass, power rear liftgate, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Nevada leather upholstery, storage package, ambient light package, BMW Assist with Bluetooth); Technology Package ($2,600 -- includes rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, DVD-based navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic); Head-Up Display ($1,200); iPod and USB Adapter ($400); Running Boards ($300).
Brake torque takes some serious time (1.1 seconds from 0-60 alone) from the X5 diesel's acceleration times. Also provides a huge shove out of the hole that the X5 can't back up once rolling. Still, it feels cool.
Rock-hard pedal still offers plenty of feel in sub-limit braking. Short, consistent stops.
Slalom: This SUV really turns. Rapid turn-in followed by immediate responses. Very little body roll and heavy damping in Sport mode are impressive in an SUV. Skid pad: Stability control isn't ever truly "off," but in something this tall, that makes sense. No perceptible difference between stability on and off.