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Run don’t walk away from this car!
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By Sean
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2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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Bought this car pre owned, 50k miles great condition, looked and drove like brand new. Within the first 6 months I had put $3k in repairs into the car, it’s been none stop repairs and maintainace ever since. Requires around $4k minimally a year in general upkeep. Horrible on gas, always in the shop, electronic issues-radio comes and goes, lock chime comes and goes, comfort access works half the time. Always an issue, leak, repair, won’t start, I mean the list is endless. Beautiful car drives like a dream, amazing in the snow, beautiful to look at but cost of ownership is out of control. Will be going back to a Mercedes truck next time around.


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wrost car, do not buy !!!
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By dave woo
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2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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I bought new car 2011 x-5, around 30000 miles water plump replaced , yesterday, transmission soddenly died , friends own x-5 all have similarly issues . one words---do not buy BMW , it is junk!!!!!!!


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Sudden Untimely Death
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By Roger Clark
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2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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We purchased our 2011 BMW X5 SUV in 2013 with 12,650 miles and maintained it meticulously to approximately 95,000 miles when the engine had a total catastrophic failure in Long Boat Key, Florida. The vehicle was towed initially to a BMW repair shop (Tuffy's - kudos to them) and then BMW of Sarasota where it sits today. Total catastrophic failure (suddenly wheels locked, engine died, could not be restarted) was completely unexpected for a well maintained luxury vehicle with only 95,000 miles.


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Maintenance NIGHTMARE!!!
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By Chris - FL
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2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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List is long, over $18k is OEM part failures. Only one item (because it was under a factory recall was the $11,000 transmission). My favorite is when I start to describe the problem and the service manager finishes my statement with the issue and has a quote to repair it before he ends his statement. What a joke! I moved away from the dealer and to a certified aftermarket service shop. They are not much better. General where and tear items I understand, however to get too those general where and tear items, like a oil pump seal ($35) fixed for $700 or shock/strut mount bushings ($118 pr) $2100 because of the dis-assembly required is BS. I have had friends, quite a few actually who like the car, looked into them and were actually going to buy them until I gave them my list of repairs. Not one purchased. I feel in doing so I am doing a customer service for them every single time. All I do is lay out my receipt book, the feedback on the issues I get in writing from the "customer" service managers and lead techs and let BMW do their own sales pitch.


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Great to own new and through the warranty period
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By Ken
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2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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Excellent vehicle to own new and if it's still under the warranty period. Love the diesel and, over the past several years, it's cheaper to operate than the premium gas version - also get better mileage (24.6mpg). Easy to get in/out of, very comfortable, great visibility and performance, reliable for at least the first 6-7 years (up to 70,000 miles). Couple of nuisance items prior to warranty expiration: Leather seat issue, cracked woodgrain trim. After I hit the 70,000 mile mark, The repairs started getting expensive. $2300 for the shocks & struts (not bad but did them before they were shot), $2450 for a catalytic converter, $800 for a thermostat, $1300 for Throttle Actuator and Turbo Boost sensors (once at 55k miles and again at 97k miles), $600 for Urea tank sensor, $500 for EGR valve and of course the maintenance stuff: $1500 for brakes twice, $600 for non run flat Continental tires twice (got out of my run flat tires fast), host of oil changes, etc. Get out of it before 70,000 miles while you can still get a decent trade in or a private sale. Another option is to get a third party extended warranty before the problems start. Be warned, BMW's have a lot of sensors and your Check Engine light will be no stranger to you - mine goes on every year when the weather gets cold and the problems start.


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