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2011 BMW X5 Diesel Consumer Reviews

xDrive35d 3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo Diesel AWD 6-speed Automatic - (28 reviews )

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Diesel Emission Controls are the worst.
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By Lemon Owner
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2011 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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My 2011 X35d is in the shop for the 5th time in 7 yrs. Each time emission repairs cost in the thousands of dollars. Have spent more on just emission repairs than the car is worth. Car was in the shop for 5 weeks two months ago. Car is in the shop now and has been for 3 weeks. All work done by BMW dealership. PUMA case initiated last visit because dealership can not figure out recurring emission problems. BMW corporate answer was continue to replace parts! Mercedes Benz and Volkswagon has the same problems with their diesel engines. None of the Germans have figured out a good emissions controls package to meet USA specs.


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great car
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By Sam Zimmerman
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2011 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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This is a very low miles , immaculate inside and out, BMW service by the numbers car with mid time tire wear. Front glass shows some pitting, but no cracks or repairs. Incredible tow vehicle ( I towed a 2000 lb. glider trailer approx. 5000 mi.). The car was garaged when not in daily use. The torque generated by the Diesel engine in the Colorado mountains where I mostly operated is amazing. I am fond enough of the BMW diesel system that I traded for a new one for replacement. I traded mostly because I wanted newer technology.


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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 Diesel 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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Beemer UP
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By Happy Missourian
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2011 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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This is the most comfortable, stylish vehicle. Great get up and go. Hugs the road like a glove. Has a sun roof, but not useful to us. Just our choice. Love the way it jumps from a dead stop. Hopefully, we will be buying another in the future. Love this car.


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Loved it new, love it now!
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By Mike Bell
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2011 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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Outstanding car - love the ride, ergonomics and performance. Diesel gives me outstanding gas mileage and the torque is always there. It has stiffer steering, which seems to be a knock to some, but I think this gives me a precision feel - I drive other cars and they feel mushy and imprecise in comparison. 75,000 miles without a problem. Cargo-wise, this thing holds a ton. Especially if you fold down half the seat. I am always rotating between fishing rods, tailgate gear or other stuff - it's basically a pickup truck in a luxury, performance SUV body.


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