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2011 BMW X5 Diesel Consumer Reviews

xDrive35d 3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo Diesel AWD 6-speed Automatic - (26 reviews )

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Great to own new and through the warranty period
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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bought it with 44,000 miles
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By matthew grant
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2011 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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i came off owning a chevy volt and the shock of only 19 mpg in town has been stunning. from nearly 100mpg to this. but, i truly love the sound of the diesel engine, i love sitting up so high, and the torque this engine churns out is sheer delight. having owned several high end diesels, this engine has to be the nicest i have driven. i had a mercedes benz (84) turbo diesel wagon for 10 yrs as one of my drivers (while having other cars to drive) and i rue the day i sold that car to a good friend. owning this is sort of the same experience. the interior ergonomics are good, the a/c system is strange with the 3 ranges of fan speeds avail on automatic, the rear a/c system seems like overkill but i live in florida and summer might just make me change my tune on that one. the sheer interior size after the volt is dramatic. it's large as heck inside. the sunroof is great, but i never use it living where i do. the handling is good but this is not the kind of car one throws around, though possible, not practical. when i bought it i made the mistake of adjusting the computer and the systems it runs, and found i had turned off things i had no idea the car had. for example, the lane-change-signal system can be turned off, and i did it, only to think that i was beginning to experience electrical issues and i had just gotten the car one week before. to this day, i still don't know how to turn on the intermittent wipers, and for the life of me cannot find the instructions on this issue in the manual. good visibility, very hard seats but driven in all day they don't really cause much fatigue. i've owned worse. the electric tailgate closure is overkill and just one thing to malfunction. although generally i am impressed with the car in the 4,000 miles i have driven it, i think i will go back to electric when i tire of this vehicle, it's far more responsible as a citizen of the planet. but for a 2.5 ton vehicle, it's impressive overall.


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Worst car ever
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Howxotk
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2011 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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Just tonight, first time in year, no engine light. My 19 year and I were celebrating, look, no engine light. Of course we had to speak up over a squealing fan that conveniently stops squealing at the dealership. Oh, one year of ownership, 13,000 dollars of maintenance, never again BMW. I could go down the list but why bother, just don't do it.


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