Used 2011 BMW X5 SUV Consumer Reviews

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Awesome machine

Joey, 08/03/2015
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
17 of 17 people found this review helpful

This thing is a blast to drive, and a really good option for families with one or two kids. You can't beat the safety features; this thing's a tank. The only real concern with the X5 35d is the upkeep cost. If you consider the fuel economy, maybe it evens out...but doubtful. I can't say the repair cost is high, because we haven't had to actually have any repairs done (60k miles). The warranty covered a few sensors that needed to be replaced, but everything else has been routine. Don't bother with a dealership for oil changes. They will straight up lie to you. I had two local BMW shops tell me it's over $300 to change the oil and fill the DEF on my 35d. Order the Castrol oil, a filter and some DEF and do it in the driveway, or take it to a small shop and pay 15 bucks. Total cost for me was less than $100. If we can afford it in the future, we will certainly invest in another X-model. Let's hope we can squeeze 150k out of this one.

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Nice drive but very unreliable. Beware.

Steve, 01/06/2018
xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
34 of 38 people found this review helpful

I bought my X5 new in 2011. It has had light use, only 67,000 miles. I have thousands on repairs, plus more than $4000 on regular service items post warranty. The warranty ran out in four years at 30,000. My only complaint during the warranty was the battery getting low in cold weather. BMW did not fix this problem. See the current list of repairs needed after the warranty: 1) Comfort door handles replaced $1200. Flat battery issue. 2) Battery replaced $480 including programming. (Before the item above). 3) Leaking casing on oil filter mount $400 4) Steering rack $6,800 5) Valvetronic motor and shaft $3500 6) Timing gear pulleys (3) $240. These are plastic and whine after 50’000. 7) Thrust arm bushings $720. 8) Hand brake electronic switch $250. 9) Water pump $500. (55,000) 10) Replacement comfort entry key plus programming $500. Tires (run flats) last around 20’000 miles and are $1400 each time. They get very noisy when replacement is getting near. If you get a puncture the tire cannot be repaired (officially) and they must be replaced in pairs, due to the Xdrive system. BMW will not replace break pads without rotors. Front is $820 and rear is $340. Drive Transfer box oil and filter change is $240 Note: 60’000 miles service was $2,200 including the spark plugs and timing belts. The spark plugs are $120 each without labor. The ultimate driving machine? Not quite. Maybe if you are in the BMW service business. Depreciation is shocking. $75,000 to $25,000 in four years, even with low miles. After six years you cannot give it away. My advice is, if you must have the BMW X5 make sure to sell it before the manufacturers warranty runs out. It’s actually is a great drive but not worth the hassle or high cost of ownership.

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X5 50i 9K mile whine update

x5, 10/22/2010
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
20 of 22 people found this review helpful

My X5 50i is now 4 months old, has 9,000 miles and still whines at around 2,000 rpm, badly enough to embarrass a Lada driver. Apparently BMW is OK with that. However, if you complain enough you will discover that this problem is common to the X5 50i and the 750i which both have the same power train. Apparently BMW has now determined that the cause is a defective engine oil pump. The repair requires removing the front differential and axles, the front subframe, lifting the engine and removing 2 oil pans in order to replace the pump. This is documented on the Bimmerfest website, so I was not alone with this problem. Now, do I trust my Dealership to do this without screwing up my car?

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By all means, stay away from the x5 50i.

Marvin, 03/26/2016
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
54 of 63 people found this review helpful

Bought this vehicle with only 9K mile on it, and by far has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Mind you, this is my wife SUV. Not even a month of owning it and maybe around a thousand mile, my low oil light indicator turns on but there is still another 10k miles until next oil change, so decided to do an additional oil change at my expense since BMW refused to do one for me. At about 2-3k miles again, going to Austin for the weekend from Houston, and my low oil light come back on again. Took it back to the dealer and they added over 2 quarts of oil. I asked them why the oil consumption, and their response was it's normal. A month or two, rolls out and the Aux. Pump goes out. No problem since it's still under warranty and your driving on a brand new loner car for 3 weeks, since they were on backorder from Germany. A couple of month go by without any issues and then the high battery consumption light come. They replaced the battery and a couple of module and returned the vehicle back in a couple of day, no problem. A couple of months go by again, and bam, the battery light come back again, took it back to the dealer, they kept the vehicle for over a month this time, saying they couldn't find the issue and when they finally did, it turned out to be a right front door handle, that would not dormant. Happy to get the vehicle back, when I get a letter from BMW about a big campaign(another word for a RECALL) and to bring the vehicle in to the dealer. Brought the vehicle to the dealer, and they tell me that it will stay in the shop for a couple of weeks since it's a big campaign for Injector, Vacuum system, Etc. So again, they kept vehicle at the dealer for a month. I'm beginning to get aggravated with vehicle already and am thinking of replacing it already. But instead, decided to keep it, after all, it's a very nice SUV, M-packaged with all the bells and whittles. Just about 2 weeks ago we decided to take a road trip for spring break, and drive to California. Long story short, we broke down in between Bakersfield and San Jose, ruined our Vacation and cost me over $2000 in unexpected repairs bill. The Starter went out, the coils went out and this is ONLY with just a little over 30K MILES!!!!! Folks, I LOVE BMW, having and owing 135i, (2) 335i, x5 3.0, and now the X5 50i, By all means , Stay away from the X5 50i.

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Buyer Beware

Lisa, 04/29/2017
xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
14 of 16 people found this review helpful

This car is the biggest piece of garbage available at this time. If you like driving loaner cars and having your vehicle in the shop for extended periods of time then this is the vehicle for you. BMW should be ashamed of themselves!! Even the employees agree that this vehicle is a POS!! I have owned it for 14 months and in that time it has been in the shop for 4 months, over $15,000 later and I now feel safe to get rid of it, prior to this I could not in good faith have turned this vehicle over to anybody as it was not roadworthy and it took 3+months to get it to where it wouldn't lose power when accelerating. I was almost killed in this POS. BMW you need to get your act together and recall all of the X5's, fix them so they are safe at your cost. I have spoken to 10+ owners of this POS and they have all had the exact same problems. Looking into class action suit against BMW. For the safety or you and your family do not even consider buying this vehicle. With all this said buyer beware of Grubbs Infiniti Grapevine, they will promise you anything and never follow through, NEVER PURCHASE A VEHICLE FROM AND THIS DEALERSHIP THEY ARE DISHONEST, WILL SELL YOU AN UNSAFE, UNROADWORTHY CARE WITHOUT A THOUGHT, ABUSE WOMEN THINKING THEY HAVE NO BRAIN AND NO INSIGHT TO THE BUYING A VEHICLE OR THE MAINTENANCE OF.

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