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Not perfect, but I love it.. :)
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By Bee2011
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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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Decided to leave a review at 90k miles. Just had a major tuneup and wanted to leave an honest review. We bought the car certified in 2015. It's been perfect until last month when we tried to smog the car. It had some bad sensors, but luckily the head mechanic at my local repair shop said to check the thermostat. He turned on the dash temperature gauge for me and I confirmed that the thermostat was bad, and the engine was running well below 88 C and was too cold. I've been wondering for the past year why my combined fuel mileage slowly dropped from 24 mpg to 19 mpg! Something so simple as a thermostat, I'm lucky the shop didn't charge me $1,000 to change a bunch of sensors that my code reader was telling me that were bad! If you're still reading I fully recommend the BMW X5 "DIESEL". So far it has passed all the US and Europe's smog tests! A big THANK YOU to BMW for not cheating like the rest! :D Anyways, a few good points. I've always love smaller cars, the way it drives and handles. But with two kids I needed a mid size crossover, not a SUV. (I know SUVs, Back in college I used to off road and had rock sliders and locking diffs, but that's a whole different story). After lots of research and test driving over a dozen different cars I decided on a X5 35d. The way it drives like a car won me over. The good crash scores made me feel so much better knowing this 5300 lb beast will take care of my family if there's an accident. Plus unlike most body on frame monsters, the X5 can handle its own weight if there's a rollover or any single car accident. The fuel mileage is also great, we average mid 20's. Low 20's in the city, and low 30's on the freeway! So while the maintenance is expensive, the money we save with the diesel really helps. Go ahead and calculate how much money you'll spend on fuel with the competition! Now for some of the not so good news. To tune a 5300 vehicle to handle like a much smaller car requires some suspension magic. BMW did their best but it does ride firmly sometimes. If you frequently off-road and or drive over rough roads with potholes and speed bumps all day, I recommend staying away form the sport suspension and get the 18" wheels & tires. But if you're lucky and drive on smooth roads and can afford the tires, go for the 20 or 21" monster tires, 315-325 wide tires just look insane! Also check out the "adaptive" suspension (it will have the sport button just below the transmission lever). The combination air springs, adaptive shocks and adjustable hydraulic roll bars are magic. They're crazy expensive to maintain but if you can afford it go for it! The brakes are very strong, it can actually out brake most cars. How many 5300 lb vehicles do you know that can do that? BUT... the brake dust will drive you nuts. At least you'll feel safe knowing when you need to slow for a sharp curve even when you're fully loaded coming down the mountain, that the brakes will work. Go test drive a few crossovers and then check out the X5 35d. Remember to check the maintenance history for any car purchase, and take your time.


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RUN AWAY...DO NOY BUY
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Dane Ramkalawan
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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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I have a 2012 X5 SUV. Paid high 65K and kept it in the garage for most times. The car is well maintained with all maintenance up to date. Las month I got a Yellow light saying the engine temp was high and I should stop driving the car. 3 mins later the yellow turned red and the car slowed to a crawl. I parked in the gas station and got it towed to the dealer. The rep called me later in the day saying that the coolant pump failed and it would cost 1725.00 plus tax to repair. My car mileage was 24,100 miles and an expensive part like that failed. BMW should take some responsibility here. It is out of warranty but only doing 24k miles. I called BMW headquarters to explain and get them to assume some responsibility, but the answered that I am out of warranty and they cannot do anything.....I know that. But help out here. Customer service at the top is non existent and they show that they do not care about anything outside of the warranty. DO NOT BUY. I will never own a BMW again. By the way I have had many BMWs and my family owns some. They have already decided to switch based on my experience.


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An amazing Jack-of-all-Trades car but very complex
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By TomG
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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


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First off, the X5 diesel does everything extremely well - it's comfortable, fast, sporty, and economical (fuel). The thoughtfulness of the designers is amazing, and the execution is making a nearly 5000lb car feel like it weighs 2000lbs less is something to behold. Compared to the old E53 body style, the E70 feels like it's carved out of one piece of metal and has attained an overall higher level of refinement. The main drawback of these is that the complexity of the car adds to the maintenance costs, and that's reflected in the relatively low resale value once the warranty expires. Overall, the car is solid and built well, but there are a ton of gadgets (e.g. every door is soft-close). The drivetrain is robust, but expect problems with the CDI fuel injectors (the cowl area at the base of the hood is not sealed correctly and drips water onto #5 & 6), which cost ~$700 each and there are six of them. The "clean" part of "clean diesel" also is troublesome with expensive repairs to the DPF, SCR active tank, NOx sensors, etc., often required. Bottom line is I would not own one of these out of warranty if I didn't know how to work on them, but otherwise the tradeoffs are definitely worth it.


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Love it except....
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By Lace
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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)


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As soon as it hit 100,000 miles it has been very expensive problems one after another. Two oil leaks. Water pump went out as soon as I got my second oil leak fixed two days later. Couple days before Christmas I got a big crack in the overfill reservoir left me stranded. Now the mechanic tells me that I need a transfer case which is about $2000 just for the part not only that I also need a high-pressure fuel pump which is about $750. Ridiculous. Other than that I think the car is amazing


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Fun SUV
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By Tom Tedesco
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2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)


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The BMW X5, especially with the V8, is a engaging car to drive.


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