Used 2017 BMW X5 Diesel Consumer Reviews

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The Beast

Steve, 06/28/2018
xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
17 of 21 people found this review helpful

We named this 9th BMW and first X5 The Beast. We also own a 535D M Sport affectionally named The Beauty. This is a great SUV/truck whichever one names it. We tow a 5,000 lb boat with ease. It's pretty new with only 3,500 miles on it so far. It drives like a much smaller lighter car rather than a large heavy SUV. Handles great. We opted for the pricy Dynamic handling package so we don't know how it would ride/tow without it but it is smooth as glass on the highways, a bit choppy around town but then again its a BMW and handles like one. The MSRP was $80,000 so there were many other SUVs cheaper that we looked at before buying this pricy one. We are totally satisfied. We did have a vibration issue that took replacing both tires and rims to correct. Many trips to the dealership Gurrrrr. But its fixed now and we are very happy with our purchase. Highly recommend this SUV and especially with the diesel engine and if you can swing the $4,500 option price go for Dynamic Handling too. Oh and we have the standard 19" rims and I would not suggest larger ones. Seems to make the ride rough.

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BEWARE...X5 Self destructs after bad fuel

Nancy, 11/26/2018
xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
50 of 66 people found this review helpful

I have had many BMW's and was a fan until my latest incident with my X5. I have a 2017 X5 35D with 25k miles, and loved this car until I purchased diesel at a local Shell station. A few miles up the highway, my car began to run rough and then went into limp mode. Luckily I was close to an exit and was able to get off the freeway. 2 hours later I was towed to a BMW dealership. I soon learned that my problem was bad fuel and I needed a whole new fuel system. I was quoted 13k and this would not be covered under warranty. I was advised to call my auto insurance since this should be covered under the comprehensive clause. My insurance carrier advised the dealership to run an engine compression test and they also found that I had a cracked piston and a scored cylinder wall. Needless to say my insurance company totaled the car. After more research I found that the Shell station sells 800-1200 gallons of fuel per day which means that approximately 35-40 other customers purchased diesel fuel that day with no other reports of bad fuel. This leads to a conclusion that the BMW diesel fuel filter system is not adequately designed to handle anything but perfect diesel fuel. Most diesel autos have a multi stage filtering system that would prevent contaminants from reaching the engine causing catastrophic failure. Even though my insurance company paid me FMV for a 1 year old vehicle I am still out 20k for the depreciation that was deducted from the value of the vehicle. To anyone considering a BMW diesel, I recommend you steer clear of any BMW with a diesel engine.

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Love this car

Steve S, 11/22/2020
xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Purchased a 2017 X5 x35d CPO. It has the cold weather package and upgraded seats. It is incredibly comfortable. Love the diesel torque and mileage. I get close to 30 mpg average. Great handling, although I prefer the old hydraulic steering. As to be expected, the summer run flats are terrible, but the suspension does mostly a good job absorbing the issue, except on poorly made concrete freeways (like the 23 and 118 in the valley, in CA). I am going to put on non-run flats when these wear out. I wish BMW would bring back the diesel in their new models. It's a fantastic engine. One issue is that the car is so air tight, you get a pressure buildup in the cabin. You have to crack the windows to relieve the pressure. Not sure why they designed the car that way. That's the only thing that would prevent me from keeping this car until the wheels fall off.

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Big D

Pnut Man!!~, 07/10/2020
xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

If you've never driven/owned a X5 xDrive 35d You've really missed out. Same power and ride but even at 78/80 mph you have a 650 mile range...or further.

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Great ride, but the car buying experience was not!

X5 buyer , 02/06/2021
xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

The care speaks for itself, and so does the BMW badge. The ultimate driving machine most certainly walks the talk. The car buying experience was awful, and the Valencia AutoNation group was a tremendous disappointment. Beware.....

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