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Understated
01-08-2004, 10:53 PM
Hey whats going on guys?:)

my parents are thinking of buying a bimmer *keeping fingers crossed*

but they wanna know which SUV out of these three is the best one(reliable and loaded)

1) 2001 BMW X5 3.0 V6
2) 2003 Infinti Qx4 3.5 V6
3) 2001-2002 Lexus RX 300

so what do you guys know about the X5.

any known problems that the ride has.

any recalls?

anything i should check out on it?

the kms on the bimmer should hopefully be anywhere from 45 000km all the way up to 70 000km

now the QX4 would be a cheaper choice as we could get a newer version for the same price as an older bimmer and lexus.

so let me know what yo guys think!
*smoke*

///Milk
01-08-2004, 11:10 PM
I'd pick X5 3.0 since thats the only one i've been in out of those.
"It never wants to go slow"-my mom
i havent heard of any problems with the X5 before...only that it's one of the safest cars tested in the USA

Understated
01-08-2004, 11:11 PM
^^LOL!...thats a nice change from our 02' civic 4door which NEVER WANTS TO GO FAST :eek: we have to kick the thing to top off 100km/h :D

so your mom has an x5 3.0??..what year?

///Milk
01-08-2004, 11:14 PM
no my mom doesnt have one
she test drove it when we went to the BMW dealership last month
it was an '03 or '04 X5 3.0 she test drove
i loved it...really fast compared to our minivan :D

Understated
01-08-2004, 11:16 PM
LOL...cool

betmen
01-08-2004, 11:17 PM
you can go for the X5 or the Toureg (VW SUV), X5 and the Toureg, two fo the best SUV's around now

both got grat safety, great features, great quality, great everything
pick one of those two IMO

///Milk
01-08-2004, 11:18 PM
o ya...the X3 3.0
its about as fast as the X5 3.0
have ur parents test drive it at a BMW dealership near you :D

FastM3
01-08-2004, 11:19 PM
I been in the Lexus and drive the X5 at work all the time...I would pick the X5 over the Lexus anyday!

As for the QX4, they look too much like Pathfinders, well they are really, and Pathfinders aren't better then X5's, therefore, I would take the X5 over all of them. They are very smooth cars, they feel strong and are pretty reliable from what I hear.

Understated
01-09-2004, 12:00 AM
thanks for the replies. The x5 leads the polls :cool:

Hardcore328is
01-09-2004, 12:00 AM
X5 3.0 all the way..

V-Thang
01-09-2004, 12:02 AM
Get the X5 Sport Package!! I believe its the 4.8 or 4.4i liter?

WASABI
01-09-2004, 12:04 AM
How about the FX35 ? I think the Murano is nicer than the RX300.

Understated
01-09-2004, 12:05 AM
V-thang: we want a V6 because of the gas prices.

Wasabi: i would love the FX35 but it's seriously expensive and rare to find used :(

SickFinga
01-09-2004, 12:06 AM
Lexus is just ugly. I hate that car.
I wouldnt bother with Infiniti Qx4, id just get Pathfinder and save some cash. Top of the line Pathfinder is the same as Infinity and cost couple of grand less.

BMW X5, well it is BMW. Looks nice, but 3.0l sounds sloooow.

betmen, best SUVs right now are Tourag and FX45.(not x5) But both out of Echo's budget

///Milk
01-09-2004, 12:09 AM
Originally posted by V-Thang
Get the X5 Sport Package!! I believe its the 4.8 or 4.4i liter?
they only have 3.0, 4.4, and 4.6 liters for X5s
the 4.8 liter hasnt officially been released yet
the 4.4i[S] would be way to much on his budget

WASABI
01-09-2004, 12:11 AM
Well out of those choices, X5, but for me, I'd want the V8. How much are used 4.4L ? I saw an Estoril X5 the other day, 4.6L I think, on dixie with the OEM 5 spokes 20"s chromed ... WOW !

Understated
01-09-2004, 12:44 AM
it's not the price of the V8 Bimmers thats the problem...it's the fact that the gas consumption would be a lot :P

Understated
01-09-2004, 02:10 AM
i'm starting to have some second thoughts on the BMW...because it is assembled in the USA. I thought it would be Germany :confused:

is the BMW still as reliable as it would be if it was imported from Europe?

SickFinga
01-09-2004, 02:22 AM
all X and Z bmws are assambled in USA

except z8

Understated
01-09-2004, 02:25 AM
^^thanks for clearing that up for me :) ....does the reliability change in any way because of the differing plants?

btw thanks for moving the thread mods :)

tlaselva
01-09-2004, 02:27 AM
The only two I would consider is the X5 and the Infinity.

The Lexus drives like a tall Camary. Isolates you so much from the drive feel that I hate, and handles like solid excrement.

The Infinity basically a Pathfinder with some add on cosmetics, which I currently own a '01 SE. Got 60K kms, and havenít had even a bulb go on it yet.
Because Nissan's been making them for a long time, they've had plenty of time to work out all the bugs. The engine has great torque, but is a gas-guzzler.
Likely one of the most reliable SUV's out there.

Now the X5 is my top choice of ALL SUV's.
Even the Mercedes ML's can't hold a candle to a X5.
Extensively test-drove both, and it wasn't even close IMO.
Best handling/built SUV I've driven..*th-up*

Understated
01-09-2004, 02:33 AM
^^^thats awesome hearing it from some1 who actual owns the x5 :)

i will definately get my parents to test drive the x5 and the qx4.

we were thinkin about the pathfinder at first, but the way we see it is you pay a couple grand more for a better dealer :D

i've heard infiniti dealers are 10000000000000x more friendly than your normal nissan dealer, as well as more consumer-friendly.

so why not when the difference in price isn't that huge :)

SebSter
01-09-2004, 02:50 AM
haha of course on a bimmer board ull get everyone saying x5...i would say nissan murano, or if u wanna stay in bmw family then x5

tlaselva
01-09-2004, 03:05 AM
Originally posted by SebSter
haha of course on a bimmer board ull get everyone saying x5...i would say nissan murano, or if u wanna stay in bmw family then x5

Or maybe because the X5 is actually is the best 4x4 today? :idea:

Jon@Bimmersport
01-09-2004, 03:09 AM
Originally posted by tlaselva
Or maybe because the X5 is actually is the best 4x4 today? :idea:

most likely thats the answer *th-up*

Go for the X5, you wont be disappointed..plus, would u rather have the keys to a nissan...or a BMW? BMW = money cash hoes hahahaha

Understated
01-09-2004, 03:26 AM
^^^^actually i doubt i would be able to drive it without rolling over a few people :D

i only have my G1 and i'm not exactly an 'experienced driver'

:D

i get my g2 in july.

so i better get practicin.
i hear SUVs are harder to drive because you have a messed up view or something :confused:

i will STILL take whatever SUV we get for a spin once i get my G2....hell i might even practice with it :D ;)

Mystikal
01-09-2004, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by tlaselva
Or maybe because the X5 is actually is the best 4x4 today? :idea:

I'd take a Forester Turbo over any other SUV. It drops the 1/4 in 14 flat, stock. With less than $1500 you can be deep into the 13's. *wiggle*

BladeRunner
01-09-2004, 03:35 PM
The X3, don't like it reminds me of a Jeep Grand Cherooke and it doesn't look like it might even have real off roading or towing capabilities.

The Infinity, how dare anyone take that nice looking monter offroading or even towing. Anyway with such big large rims I would imagine traction would suck.

Give me an X5, Hummer H1 or Monter truck anyday.

ROCKETMAN
01-09-2004, 10:05 PM
Why don't you take a look at the Infiniti FX, instead if the qx4?

suicide
01-09-2004, 10:12 PM
go with the X5 or if you want go with the Infinity FX35 or 45 my mom has the 35 and it is amazing

Understated
01-09-2004, 10:37 PM
Originally posted by suicide
go with the X5 or if you want go with the Infinity FX35 or 45 my mom has the 35 and it is amazing

whats the aprox price on a used Fx35?*love*

Trogdor
01-10-2004, 12:18 AM
Originally posted by tlaselva
Or maybe because the X5 is actually is the best 4x4 today? :idea:

Psh...bmw will never build a range rover, but that's way outta budget.

ROCKETMAN
01-10-2004, 01:55 AM
You have many good choices in this category. They are:
Acura MDX
BMW X5
Cadillac XLR
Infiniti FX
Lexus RX
Lincoln Aviator
Mercedes-Benz M-class
Volkswagen Tourag
Volvo XC90

Understated
01-10-2004, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by Trogdor
Psh...bmw will never build a range rover, but that's way outta budget.

the 00' range is in my price range:cool:

it's the restyled ones(sweeet) that are over 80 grand:huh?:

Understated
01-10-2004, 03:54 AM
I was also thinking the MDX..but wasn't sure..

Cadillac XLR-----haven't seen this or know the price
Infiniti FX---have yet to see ONE used fx35
Lexus RX---in consideration
Lincoln Aviator--i don't like ford products no offense
Mercedes-Benz M-class--i've heard pure horror stories when it comes to the M class
Volkswagen Toureg--too expensive :)
Volvo XC90

Understated
01-10-2004, 03:55 AM
^^x2

and dude the XLR is a sportscar according to google image search :huh?:

pretty sweet one nontheless :D

edshmeen
01-10-2004, 04:04 AM
i can only speak from experince in a 4.4 x5 with sports kit, but they are nearly exactly the same as the 3.0lt (bar the obvious :idea: ) and i was and still am amzed how it drives for a 4x4...trully amazing for a 2.5 ton vehicle.
BUT, i must say i would highly recomend the forrester xt *love* over the 3.0lt

Manimillion
01-10-2004, 04:18 AM
I donno if anyone mentioned this to you or not... But do you KNOW what a V6 is, and what an INLINE 6 is?

X5 3.0's are INLINE 6 not V6...

Understated
01-10-2004, 07:56 PM
*bump*

DAM
01-10-2004, 08:27 PM
I think there is a bit of a bias on this site, but i am along with the rest of you, X5 for sure.

crazyvadim
01-10-2004, 10:42 PM
My pops has a 4.4i X5 2001 and i think its one of the best SUVs i ever drove,when you drive it you actually forget that its a SUV cause it handles and pulls like a sports car.Someone mentioned the aviator,im probably gonna get flamed but i like that SUV alot,it has alot of style.

ROCKETMAN
01-10-2004, 11:47 PM
Yeah, my mistake. I meant to say Cadillac "SRX".


Acura MDX $50,300-$55,600
BMW X5 $58,400-$71,300
Cadillac SRX $52,250-$60,930
Infiniti FX $52,700-$60-,200
Lexus RX $49,900-$62,190
Mercedes M $51,900-$67,400
VW Touareg $52,100-$60,550
Volvo XC90 $54995-$61,995

ROCKETMAN
01-10-2004, 11:53 PM
oh, and this is the SRX


http://www.cadillac.com/cadillacjsp/models/gallery.jsp?model=srx&section=photoExt# (http://)

Jammasterj
01-11-2004, 12:15 AM
The X5 is a sweet ride...
We had one of the first in Canada...
She had a few bugs but i think they have been worked out by now...
The only thing was that going from a Grand Cherokee to the X5...the X5 sure didn't handle well in deep snow...
haha i overheard this guy talking about how he couldn't wait to take his X5 out in the snow....i couldn't help but laugh....

I can't tell you how many times i had that thing stuck!! but im sure with winter tires rather than all seasons...it would be better....

Your thoughts?

Jammasterj
01-11-2004, 12:16 AM
P.S. man did that thing handle well!!
it drove like a sports car...it moved like a bat out of hell....
mind you that was the 4.4 and the quad exaust sounded great!!
it just had this grunt to it that i will never forget

crazyvadim
01-11-2004, 12:48 AM
Originally posted by Jammasterj

The only thing was that going from a Grand Cherokee to the X5...the X5 sure didn't handle well in deep snow...
haha i overheard this guy talking about how he couldn't wait to take his X5 out in the snow....i couldn't help but laugh....



I dunno what you talking about,whenever it snows in NY i always take out my fathers X5 and that thing goes thru snow flawlessly.I guess it all depends on how much snow??:huh?:

Jammasterj
01-11-2004, 01:05 AM
Originally posted by crazyvadim
I dunno what you talking about,whenever it snows in NY i always take out my fathers X5 and that thing goes thru snow flawlessly.I guess it all depends on how much snow??:huh?:
It was pretty deep man....with some rocking she would always get out...
but you have to admit that the X5's offroading skils don't hold a candle to the Jeep's which may explain why i had problems in the snow

crazyvadim
01-11-2004, 01:10 AM
Originally posted by Jammasterj
It was pretty deep man....with some rocking she would always get out...
but you have to admit that the X5's offroading skils don't hold a candle to the Jeep's which may explain why i had problems in the snow

A Jeep is a jeep,thats basic right there but the X5 still has better off road capabilities then the ML and most other SUVs

Understated
01-11-2004, 04:00 PM
very interesting.

JMJ: well what kinda bugs did your BMW X5 have?

if we DO get an X5 it will be the 01' model because it's close to 40 grand used :)

otherwyse we're thinking to just go with the infiniti Qx4 as we can get VERY VERY low mileage for the same price...the qx4 also has a warranty to 100 000 clicks while the X5 only has it to 80 :P

and we're aiming for a km range of 70-100 on the x5 while a 0-20 000 km on the qx4 :D

Jammasterj
01-12-2004, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Echo
very interesting.

JMJ: well what kinda bugs did your BMW X5 have?

if we DO get an X5 it will be the 01' model because it's close to 40 grand used :)

otherwyse we're thinking to just go with the infiniti Qx4 as we can get VERY VERY low mileage for the same price...the qx4 also has a warranty to 100 000 clicks while the X5 only has it to 80 :P

and we're aiming for a km range of 70-100 on the x5 while a 0-20 000 km on the qx4 :D
The X5 is a great car, don't get me wrong...but she did have a few bugs here and there
Most of the problems were with the electrical system. such that any of the window or lock controls on the left side of the car stopped working. or the sunroof switch was faulty, the headlights wouldn't turn off when the car was off and the switch was turned off, and the worst was the tailgate would pop open while you were driving. The actual gate wouldn't swing open but the lock would disengage so that it would be like you hit the button to open your trunk. She had a few problems. Oh and there were 3 recalls on the car as well. I can't remember the first one, the second was about the fuel pump and the third was about the park pin falling into the driveshaft and jamming the gears while you were in motion.
Other than that whole list*shiner* it was a solid car.
If you can get one that doesn't have those bugs you are set. The thing handled like a sports car in the summer. it would eat up the turns but she had her kinks

BMW_M52_M20
01-12-2004, 02:11 AM
Originally posted by crazyvadim
I dunno what you talking about,whenever it snows in NY i always take out my fathers X5 and that thing goes thru snow flawlessly.I guess it all depends on how much snow??:huh?:

A Grand cherokee is way better in the snow then the X5........Trust me I was in Jordans X5.....
Jay

Understated
01-12-2004, 02:24 AM
wow, thanks JMJ...i will definately look into those things when we go bimmer browsing.

Jammasterj
01-12-2004, 02:48 AM
Originally posted by Echo
wow, thanks JMJ...i will definately look into those things when we go bimmer browsing.
yeah man no problem!

sonny
01-12-2004, 03:09 AM
X5 all the way.

aristo
01-12-2004, 05:46 AM
I know all of you swear by bmw but for the value and options the acura mdx is really good for what you pay for .. standard it comes with alot like leather,traction control,all power options ex windows,locks,moonroof,keyless entry... and since your concerned about milage .. the mdx is really really good in that departmant because essentially its not a real 4wd drive vehicle it only sends power to the back wheels when its feels that the rear wheels are slipping. The acura is also alot cheaper than the bmw too and the resale value is really high for it too.
Try test driving one , theyre pretty peppy for what they are 260hp and 250Tq it's quicker than the inline 6 .. and its just as quick as the 4.4i v8 test drive them back to back and its very similar. I drove my parents 03 MDX in the snow today and it was solid as usual :cool: ... brought it to the parking lot for some doughnut fun... just make sure TC is off :D
i'm not acura biased ... if it were my choice i would have opted for the fx35. But i think the mdx would be a good candidate for your family Suv.
Sorry for the life story :)

alveoli
01-18-2004, 04:21 AM
We I was in your shoes not too long ago. I test drove many SUVs and did alot of reading about them (including safety, reliablity, resale value, etc).

At the end I choose the X5 4.4. Personally, I think the 3.0 is a bit sluggish but the 4.4 has just the right punch. Handling is remarkable. Almost as fun as driving my 330CI. For me the key was the safety rating. "Best SUV ever tested".

If you do decide the x5 make sure you test drive both the 4.4 and the 3.0. The gas consumption is a bit more but at the end you get much more value for your money. There are more standard options the 4.4 than the 3.0. make sure you get the sport package.

Also, make sure you keep looking...it took me almost 6 months to find one. I almost bought a 01 with 80K...five minutes before i signed the paperwork, i got a call on an 01 with 49 K !!! for almost the same price!!!


Best of luck.

BMW ACS S3
06-28-2004, 10:53 PM
I have my my friends 4.4ii mufflers which were removed from his 2003 X5 Sport package wit only 1200 miles on it. Tell me if you are interested it is the whole exhaust not just exhaust tips. Easy way to transform your 3.0 to a sport 4.4i.

TiemenT
07-06-2004, 02:46 PM
Range Rover all the way *th-up*

Understated
07-06-2004, 08:02 PM
hahahah...i remember this thread....we never ended up finding an x5 in the condition we wanted...so we opted for an 02' Rx300

Den.
09-11-2005, 02:23 PM
Well. You original question asked what the best was for reliability. THAT would be the QX4. Even Consumer reports rated it best vehicle PERIOD for reliability a couple years ago.

Sooo, it depends on what you mean by "best".

If I were looking at X5's I'd probably buy a 5 series wagon as for an "SUV" I'd buy an Excursion diesel. Period. Why? because itt gets 20-22 mpg and isn't cramped like most SUV's.

But I live in the city so wouldn't buy one as there's no reason to as Toronto basically gets NO snow at all. (The one thing I hate about living here actually. LOL)

Now, I WOULD buy the X5 WELL before I'd buy an Infiniti or Lexus (BORING!!!) if that helps.

As for the Range Rover. well, it'd probably break down before you got it home. :D