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Old 01-08-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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Thinking to buy a X5?

Hi there I need your feedbacks,

Ok so I own a e46 right now and I am thinking to trade it in for a X5 the one that caught my eyes is the 2005 BMW X5 4.4i Sport Utility 4D (Black on Black) automatic, All Wheel Drive, V8 4.4 Liter. I need to know what the pros and cons are...I know its like almost $100 to fill gas in the tank but I need to know everything I need to know before I make the steps to purchase one.

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Old 01-08-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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X5's have fairly good reliability ratings according to Consumer Reports. We have the 3.0, and the only problems we experience were minor problems with window calibration and one with the steering wheel switches.

The 4.4 will probably suffer from the same problem as all 4.4's, as when they get old, the plastic rad necks at the top tend to snap, just keep an eye out for leaks.

The X5 is a heavy car, the 4.4 does a great job pushing it, but you will suffer at the pumps.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:18 AM   #3
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what a beauty you have your eyes on!!

From what I've read X5's are very reliable and stable (in corners, so you don't have to worry bout rolling). Also their 4wd system hold's it's own in comparison tests. There was a drivetrain test done up a ski hill somewhere in germany and the top 3 cars were the 1. Audi Quattro Allroad, 2. BMW X5, 3. Toyota 4runner (or is it Nissan 4runner, whichever). This test did not include any land rovers tho
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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Pro: its a BMW

Con: its made in America .. unlike other BMW's that are made in Germany .. scratch Pro
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I had an e46 xi
I was looking into the X5 too.

Go on youtube and search X5 offroad.

Once you see those clips of X5 stuck in snow or mud, then you might want to rethink your purchase
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Pro: its a BMW

Con: its made in America .. unlike other BMW's that are made in Germany .. scratch Pro
as long as it keeps the standards that it uses in Germany, I don't believe this is an issue. It was still designed and uses the same materials as German made ones.
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I had an e46 xi
I was looking into the X5 too.

Go on youtube and search X5 offroad.

Once you see those clips of X5 stuck in snow or mud, then you might want to rethink your purchase
Which is why you don't buy a BMW to offroad. With my all seasons, even with our rediculous snow falls, I have never been stuck in snow. So I don't think you have to worry about that.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:36 PM   #8
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They are alright, but boring to drive.

The 3.0s are not as bad as people make them out to be, i get pretty good gas mileage. But the 4.4 definately has more kick.

My parents like it more than i do, they'll probably end up buying it off me. I think i'll be happier in an e46 coupe.
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ofcourse you'll be happier in a e46, because e46 is happier going sideways
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X5 going sideways in the snow is pretty sick in itself.
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as long as it keeps the standards that it uses in Germany, I don't believe this is an issue. It was still designed and uses the same materials as German made ones.
yes but that means nothing .. how its put together and quality control is what makes the difference. Im sure the parts they use are made here as well and not in Germany.

Look at the Ecotech engine .. pretty damn reliable in Europe .. no so much here
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If you read what I said "As long as they keep the standards" means as long as they keep build standards like they have in germany, which is in reference to quality control.

X5 has one of the higher reliability ratings of all BMW's according to consumer reports. So it looks like they are. So in this case, being built in the US is not affecting it, which makes your comment irrelevant.

And.. parts are made in germany.
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If you read what I said "As long as they keep the standards" means as long as they keep build standards like they have in germany, which is in reference to quality control.

X5 has one of the higher reliability ratings of all BMW's according to consumer reports. So it looks like they are. So in this case, being built in the US is not affecting it, which makes your comment irrelevant.

And.. parts are made in germany.
I've worked for the auto industry .. it would cost to much to send a bucket of bolts or nuts (or any other assembled parts) from germany then to make it local and ship it. Auto industry tries to cut there costs .. I dont believe they would send anything from germany except specifics to the BMW brand .. everything else Magna, Faurecia, etc

I would like to see this consumer report you talk about.
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Lots of parts get shipped over all the time. Where do you think all the replacement parts come from?

X5 shares the same engine and many parts from other cars, all of which are made in Germany.

The consumer report I may have made a mistake, it was X3 not X5, which is outsourced to Magna
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Since this is a thread about buying an X5, here's the X5 report.
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