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Old 10-23-2006, 07:15 PM   #21
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Please check the facts before you say that all 01/02 had engine fire issues. It was not the engine that was the problem. It was the aux. fan catching fire and they fixed that issue and it was on a few SAV's. The main problem with the 01/02 X5's is the cooling system, some window electrical issues and costly transmission repairs due to the type of transmission it is. The 03 recieved the X-Drive which made repair costs cheapers and less often due to the better re-design.

01/02 are reliable albeit a little expensive to maintain if you don't do some extras to make sure it remains reliable. Extras = change the fluid in the AUTO transmission and change the oil more often than the recommended times. If you address the cooling system early on then you should get some high mileage out of the SAV.

The worse thing we can do for potential buyers of any cars is to say something that is not completely founded.

I remember when I had my 01 Lexus GS430 before I moved into the BMW world that all I heard was the M3's "all" blew up". We all know that wasn't the case at all but the rumor mill started and it wouldn't die down for years.

Reliability to some also means cost of maintenance. It does not go hand in hand. We all know BMW's costs more to upkeep - bottom line.

My 01 TT 996 had two intermmediate shafts broken and cylinder failures - all before 4K miles. Of course the RMS is a problem as well - but I can't say all Porsches are bad.
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